HIFF 2011: Press conference highlights

Oct. 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

HIFF's Chuck Boller talks during the festival's opening press conference on Thursday, Oct. 13. (Photo by Aaron Yoshino, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

BY GARY CHUN / gchun@staradvertiser.com

Some top stars of CBS series “Hawaii Five-0″ will attend a Sunday panel that is part of the Hawaii International Film Festival. That was a highlight of this morning’s press conference at the RumFire bar in the Sheraton Waikiki.

City and County of Honolulu Managing Director Doug Chin presents a $20,000 check to HIFF. (Photo by Aaron Yoshino, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

Cast members Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Lauren German and Taylor Wily will attend the panel discussion, “An Afternoon With Hawaii Five-0,” along with executive producer Peter Lenkov and co-executive producer Steve Boyum, said HIFF executive director Chuck Boller.

The event, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the luxe hotel Halekulani, is open to the public. Boller said tickets are still available at $20, $15 for HIFF members. (Click here to purchase online.)

Another highlight, particularly for HIFF: At the press conference, Doug Chin, managing director of the City and County of Honolulu, presented Boller with a check for $20,000 from the city made out to HIFF.

Halekulani Chief Operating Officer Peter Shaindlin said the luxury hotel remains committed as corporate sponsor for the long term, as the festival enters its 31st year.

Halekulani COO Peter Shaindlin speaks during the press conference. (Photo by Aaron Yoshino, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

“This has evolved into a major festival of film,” Shaindlin said. “We welcome the world coming to our sandy shores in an international exchange of the humanities. … The diversity of films that will be shown is absolutely staggering.”

Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, director of public relations for the Eurocinema Hawaii festival-within-a-festival, thanked “our brain on board” Chris Lee, film producer and founder of the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media who, along with HIFF program director Anderson Le, selected this year’s array of European films.

Lee later said that he was happy that the organization continued its work with the World Cinema Foundation to present restored classics, such as this year’s showing of Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” and the “cream of the Cannes Film Festival,” such as “The Artist” and “The Kid With a Bike.”

Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale talks about this year's EuroCinema Hawaii Film Festival during the HIFF press conference. (Photo by Aaron Yoshino, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

HIFF includes a section linking film and music, and California musican/filmmaker Goh Nakamura, whose low-budget indie “Surrogate Valentine” will be presented on Sunday as part of a 3 p.m. master class with director David Boyle and producer Duane Anderson, and with a screening at 9 p.m., was at the press conference to highlight that connection.

Soundtrack supervisor George Drakoulias returns for a second consecutive year after presenting “The Runaways” at last year’s HIFF. This time he’s a representative of the Search Party music supervision company, which is bringing in composer Michael Giacchino Saturday to be part of a 1 p.m. roundtable discussion. Participants include Drakoulias, fellow company supervisors Stephanie Diaz-Matos and Sara Matarazzo, producer-composer Woodrow Wilson Jackson and Patrick Douthit, who’s better known as hip-hop personality and producer 9th Wonder.

Giacchino will also take part in a discussion about his role in composing the score for JJ Abrams’ movie “Super 8,” which will also be screened later in the day at 3:15 p.m.

From left, Chuck Boller, Peter Shaindlin, Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, Goh Nakamura, Doug Chin and George Drakoulias pose for a group photo following the HIFF press conference. (Photo by Aaron Yoshino, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

IN OTHER news, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of 63 countries entering films for nominee consideration for the 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Some countries’ submissions will be screened during the festival:

» “The Front Line” (Korea, 8 p.m. today, Oct. 14)
» “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale” (Taiwan, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15)
» “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” (Brazil, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15)
» “Le Havre” (France, 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18)
» “Pina” (France/Germany, 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19)
» “The Woman in the Septic Tank” (Philippines, 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20)
» “Bullhead” (Belgium, 9:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21)

The final list of nominees will be announced on Jan. 24, 2012.
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