Fall is home to our biggest annual festival and the coming months offer a steady diet of independent cinematic delicacies.
Hawaii International Film Festival
Now in its 32nd year–its second with partner Halekulani–HIFF plans a tight, focused 2012 festival: 140 films, down from 200 last year, according to Executive Director Chuck Boller. But there will be a musical event at Hawaii Theatre again. Films and showtimes soon; watch the HIFF website.
Interisland Terminal Music Docs Fest
Four fresh offerings screen at Interisland Terminal’s R&D artspace in Kakaako.
Charles Bradley, Soul of America
At 62, after a lifetime of struggle and dreams, a soul singer becomes an overnight success.
Big Easy Express
Mumford & Sons, with other indie-roots-folk artists, journey from San Francisco to New Orleans.
Jim Jarmusch, John Waters and other artist icons remember wild ‘70s and ‘80s New York. Much now on the film and music scene emerged from that time.
Screens with Dai Dai Tran’s “The Beat” and Nelson George’s “All Hail the Beat.” Thu 9/27, 7pm
Shut Up And Play The Hits: The Final Days Of LCD Soundsystem
Widely described as “The Last Waltz” for the millenial generation and the best concert film in years, this doc chronicles the 48 hours surrounding LCD Soundsystem’s farewell show at Madison Square Garden.
Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art
With frequent festials, the Friends of Film Friday program and regular “indie” presentations, “the Doris” is a beloved standby.
The Island President
Then-Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed works against time and indifference to save his low-lying nation from the rising seas. With music by Radiohead.
La Cenerentola – A fairytale from Torino
A mixed-media operatic cinema, the tale of Cinderella comes to life across gorgeous Torino and against Rossini’s unforgettable score.
An intimate coming-of-age tale set in rural Mississippi, director Matthew Gordon’s first feature has won strong praise on the festival circuit.
The first Nicaraguan-made feature film in two decades explores the dreams of an aspiring boxer from the barrio and the relationships with people on Managua’s other side that may help her make it out.
The music of Philip Glass animates this Polish noir about a woman’s desperate gamble to preserve her inheritance.