Mahalo to John Berger and The Star-Advertiser for all your support of #HRFF25!

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KUMU HINA – Sun. at 630pm is Rush Line

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#HRFF25 Documentary Spotlight: “KUMU HINA” has gone to RUSH-LINE.

All advanced tickets have been sold, tickets will be available at the door for $10 cash.
Theater:
Honolulu Museum of Art
Doris Duke Theatre
900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814

#HRFF25 is proud to bring KUMU HINA to the 25th Anniversary Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.

Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu will be in attendance.

The directors: Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson and Producer Connie Florez will also be in attendance.

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#HRFF25 Closing Night Film “BOY MEETS GIRL” Star – Michelle Hendley!

#HRFF25 Got an exclusive interview with RAINBOW AWARD 2014 CLOSING NIGHT FILM’s Breakout Star of “BOY MEETS GIRL” Michele Hendley!  

boymeetsgirl_Still009Is BOY MEETS GIRL based on a true story or what do you know of where the script and characters came from?

No, BMG is not based on a true life story, but there are definitely parallels between Ricky’s life and my own. Everything else came from Eric’s fascinating imagination.

How are you and the character Ricky whom you portray similar and different with your experiences from childhood to being a young adult?

Unlike myself, Ricky knew who she was from a very young age, and had the courage and understanding to live as the person she wanted to be despite her southern country roots. It took me until my teen years to really figure out this whole transgender thing and to embrace who I am. Ricky and I both live in very supportive communities with very accepting friends and family, and she and I share a love for sarcasm.

boymeetsgirl_Still001Describe the process of the talent search and how you landed the role to portray Ricky.

Honestly, I had no idea that there was a talent search going on until Eric found me. He (for whatever reason) seemed impressed with my YouTube blog and contacted me there. Can you believe it?!

 Tell us about filming and being cast with Michael Welch as best friends?

This was my first filming experience, and I loved every minute of it. It really is incredible to see how much work and how many people go into making a film, and I tried to absorb and be present in as much of the experience as I could. Everyone on set got along great, and worked excellently together (which I hear isn’t always the case), and I bonded with all of my costars. Michael and I in particular had a really terrific chemistry on set, and we are friends in real life. He taught me so much in the short time that we worked on BMG, and I hope we have more opportunities to work together in the future.

boymeetsgirl_Still015What is one of your favorite scenes in the film any why?

The scene in the coffee shop between Francesca’s mother Helen (Elizabeth Ward Land) and Ricky is by far one of my favorites of the entire film. I love strong female characters – especially when they butt heads. Filming the scene with Elizabeth was kind of stressful though. Elizabeth is such a fantastic actor, and the way she was able to deliver her lines – with so much juicy, venomous, southern tact – made it difficult for me to keep a straight face while we were shooting! I had to focus on how nasty her character was being to me, internalize it, and focus my energy on Ricky’s comeback. It was a lot of fun to film!

What does this film teach people about transgender?

BMG touches on a lot of the everyday issues a transgender person might face as well as larger, more encompassing topics like gender and sexuality. As a transgender woman, I truly feel that this film has the ability to demystify the word “transgender,” and really show people what the life of a trans person can look like. Like anyone else, we are not defined solely by our gender identity, and we lead lives like anyone else. We have families, we date, we have good days and bad days, we work at coffee shops, we make love, and ultimately we are just trying to get by like everybody else.

MICHELLE-HENDLEY-BOY-MEETS-GIRL-ALOHAWho should see “Boy Meets Girl” and why?

Everyone! And I’m not jut saying that because I want the world to see our work. I am very passionate about spreading awareness and educating people on trans issues, and this film touches on some major subject matter that the masses deserve/ need to see.
MAHALO MICHELLE for this amazing interview!

Be sure to follow this illuminating actor on Twitter @chellehendley
GET YOUR #HRFF25 Tickets Today!

BOY MEETS GIRL SCREENS THIS SUNDAY JUNE 15 @815pm.
Film includes CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION.

Tix:
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/boy_meets_girl_2014

 

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#HRFF25 CLOSING NIGHT FILM – INTERVIEW PART 1 with Director – Eric Schaeffer

#HRFF25 Got an exclusive interview with RAINBOW AWARD 2014 CLOSING NIGHT FILM’s DIRECTOR of “BOY MEETS GIRL” Eric Schaeffer

 HRFF ClosingTell us your thoughts on being the festival’s CLOSING NIGHT FILM?

I could not be more excited and honored to be closing night film. I’m so disappointed I can’t be there. Thank you!

Describe your film in 2 sentences.

Boy Meets Girl is a funny, edgy, sexy heart felt romantic dramedy about three friends in their twenties in Kentucky. Ricky, a trans gender girl, lamenting the lack of eligible bachelors, finds herself attracted to a girl which forces her best friend, Robby, confront is true feelings for Ricky.

