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Can someone PUHLEASE bring me a paper bag, I’ve started hyperventilating after seeing the 2010 Film Program for this year’s fall film festival.  New to HIFF this year will be the SOUND X VISION section, which offers up some pretty killer films that make me want to quit everything I’m doing to live the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle (I mean did you SEE the footage from BLANK CITY).  HIFF will also be presenting some sweet films from across the Atlantic that are sure to convince you to book your ticket for next years Cannes Film Festival (thanks, Eurocinema Hawai’i!//can someone puhlease send me to Cannes already?).

Anyway, because HIFF loves you, we’ll be compiling lists for all of you incase you find the 224 Film Program a little intimidating.

Speaking of intimi-DATE-ing (I’m pretty proud of that one)…FILMS YOU SHOULD SEE WHILE YOU’RE ON A HIFF DATE:




I’m all for judging a book by its cover, but click on any poster to check out the synopses in our newly posted FILM PROGRAM.  I don’t know if you guys heard (it’s pretty exclusive news), but it’s UP, IT’S UP, IT’S UP, IT’S UP, LOOK AT IT ALREADY, etc.

Hungry for HIFF Films? Whet your appetite with Taste of HIFF!

For the next couple of weeks until HIFF starts on October 14, there will be several FREE film screenings of past HIFF films at the University of Phoenix‟s downtown campus. Plus, receive a special preview of upcoming films and enter for a chance to win two free tickets to a HIFF screening of your choice. All screenings are free and open to the public and will be hosted by Gene Shofner, Director of Academic Affairs for the University of Phoenix.

Taste of HIFF films:

  • Friday, September 24 at 7:00pm – RAISE THE RED LANTERN (China), directed by Yimou Zhang
  • Friday, October 1 at 7:00pm – THE TASTE OF TEA (Japan), directed by Katsuhito Ishii
  • Friday, October 8 at 7:00pm – PLATFORM (China), directed by Jia Zhang-ke

Please see this flyer (PDF) for more details.

Film Program and Schedule launching Friday, Sept 24.

The 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival film program and schedule will be launching online this Friday, September 24th. You’ll soon be able to pick up a printed program guide, we’ll update you again when they’re available. Tickets won’t go on sale until September 30th for HIFF Ohana members and October 4th for the general public.

As a bonus for HIFF members, sponsors and HIFF 30 button wearers, we’re holding a sneak peek screening of BOY, a film by Taika Waititi, from New Zealand on Thursday September 30th at 6:30pm at Regal Dole Cannery Theaters. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. See information about BOY after the jump.

From BREATHLESS to Hyperventilating for 87 Minutes

We first blogged about the fully restored 50th anniversary version the film BREATHLESS a couple months back, but wasn’t really banking on the possibility of it ever reaching our corner of the Pacific.

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So when co-blogger Dana and I heard it was getting a one-week run at Kahala 8, we got ourselves in line faster than you could shout “New York Herald Tribune” (my official 2010 Halloween costume suggestion to all you pixie-cut lassies).

Speaking of the pay-pahs, A.O. Scott of the New York Times described the re-release as “an immaculate and glowing new print” and by Bogart was he right. Seeing Seberg ask, “Why are you so sad?” and Belmondo deadpan “Because I am” on the silver screen, couldn’t’ve made me more the opposite of sad. And that 25 minute bedroom scene reminded me why I watch movies in the first place because I basically live for that 25 minute bedroom scene. The screening has also inspired me to (and by “me”, I mean “ask Dana to”) screen print Jean-Pierre Melville’s cameo answer to Seberg’s journalistic inquiry of his greatest life ambition onto a t-shirt: “To become immortal, and then die.” Ugh, why is this movie so good?

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HIFF Fundraiser at Pearl


The HIFF staff will be shaking it to the ground in our meat dresses this coming Tuesday at PEARL, and we want YOU to join us!  Tuesday 6PM – 2AM Pearl will be hosting another fundraiser to celebrate 30 years of HIFF and the upcoming film festival (we’re almost there!).

