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HIFF to hold weekend screenings in Hilo

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HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani is proud to be hosting a series of very special screenings in Hilo this weekend. All films will be shown at the Hilo Palace Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at Hilo Palace Theatre or online at hiff.org.

Friday, October 28

MY KOALOHA STORY
World Premiere
Made in Hawaii

Friday, October 28 | 7:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
United States 2011 | English | 74M

DIRECTOR: Gary San Angel
CAST: Daniel Ho, Alvin Okami 

MY KOALOHA STORY is a Made in Hawaii 'talk story' style documentary-music film about a family owned ukulele business and their special brand of old-school Aloha. What was once a failed plastics business in the midst of bankruptcy is transformed into one of the most highly regarded and beloved ukulele companies in the world, KoAloha Ukulele.

Sponsored by: Bank of Hawaii

Saturday, October 29

PA'AHANA
Hawaii Premiere
Pacific Showcase Shorts

Saturday October, 29 | 1:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
United States 2011 | English | 10 M

DIRECTOR: Lana Dang 

Kekoa is a man who wants the best for his daughter, though he cannot achieve what he wants.

Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

THE WINTER BOY
United States Premiere
Pacific Showcase Shorts 

Saturday October, 29 | 1:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
New Zealand 2011 | English | 8 M

DIRECTOR: Rachel House 

After a troubled relationship, a son finds a reason to let his mother in again.

Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

BLESSED ASSURANCE
Hawaii Premiere
Pacific Showcase Shorts  

Saturday October, 29 | 1:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
U.S. Outlying Islands 2011 | English | 10 M 

DIRECTOR: AinaPaikai 

What if gasoline mysteriously vanished from the Earth?

Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

E HO'OMAU! THE MENEHUNE AND THE BIRDS
World Premiere
Pacific Showcase Shorts  

Saturday October, 29 | 1:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
United States 2011 | English | 23 M 

DIRECTOR: Michael Q. Ceballos

Kehau, a young Menehune boy, and his best friend, a little elepaio bird, discover that a group of men has been killing the birds of the Kaua'i rainforest in order to harvest their feathers faster. 

Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) 

EBONY SOCIETY
Hawaii Premiere
Pacific Showcase Shorts  

Saturday October, 29 | 1:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
New Zealand 2011 | English | 13 M 

DIRECTOR: Tammy Davis

On a night out stealing two boys break into a house and find themselves confronted with an unexpected situation. 

Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

LADY RAZORBACKS
Hawaii Premiere
Pacific Showcase Shorts  

Saturday October, 29 | 1:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
United States 2011 | English | 5 M 

DIRECTOR: Laura Green

When a group of Pacific Islander women start a rugby team, they find an unexpected sanctuary on the field.

Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

LINA'LA LUSANG
Hawaii Premiere
Pacific Showcase Shorts 

Saturday October, 29 | 1:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
Guam 2011 | English Subtitles| 5 M 

Unshaken by centuries of colonial conquest and the changing tides of occupation, the lusong has endured to heal and feed the people of the land, and to impart a sacred lesson of survival.

Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

MANUWERA
Hawaii Premiere
Pacific Showcase Shorts  

Saturday October, 29 | 1:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
New Zealand 2011 | English | 19 M 

DIRECTOR: Sam Peacocke

A multi-stranded, narrative impression of a tragic robbery that took place in Manurewa, New Zealand. 

Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) 

PA'AHANA
Hawaii Premiere
Pacific Showcase Shorts 

Saturday October, 29 | 1:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
United States 2011 | English | 10 M 

DIRECTOR: Lana Dang

Kekoa is a man who wants the best for his daughter, though he cannot achieve what he wants. 

Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

FAMILY OF THE WA'A
Pacific Showcase 

Saturday, October 29 | 4:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
United States 2011 | English | 81 Minutes 

DIRECTOR: Alyssa Fedele

This is the story of a journey, both of a canoe and the men and women who paddled it 1,750 miles across the Hawaiian archipelago. It began with the kuleana, or sacred promise, of a young man to his uncle. But it became a life-changing endeavor. But before Kimokeo could fulfill his kuleana, he had to remake himself from the tough, beach bully he had become, into a leader of men and women. In the end, Kimokeo and his fellow wa'a paddlers realize they are each on their own path to Kure.

ALOHA BUDDHA
World Premiere
Art + Design 

Saturday, October 29th | 7:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
United States 2011 | English, Japanese with English subtitles | 60M 

DIRECTOR: Bill Ferehawk, Dylan Robertson 

Japanese Buddhism is fading and the temples are closing. As we talk to elders of the religion, we discover that it has played a key role in: shaping Hawaii's religious identity, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and in establishing Buddhism in America. There is also a movement underway to save the religion - by adding a little aloha into the practice.

Preceded by:
MINKA
Hawaii Premiere 
United States 2011 | English | 16M 

DIRECTOR: Davina Pardo

In 1967, an American journalist and a Japanese architect rescued an ancient farmhouse found in the snow country of Japan, and their lives were forever changed. MINKA is an intimate story about architecture, memory and the meaning of home. 

Sponsored by: Electric Pencil

Sunday, October 30

GUZAARISH
Hawaii Premiere
Spotlight on India 

Sunday, October 30 | 12:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
India 2010 | English, Hindi with English subtitles | 126M 

DIRECTOR: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
CAST: Nafisa Ali, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shernaz Patel, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan 

Once a great magician, Ethan is now a popular radio host due to a spinal injury fourteen years ago. On the fourteenth anniversary of his accident, Ethan petitions the court to seek control of his own life. Shocking not only his listeners, but his beloved nurse Sofia as well. The ethics, the morality, the kindness and cruelty of this mission creates a storm in all the lives that it envelops and its resolution forms the startling conclusion of Ethan's remarkable journey. 

Sponsored by: Watumull

THELMA
International Premiere
Spotlight on The Phillipines 

Sunday, October 30 | 3:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
Philippines 2011 | Tagalog with English subtitles | 111M

DIRECTOR: Paul Soriano

CAST: Maja Salvador, Eliza Pineda, Tetchie Agbayani, John Arcilla 

Thelma, is a mischievous and tomboyish teenage girl, who loves to run in the fields. One day, disaster strikes and her sister Hannah, is injured and faced with being crippled for life. Her only hope to walk again is an expensive operation. This sets in motion Thelma's journey to use her gift of strength and speed, run for her sister, rise from desperate poverty, and redeem herself from the past.

Sponsored by: L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

SUBJECTIVE EXPRESSIONS
Hawaii Premiere
Made in Hawaii 

Sunday, October 30 | 6:00 PM | Hilo Palace Theatre
United States 2011 | English | 70M 

DIRECTOR: Dominik Walczuk
CAST: Caroline Antilla, Nahko Bear, Caroline Heim, Mikolaj Walczuk, Lee Michael Walczuk, Dominik Walczuk, Renata Walczuk 

Shot entirely on location in Hilo, Hawaii, SUBJECTIVE EXPRESSIONS is the first feature-length effort from 19-year-old director Dominik Walczuk. The film tells the story of Pan, a young twenty-something year-old girl who is not sure what direction she wants to take with her life. But when she decides to try out working-for-housing at a local theater, she begins a path of unexpected self-discovery.

Sponsored by: Bank of Hawaii

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