Businessman Jack Law founded the non-profit Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation (HGLCF) in 1997 as an umbrella organization for the Adam Baran Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, now known as the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF).
Prior to establishment of the non-profit, the film festival (started in 1989), originally donated proceeds of the festival to the Life Foundation, the State’s main AIDS/HIV organization. Today, the HGLCF is a self-supporting non-profit 501(c)3, whose mission is to educate and raise awareness of the community-at-large about gay and lesbian culture, arts and lifestyle. HGLCF also works toward instilling a sense of pride and respect among the members of the Gay community, as well as to highlight the unique cosmopolitan ambiance of the city of Honolulu.
In its 24th continuous year, the HRFF is one of the longest-running and well-respected Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festivals in the country. The festival has presented hundreds of documentaries, feature films, shorts and animations from around the world, with special consideration given to Hawai’i-based filmmakers. The HRFF has an excellent reputation in the film festival community and has been the venue for both U.S. and world film premieres.
Films programmed at the HRFF have gone on to win Peabody and Emmy awards, such as the documentary, Daddy and Papa. HRFF has worked with PBS Hawai’i to program LGBT content documentaries. In 2008, a pilot Neighbor Island Outreach in Hilo on the Big Island began.
The success of the HRFF over the years is attributed to deep community involvement and great partners to help achieve its goals. For over two decades, the HRFF has been inspiring community and civic engagement through its programming and special events. The HRFF helps to engender mutual respect within our society, supports a vital and sustainable economy and provides a unique, memorable and enriching experience.
HGLCF Working Board of Directors
Richard Reese – President
Lisa Yamamoto – Executive Director
Joanne Magday – Secretary
David Paulson – Treasurer
Brent Anbe – Festival Director
K. Dylan Arrieta
HGLCF Advisory Board of Directors
Lawrence Van Hoey
Richard Reese, President: Richard has operated an environmental graphic design studio in Honolulu for the last 35 years and has been on the HGLCF board in all capacities since 1998.
Lisa Yamamoto, Executive Director: Lisa has been on the HGLCF board since 2009. With a background and education in business administration with a focus in marketing, she has served on various committees within the organization.
Joanne Magday, Secretary: Joanne builds relationships with the local community through films as Outreach Coordinator at the Hawaii International Film Festival and Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival. She has background in communications, with a focus on pr/social media and marketing.
David Paulson, Treasurer: David is an attorney and has been on the HGLCF board since 2009.
Brent Anbe, Festival Director: Brent formerly worked for the Hawai’i State Film Office and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for film to HRFF’s Programming committee. Brent is also an award-winning film director and producer.
Daniel Chun: Daniel has nearly 10 years of experience in the tourism industry and formerly worked for the State of Hawai’i. He is actively involved in numerous community organizations, ranging from chambers of commerce to rights advocacy groups.
Wayne Kato: Wayne has been a member within the organization for the past two years as a volunteer coordinator. He is active within the LGBTQ scene–assisting Hulas Bar & Lei stand with various events.
K. Dylan Arrieta: Dylan is a local musician, movie lover, and treasures her collection of obscure graphic t-shirts and vintage lunch boxes. This is her first year on the HGLCF Board.