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Sound X Vision: Celebrating the Music of The Descendants

Today we have a guest blog post by Caroline Dodge, production manager at the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy. See her thoughts below about HIFF’s free screening of THE DESCENDANTS (Sat, April 14th at 12:00 PM), a panel discussion about music in the film afterwards at 2:00 PM, and a live concert featuring Hawaiian musicians that night at The Venue, starting at 7PM.

The first time I saw The Descendants, I was immediately struck by the music. I couldn’t get over, as a mainlander from Seattle, how different it sounded—how little it sounded like the Hawaiian music I had heard in pop culture. It reminded me of a different time and era. Beautiful voices and guitars—almost haunting. Set to the incredible views of the islands, I was transported and totally hooked!

Then the plot of this amazing film unwound, and we learned that this theme ran deep through the movie itself. How traditional Hawaiian culture was being forgotten, and how important it was to remember where we come from, and to nurture this in all our actions, big and small.

As the production manager of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy, I’m truly honored to be producing this screening and panel Sound X Vision: Celebrating the Music of The Descendants on Saturday, April 14th at the Regal Dole Cannery. With guidance and help from Georja Skinner and Tracie Young from The State of Hawaii, Creative Industries Division – DBEDT and our new friends at HIFF, we’ve come up with an unforgettable screening and panel with Dondi Bastone (music supervisor for The Descendants), Jeff Peterson and Cyril Pahinui (slack key guitarists extraordinaire) and entertainment lawyer Bill Meyer moderating throughout. We hope there is talk of putting all of this wonderful music together for the film, what the process is, and what Dondi Bastone’s experience was working with such a distinct musical community and unique sound. We hope that Jeff and Cyril can, as musicians and artists, communicate what their experience was as well. The screening of The Descendants is at noon and the panel is shortly after at 2:30. I can hardly wait.

As if that weren’t enough, we’ll be throwing a live concert at The Venue that evening, with music from The Descendants, and much kanikapila from Charles Brotman, Danny Carvahlo, Pancho Graham, Makana, Jeff Peterson and Cyril Pahinui. Tickets are just $25 at hiff.org, $30 at the door. It will be an honor to see all of these amazing musicians together on stage throughout the evening. I hope to see you there!

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