Where was the film shot and what is one of your favorite scenes in the film and why?

The film was shot in Vermont and  one of my favorite scenes is when Francesca and her boyfriend David have a very frank conversation about who they are and what they want their relationship to be. I love it because I think it’s surprising and honest and breaks stereotypes which is part of what this film is about.

Tell us about the talent search and how did you find and cast Michelle.  

 I searched the internet, Googling “Transgender Women” in search of an woman I could cast as Ricky in the film. Michelle had a YouTube Chanel and had many aspects if Ricky’s personality so I wrote to her, skyped with her, rehearsed over Skype and flew her to NYC to rehearse and she kept getting better and better and so I have her the part!

Talk about casting Michelle Hendley and Michael Welch together.  many people will recognize Michael from Twilight.
Michael and Michelle had instant chemistry in the audition. He was far and away the most prepared and the most talented “Robby” I saw in the auditions and the fact that he and Michelle worked so well together made it an obvious choice.

GET YOUR TIX TODAY and film includes CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION.
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/boy_meets_girl_2014

Stay tuned for PART 2 of this interview with LEAD ACTOR:  MICHELLE HENDLEY!!!

 

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#HRFF25 Presents to Hawaii’s Acting Community! LGBT Center – Sat. June 14 at 3:30pm – See you there!

DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!
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MORE INFO:
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/actors_casting_forum_2014

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HANA HOU SCREENING ANNOUNCED!!!! – ALEC MAPA BABY DADDY!

HANA HOU SCREENING ANNOUNCED DUE TO HIGH DEMAND!
Meet Alec for the 2nd screening of ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY at the LGBT CENTER
WINNER of the JACK LAW AWARD.
Saturday, June 15 at 6pm.  MEET ALEC in person!

Tix: (Very limited seats avail. so be sure to purchase immediately!)
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/alec_mapa_baby_daddy_2014
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#HRFF25 FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED! – CONGRATULATIONS!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE #HRFF25 AWARD WINNERS!
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BEST SHORT FILM
GRIND
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2nd screening:  Sun June 15 @ 230pm. LGBT CENTER

http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/grind_2014

Phred love award - Hawaii Filmmaker(s)

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson  (KUMU HINA)
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 Screening:  Sun June 15 @ 630pm at DDT.

http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/kumu_hina_2014


Jack Law Award
– Awarded to the filmmaker that best embodies the HGLCF’s mission.

Daniel Ribeiro – THE WAY HE LOOKS
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Rainbow Award – Awarded to the film that intermixes the LGBTQ culture and introduce a new audience to the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

BOY MEETS GIRL – CLOSING NIGHT FILM
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Screening:  Sun. June 15 at 8:15pm at DDT
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/boy_meets_girl_2014

Rainbow Award – Awarded to the film that intermixes the LGBTQ culture and introduce a new audience to the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
OUT IN THE LINE-UP

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Adam Baran Award – Awarded to the LGBTQI Filmmaker/Actor that has excelled in his/her career in the film industry

ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY
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Hana Hou Screening:   Sat., June 14 at 6pm at LGBT Center

http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/alec_mapa_baby_daddy_2014


RISING STAR AWARD
Kim Ho:  The Language of Love
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RISING STAR AWARD
Michelle Hendley:  BOY MEETS GIRL
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Best Documentary Film:
THE CASE AGAINST 8

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Best Feature Film
TOM AT THE FARM

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HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE REST OF THE FEST!!!
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/ 

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OFFSETTER FEST PICKS: TOM AT THE FARM and KUMU HINA

THE OFFSETTER:  Arts & Culture & Other Stimulants in Honolulu
Thinks you should definitely see “TOM AT THE FARM” on FRI., June 13 @ 730pm  and “KUMU HINA” on Sun., June 15 @630pm at 25th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

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Star of “THE 10 YEAR PLAN” has landed! Hawaii Premiere – Sat June 14!

Jack Turner

Jack Turner in Waikiki, Hawaii

See JACK TURNER (Odyssey Hawaii Cover boy) at  the ACTORS FORUM on Sat. June 14 at 330pm
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/actors_casting_forum_2014

And the Hawaii Premiere of “The 10 Year Plan”
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/the_10_year_plan_2014

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KHON2 with GRIND – Steven Tylor O’Connor #HRFF25

IMG_5267KHON WAKE-UP TODAY Support of #HRFF25

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THURS: RED CARPET EVENT

FRIDAY: “GRIND” HAWAII PREMIERE with Producer: Steven Tylor O’Connor

SAT: Actor’s Forum

RED CARPET EVENT TIX:
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/red_carpet_event_2014

 

 

GRIND SCREENING TIX:
http://hrff.festpro.com/films/detail/grind_2014
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