UH student film accepted for Atlanta Film Festival

Academy for Creative Media's Ty Sanga will travel to the festival for the screening of his film

University of Hawaiʻi
Tom Brislin, (808) 956-3788
UH Academy for Creative Media
Posted: Apr 12, 2006

Academy for Creative Media student filmmaker Ty Sanga‘s film, "Plastic Leis," has been selected for screening at the 30th annual Atlanta Film Festival. The festival will take place June 9-17, at selected Atlanta area popular and historic venues. Jake Jacobson, festival director, told Sanga, "A jury of industry professionals and myself have accepted only seven percent of the over 1800 entries, so your selection is a significant one."

"Plastic Leis" follows the story of Malia, a Waikiki dancer, who rediscovers her roots and family through hula.

The Academy will help underwrite Sanga‘s travel to Atlanta to screen his film and interact with other filmmakers and industry professionals.

"Ty Sanga‘s exceptional talents and accomplished film truly represent the Academy for Creative Media‘s mission of empowering our students to tell their stories with a unique Hawaiʻi sense of place, history and culture," said Chris Lee, ACM director. "The Atlanta festival is a wonderful venue and deserved recognition for Ty and his film."

"Plastic Leis" premiered at the 2005 Hawaiʻi International Film Festival. It has been selected for screening at the Pacifika: New York Hawaiian Film Festival, and the Big Island‘s startup festival in Kona, both in May.

The annual Atlanta festival, now in its 30th year, presents more than 150 independent films from more than 17 countries along with guest appearances by filmmakers, panelists, artists and industry professionals from around the world. It enjoys a national reputation for its consistently strong and unique programming, enthusiastic audiences and exceptional hospitality.