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HIFF Spring Showcase Programmer’s Picks: Anderson’s Favorites for Closing Weekend

Hello, true believers, it’s Anderson, director of programming for the Hawaii International Film Festival. I am blogging from Dallas, Texas and not from the humble and slightly cluttered HIFF office located across the street from the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Why the heck am I in Dallas? Well, I was graciously invited to be on the Narrative Feature Jury at the Dallas International Film Festival, which means I had to leave mid-way through the Spring Showcase.

I am slightly sad that I am…

Final TBA slots scheduled for HIFF Spring Showcase Closing Weekend

We are in the home stretch of the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase! For the first time, the showcase extends to a second weekend, which provides the opportunity for our film hungry audiences to plan out their schedules with more desirable time slots away from work and weekday schedules. The programming team has also finally scheduled the three TBA slots that are scheduled on the final day of the Spring Showcase, Sunday, April 19. The location, as always, is the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18. T…

Double Feature Discount Nights This Weekend at Spring Showcase

Looking for an action filled evening? Some date night fun? Check out HIFF’s special double feature discounts this weekend at the 2015 Spring…

HIFF Spring Showcase Programmer’s Picks: Anderson’s Recommendations for Opening Weekend

The 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase starts today! We’re very excited to finally show the 34 (we just added another film, DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE ISLAND, a few days ago) films from 11 countries that will unspool for the next 10 days in Honolulu. Although the spring showcase is about 1/3 the size of our main film festival in the fall, it can still be daunting to make a decision on what films to see.

Well, that’s where I am here to help! As director of programming, I’ve seen every film that we’v…

Indie spirit shines at 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase (with films straight from Sundance)

Are you a total DIYer who loves the maker movement, shops at In4mation, follows PowWow Hawaii, reads Lucky Peach and Flux Hawaii, hangs out at Morning Glass, and shops regularly at Art + Flea and their new shop Mori? Or do have you discovered your inner cineaste by delving into the French New Wave in college, watch the Criterion collection on your Hulu Plus account, or can’t wait for the next Wes Anderson joint?

Then, you, my hip friend, will love these cool, indie spirit-filled and…

Spotlight on Chinese Cinema at Spring Showcase 2015

In addition to the blockbuster Closing Night Film COMING HOME, the Hawaii International Film Festival is bringing four other fantastic Chinese films to our HIFF audience. Comedy, romance, drama, and action, these four titles have something for every movie fan. See below for details on all five of thes…

Spotlight on Maori filmmakers with New Zealand hits at Spring Showcase

Fresh from the Toronto Film Festival, HIFF has two of the biggest New Zealand titles of 2014 at this year’s Spring Showcase. Both prominently showcasing Maori talent, these two titles presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications are not to b…

Free Screening of Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS at Courtyard Cinema, April 9

This April’s Courtyard Cinema film at Ward Village is the Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS, the directorial debut of Academy nominated actor William H. Macy. After a grieving father finds a box of demo tapes made by his now-dead son, he forms a band in hope of finding some peace.

Synopsis:
A grieving father (Billy Crudup) goes on a downward spiral after his son is killed in a school shooting. He comes across a box of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics and is shocked by the discovery…

European films bring prestige to the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase

European films return in the big way at the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase. We are presenting 5 European productions and co-productions in this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase. The films range from ’70s style crime dramas, to a trip around the world in search of the best steak, to famous characters come to life from Gustave Flaubert’s seminal novel, to an anti-SEARCHERS story with a brooding Michael Fassbender, to an Argentinian set romantic comedy about a jaded film critic who feels as if his lif…

Indian Mega-Hit “I” Comes to HIFF Spring Showcase!

One of the biggest Indian hits of 2014, and one of the biggest “Kollywood” hits of all time, the all Tamil-language tour-de-force “I” lands at HIFF Spring Showcas…

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