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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!

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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.”

Kamehameha students create “Lip Dub” viral video

You may have recently seen part of this great Lip Dub video on the local news channels. It was created by the Advanced Video Production class at Kamehameha Kapalama Campus, and features over 300 students at the school. In case you’re not familiar with what a Lip Dub is, it combines lip synching and audio dubbing to create a music video. Many of the more popular lip dub videos on Youtube use a long, moving shot technique where the participants and the camera travel through a location. More details about this below, check out the video:

This video was shot in one day, and involved four long takes which were edited together. One of the segments was filmed with the intention of playing it backwards, which posed quite a challenge. Instructor Leah Kihara, director Kameona Hokoana & cameraman Micah Mizumoto talk about how the video was made on KITV4. Also, Hawaii News Now talked about this last Thursday in their ‘Viral Video’ segment.

Bonjour, Summer

On my way to work this morning, Alice Cooper came on the radio to remind us that school’s out.  When I got to my desk, I found in my inbox the much-awaited monthly email from indie theatre Movie Museum in Kaimuki to learn they’re screening Summer Hours (L’heure d’ete). HIFF showed Summer Hours in Spring 2009.  Then I was driving into Chinatown to meet fellow blogger Dana at Manifest, when I almost ran over a group of seven middle schoolers.  In short:  Aaah, summer is everywhere!

At Movie Museum, TONIGHT Friday (6/5), Summer Hours is about a family’s struggle with what to do with their mother’s prized art collection after she passes.  The leads drink wine, discuss art, share nostalgic family memories in patio-courtyard, hang out with Juliette Binoche, drink wine, make fun of each other, have rendezvous in Parisian apartments, did I mention they drink wine?  Basically, you want your life to be a French-ensemble movie!

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