"Madame Sata" will be featured at the festival.

Fund-raiser will
benefit Cinema
Paradise film fest


Fund-raising event for the Cinema Paradise 2003 film festival

Where: Studio 1 Art Gallery, 1 N. King St.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. today

Admission: $10


A year after creating the Cinema Paradise independent film festival that featured some 80 films, the event returns next week with more, more, more -- 100 features, shorts and documentaries, more sponsors, and a larger budget.

Last year's festival cost organizers Sergio Goes and Chris Kahunahana about $50,000. The budget will increase to $75,000 this year, so the pair is holding a fund-raising event tonight at Studio 1 Art Gallery downtown.

"Transformation" is an art show featuring sound and video installation artists from New York, San Francisco and Hawaii, with performance art by the dance troupe Glinko Marischino.

Later in the evening, "Transformation" will become an eclectic dance 'n' groove party, with Brazilian beats provided by DJ Caju and live batucada drummers, Om Record's DJ J-Boogie, San Francisco Bay Area musician Malosi playing the electric berimbau, and additional performances by Capoeira Senzala, B-Boys and Shaolin Kung Fu.

The Cinema Paradise 2003 festival lineup of films will be announced, including the group of local films nominated for the $5,000 Hawaii Filmmaker Award, presented by the Movie Museum.

The festival takes place Sept. 19 to 25.

Goes and Kahunahana had earlier created the Honolulu Underground Film Festival, which ran until 1997, when they both moved to the mainland.

Goes returned to Hawaii in 2001, and with the urging of friends and assistance from Kahunahana, created Cinema Paradise.

"There was a niche here for a more edgy, independent type of programming," Goes says. "Chris called me from San Francisco to say he had access to all these hip-hop movies and we could show them in Hawaii. I had also met lots of independent filmmakers when I was traveling to festivals showing my film."

This year's festival sponsors include the Movie Museum, the Hawaii Film Office, Pacific New Media, The Contemporary Museum, Sony Hawaii, the University of Hawaii at Manoa political science department, and the W and Outrigger hotels.

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