October 8, 2010
Aloha students, friends and supporters of the Academy for Creative Media at
the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
ACM joins the celebration of the 30th year of the Hawai‘i International Film
Festival with some fantastic programs on and off campus, including the ever
popular gathering of our ohana at ACM Night. Here’s a quick calendar of ACM
Friday Oct. 15 – Documentary Filmmaker Lisette Kaualena Flanary, whose film
on the Kamehameha Song Contest, “One Voice” will be a HIFF Sunset on the
Beach Feature, speaks to our Master Class at 2:30 pm in CR 115.
Saturday Oct. 16 – “Ethics and Documentary Film,” a symposium featuring
Freida Lee Mock, whose documentaries “Lt. Watada” and “ Sing China!”
highlight the HIFF Real Life doc series. 9 am at the Law School Moot
Courtroom (ewa end of the courtyard).
Thursday Oct. 21 – Taiwan film director Arvin Chen (“Au Revoir Taipei”)
visits to discuss his film, and to show his first short, “Mei.” 1:30 pm Arch
Friday Oct. 22 – THE BIG DAY!
* Jia Zhangke, the standout in China’s “Sixth Generation” of Filmmakers, at
ACM’s Master Class. At 2:30 pm a screening of his “Still Life;” at 4 pm, a
conversation with the filmmaker.
* 4 pm – Screening of our SMART Exchange partner Shanghai University student
films at Regal Dole Cannery Theatres.
* 6 pm – ACM NIGHT@HIFF! Our 6 student films and filmmakers.
Sunday Oct. 24 – Pacific Showcase Shorts Program, featuring ACM Prof. Joel
Moffett’s “Poi Dogs,” and ACM student filmmaker Aina Paikai’s “Moke Action.”
6 AT 6: SIX ACM STUDENT FILMS AT 6 PM OCT. 22
ACM will feature six of its student films at the 2010 Hawai‘i International
Film Festival’s annual ACM Night @ HIFF October 22 at 6 pm at the Regal Dole
“These highly creative student films explore life, love, death, surf and hip
hop culture, comedy, drama and documentary from the North Shore to
Nanakuli,” said Tom Brislin, ACM chair. “These films are true reflections of
ACM’s mission to empower our students to tell original stories for the
screen that reflect and transmit authentic cultures of Hawai‘i, Asia, and
The program includes two films, woven together as “Yuen’s Grocery
Nanakuli,” co-produced with student filmmakers from Shanghai University as
part of the unique SMART (Student Media Art) Exchange, the only university
program of U.S.-China student film co-productions.
Five other films from SMART Exchange student filmmakers from Shanghai will
be featured at an earlier 4 pm screening, including a trio of stories “A
Summer, A Boy, And A Cab” co-produced with ACM students in Shanghai this
In addition to Aina Paikai and Gloria Pan’s “Yuen’s Grocery,” exploring life
as it passes through a mom & pop’s on Oahu’s west coast, the ACM program of
short films will feature:
· “Aikea” by James Joshua Goodson, about a young man trying to rise
above his low-life friends, and take his little brother with him.
· “From a Dead Stop” by Jason Kaneshiro, a local take on a Crime and
· “Illuminate” by Angie Lee, a documentary focusing on strength and
faith in a family facing seemingly hopeless times.
· “Stuck” by Jaime Peak, a romantic comedy about a relationship going
nowhere – and everywhere.
· “ Town vs Country” by Pablo Paz, a documentary about a Hawaiian
reviving indigenous agriculture by day, and performing original hip hop by
night. It all works together!
All of the student filmmakers have been nominated for the EuroCinema Hawai‘i
2010 Best Student Film Award.
ETHICS AND DOCUMENTARY FILM – OCT 16, 9 AM AT LAW SCHOOL
ACM is teaming up with the Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism and
HIFF to present a symposium on Ethics and Documentary Film on Saturday, Oct.
16 at the UHM Law School starting at 9 am. Filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, whose
“Lt. Watada” explores the refusal of Hawai‘i’s Ehren Watada to serve in
Iraq, will be the featured panelist, along with ACM’s Marlene Booth and Tom
Brislin. This is an excellent opportunity for documentary film students, and
those who have taken or are going to take Media Ethics (ACM 460) to discuss
some of the dilemmas in nonfiction filmmaking. Refreshments will be served
in the Law School Courtyard at 9 am before the program begins in the Moot
WANT MORE FILMS? FREE SCREENINGS – TUES AFT FLICKS IN CRAWFORD
Each Tuesday at 1:30 pm, full-length films selected by ACM faculty will be
screened in our conference room, Crawford 202. Coming up:
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 and Oscar Knightly
SCHOLARSHIPS, OPPORTUNITIES, ETC.
* Producers of an independent short film “Paradise Transformed” are looking
for volunteers Nov. 8 – 18 in gaffing/lighting, sound, logging footage and
transcriptions. Contact Erin Auerbach at <email@example.com>
* Smithsonian Institution Fall 2011 Internship. An opportunity for UHM Arts
& Sciences majors. Application materials at
Deadline Feb. 4, 2011.
* Alumni: The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program is looking for a
Multimedia Producer to work out of Washington, D.C. Deadline to apply is
Wednesday (9/22). See <http://bit.ly/9g4ylK>
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences invites ACM students to apply for these
scholarships for Spring 2011:
* Colleges of Arts & Sciences Alumni Association Annual Scholarship ($1,000)
* Jhamandas Watumull Arts & Sciences Scholarship (for UHM Seniors - $2500)
* John Young Scholarship in the Arts ($3,000)
* Rodney P. Santos Scholarship ($1,000)
Deadline for all applications is October 28. For information and to download
FESTIVALS & CONTESTS.
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.
* Time Warner Cable Short Film Contest. Win a trip to Sundance 2011.
<youtube/timewarnercable>. Deadline Oct. 31.
* Visual Effects Society Student Awards.
Deadline Nov. 30.
* Big Island Film Festival (May 11-15). Several ACM Student Films have won
awards at this growing and well-run festival. Deadline Jan. 1
* 8th International Independent Film Festival (May 5-15) in Lisboa,
Portugal. Deadline Jan. 28 <www.indielisboa.com>.
* NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth, April 28-May 1,
Seattle). <www.NFFTY.org <http://www.NFFTY.org> > Deadline Jan. 31, 2011.
REMINDER: 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>.
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.