Other People wins `Ohina "Greenlight Award"
Sponsored by `Ohina Short Film Showcase
Hawaii’s annual `Ohina Short Film Showcase is back this year with a dynamic new lineup of local films. Executive Director Gerard Elmore along with Bryson Chun, one of the featured filmmakers, joined host Jobeth Devera on set to talk more about it.
The Showcase features five short films produced as part of the 2018 `Ohina Filmmakers Lab will light up the screen at the Hawai`i International Film Festival on November 14 in a special HIFF Presents The `Ohina Shorts Showcase presentation. Among them, Bryson Chun’s Other People – his short script – won the `Ohina “Greenlight Award” at the Filmmakers Lab, granting him full support to produce and finance his film.
The `Ohina Short Film Showcase is all about celebrating local talent,” said Elmore. “We look forward to the community seeing another incredible lineup. While the Showcase began in 1999 to offer independent filmmakers a platform for their films, `Ohina has since grown to include a media pipeline that’s helping Hawaii’s storytellers bring their visions to the big screen. In 2017, we launched our Filmmakers Lab, providing applicants an opportunity to submit their short screenplays to be mentored by some of the top creative minds in the entertainment industry. These workshops have since become the foundation of our Showcase selections—with participants receiving additional support from `Ohina throughout their journey to completing their films, and a chance for their work to be presented at the `Ohina Short Film Showcase.”
LIST OF FILMS:
FALL GUY – Bradley Crawford
OTHER PEOPLE – Bryson Chun
MO’O! – Anela Ling
LIKE MADDAH – Rena Shishido
THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN – Alexander Bocchieri
HIFF Presents The `Ohina Shorts Showcase
Thursday, November 14, at 6:15 PM
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About Gerard Elmore:
Gerard Elmore took the helm of the `Ohina Short Film Showcase in 2012 with a commitment to shine a spotlight on local storytellers. `Ohina has since grown to include an entire media pipeline responsible for helping local filmmakers and storytellers bring cinematic visions to the big screen.
Gerard has been instrumental in elevating the profile of `Ohina, cultivating relationships with top industry insiders to become partners and mentors for `Ohina programs such as the Filmmaker’s Lab, launched in 2017 to help local talent further develop their stories.
In addition to his seven-year labor of love as Executive Director of `Ohina, Gerard is Lead Producer at Nella Media Group. He also works with HONBLUE as Video Director/Editor/ Producer of the company’s marketing content, and frequently lectures at the Academy for Creative Media Mānoa & West Oahu.
About Bryson Chun:
Bryson Chun is a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Native Shorts Lab Fellow and a 2018 imagineNATIVE Feature Screenwriting Intensive Fellow. His film, Ka Piko, premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2017, where it was nominated for a “Best Short” award. The short was also featured as one of only 25 films selected by PBS for the 2018 PBS Online Film Festival and was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Native Cinema Showcase by The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Bryson has produced a wide array of award-winning short and feature film projects, including the feature documentary ‘Ike: Knowledge is Everywhere which ended its run of over 100 public screenings with a PBS broadcast. He is the current ‘Ohina Lab Greenlight Award Winner, which supported the production of his new short, Other People.