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Windward CC students Kyle Motonaga (left) and Kristen Kumakura. Photo by Bonnie Beatson.

The first Koʻolau Creative Media Conference will be held at Windward Community College’s Palikū Theatre on Thursday, April 26, from 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. The conference will feature speakers and breakout sessions for career-focused creative media artists and students interested in pursuing creative filmmaking (including performance work in the TV and film industries), documentary filmmaking, video game design and related fields. The conference is free and open to the public.

Speakers include Hawaiʻi State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson, ʻOhina Short Film Showcase Executive Director Gerard Elmore, Phoenix Artists, Inc. owner Gary Epstein, Pacific Islanders in Communications Executive Director Leanne Ferrer and University of Hawaiʻi Academy for Creative Media System Founder and Director Chris Lee, among others.

The all-day event will culminate with the annual Windward CC Pueo Literary and Art Journal book launch and a student film showcase in the evening.

The goal of the conference is to bring current and prospective students, community and local creative media professionals together to connect them with opportunities to network and gain career-oriented training. Windward CC will also debut its upcoming academic subject certificate in creative media to demonstrate the college’s commitment to growing the local creative media industry.

See the full conference schedule at the Windward CC website.

For more information about the conference or the creative media program at Windward CC please contact Kimberlee Bassford at (808) 235-7396, or Nicolas Logue at 780-9785,

—By Bonnie Beatson

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Windward CC students (from left to right) Kyle Motonaga, Ian Jenns, Chad Quinones and Wendell Ebesu. Photo by Kimberlee Bassford.