Big Island film festival unveils lineup
"Sunday Wind" is one of 47 short and feature-length films selected for the Big Island Film Festival in May. Written and directed by Michael Wurth and produced by cinematographer Shawn Hiatt, "Sunday Wind" tells the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 from the perspective of three local farmers. It stars Troy Ignacio, Shiro Kawai and the late Ray Bumatai.
Local filmmaker Peter Tang also was invited to screen "Brothers and Sisters," a music video featuring the Samoan R&B singer/songwriter Gary King. The two collaborated on this tribute to their deceased parents.
The Big Island Film Festival runs May 15 to 18 at three new venues at the Queens' Marketplace of the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Some of the social events, however, will continue at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and the Waikoloa Marriott Beach Resort & Spa.
Festival attendance increased 41 percent in 2007 over the previous year, according to the Web site www.bigislandfilmfestival.com. It received a publicity boost when MovieMaker magazine selected it as "One of 20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee." The event also opened a few slots for narrative films with distribution in an effort to attract experienced filmmakers to mentor newbies.
"The Moses Code" takes the law of attraction to the next level by focusing on the importance of service as a spiritual practice. The film by James Twyman, who directed "The Secret," will premiere at Unity Church tomorrow as part of a synchronized opening worldwide.
Twyman said in a statement that many people drawn to the potential of "The Secret," which promotes the idea that we can attract whatever we want with the right thoughts, focus too much on luring new cars and a bigger bank account. They forget that they have a role in changing the world. "In a way, it's time to spiritualize the spiritual law of attraction," he said. "That's the goal of this film."
The premiere runs from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Unity Church of Hawaii Chapel. View the trailer at www.themosescode.com.
Movie fans, take note. Oceanic Time Warner Cable launched a new movie channel earlier this week that includes industry news and entertainment programming. ReelzChannel is "the only TV network dedicated to Everything About Movies 24/7," according to promotional materials.
Original shows include the movie news series "Dailies" as well as "Movie Mob," a user-generated program that allows video bloggers to post personal reviews of new theatrical releases. "Movie Up" features movies on demand, premium networks and DVD, and "The Big Tease" lets you fill your day with movie trailers. Others include "Secret's Out," in which film critic Leonard Malton analyzes small productions worth seeing, "The Directors," "At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper" and "The Critic," an animated show with the voice of comedian Jon Lovitz.