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Merry CHRISTA-mas!

December 4th, 2017 · No Comments

Hey friends… look who is still around! A full year longer than my life expectancy. Take THAT, brain metastasis.

If you’re reading this then you know how big I used to go at the end of the year. Whether it was to raise money/awareness for POW! WOW! Hawai’i or as of recently for my own cancer battle, what started with a big birthday party turned in to The Best of parties which turned into a complete blowout.

This year I really wasn’t going to celebrate. Then I realized with this birthday I will officially reach the tipping point Lan Vo told me about when she predicted the recurrence in 2016. She said the cancer was coming back in the next 7 months after it was all gone. I was like “no way, she’s got her messages crossed.” Then it totally did. She also said 41, 42… if I make it past 41, 42 I’ll live another 20 years. This birthday coming up I will be 42…

We GOTTA celebrate! Plus I was hunkered down a lot this year and haven’t had as much time with you guys. LET’S ALL CELEBRATE LIFE AND EACH OTHER!

Introducing the first-ever event in partnership with MODERNE MEDIA (i.e. Flash and Cydney Chu!)

CHRISTA-mas!
Thursday December 21st 2017
5PM – 9PM
Hawaiian Aroma Caffe Waikiki
1st floor, Waikiki Beachcomber (the old Jimmy Buffets pool, next to Maui Brew)
No Dress Code (but wear something Christmasy!)
Photos with Santa
Special holiday cocktails including hot cocoa w/Fireball and more!
All ages welcome (must be 21+ to drink alcohol)
TONS of raffle prizes to give-away
First few dozen will get a new CW CD!
Valet is $6 or rideshare
A benefit for CW’s ongoing cancer treatments
If you can’t make it but still would like to donate go here: www.gofundme.com/cwstrong

 

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Hawai’i International Film Festival 2017

November 11th, 2017 · No Comments


It’s my favorite time of year, and not just because my birthday is coming up! The fall HIFF is like my decadent dessert after a year of soda cracker dinners. This year was particularly special having wonder-woman Beckie Stocchetti step up as the new Executive Director of the festival. While young, she is richly experienced in film (and had a great run curating this films at Doris Duke back when I was going 2-3 times a week). Good on ya sis! I was particularly pleased with the representation of women in film this year, with such great programming and events. I can’t wait till the Spring festival!

Highlights
Chatting with Taika Waititi! His hilarious “Boy” is still my so-to film to watch on the plane. He is finally starting to get the mainstream attention he deserves after breathing life into the Thor character directing THOR: Ragnarok which is making a ba-zillion dollars in theaters world-wide.

HIFF: Taika Waititi Interview from supercw on Vimeo.


MUST-SEE Films and Standouts:

Becoming Who I Was (South Korea)
Documentary
This film was so incredible. Beautifully shot across northern India and Tibet, I had to check the program again to see if this really was a documentary. I loved listening to the Tibetan language and seeing such vast landscapes during the boy’s trek with his godfather.

 

Ladybird (United States)
Coming of Age Drama

Greta Gerwig shows what she can do in this adorable too-familiar story about growing up. Semi-based on her own story, Gerwig found the perfect cast to tell the story of a 17 year-old girl navigating the ups and downs of becoming a tween.

 

OTTOMATICAKE (Hawai’i)
Documentary

Most of us Chinatown rats from the nightlife and live music scene know who Otto is. The punk rock cheesecake sometimes drag queen maestro. He was a staple around town and already quite the character which this film depicts beautifully. I remember following the story of his trouble with drug dealers in that sketchy location by the park, so it was interesting to see it from his perspective rather than the news. Too many great cameos to name, but the best part was the informal reunion of all the crusty punks at the premiere. Congratulations to sister Gemma on pulling off this trip down memory lane for so many of us.

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[video] kickstarter project? funded! here’s a teaser:

July 24th, 2017 · No Comments

WOW that was a serious hurdle you all helped me jump. Now I have some actual money to pay these people who have already been donating their time and equipment for my project. While they were happy to do it there’s nothing like cold hard cash to keep them motivated as we enter the critical time crunch that is the SXSW film entry deadline (October 20th).
My heart goes out to Gerard and Nick. Kyle too! They have been working tirelessly to organize and tag two years worth of footage. Every day I am praying for their strength. They have told me the story inspires them which is so important. Please say a prayer for them that we can hit this deadline.

Hugh mahalo Gerard for taking time to cut this teaser. Kyle helped a lot with organizing. It’s simply incredible.

Christa Teaser from Gerard Elmore on Vimeo.

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[video] Art Car for Cancer

May 25th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Music: The World is Ours – Jai Wolf
Shoot/Edit: Josuha Bowlin

Mahalo to Aaron De La Cruz, one of my favorite artists period, for flying to Oahu courtesy of my POW! WOW! Hawaii family to resurrect the art car!!!! WOW! What an amazing birthday gift!! For the birthday the doctors didn’t think I would see!!!

Search the hashtag #CWBMW on Instagram to see what Aaron did four years ago to my car as a part of his Long Walk Home solo exhibition in Hawaii. And make sure to check out the crazy-epic murals and other works he has produced (prepare to be blown away).

The pink tells a different story – one that will hopefully inspire others when they see that yes, even with stage iv breast cancer that’s spread all over my brain and other organs… YES I am still here.

Now whenever you see this beauty on the road you know that

1. CW is alive!
2. You can CHOOSE HOPE!
3. Life is a gift! Use it wisely!

Mahalo to Joshua Bowlin at Creative Timing Images for this beautiful shooting and editing.

If you or anyone close to you has been diagnosed at late stage for breast cancer know it is NOT a death sentence! You can take control of your own health!

Please read more under “cancer resources” here:

#CWSTRONG

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health update v.3

May 12th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Hello, friends. It’s been awhile since my last post and some of you might not know how I’m doing today.

There’s a lot to tell and it’s all good things.

Whatever I’m doing – and however you are helping – it’s working. IT’S WORKING!

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the Best of 2016, according to me

January 9th, 2017 · 3 Comments

i know what you’re thinking – why would we want to look back at such a terrible year. let that crap go already. i know i know.

2016? the worst.

i’m usually a pretty optimistic glass-is-half-full kind of person and have been my whole life but 2016 got to me too.

the most obvious is what happened in politics, but my cat sophia loren the love of my life since paul and the only one who was with me day in and day out during those very difficult treatments passed away. my cancer not only came back but EXPLODED (the doctors words) all over my lungs liver and brain, i lost a friend that was immortal to me, i had to take a huge step back from everything that made me feel alive – socializing, doing events and parties, being at work, DJing, just being out there. in the scene.

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