2 shorts hold appeal for local audiences


POSTED: Thursday, October 15, 2009

A couple of talented filmmakers are premiering noteworthy new shorts that should appeal to a wide audience but will resonate in particular with local audiences at the film festival this weekend. Brent Anbe's “;Ajumma! Are You Krazy?”; is a delightful spoof on K-dramas, complete with middle-aged fans (the term “;ajumma”; is also a friendly insult between female friends of a certain age) stalking a Korean superstar arriving in Hawaii to shoot a music video. The 25-minute film is upbeat, fast-paced and charming throughout and, at times, absolutely hilarious.

In a much different approach, “;Layover, On the Shore”; is a beautifully shot, contemplative 25-minute film within a film contrasting the modern realities of Hawaii with the romanticized nostalgia of the islands. In the synopsis, writer/director Christopher Makoto Yogi says it “;offers a multi-layered and intimate portrait of contemporary Honolulu, challenging the audience's expectations of a film made in and about Hawaii, blurring the line between real and imagined notions of paradise.”;

Look for them in the Shorts Program (”;Ajumma,”; 9:15 p.m. Saturday; “;Layover,”; 6:45 p.m. Sunday) at Dole Cannery ...


JUST WHEN you thought Hawaii lacked high culture, the United Kingdom's National Theatre announces that it will begin broadcasting live performances of plays onto cinema screens. Next up? William Shakespeare's “;All's Well That Ends Well,”; which was filmed live at the National Theatre in London on Oct. 1. It screens at Consolidated Theatres' Kahala location at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 22. The pilot season for NT Live began with “;Phedre,”; starring Helen Mirren.

All plays are filmed in high definition and broadcast via satellite to more than 300 cinemas and performing art centers around the world (sometimes live, occasionally time-delayed, depending on location).

“;I'm confident that we have pioneered a new genre; not quite live theater, certainly not cinema, but an exciting approximation of the real thing whose potential reach is limitless,”; National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner said in a statement.

Tickets for the Kahala showing cost $20. For more information, visit http://www.ConsolidatedTheatres.com or http://www.ntlive.com...


DID YOU catch the Honolulu segment on Discovery Channel's “;Dirty Jobs”; Tuesday night? Host Mike Rowe declared that if he didn't look down, or to the left or the right, or behind him, washing windows on high-rise towers in Kakaako was just fine. He found the difficult work a welcome distraction from the 300-foot drop to the sidewalk below.

The job might appear to amount to little more than a few basic movements (how hard can it be to wash windows, right?), but this series points out how much skill and knowledge are involved in tasks we never think about.

Of the hazardous, laborious rappelling, he said at intervals: “;This is insane!”; “;I feel like cussing loud, real bad.”; “;Huge pain in the neck!”; At the end, Rowe asked his co-workers, “;What's that word that starts with P?”; It was “;pau hana,”; and he definitely was happy to be done with that gig.

If you missed it, look for repeats Tuesday at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. or view online at dsc.discovery.com.

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