Donalyn Dela Cruz and Leonelle Akana in Break Through
Image: Courtesy Robert Pennybacker

Films / Liz Schwartz, owner of Coffee Talk, had noticed how many talented people, especially of the film industry variety, were drinking her coffee while laboring over their Apples. To give them a chance to showcase their work, she has organized a new monthly event, Film Fridays at Coffee Talk, beginning this week with Break Through, a black-and-white film that tells the stories of five different women as they each try to break out of some sort of urban Honolulu trap.

According to Schwartz, Coffee Talk regular Robert Pennybacker (full disclosure: Pennybacker is a brother of Honolulu Weekly editor, Mindy Pennybacker), premiered his last film, honolulu/urban, at Coffee Talk a year and a half ago. “It was such a huge success, and everyone said to do it more often,” Schwartz says. Break Through, which Pennybacker wrote, directed and produced, will kick off the series held every second Friday, followed by a talk story session. “It’s a smaller, intimate atmosphere so people feel comfortable,” she explains.

Coffee Talk, 3601 Waialae Ave., Fri., 1/11, 7pm, free, [], 737-7444