Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Kauai fest celebrates
isles’ young filmmakers

Four nights of entries from
nearly every island will be shown free

The schedule

By Anthony Sommer
Kauai correspondent

LIHUE >> The show must go on, and, faculty strike or no faculty strike, organizers say the Second Annual Kauai Student Film Festival will take place every night, tomorrow through Sunday.

Each night's activities will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kauai Community College. Admission is free.

"If the strike is still on, it's still going to be a challenge to see if people show up," said Kelvin Manolo, who organized this year's festival.

Union pickets have been leaving the campus at 6 p.m.

Last year, the festival drew more than 500 people over three nights. This year, it has been expanded to four nights.

A total of 34 films are scheduled to be shown, and a variety of film-related workshops will be conducted.

Schools from every island except Maui have sent films.

On Sunday this year's award-winners, along with last year's award-winners, will be shown.

The Kauai Student Film Festival holds competition among similar age groups from middle school, high school and college. The three categories are documentary (15 to 30 minutes), short (15 minutes) and feature films (30 minutes). Students can use video or film.

"The students who make the films are very passionate about their work," said Kauai college provost Peggy Cha.

"The fact that they're doing it is exciting to me," said Kauai Film Commissioner Judy Drosd. "It's the only student festival in the state."

The festival was founded by the college's Film Club last year.

The club's president then, Paul Booth, is now taking filmmaking courses on the mainland. He will conduct a workshop at this year's festival.

Students take
vision to 'next level'

Events begin at 7 each evening at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. Free admission. A film listed as a "showcase work" is a student film that is not entered in the competition.


"Next Level" by Jason Hubbard and Chris Gallego of Kaiser High School.

"Teacher Strike" by Contessa Ricci, Juno Ann Apala and Kristen Cummings of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

"Hackeysack" by Jenna Akasaki and Elysse Sato of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

"Campbell High" by Maritu Malufau of Campbell High School.

"Any Kine Stuff" by Nohi Rosa and Zander Alimboyoguen of Waimea High School.

"Uncertain Emotions" by Bennie Duque, Braddah Reyes and Lelan Galan of Kohala High School.

"Blood of the Samurai," by Aaron Yamasato, showcase work.

"The Great Birthday" by Ave Piscano, showcase work.

"Junior Prom Promo" by Russell Smyth, Sara Anglin and Hayley Carter of Kalaheo High School.

"Black Knight" by Shauna Obey, Carlos Ramirez and Jake Akuma of Kalaheo High School.

"Art of Steel" by Tommy Taylor, showcase work.


"Gun Control" by Rebecca Estamago, Sara Angun and Hayley Carter of Kalaheo High School.

"Columbine Tribute" by Kelvin R. Manalo, showcase work.

"Loving Life" by Zack Kamen of Kauai Community College.

"It's a Miserable Life" by Masumi T. Childers, showcase work.

"Contraband" by Jordan Kukino and Irah Nishi of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

"Mourning After" by Maile Hemm of the University of Hawaii.

"Communication Arts" by Sara Anglin of Kalaheo High School.

"Malama Aina" by Kristen Cummings and Contessa Ricci of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

"Spy Guy" by Jeremy Orbe Smith, showcase work.

"For Albert" by Mae Manabat of Campbell High School.

"Annie-Mae" by Ulrick Shinnery of Campbell High School.

"The Chase" by Krista Speroni, showcase work.

"Timmy's Dream" by Randee Layosa, showcase work.

"When You Least Expect It" by Paul Booth, showcase work.


"Hydrochloric Hottie" by Heather Harbrough, Lila Glauberman and Corwin Nunes of Kalaheo High School.

"Newscast" by Josh Amas, Chris Aguilar and Jessica Amas, home-school students.

"Bridging the Past to the Future" by Michelle Mueller of Kamehameha Schools.

"Excerpt from Campbell Showcase" by students from Campbell High School.

"School IDs" by Jenna Akasaki and Elysse Sato of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

"Trash in Our Schools" by Matthew Remtio, Pohaku Kapua and Eric Fune of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

"The Talented Girl" by Blaise Lamadrid, showcase work.

"Sowa Gummy Bears" by Gerard Elmore of the University of Hawaii.


All of this year's winning films and last year's winning films.

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