HOLLYWOOD HULA ::: Pacific Islander Film Hui

FYI Hawai’i

Posted in Film, People by hollywoodhula on December 30, 2008

fyi_hawaii

Directors James Sereno and Alex Munoz work with incarcerated youth at Hawai’i Youth Correctional Facility to create original films (faces are blurred to protect the kids’ indentities).

Photo: Liza Simon for Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Chamorro filmmaker Alex Munoz brings his pioneering program, Films by Youth Inside (FYI),  to Hawai’i. Twelve teens made two movies in two weeks. The films will screen in Honolulu in early March.

Incarcerated youth get new focus on life through film
Ka Wai Ola, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Troubled teens make movies
Honolulu Advertiser

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Chamorro Rock

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music Video, People by hollywoodhula on April 10, 2008

Should\'ve Known

Mud: Should’ve Known

Chamorro/Pilipino rock band Mud’s first music video debuts on You Tube and premiers at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 03 May 08

The video was made by a Pacific Islander team – director Alex Munoz (Chamorro) and producer Karin Williams (Aotearoa/Cook Is) – with a mostly Guahan/Pinoy posse including editor AJ Calomay (editor: Black Eyed Peas, Native Guns).

Mud is Nikki Aclaro (vocals, guitar), Alan Kao (guitar), Ralph Blas (bass), Jared Cruz (drums) and Aris Nicholas (keyboard).

The Guam band, now San Francisco residents, signed with Talking House Productions.

Their new album Yearbook launches April 15.

Should’ve Known – credits

Pollywood Film Fest

Posted in Arts, Events, Festivals, Film by hollywoodhula on March 12, 2008

Pollywood six08

Nine movies by Nesians and one Chamorro screen at Pollywood Six08 at various venues across Auckland through 20 March 08.

Craig Fasi curates the world’s only current festival devoted soley to Pacific Islander films – this year featuring drama, comedy, experimental and documentary.

Films include Nice Jacket by Mishelle Muagututi’a and Pos Mavaega about Pacific artists, plus Pollywood’s first piece by an overseas director, Alex Munoz’s Hurao, a one-minute experimental art film shot on Guahan/Guam.

Pollywood Six08 media release

Short Word with Craig Fasi at NZ Film & TV Blog

TV3’s Pacific Beat Street hits up Pollywood 08 Premier

Report from Cerisse Palalgi at Otara screening:

These films really stood out for me:

Love Struck by Jane Akamoeau, a love story that ended in tragedy but with a unique twist. I was trying to hold back the tears at the very end.

Tau’olunga by Evanjica Isoa-Pau’u. A young half-caste Tongan girl, learning a traditional Tongan dance, encounters racial abuse towards herself & her palagi mother from her father’s Tongan family.”

FYI Front Page

Posted in Film, People by hollywoodhula on December 23, 2007

Director Alex Munoz

Films by Youth Inside in LA Times

A film program created and run by Chamorro producer/director Alex Munoz is featured in the Los Angeles Times front page Column One.

Munoz’s FYI: Films by Youth Inside teaches filmmaking to youth incarcerated in California corrections camps. He plans to expand the program to Hawai’i and Guam in 2008.

Read the full article: Life Has Its Own Storyline

Chamorro Direction

Posted in Film, People by hollywoodhula on November 7, 2007


GU interviews Alex Munoz

Los Angeles-based Chamorro filmmaker Alex Munoz is profiled in the current issue of Guam’s GU magazine.

“Munoz has developed a reputation as a talented and innovative writer and film director whose work reflects his advocacy for social change … stylish, provocative and edgy … ”

GU magazine: Express

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