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ACM Spring 2010 #5
May 10, 2010

Aloha students, friends and supporters of the Academy for Creative Media at
the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


ACM AWARD WINNERS!

Congratulations to nominees and winners of the inaugural ACM Awards.
Perpetual trophies for each award with your name, film and year will remain
on display at ACM. Special thanks to Asst. Prof. Joel Moffett for his
excellent organization and energetic MC’ing of both the Student Film
Showcase and Awards. And the winners are:

Collaborator Award – Giovanni Parks, Marshall Wu, and Pablo Paz
Imagine Award – Nick Ower, “Walk This Way”
Grace Award – Jaime Peak, “Scrambled Eggs,” Stuck”
Alumni Award – Thomas Takemoto-Chock
ACM Friend Award – Asst. Vice Chancellor Ron Cambra
ACMSA Audience Award – ‘Aina Paikai, “Moke Action”
Best Sound – Paulo Kobayashi, “Born in Hawai‘i”
Best Documentary – Angie Lee, “Illuminate”
Best Experimental – Tyler Kueffner, “Drunk Meets Lonely”
Best Animation – Fabrice Ayivi-Ga Togbassa, “In Time”
Best Editing – Paulo Kobayashi, “Fragments”
Best Cinematography – Todd Fink, “Born in Hawai‘i,” “Not in Service,” and
“Stuck”
Best Directing – Mike Pantzer, “Not in Service”
Best Comedy – Laurie Arakaki, “ZZZZZZZZ”
Best Drama – Paulo Kobayashi, “Born in Hawai‘i”

Thanks to Ito En for support for the documentary and cinematography awards,
and the Misawa Family for the Grace and Imagine awards.

Other awardees honored at the ceremony:

Student Achievement Awards – Nak Young Choi, Vincent Desroisiers-Nault,
Jonah Okano, and Marlene Nishime
Abernethy Screenwriting Awards – Jamie Peak, “Mask,” Michelle Poppler,
“Sealy,” and Laurie Arakaki, “Kill Haole Day”
Indigenous Filmmaker Initiative – ‘Aina Paikai, “2040”
Women’s Filmmaker Initiative – Laurie Arakaki, “I Spy”
GLBT Filmmaking Initiative – Vincent Desroisiers-Nault, “To Do Woman”

A special award, featuring a digital photo frame with a group shot of his
past students wishing him well, departing ACM faculty member Kaveh Kardan.

WALKING THE WALK

Congratulations are due as well to the 19 Creative Media majors who walk
that “Green Carpet” on Sunday and become University of Hawai‘i at alumni!
Good luck to you all. Go out there and make a difference!

ON TO SHANGHAI

Six ACM student filmmakers have been invited to show their films at the
Shanghai International Film Festival in June. The six will also make a film
with Shanghai University student counterparts in the SMART (Student Media
Art) Exchange. This unique University of Hawai‘i at international program
fosters the only U.S.-China student film co-productions. The six are:

“Born in Hawai‘i,” by Paulo Kobayashi
“A New Day,” by Jeremy Johnson
“ Guitar Hero,” directed by Marshal Wu
“Scrambled Eggs,” by Jamie Peak
“Town vs. Country,” by Pablo Paz
“Yuen’s Grocery, Nanakuli” by Ka’aina Paikai and Gloria Pan

“Yuen’s Grocery, Nanakuli” was one of the SMART films co-produced with
Shanghai University students attending the 2009 Hawai‘i International Film
Festival and participating in ACM’s Filmmaker Development Workshop under the
direction of Asst. Prof. Anne Misawa.

The SMART Exchange partnership links ACM, the Hawai‘i International Film
Festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival, and the School of Film
and Television Arts of Shanghai University. A portion of the students’
travel expenses are supported by a grant from Ito-En.

SUMMER OF FESTIVALS AT DORIS DUKE THEATRE

The Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theatre’s ‘Oiwi Festival of films by
indigenous Hawaiian filmmakers (including ACM’s ‘Aina Paikai and alum Ty
Sanga) continues through May 26, and will be followed by the 21st Annual
Rainbow Film Festival May 27-30, and the Third Annual Chinese Film Festival
June 1-30. For screening information, see <www.honoluluacademy.org>.

GET READY FOR HIFF

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival will again feature ACM NIGHT @ HIFF
in October. Many ACM student films premiering at HIFF have gone on to wide
festival distribution nationally and internationally. Submit your film for
clearance to ACM Production Manager Gregg Ambrosius by June 15. The festival
submission form is on the ACM website <www.hawaii.edu/acm>.

ACM will join as a sponsor for several documentary screenings at HIFF, and
will conduct a seminar during the festival on the Ethics of Documentary
Filmmaking. It will be a five-star event, bringing outstanding documentary
filmmakers to campus. The program will be supported by a grant from the
Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism Ethics Programs.

ASIAN & PACIFIC FILMS ONLINE ANYTIME

AsiaPacficFilms.com has launched its premiere collection of films on its
secure, streaming website. It’s unlimited viewing for a small fee. It may be
the best small investment you’ll make! That’s the website:
<asiapacificfilms.com>.

FESTIVALS, CONTESTS, ETC.

REMINDER: ALL ACM films submitted for festivals and contests must first be
cleared by Production Manager Gregg Ambrosius. No exceptions. See him BEFORE
you send anything off.
* Maui Film Festival, June 16-20 <www.mauifilmfestival.com>. Deadline May
15.
* Ohina Showcase of Shorts, August at the Doris Duke Theatre
<http://ohina.org>. Deadline June 4.
* First Look Student Film Section at the Starz Denver Film Festival
<www.firstlookfest.com>. Deadline June 30.
* International Animated Film Society Student Animation Film Festival
<www.animationeducatorsforum.org>. Deadline September 1.

CHECK IT OUT

The Magic of Melies. See how this pioneer used the film form for comedy and
commentary. Sinclair Library Wong A/V Collection. DVD #9944.

MAKE A GIFT TO ACM

ACM welcomes donations to support our programs, which support our students. You can make a gift online at www.uhf.hawaii.edu/acm.

HAVE A PRODUCTIVE SUMMER!

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