During this event, we will be giving out HIFF30 buttons with a donation of at least $10; which not only will support the film festival, but will also get you 10% off all your purchases at Pearl. Happy Hour pricing all night on drinks and food until 8PM.

HIFF’s Educational Programs

Did you know that HIFF provides free educational programs each year? If you’re an educator in the state of Hawaii, there are opportunities available to bring your class to a HIFF film, have a filmmaker make a classroom visit, or participate in a video conference with filmmakers. Please share this with any educators you know, the deadline to sign up is September 30th.

We’ve updated the information for the 2010 educational programs, including the Guest Filmmaker Program and Cultural & Visual Literacy Program. Some available filmmakers are: Darieus Legg (Director of ECILA), Chuck Mitsui (Director of ONE KINE DAY), Miao Wang (Director of BEIJING TAXI), and more will be announced soon. Ric Galindez and Roy Tjioe (Producers of PRINCESS KAIULANI, SOUL SURFER) will be available for this year’s Video Conference.

Films in our CVLP program include: ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW (Hong Kong), SING CHINA! (United States), RASPBERRY MAGIC (United States). See more information about these films on the CVLP page.

Films revealed at our I Heart HIFF event

In case you missed our recent member mixer and open house event at Nextdoor, these films were announced for the fall festival, and we played their trailers. To see trailers for these films, please take a look at our YouTube Channel. We’ll be announcing more films through our email newsletter over the next two weeks, until the full program announcement around September 15th.






















From browsing through the wall poster racks of Sam Goody in middle school, thinking, “Which one of these will impress my friends the most?” to spending $40 on a Pierrot Le Fou poster off the net in my college dorm room, thinking, “Who needs friends when I can look at this all day?,” film posters have always held a special place in my camphor, nitrocellulose heart.

So after scourging the web, I came across this list of 50 Incredible Film Posters from Poland (or if you want more than just the edited fifty, I’m one step ahead of you: “Google image search “polish film posters”). We’re walking the line of contemporary art here, people!


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Our friends at MUBI made a similar poster-related post highlighting Iranian Cinema of the 60s and 70s after the jump…


There’s without a doubt a stirring inner circle of filmmakers and made-in-Hawaii films starting to surface in the past few months. Just look at the recent ‘Oiwi Film Festival and ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase 2010 — Hawaiian filmmaking seems to be everywhere.


Case in point: Two weeks ago, I met an aspiring local actress – and recent NYU Tisch graduate – who invited me to help on the set of a short she just so happened to be acting in (turns out, she just so happened to have written it also). Producer + Screenwriter + Actress = triple-threat Katherine Emily Mills. Gathering talent from New York City and Hawai’i, her cast and crew shot on-location in Kahala and the North Shore under the Last Pictures banner. If you’ve ever been on a shoot before, you know orchestrating that many bodies and equipment takes time and eat-your-breakfast energy, otherwise you might go Christian Bale on someone. Luckily I have infinite patience and I don’t know, there’s just something about small teams and operating on a shoe-string budget that really makes you feel like you’re a part of something special (am I right, HIFF team?)

More about her film, STANDING IN WATER, after the jump…

Thanks to everyone who came out to ‘I Heart HIFF’!

We had a great event last night, with close to 400 people coming out and attending. Nextdoor was packed, everyone was enjoying the food from J.J. Dolans, and many of you won prizes during the raffle. We hope you enjoy those concert tickets, thanks again to BAMP Project for providing them.

You may be wondering, what’s next? Well, here it is:

HIFF will be releasing some more info about films slowly over the next month or so, but the full program and schedule announcement will come Mid-September. We’ll be launching our Online Program Guide at that time, so you’ll be able to view synopses, photos and trailers from the films, etc.

There will be a Sneak Peek event with the unveiling of the HIFF 30 festival trailer and a film shown for free to HIFF Members (title TBD) on Thursday, September 30th. Tickets will go on sale for Members at that time, and for the General Public on Monday, October 4th. Then the films will begin October 14th and run through the 24th.

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