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Comprised of films from Hawaii, across Asia, and representing Pacific Islanders, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) has grown from it’s humble beginnings in 1981, to now feature over a hundred films and events from November 12 to the 22nd. Presented at theaters across Honolulu, the HIFF includes special segments focusing on films and filmmakers from Hawaii, Japan, China, Korea, India, and Europe along with shorts, documentaries, and the Eat Drink Film showcase focusing on films about food.
Opening the festival is the South Korean court drama, The Throne, directed by Joon-ik Lee. Set in 1762 during the Joseon dynasty, King Yeongjo (played by Kang-ho Song from Snowpiercer and The Host), must tangle with the dilemma of having to execute his son, Prince Sado, who has been accused of treason.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s (Tokyo Sonata, Cure) film, Journey to the Shore, is about Mizuki (Eri Fukatsu), who is greeted one day by her husband, Yusuke (Tadanobu Asano), who she thought was dead for the last three years. Yusuke takes Mizuki on a trip to help her understand where he has been these last three years. Present at the festival will be Asano, who will be presented with the Maverick award for his work in film (Ichi the Killer, Zatoichi, Survive Style 5+, and even Marvel's Thor).
As part of the Centerpiece section of the festival, the Todd Haynes (Mildred Pierce, Velvet Goldmine) film Carol is a drama set in 1950’s New York starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett engage in a tangled relationship that is threatened by jealousy.
The New American Filmmakers showcase highlights the work of foreign born directors and reflects the impact of immigrant cultures on the lingua-franca that is American cinema. Films include the Zoe Bell vehicle from New Zealand, Camino, the Indian film Margarita, With a Straw, and the Korean film, Seoul Searching.
To learn more, go to: http://www.hiff.org/
Hawaii International Film FestivalNovember 12 - 22, 2015
Various locations throughout Honolulu
The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY) is playing host to a series of Korea’s finest films with the 13th Annual Korean Film Festival (November 6 - 11, 2015). Organized by Subway Cinema, the same people that bring you the New York Asian Film Fest every summer, the NY Korean FF brings together some of Korea’s fascinating, strange, and dynamic films that have been captivating audiences in the US since Oldboy hit the scene in 2003. Along with a wide selection of films, the festival also has special guest speakers from the Korean film industry.
Films scheduled to be in the festival include:
To learn more, go to: http://koreanfilmfestival.org/
The New York Korean Film FestivalNovember 6 - 11, 2015
The Museum of the Moving Image36-01 35th Ave.New York, NY 11106
Over the years the crowdfunding site Kickstarter has grown so exponentially now saying you are going to "kick start" something is synonymous with a brand. The site has attracted artists, programmers, engineers, and everyone in between to implore the public to lend their support to various dream projects. The site has also attracted a number of filmmakers, ranging from first-timers to seasoned directors. Now Kickstarter is celebrating some of the exceptional films that were realized thanks to crowdfunding.
The 5th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival is a one night only event on October 15 in which five films (two features and three shorts) will be screened in 32 theaters across the country. These films encompas animation, doccumentary, and comedy from all over the world, assembled under the umbrella of Kickstarter.
Don Hertzfeldt, known for his darkly comedic cult animated short Rejected and feature length It's Such a Beautiful Day, brings a new short film: World of Tomorrow. World examines human memory and bends science fiction in a way that has made critics compare it to Chris Marker’s La Jetee.
Frances Bodomo’s short, Afronauts, follows a group of Zambian misfits attempting to reach the moon as part of the Cold War space race. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
What We Do in the Shadows does for vampires what Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi did for folk rock in their HBO series Flight of the Conchords. Along with getting accolades at the Toronto International Film Fest and charming horror fans, What We Do was a Kickstarter backed film that places the trope fearsome and romantic vampire on its side, as a group of bloodsuckers adapt to modern life.
T-Rex, directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper tracks seventeen year old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields as she trains to compete in the 2012 Olympics, the first time the games have allowed women’s boxing .
PES’ short animated film, Submarine Sandwich, utilizes stop motion animation to create a charmingly bizarre deli where foods are not exactly, well, food.
To learn more, go to: http://filmfest.kickstarter.com/
5th Annual Kickstarter Film FestOctober 15, 2015
The reverberations of Italian cinema can be felt throughout the whole world. Whether it’s Anna Magnani bravely defying the Fascists in Rome Open City, Sergio Leone’s revitalization of the Western, and the worlds of shock and schlock from the likes of Argento and Fulci. Now NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (24 West 12th Street), will be examining the effect cinema has had on the Italian identity.
Cinema and Italian Identity (October 8 - 9, 2015) brings together film scholars from the US and Italy to examine Italy’s cinematic history (note: some speakers may be presenting in Italian) and to celebrate the publication of the tremendously large Lessico del Cinema Italiano, edited by Roberto De Gaetano. this festival examines how Italian cinema born out of the ashes of World War II reflected a new national identity, but also how the films of today is looking back at Italy’s history and culture.
Speakers and subjects include:
Closing the symposium is a special screening of Mario Martone’s Leopardi (aka Il Giovane Favoloso), which follows the life of 19th century Italian poet, philosopher, and writer Giacomo Leopardi as he examines the human condition while navigating his own life as he tries to find his place in a stratified society.
Italian cinema produced some of the most deeply affecting films ever made and NYU is celebrating its rich history.
To learn more, go to: http://www.casaitaliananyu.org/
Cinema and Italian IdentityOctober 8 - 9, 2015
New York UniversityCasa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò24 West 12th StreetNew York, NY 10011
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