HIFF Off and Running; True Blood Star to Appear

HIFF Off and Running; True Blood Star to Appear

This week the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) will roll out six films on opening night—including “Under the Hawthorne Tree”—this Thursday, October 14th. The festival runs through October 24th, with the majority of screenings taking place at the Dole Cannery Theaters in downtown Honolulu.

Recent news includes an appearance by “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten (who plays the role of Jason Stackhouse in the vampire cult drama) on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the screening of “Red Hill”, a film in which he stars.

A new division of the festival will launch this year, called the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, which will focus on films that spotlight specific “human issues”, according the festival’s management. Following each of the five films in this section, filmmakers will present a short program to field questions from the audience, and share insight from the subject matter. The films here include: “Dooman River” (French/South Korean); “Summer Pasture” (Tibet); “Secrets of the Tribe” (Brazil); “Leonie” (Japan) and “Nuummioq” (Greenland).

In addition, there is a section of films hailing from the Philippines, as well as various filmmakers lectures, seminars on scoring films and the ins of documentary film work. These sessions range in location from UH Law School classrooms to theaters at the Dole Cannery. Many are free.

For a complete listing of HIFF events, head to www.HIFF.org

There will be an appearance by “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten (who plays the role of Jason Stackhouse in the vampire cult drama) on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the screening of “Red Hill”, a film in which he stars.