Hawai`i International Film Fest Screens at Dole, Sunset on the Beach

Hawai`i International Film Fest Screens at Dole, Sunset on the Beach

There's a familiar buzz in the air blowing through Hawai`i: It's time for the 29th annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), which casts a spotlight on filmmakers from all corners of the globe. One of the most diverse festivals of its kind, HIFF offers eleven days of screenings, panel, discussions and opportunities to meet your favorite international film stars and creators.

HIFF opens on October 15 with a screening of "Mother", directed by Korean sensation Bong Joon-ho., and extends with screenings through October 25.

This year the organizers are celebrating the final season of LOST with a special day-long series of events to commemorate the historic show that has shot predominantly on O`ahu for the duration of its run. A Lost "Master Class" will be held on Saturday, October 17, at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas ($10 per person), and feature various players who had a heavy hand in the show's production. The event starts at noon, and begins with a panel on producing and directing a hit show, held by Executive Producers Jean Higgins and Jack Bender (also director). At 2:00 p.m. a panel will share how the design elements of each episode came together. Panelists will include designers, directors of photography, location managers and construction coordinators. Finally, at 4:00 p.m., a discussion with the costume and props people behind the Lost cast's wardrobes will bare all.

The day peaks with a special "Evening with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse", the creative team behind LOST's multi-layered scripting. This event will be held on Saturday, October 17, in the Royal Hawaiian Theater from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets to this evening event are $50 per person ($35 for HIFF Ohana members).

Another must-see will be John Woo's "Red Cliff", and epic war film set in Ancient China, which will screen on October 21 at 8:00 p.m. The film takes place in 208 A.D. in the final days of the Han Dynasty, when a rather shrewd prime minister convinces the emperor to unite China through the declaration of war on all the outlying kingdoms. Said kingdoms band together in an unlikely alliance, which resulted in a completely reinvented China.

In the midst of HIFF, an outdoor series of screenings at Waikiki's "Sunset on the Beach" will offer attendees the opportunity to view films whilst keeping their toes in the sand. On Saturday, October 20, Herb Ohta, Jr. will perform as film goers set up their blankets and low-back beach chairs, oceanside. At 6:40 p.m., the locally produced short "The Gloved One" will air. Following, a feature length film shot entirely on O`ahu, entitled "Tyrannosaurus Azteca" will show. It's the story of Cortes, prior to his encounter with Montezuma, as he discovers a small tribe of Aztecs who sacrifice their own people to satisfy the hunger of the "Thunder Lizard" that lives in the jungle. The film stars Ian Ziering, and locals Shawn Lathrop and Kalani Queypo; WIlliam Snow, Dichen Lachman and Jack McGee.

On Sunday, October 21, Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai`i will perform at 5:30 p.m. at Sunset on the Beach, followed by the Kamae's film, "Lahaina: Waves of Change" which documents the evolution of Maui's most populated town from sacred healing grounds, to whaling town and tourist center. The screening begins at 6:40 p.m. and is just under and hour.

At 7:40 p.m. the feature length film "We Are Together" begins.

The closing night (October 24th) film will be the "Warrior and the Wolf", starring Maggie Q and Joe Odagiri, another period piece that takes place around the same time as "Red Cliff". Both films will screen at Dole Cannery.

Visit www.Http://www.HIFF.org for more information on times, films, tickets and more.

John Woo's "Red Cliff", is an epic war film set in Ancient China, which will screen on October 21 at 8:00 p.m. The film takes place in 208 A.D. in the final days of the Han Dynasty.