HIFF 2002

22nd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival

November 1-10, 2002

Award Winners

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Narrative
MR & MRS IYER
Director: Aparna Sen

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Documentary
SPELLBOUND
Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Special Jury Award
THE HEART OF THE SEA: KAPOLIOKA’EHUKAI
Directors: Lisa Denker, Charlotte Lagarde

NETPAC Award
EYES OF A BEAUTY (XI SHI YAN)
Director: Hu Guan

Hawaii Film & Videomaker Award
I SCREAM, FLOATS, AND SUNDAYS
Director:Leah Kihara

Film in Hawai’i Award
EDDIE AND MYRNA KAMAE

Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography
PETER PAU

Audience Award for Best Feature
THE MAORI MERCHANT OF VENICE
Director: Don Selwyn

Audience Award for Best Documentary
AN UNTOLD TRIUMPH: AMERICA’S FILIPINO SOLDIERS
Director: Noel Izon

Audience Award for Best Short
KAHO’OLAWE: THE BREATH OF OUR ANCESTORS
Director: Jackson M. Bauer

2002 Program Book Cover

Opening Night

YMCA BASEBALL TEAM
Director: Hyeon-seok Kim
South Korea 2002

Closing Night

EVELYN
Director: Bruce Beresford
UK 2002

World Premieres

EYES OF A BEAUTY
Director: Hu Guan
China 2002, Narrative Competition

THE HEART OF THE SEA: KAPOLIOKA’EHUKAI
Directors: Lisa Denker, Charlotte Lagarde
USA 2002, Reel Life

THE MAORI MERCHANT OF VENICE
Director: Don Selwyn
New Zealand 2002, Films Down Under

PEACH
Director: Yuki Otsuka
Japan 2002, Made In Japan

THE PIPEMASTERS
Director: Stacy Peralta
USA 2002, Reel Life

AN UNTOLD TRIUMPH: AMERICA’S FILIPINO SOLDIERS
Director: Noel Izon
USA 2002, The Filipino Experience

International Premieres

YMCA BASEBALL TEAM
Director: Hyeon-soek Kim
South Korea 2002, Opening Night

2002 Festival Trailer

What a year for the LOUIS VUITTON HAWAII presents the HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2002 (HIFF)! First, we are extremely thankful to LOUIS VUITTON HAWAII for their wonderful and gracious support – HIFF is the 2002 and 2003 recipient of the LOUIS VUITTON Golf Cup Hawaii Charity Tournament.

This year’s festival promises to be exciting. To this end, I would like to highlight only a few of the many excellent events that are coming soon to a theater near you.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Koreans to Hawai’i and the United States, we have our special SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA program. This special celebration of Korean and Korean-American features, documentaries, shorts and seminars is not to be missed.

We are thrilled to present the 2002 Eastman Kodak Award for Excellence in Cinematography to Peter Pau. Peter was the cinematographer for Ang Lee’s beautiful epic, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (HIFF 2000′s Opening Night Film). Peter will be hosting a seminar analyzing his exquisite camera work at the Doris Duke at the Academy (formerly the Academy of Arts Theater) on November 8th at 3:30pm.

Additionally, American film critic Roger Ebert will be hosting a seminar on what many critics consider to be the greatest film ever made, Orson Welles’ CITIZEN KANE. Special to this year’s festival is “Roger Ebert’s Pick” – a new and upcoming film that has been passed over by mainstream media. Likewise, famous Japanese art and film critic Donald Richie will be hosting a seminar on Akira Kurosawa’s classic, THE MEN WHO TREAD ON THE TIGERS TAIL. Donald’s remarkable life will be highlighted in a fascinating documentary that will be part of this year’s festival called “sneaking in”.

We also host the University of Hawai’i conference, “Myths, Terrorism, and Justice: Themes in Pacific and Asian Literature and Film” from November 5th – 8th. This is the fourth Fall Celebration of Writers of the University of Hawai’i Department of English. We have the World Premiere of HEART OF THE SEA (Kapolioka’ehukai), the moving documentary about local surf legend and Queen of Makaha, Rell Sunn, at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki.

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to the official delegation from HIFF’s sister festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) HIFF and SIFF have partnered to exchange delegations, guests, films and ideas. Our new Shanghai partnership continues to raise and strengthen HIFF’s profile globally as well as enriching our existing arrangements with Beijing and Japan with many more to come.

On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors, sponsors and volunteers of the Hawaii International Film Festival, I thank you for your generous and vital support for HIFF and its continuing mission to increase cultural understanding among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America. I hope that you will agree: this year’s festival will be outstanding.

Chuck Boller
Executive Director