NEW AMERICAN FILMMAKERS PROGRAM
PRESENTED BY THE VILCEK FOUNDATION
Presented by the Vilcek Foundation, the mission of New American Filmmakers program is to highlight the contributions of gifted immigrant filmmakers to contemporary American cinema. In 2015, the ninth annual New American Filmmakers program will highlight the work of five talented, cutting-edge foreign-born artists, and will include a master class with one featured filmmaker selected from the group. In addition, the 2015 program will feature a special presentation showcasing the work of one of the greatest cinematic legends and most famous immigrants of all time, Alfred Hitchcock. All five of the featured filmmakers will be in attendance at the Festival for their film screenings to participate in post-screening Q&A sessions, as well as two of Hitchcock’s granddaughters. Several selected filmmakers from the group will also participate in HIFF’s Guest Filmmaker Program, a special program that brings filmmakers from around the globe into local k-12 classrooms to speak with students about filmmaking.
2015 NAF FEATURE FILM
UNITED STATES 2015 | ENGLISH | 102M
DIRECTOR: Josh Waller
Bell will attend the HIFF screening of CAMINO (shot entirely on the island of Oahu), alongside the director of the film, Josh Waller. After the film presentation, both will be participating in an extended after-film discussion, as well as an in-depth talk about Bell’s burgeoning career as a stunt woman and actress.
FEATURED FILMMAKER: ZOË BELL
2015 FILMS & FILMMAKERS
INDIA, UNITED STATES 2014 | ENGLISH, HINDI W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 100M
DIRECTOR: Shonali Bose
FEATURED FILMMAKER: SHONALI BOSE
Shonali Bose has a Masters in Political Science from Columbia University and an MFA in Directing from the UCLA Film School. Her debut narrative feature film AMU – opened at the Berlin Film Festival followed by Toronto and many more top international film festivals. It won numerous awards including the FIPRESCI and the National Award and garnered huge critical acclaim. Bose’s second feature film MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW won the Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaker award (first Indian win) for the screenplay, the Best Asian Film Award at it’s world premiere in the Toronto Film Festival in Sep 2014, and Audience Choice Awards in numerous international film festivals. It opened in 250 screens all across India to rave reviews and ran for 5 weeks. It is now opening theatrically in many more countries. Shonali lives between Los Angeles and India and is a single mother.
UNITED STATES 2015 | ENGLISH, KOREAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 94M
DIRECTOR: Dai Sil Kim-Gibson
FEATURED FILMMAKER: DAI SIL KIM-GIBSON
Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is an independent filmmaker/writer, known for championing issues of human rights. Formerly professor of religion at Mount Holyoke College, and an author of many articles and books, SILENCE BROKEN: KOREAN COMFORT WOMEN (2000) was her award-winning first film based on her book of the same name. PEOPLE ARE THE SKY is her latest documentary. Dai Sil was born in North Korea, emigrated to South Korea, and now resides in New York.
UNITED STATES 2015 | ENGLISH, KOREAN W/ ENG SUBTITLES | 105M
DIRECTOR: Benson Lee CINEMATOGRAPHER: Daniel Katz
FEATURED FILMMAKER: BENSON LEE
Benson Lee is an award-winning Korean-American filmmaker who has worked in drama, documentary, and commercial production for over 15 years. With his film MISS MONDAY Mr. Lee became the first Korean-American filmmaker to be accepted to the Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival where his film was awarded a Special Grand Jury Prize. His first documentary PLANET B-BOY was one of the top grossing theatrical documentaries of 2008 in North America. Mr. Lee also directed the 3D adaptation of PLANET B-BOY for Sony Pictures titled BATTLE OF THE YEAR 3D starring Chris Brown and Josh Holloway. Mr. Lee’s recent award winning feature film SEOUL SEARCHING premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film festival and is being released in the Spring of 2016.
FEATURED FILMMAKER: DANIEL KATZ
Daniel was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and attended film school at Ballyfermot College. After completing a summer residency in cinematography at the Rockport, Maine Film and Television workshops he moved to New York City. Daniel has worked as a lighting technician on films including I AM LEGEND and FUNNY GAMES. He has worked as director of photography on acclaimed indie shorts IMPOSTER, BLOCK and the academy award winning CURFEW, as well as a number of feature films including REVENGE FOR JOLLY starring Kristin Wiig and Oscar Isaac and BEFORE I DISAPPEAR, winner of the SXSW audience award and selected for the prestigious Venice Film Festivals directors fortnight. SEOUL SEARCHING is his most recent film. He resides between New York, LA and Dublin.
UNITED STATES 2015 | ENGLISH | 82M
DIRECTOR: Gabrielle Demeestere
FEATURED FILMMAKER: GABRIELLE DEMEESTERE
Born and raised in Paris, Gabrielle is a New York-based filmmaker, with over five years of experience directing short films and commercials. She holds a BA in Literature from Yale and an MFA in filmmaking from NYU.YOSEMITE is her first feature film.
NAF SPOTLIGHT: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED STATES 1945 ENGLISH | 111M
DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock
This FREE screening event is presented as part of HIFF’s Ward Village Courtyard Cinema series, and will be followed by an intimate discussion with two of Alfred Hitchcock’s granddaughters.
SPECIAL GUESTS: TERE CARRUBBA & MARY STONE
HIFF is honored to welcome the granddaughters of one of the world’s most famous filmmakers and American immigrant Alfred Hitchcock. Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He began making films in 1920, and in 1940, immigrated to the United States. Often called the ‘master of suspense’, Hitchcock directed some of the most famous thrillers in film history, including VERTIGO, REAR WINDOW, PSYCHO, and SPELLBOUND.