August 19, 2010
Aloha students, friends and supporters of the Academy for Creative Media at
the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Aloha to new and returning ACM students for Fall 2010. Exciting things
await: Fall Orientation, Visiting Filmmakers, Hawai‘i International Film
Festival, Workshops, and Awards.
PROF. MOFFETT WINS TOP TEACHING AWARD
Asst. Prof. Joel Moffett is a 2010 recipient of the CHANCELLOR’S CITATION
FOR MERITORIOUS TEACHING. The award announcement noted, “Spurred by both his
commitment to building a film school and his focus on screenwriting, Moffett
has created a number of filmmaker initiatives to help nurture
underrepresented voices…(he) has enormous respect for the creative process
and encourages students to take risks, experiment and explore.” We couldn’t
FACULTY FILM HONORS
* Asst. Prof. Moffett’s celebrated short film Poi Dogs has won the short
film competition at the University Film and Video Association’s annual
* State of Aloha, the ACM feature-length documentary directed by Asst. Prof.
Anne Misawa has won the Award of Merit in the Accolade Competition,
Documentary Feature Honorable Mention and Best Original Score (Jon
Magnussen) in the Los Angeles Movie Awards, and the Northern Lights Emerging
Talent Award in the Alaska International Film Festival. It will screen in
the Global Peace Film Festival next month, and the San Diego Asian Film
Festival in October.
ACM FALL ORIENTATION
ACM will hold a Fall Orientation for all Majors, Intended Majors, and
interested students on Friday, September 3 from 4 – 5:15 pm in the Art
Auditorium. Learn about the ACM curriculum, advising and how to graduate on
time, our annual Student Film Showcase and Awards, SMART Exchange with
Shanghai, upcoming screenings and awards, and film casting tips. Got a
question? It will be answered!
FREE SCREENINGS – TUESDAY AFTERNOON FLICKS
Each Tuesday at 1:30 pm, full-length films selected by ACM faculty will be
screened in our conference room, Crawford 202. No need to sign up, just drop
in. Bring snacks (just clean up after, please). This is an opportunity to
screen films that are relevant to Fall ACM courses, such as Indigenous Film,
Directing the Actor, Documentary, Animation, and Editing.
CLIP AND SAVE! Here’s the Schedule:
August 31 The Tracker (Aus.) by Rolf de Heer
September 7 Frank and Ollie (U.S) by Theodore Thomas
September 14 Beneath Clouds (Aus) by Ivan Sen
September 21 State of Aloha (HI) by Anne Misawa
September 28 Eagle vs. Shark (NZ) by Taika Waititi
October 5 Rabbit in the Moon (U.S.) by Emiko Omori
October 12 Shiro’s Head (Guam) by Don & Kel Muna
October 19 Battleship Potemkin (Rus) by Sergei Eisenstein
October 26 Samoan Wedding (NZ) by Chris Graham
November 2 Holiday-Election Day
November 9 The Land Has Eyes (Fiji) by Vilisoni Hereniko
November 16 The Squid and the Whale by Noah Baumbach
November 23 Four Sheets to the Wind (NatAm) by Sterlin Harjo
November 30 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Can-1st Nation) by
December 7 Greenberg by Noah Baumbach
PNM WORKSHPS FOR CREDIT AND FUN
Our friends and partners at Pacific New Media, part of UHM’s Outreach
College, has an extensive menu of workshops during the Fall on various
aspects of filmmaking. One is free, one you can take for 1 credit of ACM
390, and two are offered to ACM students at a 25 percent discount.
* Filmmaking from a Kanaka Maoli Point-of-View. FREE! Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 pm
in the Art Auditorium. A presentation by Kaniela and Ed Joy, featuring a
screening of their film Kekohi, followed by a panel on storytelling in
Hawaiian culture by the Joys, Tuti Baker, Naalehu Anthony, and ACM alum
* Hollywood: The Dream Factory – Prepare yourself & your Script. Available
for 1 credit of ACM 390 (register through Outreach College; normal workshop
fee $200). Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31, in Krauss 012. Donna Choo,
director of Creative Affairs at MGM, and consultant to the Sundance
bi-annual screenwriting lab, presents a 2-day workshop on the business of
show business and the practical real world script reading factory and how it
all works. How can an unknown screenwriter get recognized?
* Low Budget Filmmaking in Hawai‘i. 25 percent discount from $100 workshop
fee. Saturday, Nov. 6 in Art 101. The Joy Brothers follow their Friday night
presentation and panel with a short-course workshop on the ins and outs of
low to no budget filmmaking. How to make a low budget film including
auditions, pre and post, and fight and stunt choreography.
* You Can’t Always Fix It in Post: Practical Guidelines for Location Audio.
25 percent discount from $120 workshop fee. Sunday, Nov. 14 in Krauss 012.
John Fielden’s workshop covers mixing and recording professional quality
For all workshops and events, see <www.outreach.hawaii.edu/pnm>.
FALL INTERNSHIPS FOR ACM 495 CREDIT
* Talk Story Productions – Contact Prof. Joel Moffett at
* East-West Center, Video Production – Contact Derek Ferrar
<email@example.com> or 944-7204
All internships require completion of ACM 310, 315, or 316, AND Consent.
COMING UP – CELEBRATION OF FILMMAKERS
* Wednesday, Sept. 8 at Noon in Burns Hall at the East-West Center, the
Culture Studies Program will hold a symposium on Pacific Film – Remembering
Merata Mita, the late ACM professor of indigenous film. ACM faculty Konrad
Ng, Anne Misawa, and Tom Brislin will participate, as well as New Zealand
playwright and filmmaker Makerita Urale. Wilmal Dissanayake will moderate.
* Friday Sept. 10 at 2:30 pm in CR 115, Eric Byler, a Moanalua grad whose
made such celebrated films as Charlotte Sometimes and Americaneese, will
discuss his latest project, 9500 Liberty, a doc on immigration issues in the
U.S. soon to be shown nationwide. This is part of ACM’s Master Class series.
Byler will focus on the intersection of filmmaker and activist.
FESTIVALS, CONTESTS, OPPORTUNITIES, 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.
* International Animated Film Society Student Animation Film Festival
<www.animationeducatorsforum.org>. Deadline September 1.
CHECK IT OUT
Hollywood Chinese. An excellent documentary by Arthur Dong on Chinese in
American Feature Films, from the first Chinese American film, The Curse of
Quon Gwon, through Suzie Wong, to Ang Lee and Wayne Wang blockbusters.
Sinclair Library Wong A/V Collection. DVD #9991.
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:
POST YOUR CASTING CALL NOTICES ON ACM WEBSITE
Your film casting call can be posted on the ACM website. Send your flyer as
a jpg file to ACM Production Manager Gregg Ambrosius <firstname.lastname@example.org> a
week before the call date, and it will go up for all to see.
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.