#HIFF38 SOUND X VISION — From The Byrds to BoyBand Fandom to Awkwafina

By HIFF | November 06, 2018

SOUND X VISION is HIFF’s annual section devoted to films about music. This year’s section spotlights the Golden Age of ‘60s rock music in ECHO IN THE CANYON, to a celebration of intergenerational boy band fandom in I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY, to the Asian American indie FICTION & OTHER REALITIES inspired by the life of Korean American singer-songwriter Bobby Choy. We’ve also got the forgotten ‘80s cult classic THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS and a special IN CONVERSATION WITH AWKWAFINA on closing weekend.


Musician Jakob Dylan (THE WALLFLOWERS) takes an insider’s look at the roots of the historic music scene of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas. With interviews from greats such as Lou Adler, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Michelle Phillips, Brian Wilson, Tom Petty and many more, the film looks at this unique moment in time.


Budding musician Bobby Choy, a Korean-American in NYC, feels like a stranger in his own country. After his father's death, he starts writing sad songs, though he doesn’t perform very often. Mostly he just practices in his bathtub. Bobby's friend Billy, offers him a job as a roadie for his band's tour, which includes a stop in Seoul. Bobby is hesitant, but decides to take the opportunity. There he meets Ina, a busker, who enchants him from first sight. Has Bobby found his true home?


In this often hilarious but heartfelt documentary, the lives of four women from across the globe are radically changed by their deep love of boy bands in a fascinating, joyful exploration of intense fandom. From The Beatles to The Backstreet Boys and One Direction, boy bands across generations of popular culture will always hold a special place in the hearts of these women, mirroring the way many of us felt about the comic books, video games, or movies of our youth.


Made in 1985 and never seen outside of Japan, this film is a crazy musical adventure that features anyone who was anyone in the '80s Japanese pop culture scene. The debut feature of director Macoto Tezuka, son of the legendary manga impresario Osamu Tezuka (ASTRO BOY). Inspired by PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, the film is the epitome of a cult classic, rediscovered and digitally restored 30 years later and ready to grace the screen in true midnight madness fashion!

2018 is the 'Year of Awkwafina,.' Joining the ensemble casts of OCEAN'S 8 and CRAZY RICH ASIANS, and with a breakthrough role for a groundbreaking film, the indie rap artist has become an international phenomenon. It is only apropos that HIFF is honoring her with the Maverick Award. Join us for an exclusive and intimate CONVERSATION WITH AWKWAFINA as she talks about her humble beginnings in Queens, NY, and her stratospheric rise from working in a vegan bodega to hosting Saturday Night Live. Awkwafina's future is looking very bright. HIFF is honored to present this exclusive event at The iHeartRadio Music Hall presented by Hawaiian Financial Federal Credit Union across from Regal Dole Cannery Theaters.

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