3:30 INTERNATIONAL FILM SELECTION

Phantom of Europe by Igor Morozov, 26 minutes

A simple Russian phantasmagoria. For almost 200 years, “Phantom of Europe” has been standing on Russian soil at the foothills of the Ural Mountains. It includes Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Varna and other villages.

Igor Morozov was born in Magnitogorsk, Russia. In 1998 entered School of Cinema, TV and Advertising. Upon graduation joined a movie production company as an assistant editor. Since June 2002 film and video editor. Edited more than 50 documentaries and TV serials. Since 2007 director of documentary films.

 

Fine Threads by Adele Pham, 12 minutes

“Fine Threads” is a character based documentary by teenage South Asian women from Queens, exploring notions of beauty, immigrant ideals, religion, and homeland. Through an artistic audio visual style, we weave a narrative from intimate exchanges in an unlikely place: the threading salon. The film’s focus is on the underrepresented perspectives of South Asian women, coming of age in the city. Through interviews and vérité footage of beautification and ritual in the salon, temple, and school, the characters tell a communal, yet divergent narrative of first generation, immigrant Americans.

Adele Pham is a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. In the past two years she has directed, edited, and produced three film projects that cumulatively have screened at over 20 film festivals domestically and abroad. Adele has lectured at NYU, Wesleyan, and The New School, taught documentary film to South Asian teenage girls in Queens, and made films to help elect Barack Obama the 44th president of the United States. “Parallel Adele”, a documentary on mixed Asian identity has screened at festivals, colleges, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The film is distributed by Third World Newsreel.

 

Bikes Work by Neighborhood Bike Works and Scribe Video Center, 22 minutes

On the corner of 60th and Vine in Philadelphia, youth are building bikes and breaking stereotypes at Neighborhood Bike Works, a non-profit where youth recycle old bikes as they acquire technical expertise and improve their bike riding skills. Their video shows young people working hard, getting along with each other and taking an interest in the history of their community.

Neighborhood Bike Works promotes youth development by offering educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities through bicycling. It also promotes cycling as a healthy, environment-friendly form of transportation.

Scribe’s Community Visions guides community and activist organizations through the production of mini-documentaries and neighborhood portraits that help communities address important social and political issues. Scribe works with local non-profit groups whose members have important stories to tell but limited access to the means of making videos. The selected groups — usually four each year — make videos about issues that are important to their constituents. In recent years, groups have made oral histories, documented neighborhood problems, or created neighborhood portraits. The project is free to the group. Scribe provides the instruction, technical assistance, equipment, tape and other expenses necessary to produce a five- to fifteen-minute video.

 

Renaissance on Sacred Ground by Village of Arts & Humanities, Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble, and Scribe Video Center, 20 minutes

Renaissance on Sacred Ground is a documentary about the healing power of African cultural art forms, including music and dance, to transform the lives of everyday people. It tells the story of Ile Ife, the House of Love, an African cultural center located on Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia and created by famed dancer choreographer, Arthur Hall. The young people who entered the doors of Ile Ife in the 1960s, drawn in by the sound of the African drum, over time became the members of the internationally known Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble. Produced collaboratively by the alumni of Ile Ife/the Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble and young people from the Village of Arts and Humanities, which now occupies the same site, Renaissance on Sacred Ground looks at how a four decade tradition of cultural expression – rooted in African music and dance, has helped nurture and sustain a community. This documentary combines contemporary interviews, video journaling and extraordinary archival footage of performances from the Arthur Hall Collection and Ile Ife films.

The Village of Arts and Humanities’ mission is to build community through innovative arts, educational, social, construction, and economic and youth development programs. In all of its projects and activities, the Village seeks to support justice to the humanity and social conditions of people who live in inner city North Philadelphia and in similar urban communities.

 

One Night by Misa Tupou, 7 minutes

With his final night, a Homeless Man wanders through his neighbourhood and does the most humane thing by giving away his worldly possessions. From this simple act, a new life is born.

