120 films/events

United States

091319.MOV
United States 2020 | 5 min.
Student Showcase | Drama

Told through the eyes of a high school teen, this film depicts the lonely reality of studying abroad layered with the spoken and unspoken nuances communicated between a mother and son. 

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

38 MINUTES
United States 2020 | 17 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Action, Drama

Inspired by actual events, ex-Navy SEAL, Joe Taverner, is in for his biggest battle yet; his journey to save his wife and their family before an incoming ballistic missile strikes Hawaii. 

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sat, Nov 07 - 2:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Sat, Nov 07 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

Sun, Nov 29 - 2:00PM  Consolidated Ward

A VLOG DURING COVID
United States 2020 | 4 min.
Student Showcase |

It is a normal day for a teenage girl as she makes plans for a day out but in these tough times, there is COVID. Produced during the 2020 Youth Mental Wellness Reel Camp for Girls organized by...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

ABOMINABLE
United States 2019 | 97 min.
HIFF Drive-In Series |

This film will play In-Person ONLY as part of HIFF's ALOHA DRIVE-IN Series. After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic...

Thu, Nov 19 - 5:30PM  Ala Moana Drive-In

ALOHA SURF HOTEL
United States 2020 | 94 min.
Made in Hawaii | Comedy

Tai Alonzo was a legendary surfer with big things ahead of him, but years later, he's divorced, living in his van, his pro surfing days long behind him. When he is forced to take a job at a...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Thu, Nov 05 - 5:30PM  Ala Moana Drive-In

Fri, Nov 20 - 5:30PM  Consolidated Mililani

Fri, Nov 20 - 8:00PM  Consolidated Mililani

ALONE TOGETHER
United States 2020 | 5 min.
Student Showcase | Educational

This short film was created during the lockdown by students from the media programs at Kealakehe Intermediate School in Kona and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kaua'i. 

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

ANT
United States 2018 | 13 min.
Shorts Program: Dark Wave | Crime Drama

Four teenagers in South Central Los Angeles plan a robbery – as people take to the streets protesting police brutality – and find unexpected childhood innocence in a comic book store at...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

ASSASSINS
United States 2020 | 104 min.
Documentary Panorama | Documentary

In 2017, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un was assassinated in Malaysia’s international airport. Kim Jong-nam’s murder occured in broad daylight. It was further illuminated by airport...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

ATOMIC CAFÉ: THE NOISIEST CORNER IN J-TOWN
United States 2020 | 10 min.
Shorts Program: Little Docs | Documentary

In the late 1970’s, when L.A.’s punk rock scene was exploding, an unlikely family-owned restaurant in Little Tokyo started by Japanese Americans returning from America’s WWII...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

BE WATER
United States 2020 | 96 min.
Documentary Panorama | Asian American, Biographical, Documentary, History

Rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to Hong Kong to complete four films. Charting his struggles in two worlds, BE WATER explores questions of identity and representation through rare archive,...

Nov 27th 3:00 PM - Nov 28th 3:00 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

BEACH TO FARM
United States 2020 | 16 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Documentary

Pro surfer Joel Centeio lived at his favorite surf point, but three years ago, he decided to move to off grid land. The movie explores what sustainable means for him and Hawaii.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sat, Nov 21 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Mililani

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

Sun, Nov 29 - 3:00PM  Consolidated Ward

BELLY OF THE BEAST
United States 2020 | 81 min.
Documentary Panorama | Documentary, Human Rights, Social Issues, Women

Recent reports of forced sterilizations of detained women in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities may seem like news to many of us, but it is actually the latest manifestation of...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

BEYOND THE MAUNA
United States 2020 | 28 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Documentary, Educational, Family Friendly, Social Issues, Women

Beyond the Mauna is a short documentary about the controversial construction of a Thirty-Meter-Telescope (TMT) on the sacred summit of Mauna Kea in Hawai’i. 

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
United States 2015 | 115 min.
Documentary Panorama | Documentary, Social Issues

Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (FREEDOM RIDERS, THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL) examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture. The...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

BROWN BODIES IN A FAR SEA
United States 2019 | 8 min.
ACM UHM Showcase | Drama

After hearing about an incoming hurricane, a young girl makes preparations to defend her home.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

CALL CENTER BLUES
Mexico, United States 2020 | 25 min.
Shorts Program: A Better Life | Documentary, Social Issues

A character-driven, cinematic tale of deportation, migration, displacement and opportunistic capitalism, CALL CENTER BLUES follows four characters as they struggle to make sense of their lives in...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

CANE FIRE
United States 2020 | 90 min.
Film For Thought | Documentary, Ethnographic, Experimental, History, Politics, Social Issues

While utilizing footage of Hollywood films set in Hawaii and various corporate commercials that paint the islands as paradise, CANE FIRE examines years of economic and social exploitation of the...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sat, Nov 14 - 7:00PM  Varsity Building Drive-In

CHARITY
United States 2020 | 12 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Drama, Horror

A man wakes up to find an ominous stranger in his dining room and is faced with making an impossible decision.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sat, Nov 07 - 2:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Sat, Nov 07 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

