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HIFF 2010 Titles Now Available on DVD!

So for those of you eagerly awaiting our Fall 2011 Festival, why not take the time to catch up on all of those Fall 2010 films you missed? Or those 2010 Festival favorites that you’d LOVE to watch again! C’mon, take a break from those summer hits, and cuddle up at home with a DVD and your snack of choice!

As promised, click here for the list of HIFF 2010 Fall Festival films available now on DVD rental through Netflix. Please Note: These are films available through Netflix on DVD-only, please click here to check out 2010 films available on Netflix Instant Streaming that are also available on DVD.


Photo call

I had the pleasure of being invited to a special Tastemakers screening of SNOWFLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN in Los Angeles earlier this week. I was live-blogging from the event on the @HIFF twitter account.

Directed by Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB, CHAN IS MISSING) and based on the acclaimed novel by Lisa See, the film opens in theaters tomorrow, July 15. Aside from Wang and See in attendance, there was also the main lead, Li Bingbing, who flew in from Beijing, as well as executive producers Wendi Deng Murdoch (yep, she’s married to Rupert) and Florence Sloan. Here’s a photo of them on the red carpet.

Photo call

(From L to R: Wendi Deng Murdoch, star Li Bingbing, Wayne Wang, Florence Sloan, Lisa See)


Still pissed about the new Netflix $ubscription rates? Sigh. Well, you might as well just go to the theater and spend more money on movies anyway because if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em? #firstworldrebels

Here’s a shortlist of flicks playing in Honolulu this weekend (or the next)…


I went to advanced screening of this on Tuesday and the girl sitting next to me was crying her snitches off (see it for yourself, Ward Theaters Auditorium 2, she’s still sitting there crying). The movie is good and gonna gross about three Oprahs for sure, but the real question is how long before Hollywood finds it appropriate to remake these films… 20 to 25 months?

More talkies after the jump…

Celebrate Culture + Arts @ Ko Olina Films – July 22-23

The films for July’s Celebrate Culture + Arts @ Ko Olina Film Series have been announced. This event takes place on the lawn at Ko Olina Resort’s Ulua Lagoon (#4) at sunset, rain or shine.

Raiders of the Lost Ark will be playing on Friday, July 22nd and Star Trek will be playing on Saturday, July 23rd.

For more information on these films, please click the ‘read more’ link below.

Call For Entries – HIFF 2011 is now CLOSED.

Since the final deadline of July 8th has passed, the call for entries for the 2011 Hawaii International Film Festival has now closed. We are still accepting films from only students under 18 (high school & younger) until August 1st. See our Call For Entries page for details on how to submit your film.

If you submitted a film to HIFF in 2011, thank you! We will be notifying everyone who submitted a film if they were accepted or not in September 2011.

Watch HIFF 2010 Titles Instantly!!

So summer is in full swing and so is the summer movie season! And during this season of the epic blockbuster, a breath of fresh indie air and Festival Films would be a welcome treat. But have no fear, you need not wait till October! Thanks to Netflix, this summer you can instantly catch up on many of the films you missed at HIFF 2010 while you eagerly await our 2011 edition.

Click here to discover all of the fine HIFF 2010 titles currently available on Netflix Streaming…

**Starred films are also available on Netflix DVD

Anderson’s Report from The LA Film Festival

The Los Angeles Film Festival just wrapped this Sunday, closing with the Guillermo del Toro produced DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, a solid horror film starring Katie Holmes. Over 10 days, over 200 films unspooled in the LA LIVE Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Overall, the Festival was a major success and their programming was great, with a diverse mix of new indie features, compelling documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters. Here are some highlights from the Festival:

Celebrate Culture + Arts Ko Olina Films – June 24-25

The films for June’s Celebrate Culture + Arts @ Ko Olina Film Series have been announced. This event takes place on the lawn at Ko Olina Resort’s Ulua Lagoon (#4) at sunset, rain or shine. Pink Panther 2 will be playing on Friday, June 24th and 50 First Dates will be playing on Saturday, June 25th. For more information on these films, please click the ‘read more’ link below.

Hero Complex Film Festival

If you didn’t know, the geeks have inherited the Earth. Catering to geek culture is a Hollywood mantra now, with superhero movies coming out of the yin yang for summer blockbuster season, graphic novels and other comic properties being picked up and adapted for big screen annihilation and Comic Con becoming the Mecca of Geekdom every year, where every studio will head south to San Diego and evangelize and cock tease the masses in the hallowed Hall H.

But, with news today of several studios opting out of Comic Con presentations this year, because of hype in a vacuum, we may have crossed a tipping point with geek and fanboy-dom. But, that’s not going to happen anytime soon and thank the Maker, because the 2nd annual Hero Complex Film Festival presented by the Los Angeles Times was held this past weekend, and it was hella fun. This film festival was created by LA Times reporter Geoff Boucher, who also runs the Hero Complex blog, a news site on all things geek (movies, TV, comics, multimedia).

Read more about the Hero Complex Film Festival below…

Movie nights are baaaack!

The best part about actually making it out of my bedroom to see a film (can’t seem to find the energy to put on pants lately), is going to see it for free.  Monday Movie Nights at Morning Brew in Kailua offers up a monthly night where cinephiles and broke folk alike can join forces and get real weird with it.  

This coming Monday, Morning Brew will be showing Czechoslovakian film Sedmikrasky (1966) – a surrealist flick by director Vera Chytilová.  Come hang out in the loft area, grab a glass of Cabernet and make plans with me to revive this whole modern surrealism movement, because it has to happen, you guys. IT HAS TO. 

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