Misa Tupou uses the stage, screen, poetry and visual art to express his creative endeavours. In 2009, he adapted his poem Intrusion based on Chinese Goldminers into a stage play for a premiere showing under The Asian Tales™: Native Alienz season in New Zealand. At the inaugural 2009 Auckland Fringe Festival, Misa performed his one man show based on miscarriage, called Cycles. His academic learning and artistic work has allowed Misa to speak to College Students in Hawai’i on the topic of Pacific Islanders in Theatre and Film in New Zealand. Currently, Misa is rehearsing in the ensemble production Celebrity with Monkey Waterfall, and he continues developing various projects including his short film, Tamaiki Lofa.

4:30 PLAN 752 SHORTS

First Place by Juliette Budge

Some believe that a birth place imbues a child with mana and specific spiritual entities.  If we were to believe this, what spiritual power would be found in our most common birthing place, the hospital? This film attempts to entertain this idea with visual representations of both.

Juliette Budge was born in Honokaa, at a hospital.

Collective Momentum by India Clark

The story of the land being bought and changed by outsiders is not a new story, but it could be. This film explores how the community went against the odds to create a new type story for Hawaii, a story where one more piece of land doesn’t become private property, where the developer doesn’t have to be the villain, and where new types of relationships between government and community organization are imagined. How can this small story, these small decisions and acts, have the potential to heal the old story that has made Hawaiian flags fly upside down for years. The story follows the life of the multigenerational effort, as the community moves from protesting and litigation to relationship building and land acquisition. Now that the crisis is over and the land is protected the community must learn to shift gears from focusing on what they do not want, to envision what they do want for the future of their community.

India Clark has used her grassroots community-based planning experience to help agencies and organizations address the challenges of natural hazards, climate change, gentrification, and environmental degradation. Most recently she worked as the community resilience coordinator for NOAA Pacific Services Center. India received her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) with a focus in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Hawaii. She is currently enjoying her role as mother and exploring the role of participatory film and appreciative inquiry theory in community-building within her own north shore Oahu community.

Saturday Tsunami by Ingrid Friedberg

On Saturday, February 27th Hawaii received a tsunami warning in response to several powerful earthquakes in Chile. Hawaii was issued a warning as part of the first Pacific-wide tsunami warning since 1964. In an attempt to see how Honolulu residents were preparing for the potential tsunami, this film documents a large portion of that Saturday.

Neo Delhi in Movement by Rohan Kalyan

Neo Delhi in Movement” is a psychogeographical journey through the city of New Delhi as it is transforming through spatial practices of neoliberal globalization.  Traversing the city via three distinct modes of transportation, car, metro rail, and rickshaw, this film investigates how images and imaginations of the city are contingent upon different ways of moving about the city.  This film poses the following question: how do hierarchies in speeds of transportation relate to different experiences that are possible in the city?

Rohan Kalyan is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He is currently writing a dissertation on urban development in India, focusing on New Delhi.  Rohan is also Program Coordinator of the Center for South Asian Studies at UHM.

Boxed Experience by Diana Kim

Boxed Experience is a short film that explores the human condition and relationships through systems of learning and patterns.  We live in a world full of patterns, some of which are obviously boxed, and others that are not visible at first glance.  Where does the box begin and where does it end?  How are we connected and disconnected from our built and natural environment?  Who is observing whom?  The film is open to interpretation based off of the patterns that the viewer recognizes.

Diana Kim received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and is currently a Masters in Public Health graduate student at UHM.  Her interest in public health stemmed from her independent photographic project examining the maternal healthcare system in Hawai`i.  She has won awards for her work in photojournalism, owns a photography business, and holds a position as a teaching assistant.  Diana recently organized a campus-wide photo competition as part of her MPH practicum, where she utilized aspects of social media and health communication models to raise public health awareness.

Surreal Estate by Maria Plottier

In a global context of increased amenity migration — partly because “the environment” is “cool”, partly because its a refuge from an estranged society — and of capital searching for new venues of expansion, some towns or areas turn into places of “environmental desire”. How is life in these places and how is their population changing? These questions will be explored by looking at the case of the Pupukea CDP or “Sunset Area” on Oahu’s North Shore.

