Sundance Film Festival

HIFF is a proud co-presenter of SPA NIGHT at 27th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, screening August 14

HIFF is proud to be co-presenting the Hawaii premiere of SPA NIGHT directed by Andrew Ahn. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is a coming-of-age story with a star-making performance from lead actor Joe Seo, who won the Best Actor Award at Sundance.

18-year-old David Cho (Joe Seo)  is caught between tradition and his future, and there’s no place he feels that tug of war more intensely than at the spa. Raised in L.A.’s Koreatown neighborhood, David is used to…

Straight outta Sundance & SXSW — Check out these awards buzz films playing at HIFF Spring Showcase

Love award winning independent cinema? To you follow what were the big breakout hits from major festivals like Sundance, SXSW and Toronto? Many buzz worthy films started their journey there and have gone on to box office and sometimes, Oscar gold. The HIFF Spring Showcase once again is presenting these early buzz titles that just premiered at Sundance and SXSW just a few weeks ago, so be in the now and grab that opportunity to see these Hawaii festival premieres before they hit a local theatr…

HIFF Spring Showcase Programmer’s Picks: Anderson’s Recommendations for Opening Weekend

The 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase starts today! We’re very excited to finally show the 34 (we just added another film, DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE ISLAND, a few days ago) films from 11 countries that will unspool for the next 10 days in Honolulu. Although the spring showcase is about 1/3 the size of our main film festival in the fall, it can still be daunting to make a decision on what films to see.

Well, that’s where I am here to help! As director of programming, I’ve seen every film that we’v…

Indie spirit shines at 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase (with films straight from Sundance)

Are you a total DIYer who loves the maker movement, shops at In4mation, follows PowWow Hawaii, reads Lucky Peach and Flux Hawaii, hangs out at Morning Glass, and shops regularly at Art + Flea and their new shop Mori? Or do have you discovered your inner cineaste by delving into the French New Wave in college, watch the Criterion collection on your Hulu Plus account, or can’t wait for the next Wes Anderson joint?

Then, you, my hip friend, will love these cool, indie spirit-filled and…

Free Screening of Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS at Courtyard Cinema, April 9

This April’s Courtyard Cinema film at Ward Village is the Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS, the directorial debut of Academy nominated actor William H. Macy. After a grieving father finds a box of demo tapes made by his now-dead son, he forms a band in hope of finding some peace.

A grieving father (Billy Crudup) goes on a downward spiral after his son is killed in a school shooting. He comes across a box of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics and is shocked by the discovery…

European films bring prestige to the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase

European films return in the big way at the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase. We are presenting 5 European productions and co-productions in this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase. The films range from ’70s style crime dramas, to a trip around the world in search of the best steak, to famous characters come to life from Gustave Flaubert’s seminal novel, to an anti-SEARCHERS story with a brooding Michael Fassbender, to an Argentinian set romantic comedy about a jaded film critic who feels as if his lif…

Documentaries Shine at HIFF Spring Showcase 2015

Documentaries shine at the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase! We’ve got 6 dynamic, diverse and award winning documentaries straight from Toronto, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals, one that is a special sneak peek of a Korean box office hit, and a biography about an American literary treasure with a renewed mission on sustainability on Maui.

Check out this year’s documentary selections below:

Now in his 86th year, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer winner W.S.

Hot Titles straight from Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals

The HIFF Spring Showcase is a great way to catch up on recent award winning films that have recently premiered at major film festivals like Toronto, Busan and Sundance. You can equate these as films that are hot, right out of the major film festival oven, with HIFF Spring Showcase providing an opportunity to serve a prix fixe meal with several courses representing the very best AND latest in international cinema.

Therefore, here’s this Spring Showcase’s tasting menu:

Straight from…

Sundance Film Festival Report

Sundance 2012

Sundance 2012

This year’s Sundance was an interesting year, with the documentaries being the strongest component of the programming and some gems from the narrative feature sections. I was in full marathon mode, viewing a total of 35 films in 8 days. I am a little film fatigued. But, it was a fun year, and a couple of blizzard days aside, the weather was amazing and the atmosphere in Park City was crackling with energy as usual. I was fortunate to stay in a big cabin at Deer Valley Resorts, just a couple of miles north from Main Street. Rap star Little Wayne was my neighbor!

Anyway, here’s my top film picks (in no particular order):

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