Little Town – Big Films
Wairoa Maori Film Festival
Matariki Queen’s Birthday Weekend
30 May – 2 June 2008
The tiny town of Wairoa (population around 4,000) on the East Coast of Aotearoa’s North Island opens its third Maori film festival with tributes to indigenous film pioneers, classic features, and a feast of international and local native films.
Opening night kicks off with the kiwi comedy classic Came a Hot Friday, starring Maori comic icon Billy T. James (1948-1991) and Don Selwyn (1936 – 2007) in an early acting role.
Audiences will see rare screenings of Barry Barclay’s feature documentary The Neglected Miracle, exploring indigenous genetic conservation initiatives around the world, and episodes from his landmark television series Tangata Whenua.
Recent dramatic features include Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s Four Sheets to the Wind, Taika Waititi’s Eagle vs Shark and Peter Burger’s The Tattooist, alongside older work such as Sam Pillsbury’s Crooked Earth and Gaylene Preston’s Ruby & Rata.
Closing night feature is Geoff Murphy’s classic Utu starring Anzac Wallace and the late great Wi Kuki Kaa.
Short film programs include Pollywood 08, a collection of shorts by Pacific Islander filmmakers, A Little Bit of Black Business from native Australia, Maori Short Films, and the Matariki Short Film Collection, an eclectic mix of seven indigenous shorts from Aotearoa, USA and Australia.
Wairoa Maori Film Festival goes on the road to Auckland, Wellington and Taumaranui later this year.
10th Festival of Pacific Arts
20 July – 2 August 2, 2008
Theme: Su’iga’ula a le Atuvasa (Threading the Oceania ‘Ula)
Deadline: Friday 9 May 2008
The Pacific’s premier arts event seeks documentaries and features from Pacific filmmakers.
More than 2,000 people from 27 Pacific nations converge on Pago Pago in July for the four-yearly festival, showcasing a mind-boggling array of arts from traditional navigation and canoeing to healing, tattoo and culinary arts alongside theater, visual arts and performance.
Contact: Nancy Tagaloa at firstname.lastname@example.org or (684) 733-9660
For more details download the Film Festival Invitation
Kane Hula Doc
Independent filmmaker and hula dancer Lisette Marie Flanary follows kumu hula Robert Cazimero and Na Kamalei, his unique all-kane halau.
The award-winning documentary is the second in her trilogy of hula films. American Aloha, about hula halau outside Hawaii, screened on PBS. The next film will profile hula in Japan.
PBS: Independent Lens
06 May 08 at 10:30 pm