HAWAIIAN SHORT FILMS

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - October 8, 2005 - 3:00 PM

Total running time: 71 min

The characters in this beautiful selection of films by Hawaiian filmmakers find inner strength and cultural pride while growing up on the islands.

Filmmakers in Attendance

Cost: FREE
Ticket Code: 1008B
Spam-ku: I won a haiku contest about Spam
Narrative Short
Director:
Steven Tsuchida
Format:
Video
Running Time:
5
A young man's life is changed when he wins a poetry contest with a haiku he has written about Spam.

Silent Years
Narrative Short
Director:
James Sereno
Format:
Video
Running Time:
13
Adapted from the poetry of acclaimed writer Lois-Ann Yamanaka, SILENT YEARS tells the story of a woman journeying back to her past to confront painful memories of teenage abuse.

Kamea
Narrative Short
Director:
Jennifer Akana-Sturla
Format:
35 mm
Running Time:
22
A shy girl falls for a surfer boy obsessed with surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku.

Fishbowl
Narrative Short
Director:
Kayo Hatta
Format:
Video
Running Time:
28
This delightful adaptation of Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s novel “Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers” by award-winning filmmaker Kayo Hatta (PICTURE BRIDE), follows the struggles of a 13-year-old girl as she faces the ridicule of the popular girls’ clique in school and battles discrimination for her use of Pidgin English.
In Memory of Kayo Hatta

Kayo Hatta, an independent filmmaker whose 1995 film “Picture Bride” won an Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival, passed away on July 20, 2005 at the age of 47. The cause of death was drowning.

“The Picture Bride”, which is set in early 20th century Hawaii, tells the tale of a poor Japanese woman who moves to Hawaii to marry a sugarcane plantation worker based on an exchange of photographs. Hatta directed and co-wrote the film, which was a breakthrough in Asian Pacific Islander filmmaking. Hatta graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English and received a master's degree in film from UCLA.