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I Left My Heart in New York (NYAFF)

[img_assist|nid=351|title=NYAFF 2010 Logo|desc=|link=url|url=|align=right|width=217|height=129]I wish I was in New York this week, since the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival is going on right now. This collection of modern films from China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and a few other Asian countries will knock your socks off! From martial arts flicks like IP MAN 1 & 2, MERANTAU and RAGING PHOENIX to intriguing dramas like THE ACTRESSES, ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW or CONFESSIONS, there’s something for everyone.

HIFF is working to get some of these films for our audiences here in Hawaii to play in our October festival, but we can’t announce any titles just yet. Be sure to check out the NYAFF festival trailer below, it’s really cool.

God Save the Queen?

I had this friend who said he saw BAND OF OUTSIDERS in a movie theater once and it changed his life a little. Now I want my life to change a little!

As the last vintage movie house on Oahu, Queen Theater on Waialae Ave in Kaimuki would be the perfect venue for these sort of films. Concerned residents are already forming a coalition to save it, which you can read all about in the June 23rd issue of the Honolulu Weekly. Be a part of their cinephile army? Visit and join their email list to add your signature to their “1,000 Friends of Queen Theater” petition.


I’m Ready for My Close-up

I’ve been obsessed with screen tests lately.  Must be all that effortlessly cool (warning: watching these videos too closely/for too long could bruise you).  Here are three of my favorites.  The Entire Male Population, take notes.

Two more videos are included in the full article.

Vietnam’s first… Hip Hop Movie?!?!

Say what??? Yeah, that’s what we thought at first too. Coming soon from Stephane Gauger, who won the HIFF 2007 NETPAC Award with his feature film debut OWL & THE SPARROW is hip hop themed dance film SAIGON ELECTRIC. This is a look at today’s youth culture in Vietnam, where hip hop, graffiti and other aspects of western culture are being integrated. The film is currently in production and set for a mid-December release in Vietnam. HIFF’s Programming Director Anderson Le is involved in this project as an Executive Producer.

A short synopsis of the film:

Mai, a traditional ribbon dancer from the outskirts of Saigon arrives to the big city and forms an unlikely friendship with Kim, a rebellious street dancer who introduces her to the underground scene of hip hop crews in modern-day Vietnam.


Efron vs. Maui Film Festival

I don’t know why I’m writing this, when fellow B-Logger Dana’s the one who has an alleged “history” with him (InTouch, call me if you need a “source close to the star”), but here goes anyway:  Last Thursday, Zac Efron was honored with the Shining Star Award at the 2010 Maui Film Festival.  Past recipients include Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel.  An interesting move by film festivals looking to attract mainstream audiences on top of their already wading cinephile pools.

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Sofia Coppola’s back with SOMEWHERE

Finally.  A trailer.  

Sure to resurrect Stephen Dorff’s career, establish a Team Dakota vs. Team Elle tabloid rivalry, feature a killer new wave soundtrack, and reignite my burning twentysomething fantasy of holding hands with Sofia Coppola . . . but why do we have to wait until December?

Youtube Collaborates with the Guggenheim

No other medium is pushing the boundaries of creativity like video. YouTube Play, a collaboration between YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum, wants to recognize and showcase the most remarkable online videos from around the world. To have your work considered simply post it on YouTube and then submit it at A jury of experts will decide which works will be shown at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Submissions close July 31, 2010.

Can someone help me find my socks cause this promo just blew them right–ahh, you get the picture. In short, WHOA.


Last year’s HIFF 2009 brought a significant amount success stories that are making 2010 a fabulous year for film (PRECIOUS, THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS, THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH, etc, etc, ETC)  

One in particular, HARIMAYA BRIDGE (2009), has finally had it’s closing week at Dole Theaters after an astonishing seven week release following the footsteps of DEPARTURES (featured at HIFF 2008).

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In this film, father Daniel Holder deals with the death of his son by traveling to Japan to claim his son’s artwork. As you can imagine, there is a loss of translation and more than a handful of cultural differences–they take their shoes off here and I find that weird, kinda thing–in spite of everything, Daniel learns more about his son than originally planned while still grieving over their tumultuous relationship. 

To catch a glimpse, we’ll just now have to wait for it’s DVD release (or Netflix release if you’re like me and hate going outside) which is scheduled to come out sometime in Fall 2010.

Fasten Your Seat Belts!

[img_assist|nid=335|title=Maggie Q Accepts Maverick Award at 2009 HIFF|desc=Photo by Rae Huo Photography|link=node|align=left|width=160|height=240]Our eyes have been glued on Maggie Q ever since she seductively slipped her way out of an orange Lamborghini in that slinky red dress in Mission: Impossible III.  Vatican City hasn’t looked that sinful since, well… maybe we shouldn’t go there.  Point is the Hawai’i native, and HIFF 2009 Maverick Award winner for Warrior and the Wolf, is showing no signs of hitting the brakes.  Catch her in The CW’s revamped vehicle NIKITA this fall television season.


HIFF’s 2009 Festival Trailer wins Key Art Award!

It was recently announced that HIFF’s 2009 Festival Trailer, created by Hyperspective Studios and Orangeroc and starring Daniel Dae Kim, won a Key Art Award for the “Theatrical Audio/Visual – Festival Audio/Visual” category at the The Hollywood Reporter’s 39th Annual Key Art Awards. See the 2009 trailer below, and check out older HIFF trailers going back to 1994 on our Vimeo page. “What do you see?”

From the Hyperspective Studios description:
“Hawaii International Film Festival 29 trailer for 2009 starring Daniel Dae Kim from LOST titled “What do you see?”. Produced by Hyperspective Studios and directed by Todd J. Robertson. Ink blots present an opportunity to see anything that you want to see. This short brings to life the visions of a writer struggling to finish a script.”

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