Chasing Rainbows at HIFF
The 30th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival begins this Thursday, October 14 and runs through October 24. Here we've listed all of the locally-made films, visit hiff.org for the full schedule. And, we talked to three of the filmmakers to find out what it was like to film in Hawaii.
Director, producer, screenwriter: Greg Andermann
Cinematographer: Peter K. Tang
Cast: Duke Aiona, Greg Andermann, Charles Buck, Wayne Cordeiro, Lynn Finnegan, Blake Oshiro.
Chasing Rainbows attempts to chronicle the battle between the evangelical Christians and gay rights advocates in America, as it pertains to local politics and way of life. With interviews of prominent figures, ranging from Pastor Wayne Cordero of New Hope Church, Rabbi Peter Schaktman of Temple Emanu-El, and former legislator Dennis Arakaki, of Hawaii Family Forum, this film provides a forum for both sides of the debate.
The battle began in Hawaii in the 1990s with the first lawsuit from a same-sex couple suing the state for the right to marry. This film gives an unbiased, candid look at same-sex unions, and the issues.
Director and producer Greg Andermann says, “I had to stay neutral. It’s a responsibility; somebody has to stay neutral to be a mediator. I understand both sides really well. I have friends and colleagues on both sides. It is about two subcultures that exist in our larger culture; they both want affirmation.” Andermann has dedicated the past 10 years to making historical documentaries, but this is the first film that Andermann gets in front of the camera. Andermann adds, “The real work of the documentary is the heart and soul of the people that opened up and shared. What I found out is that the issue is really deep. It’s not a simple topic, it has a lot of layers.” Andermann hopes that this film will be a catalyst to promote a safe open space for discussions and will get people to evaluate how they treat each other. Following the screenings, an open forum discussion takes place Oct. 29, at the University of Hawaii.
For more information on this documentary or other upcoming events visit www.chasingrainbowsfilm.com. You can watch Chasing Rainbows at Dole Cannery on Friday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 21. Visit the HIFF website for more information and a complete schedule at http://hiff.org.
Here we've listed all of the locally-made films, visit hiff.org for the full schedule:
ACM Night short films
Oct. 16 & 21
Oct. 16 & 24
Get A Job
Oct. 16 & 23
Holding Fast the Dream
One Kine Day
Oct. 18 & 23
Oct. 15 & 23
Mana I Ka Leo: Power of the Voice
Oct. 16 & 23
Papa Mau: The Wayfinder
Oct. 16 & 23
Out of Infamy
Pacific Panorama short films
Those Who Came Before
Under a Jarvis Moon
Oct. 17 & 22
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