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Ninoy & The Rise of People Power Q&A

2009 Award Winners

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Film: Empire of Silver (directed by Yao Shuhua)

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary Film: Petition (directed by Zhao Liang)

Maverick Award: Maggie Q, Warrior and the Wolf

PUMA Emerging Filmmaker Award: Children of Invention (directed by Tze Chun)

NETPAC Award: Castaway On The Moon (directed by Hey-Jun Lee)

City and County of Honolulu Vision in Film Award: Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse, LOST

Mahalo Nui Loa Award: Jack Bender & Jean Higgins, LOST

Video-on Demand Award: Ajumma, Are You Krazy? (directed by Brent Anbe)

Audience Awards for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short will be announced Monday, November 2nd.

The Harimaya Bridge Q&A



Filmmaker Mark Wexler is not going down without a fight. Faced with the devastating loss of his mother and his own advancing age, Mark takes off on a curious, lively, sometimes troubling enquiry into how he might live forever.

His search takes him to the places where people live longest, from Okinawa to Iceland. He journeys to Las Vegas to attend a funeral directors convention and the Ms. Senior America pageant. He contemplates a future in cold storage at a cryonics facility in Arizona. He receives exercise tips from Jack LaLanne, hormone replacement advice from Suzanne Somers, and promises of eternal life from biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey.

Yet the more he travels into the strange worlds of laughter yoga, elder porn, calorie restriction, and old-fashioned religion, the less sure he becomes of his goal. Can it be that life’s true meaning is found in the humble chili dog? A fun, provocative, and searching look at the deepest mystery of life.



The People I’ve Slept With Q&A

Shorts Program #1 Q&A

4th Screening of BARBARIAN PRINCESS added; New film YOUTH IN REVOLT

Just today we added a new film starring Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno, Paper Heart) called YOUTH IN REVOLT.


“Youth in Revolt” is the story of Nick Twisp a unique, but affable teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) while on a family vacation. But family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart. With Sheenis encouragement, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego: Francois. With his ascot, his moustache and his cigarette, Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni, and leads Nick Twisp on a path of destruction with unpredictable and uproarious consequences. – IMDB Synopsis

See a trailer and more info about this film on our program guide page.

BARBARIAN PRINCESS – 4th Screening Added!

Due to overwhelming demand, we have added a 4th screening of BARBARIAN PRINCESS at 10am on Sunday, October 25th. Here’s a direct ticket link.


Since the first 2 screenings sold out we have added a third screening

Buy your tickets here before they sell out again.

$15 General Admission
$12 Member Tickets

UPDATE: 3rd screening SOLD OUT!
There will be a rush line at both screenings, first come first serve for any remaining seats 5 minutes before the film starts.

LOST at HIFF 2009

Are you excited for LOST day at HIFF? We took some photos from the scene today, including a Dharma Van and big mural of the LOST cast. Here’s some photos, click them to get bigger versions. More photos coming soon.

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Photos from Opening Press Conference & Evening Gala

Here are some photos from the Opening Press Conference and Opening Night Party. All photos taken by Rae Huo Photography. See more photos after the break.

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