FRIDAY, APRIL 30 | BIG ISLAND FILMS | 7:30 PM | DGA 2
BIG ISLAND FILMS TRT: 103 min.
One thing became difficult to ignore among our submissions this year: Hawaii. Filmmakers from Hawaii are producing some of the strongest films ever and seem eager to show that Hawaii ain’t all surfing and hula. Watching these films will challenge viewers to drop whatever they think they might know about the island, and in a most satisfying way, too.
- Ernest Quiambao
|AJUMMA! ARE YOU KRAZY???
(United States, 2009) Dir.: Brent Anbe
Fueled by their schoolgirl hormones, three hopelessly romantic ajummas – Judy the lovable heroine, Susan the tough one, and Amy the sassy tart – embark on a hilarious journey to meet Korean superstar Michael Park. When the trio steal his itinerary, break into his hotel room, and sneak on to his music video set, audiences will learn what lines some ladies will cross for a K-drama crush.
Video, 23 min., color, narrative
(United States, 2010) Dir.: Kathleen Man
Arnie and Ethel grow paranoid and territorial when Keoki, a Hawaiian man who would rather surf than work, offers to pick the lychee tree growing in their backyard. Arnie refuses, but suspects that Keoki will return to steal his lychee. He arranges for a professional trimmer to come the following day, but that very night, the would-be lychee picker has troubling dreams about the lychee tree’s fate.
Video, 30 min., color, narrative
(United States, 2009) Dir.: Ty Sanga
Nihipali and Na’iwi are the last of their people on the island and legend states that they can only come out at night because the sun’s harsh rays would turn them to stone. Nihipali grows tired of her husband’s company and wants to make friends with the island’s newcomers. Na’iwi forbids it, but the loneliness is unbearable for Nihipali, so she befriends a young girl from the village one night.
Video, 20 min., color, narrative
|DOG & CAT
(United States, 2009) Dir.: Robert Omura
It’s a hot winter’s day in Hawaii, and a brother and sister are stuck together in the family van while they wait for their mother to finish her Christmas shopping. They’re totally bored, and the siblings’ opposite personalities makes their situation worse. So with absolutely nothing to do, they start playing pranks on each other!
Video, 11 min., color, narrative
(United States, 2009) Dir.: Joel Moffet
Toa is a tough-acting lineman on a crappy high school football team, and Anela is a tough-acting tuba player on his team’s equally crappy marching band. Still, the two couldn’t be more different, but a fateful night propelled by a broken moped allows the two guarded teenagers to overcome their pride, find common ground, and express a budding romantic interest in each other.
Film, 16 min., color, narrative
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