ACM Student Films in Hawai‘i, Guam Festivals

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ACM Student Films in Hawai‘i, Guam Festivals

The 2012 Hawai’i International Film Festival (October 11-21) will feature nine ACM student films, including a trilogy of vignettes shot in Shanghai this summer during the unique SMART Exchange, the only program of U.S.-China student film co-productions. Several of the films were also winners of the 2012 ACM Awards, and one took the prize for best documentary in the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Sino-U.S. Student Shorts Program. The films and their directors are:

  • Ion Ninjas, directed by Alexander Bocchieri – ACM Best Comedy and Editing Award winner
  • Mindset, directed by Reynolds Barney
  • Tlamictihquetl (The Hunter), directed by Zimran Lucero – ACM Audience Favorite and Jury Award winner
  • Kae, directed by Lana Dang
  • Two Ugly Birds, directed by Allison Le
  • Emily at 2:30, directed by Kristin Kouke – ACM/Cinema Italiano Future Filmmmaker Award winner
  • Ka Pua, directed by Erin Lau – ACM and Shanghai International Film Festival Documentary Award winner
  • Fine Kine Dining, directed by Richard Dang
  • Shanghai Market, episodes directed by Erin Lau, Kristin Kouke and Cheng Yi Shi

Fine Kine Dining and Shanghai Market are SMART (Student Media Art) Exchange co-productions with students from Shanghai University. ACM will also sponsor a screening of short films at HIFF by Shanghai University student filmmakers who will attend the festival as part of the SMART Exchange, and will work with advanced production students on a new film. The festival will be held at the Regal Dole Cannery Theatres.

Four ACM student films by Erin Lau (Ka Pua), Alex Bocchieri (Flat), Gabrielle Fa’ai’uaso (Mata) and Rachel Alencastre (Drop) will be screened at the 2nd annual Guam International Film Festival, September 27-30. Ka Pua is nominated in the Best Documentary Short category. It will be screened, along with Flat and Mata, during ACM Chair Tom Brislin’s Festival Master Class on Film, Culture, and Industry.

Other Festival Honors: Erin Lau’s Ka Pua was also screened at the 2012 Native Youth Film & Video Festival in New Mexico. Jaime Peak’s Mask, just screened in the ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase, is also featured at the Denver Indie Film Fest, TriMedia Film Festival (Colorado), and the Big Bear Lake Int’l Festival (California).