Byler’s new film lauded
Hawaii-born filmmaker Eric Byler's new dramatic feature film "AMERICANese" won two prizes Tuesday night at the SXSW (South By Southwest) Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas. It received a narrative audience award and a special jury prize for outstanding ensemble cast, which includes former islander Kelly Hu, Joan Chen, Chris Tashima and Allison Sie.
Byler also won the audience prize at SXSW four years ago for his previous feature, "Charlotte Sometimes," which received a favorable screening at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2002 and a publicity boost following an enthusiastic reaction from film critic and festival guest Roger Ebert.
At last fall's HFF, Byler showed an unfinished cut of another digitally shot feature of his, "Tre," co-written and starring a friend of his, also from Hawaii, Kimberly-Rose Wolter.
Chris Tashima and Joan Chen star in Eric Byler's "AMERICANese," which won two prizes in the South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival this past week.