Maria M Plottier, Uruguayan, is a Master student at DURP.

Haʻikū Valley: Starway to Nowhere by Holly Sevier

Haʻikū Valley in Windward Oahu is a rich source of culture, history, and natural beauty. However, current land access disputes mean the uninhabited part of the valley—including the Haʻikū Stairs—is closed to access. This limbo status has wreaked havoc on the land which is quickly becoming overgrown with invasive species, and on historic buildings which are becoming vandalized beyond repair. This short documentary—a work in progress—aims to show the past, present, and possible future of this magical historic and cultural place.

Holly Sevier is a former tabloid newspaper journalist who left her home land of England in 1997 for the unimagined warmth of Hawai‘i. A mother of two, and graduate student of sociology at UH Mānoa , this is her first foray into story-telling through film.

Menjam x 3 by Cristina Veran

A young girl from the Indigenous Tamang & Pun communities in Nepal embraces a new life in Honolulu—American and Hawaiian!

Cristina Verán is an international journalist, currently a graduate student in Political Science at UH Manoa in the Indigenous Politics MA program. She is an alumnus of the East-West Center.

5:30 FEATURED FILM

 

A Village Called Versailles by Leo Chiang

In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES is the empowering story of how the Versailles people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turn a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future. This powerful documentary will have its national television broadcast on PBS in May 2010 as a part of the Independent Lens series.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Leo immigrated to the US as a teenager and received a MFA in film production from University of Southern California before beginning his filmmaking career. In 1998, the Directors Guild of America commissioned Leo, then a film student, to direct and edit Directing: How to Get There, for which he documented early careers of several well-known directors including Robert Wise, Norman Jewison, and Steven Spielberg. His other films include To You Sweetheart, Aloha, about the 94-year-old ‘ukulele master Bill Tapia (PBS broadcast ’06, Audience Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival ‘05), One + One, a documentary about mixed HIV-status couples (CINE Golden Eagle Award ’02, Cable Positive Award ‘01), and Safe Journey, a short fiction film. He recently completed A Village Called Versailles, a documentary about the rebuilding and transformation of the Vietnamese American community in post-Katrina New Orleans. A Village Called Versailles will have its national PBS broadcast on the Independent Lens series in May of 2010. Leo also collaborates with other documentarians as an editor (True-Hearted Vixen, POV ’01; Recalling Orange County, PBS/VOCES ‘06) and as a cameraman (It’s STILL Elementary, ’09; Ask Not, Independent Lens ’09). Leo is an active member of New Day Films, the social-issue documentary distribution co-operative.

Brittney Shepherd – Associate Producer

Brittney Shepherd loves the idea of media as a means of connection. With a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, Brittney was a founding member of the student run production team MothaBase Productions whose short film entitled Hurricane Katrina: Ya’ll Know Where the Vietnamese Were? is used as a discussion tool for community groups, policy makers, and educators around the country concerning the issues of language access and disaster preparedness for immigrant communities. She has gone on help produce many independent documentaries including Ask Not, A Village Called Versailles, and Straightlaced.

Eva Moss – Associate Producer

Eva Moss has been involved in documentary filmmaking since graduating from Smith College in 2003. She has worked as both an editor and producer on many films whose topics range from alleviating water shortages in Kenya and Mali, Aboriginal artists and the intersection of storytelling and painting, the transition of a transsexual woman as seen through the eyes of her 3 young nieces (No Dumb Questions, Melissa Regan), a family working to understand their child’s learning disabilities, a sequel to The Celluloid Closet (Here’s Looking At You Boy, Michael Ehrenzweig), a gay couple’s experience trying to conceive a child through insemination, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and those working to overturn it (Ask Not, Johnny Symons), a 90 year old successful actress who started her career at 70, and the first documentary made by gay filmmakers depicting gay people (Word Is Out, Veronica Selver, Janet Cole). She uses filmmaking as a means to promote social change and introspection and works to facilitate the telling of others’ stories, giving voice to those without a voice and sharing with the world that which is rarely seen.

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