SUMMER FEST EVENTS

We had a fun line-up of live online events that took place during HIFF@HOME Sumer Fest.
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LIVE ZOOM FILMMAKER Q&As

Yi Chen, Director of FIRST VOTE

Yi Chen is a documentary filmmaker based in Washington, DC. She is a Soros Equality Fellow and DC Arts and Humanities Fellow. Her debut feature FIRST VOTE is currently in distribution at festivals including AFI DOCS, CAAMFest, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Houston AAPI Film Festival, Nevertheless Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival. Yi holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from American University and taught at George Mason University’s Film and Video Studies program.

Alice

A Los Angeles native, Alice began her career as a Director of Photography, working with renowned directors Werner Herzog, Stacy Peralta, and Rory Kennedy, among others. THE DONUT KING is Alice’s feature directorial debut and has been selected to premiere in competition at SXSW 2020. Alice is following up her directorial debut with helming a whistle-blower documentary currently in pre- production with Logan Content, slated to begin in April 2020 as well as her episodic directorial debut, set to be announced later this year.

RAY YEUNG

Ray Yeung is a script editor and programmer for the Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival as well as a writer and director. His films touch upon the lives of queer Asian men and issues related to coming out and cultural expectations. Among his features are CUT SLEEVE BOYS (2006) and FRONT COVER (2015). He was inspired to make TWILIGHT’S KISS after reading Travis Kong’s book Oral History of Older Gay Men and adapted a fictional story from its elements as well as personal interviews Yeung conducted. 

Kiel McNaughton, Director of THE LEGEND OF BARON TO’A
Kiel McNaughton, Director of
THE LEGEND OF BARON TO’A

BONUS – Actor, Uli Latukefu also joined the Q&A!


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Kiel McNaughton is a director and producer most experienced in television comedy and drama. After spending four and a half years in front of the camera as a core cast member on New Zealand’s most watched soap SHORTLAND STREET, Kiel moved behind the camera to direct and executive produce the award-winning comedy series AUCKLAND DAZE. He has since directed full seasons of FIND ME A MAORI BRIDE and THIS IS PIKI and co-produced the feature film WARU.

RAMONA DIAZ
Ramona Diaz, Director of
A THOUSAND CUTS

BONUS – Journalist, Maria Ressa also joined the Q&A!


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Ramona S. Diaz is an award-winning Asian American filmmaker whose films have screened at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, the Viennale, IDFA, and many other top-tier film festivals. All of Ramona’s feature-length films – IMELDA (2004), THE LEARNING (2011), DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY (2012) and MOTHERLAND (2017)—have been broadcast on PBS. Ramona is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Women at Sundance Fellowship, and the Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. Her most recent film A THOUSAND CUTS, which profiles journalist Maria Ressa, premiered at Sundance and will open theatrically this summer.

Masharu Take, Director of WE MAKE ANTIQUES: KYOTO RENDEZVOUS

After short film NATSUMI NO ICHIBAN KIREI NA YUUHI (2006), Masaharu Take directed his first feature-length film BOY MEETS PUSAN (2007). 100 YEN LOVE (2014) won numerous awards in the Japan Academy Film Prize and was selected as the Japanese entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 88th Academy Awards. His recent filmography includes JOURNEY OF THE SKY GODDESS (2019) and THE GUN 2020 (2020). THE NAKED DIRECTOR (2019) is also a current success on Netflix.

HONG KHAOU
Hong Khaou, Director of
MONSOON

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Born in Phnom Penh, raised in Saigon, now a Londoner. His debut feature, LILTING was made through the Film London’s Microwave scheme, where it had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, World Dramatic Competition, winning the Best Cinematography Award. LILTING secured a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut by A British Writer, Director or Producer. His second feature, MONSOON, had its world premier at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, In Competition.

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PANELS & HIFF TALKS

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The Future of Kānaka Maoli Filmmaking:
Where do we go from here?


Thursday, August 13, 3 – 4 pm (HST) FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Co-presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications

We are living in a tumultuous, political era. Institutions are being challenged in the film industry, as politics and art are resonant more than ever in an American reckoning from a gamut of causes–Police brutality and #blacklivesmatter; an attack against immigration and the scapegoating of the Other; First Peoples issues and rights being challenged right here in Hawai’i spearheaded by the Mauna Kea movement; and the disparity of wealth and class becoming more apparent via the COVID-19 pandemic, decimating all industries, especially the film and tv industry. In this panel we explore the current movement of Kānaka Maoli filmmakers who are fighting the good fight in telling their own stories in an ever-changing media landscape. Artistic practice, maintaining authenticity in the filmmaker’s perspective, and what protocols to follow in this “new normal” during a global pandemic will be hot button issues discussed in a time of massive structural change as we try to answer the question, “where do we go from here?” Hosted by HIFF Artistic Director, Anderson Le

PANELISTS: Donne Dawson (Hawai‘i State Film Commissioner), Justyn Ah Chong (DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI), Leanne Ferrer (Pacific Islanders in Communications), Chris Kahunahana (WAIKIKI THE MOVIE), Ciara Lacy (OUT OF STATE, HIFF37 Made In Hawai‘i Grand Prize), Erin Lau (THE MOON AND THE NIGHT, HIFF38), Mynette Louie (Producer of I CARRY YOU WITH ME, SWALLOW, NANCY, THE TALE), ʻĀina Paikai (HAWAIIAN SOUL), Ty Sanga (HAE HAWAI‘I, STONES)

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EDUCATION SESSION FOR STUDENTS

FUTURE FILMMAKERS Q&A on ZOOM


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We encourage middle and high school (6-12th grade) students in Hawai’i to sign up for our Future Filmmakers Q&A on Zoom to connect with peers across the state, get ideas and tips for their submission to the DKII Future Filmmakers Open Call, and learn from local Documentary Filmmaker, Ciara Lacy, and past student winners of previous Future Filmmakers’ film contests. What is your message to the future President?

OPENING NIGHT PAU HANA

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Thank you to those who were able to join us for our first ever HIFF@Home Summer Fest Opening Night Pau Hana via Zoom. It was great getting together, apart!

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