Sun, Nov 29 - 2:00PM  Consolidated Ward

COLORS OF KAUA'I
United States 2020 | 13 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Documentary, Educational, Family Friendly, Social Issues

A remote and vibrant community comes to life as they celebrate their first-ever LGBTQ+ Pride. Families, local leaders, and allies fight to transform themselves and the heart of the Purple Island.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sat, Nov 21 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Mililani

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

Sun, Nov 29 - 3:00PM  Consolidated Ward

CONNECTION
United States 2019 | 8 min.
Shorts Program: Little Docs | Documentary, Ethnographic, Social Issues, Women

On a trip to Washington to cast for steelhead fish, Autumn Harry unpacks what it means to overcome her own image of who is a fly fisher and uses the sport to fight for conservation.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

COVER/AGE
United States 2019 | 25 min.
Shorts Program: A Better Life | Documentary, Politics, Social Issues, Women

COVER/AGE follows an elderly caregiver and a policy advocate in the campaign to expand healthcare to include all people, regardless of immigration status or age.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

DA BREAKFAST KINE CLUB (LIVE STAGE READING)
United States 2020 | 100 min.
HIFF Talk Story | Comedy, Coming of Age

This event is FREE and open to the public. Click on the ticket link below to register. In lieu of admission price, please consider making a cash donation to Corona Care Hawai‘i. An 80s...

Nov 19th 6:00 PM - Nov 19th 7:40 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

DANCING ON MY OWN
United States 2020 | 13 min.
Shorts Program: Little Docs | Documentary, LGBT

Dancing On My Own is a love letter to the queer Asian experience, inspired by New York's radical dance party Bubble_T. 

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

DEAR 2030
United States 2020 | 7 min.
Student Showcase |

This film captures the essence of healing the world we live in everyday. And how we can make an impact as individuals with the time we are given right now. Produced during the 2020 Environmental...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

DEAR FUTURE PRESIDENT
United States 2020 | 1 min.
DKII Future Filmmakers Showcase | Social Issues

When moments become difficult and problems arise, guidance is needed. America needs a leader who can help us through these struggles, striving to become stronger. 

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT
United States 2020 | 2 min.
DKII Future Filmmakers Showcase | Documentary

My Letter to U.S. President about what our country needs right now.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

DEAR PRESIDENT
United States 2020 | 1 min.
DKII Future Filmmakers Showcase | Politics

E mālama Hōnua a me ke Aloha kekahi i kekahi! Let’s care for the Earth, and respect one another. “Dear President” is written in hopes that America may be guided by righteousness...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

DEATH OF NINTENDO
Philippines, United States 2020 | 99 min.
New American Perspectives | Comedy, Coming of Age

Despite an impending volcanic eruption, young Paolo’s mind is worried about other things, such as video games, basketball, and hanging out with his friends. However, when he develops a crush...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

DEFINITION PLEASE
United States 2020 | 91 min.
Panorama | Drama, Self-discovery

Young Monica Chowdry was an Indian parent’s paragon of a child: beautiful, smart, artistic, and a Scripps Spelling Bee champion. Now that she has grown up, however, the future seems tenebrous:...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

THE DEVIL DWELLS NEAR
United States 2020 | 6 min.
Student Showcase |

Something has gone missing, so it’s up to the detective to find out where it went in this modern-day take on a noir film.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL
United States 2020 | 83 min.
Film For Thought | Crime Drama, Documentary, Educational, History, Politics, Social Issues, Women

When two peoples of color are pitted against each other in the gruesome coliseum that is the uneven criminal justice system of the United States, who wins? In 2014, Chinese American police officer...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI
United States 2019 | 20 min.
HIFF Drive-In Series |

This film will play In-Person ONLY as part of THE KĀNAKA MAOLI NEW WAVE Drive-In Shorts Program. A janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists, reflects on a memory...

Sun, Nov 22 - 7:00PM  Windward Mall Drive-In

EN ROUTE
United States 2020 | 5 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Action, Documentary, Experimental

A young local youth discovers his passion for fire knife dancing can save him from the hardships of a troubled upbringing.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sat, Nov 21 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Mililani

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

Sun, Nov 29 - 3:00PM  Consolidated Ward

FINDING DOHI
Japan, United States 2020 | 26 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Biography, Documentary, Educational, Family Friendly, History, Social Issues, Women

FINDING DOHI is an intimate portrait of a woman separated by culture, language, and thousands of miles from a family she has never met. 

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

FIRST VOTE
United States 2020 | 58 min.
New American Perspectives | Asian American, Politics, Social Issues

FIRST VOTE is a rare look at Asian American passions on both sides of the political divide in Ohio and North Carolina. Lance Chen is a Chinese immigrant and professor who became a citizen in 2016...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

FLOODS OF HOPE
United States 2020 | 3 min.
Student Showcase |

Floods of Hope is an experimental spoken word film that explores the importance of environmental activism with the rising sea levels in the state of Hawaiʻi. Produced during the 2020...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

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