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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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