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Big Island Film Festival - May 24-28, 2012

2012 Event Celebrates Independent Narrative Films and Filmmaking


The 7th Annual Big Island Film Festival will take place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-28, 2012 at the Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island, the Big Island. Events will take place at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and the Shops at Mauna Lani.

The festival has grown significantly from it first began in 2006 and now offers, free family films, daytime movies and double features each night. The 2012 Festival will spotlight two Hawaii-based documentary films. There are also screenwriting workshops, several social events where fans will have the chance to meet the Festival's two celebrity guests, Eloise Mumford and David James Elliott and an exciting "Best of the Fest" on Memorial Day evening featuring a concert and films selected by the audience as voted the Best Feature and Best Short Films of this year's Festival.

Featured Films

The 2012 Big Island Film Festival will feature 57 short and feature-length narrative films including nine from Hawaii, four of those from the Big Island.

Those films will include The Silver Case, a complex thriller from Italy, starring Eric Roberts; the moving Native American family drama Shouting Secrets; and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy which walks the dark and gritty path of a loveable drug-runner between Scotland and Amsterdam, starring Adam Sinclair (The Day of the Triffids, Painkiller Jane), Kristina Kreuk (Chuck, Smallville) and Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings).

Along with the short and feature-length narrative films, BIFF will for the first time spotlight two Hawaii-based documentary films:

Aunty Nona Beamer – Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) shares the story and the music of the legendary Beamer ‘ohana (family), by award-winning producer Kenneth Burgmaier. The Beamer family is planning to attend the screening Thursday night.

The documentary film Family of the Wa‘a chronicles a canoe voyage of over 1,750 miles across the Hawaiian archipelago. Chris Luedi, General Manager of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, was one of the paddlers on the voyage, and will attend the showing on Sunday night.

Celebrity Guests

Eloise Mumford, an NYU graduate, appeared on Broadway in Speed-the-Plow and played opposite Dennis Hopper in the STARZ series Crash. Mumford also starred in the Dreamworks/ABC series The River which aired this spring and has had guest starring roled in the TV series Law and Order SVU and Mercy. She also has has leading roles in the upcoming motion pictures So Undercover, Drones and Not Safe to Work.

Canadian-born actor David James Elliott is best known for his starring role in the long-running CBS series JAG and has recently been featured on the ABC series GCB (Good Christian Belles). During his 25+ year career Elliott has appeared in numerous TV series and films including Scoundrels, Close to Home, and CSI: NY.

Festival attendees will have the chance to see these two celebrity guests at a special "Meet the Stars" event on Friday, or at their Receptions & Salutes, Saturday and Sunday respectively.


The 2012 Big Island Film Festival will feature two "Filmmaker Workshops" on Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Amphitheatre.

The morning workshop, "How to Write TV Spec & Pilot Scripts," will be moderated by Jen Grisanti, former 12-year CBS studio executive, a current blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit. This workshop will help screenwriters "get ten steps ahead" by understanding what producers and executives are looking for in a TV spec and pilot script, including all the story components for telling the one-hour drama and half hour sitcom stories.

The afternoon workshop, "From Conception to Completion: Indie Features," will be presented by Maui born writer/director/editor/producer, Brian Kohne. Kohne was named as a "person who made a difference in 2011" by the Maui News for his award-winning 2011 comedy Get a Job, the 2011 "Best of the Fest" winner at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival. The workshop will explore the current challenges of making and distributing independent films as fewer of them are shown in theaters.

"Best of the Fest"

On Monday, Memorial Day, the film festival's "Best of the Fest" is the festival's grand finale and features a concert by the Big Island's own acoustic trio Kohala.

The acclaimed trio consists of GRAMMY® award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman, Rupert Tripp Jr. and Charlie Recaido. They play a beautiful blend of folk, island music and jazz, including Brotman's song Hapuna which was featured on The Descendants soundtrack.

"Best of the Fest" also features the audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films of the 2012 Big Island Film Festival, plus a Silent Auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center. It is also a fundraiser for Hawaii Island Food Basket.

More Information

Tickets to the workshops are limited and must be purchased in advance. For a complete schedule of events, more information and festival ticket information, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.

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