Over 2,000 visitors and residents turned out to partake in a healthy smorgasboard of films that proved to be a satisfying, thought provoking and inspiring movable feast across Kauai from Aug 8-13th 2006.
The Kauai Health Guide Film Festival opened at the Poipu Grand Hyatt Ballroom with a directors round table discussion where the public was invited to garner creative ideas and technical insights from six invited guest directors and film production professionals.
A mixture of young and old gathered in the evening to enjoy the Kauai premiere "Of Wind and Waves", many hoping for an autograph from special guest Woody Brown. Director David Brown was on hand to introduce his film and share his experience in the film making process.
Early in the evening, the next generation of Kauai film makers from Chiefess Kamakahele Middle School along with their teacher Kevin Matsunaga were honored for their PSA films with healthy and drug free focus and given "Future FIlm Maker Awards" for their nationally recognized achievements.
Music was provided by Kauai's Surf Band "The Take Off's".
The evening concluded with lively Q & A with Woody Brown and the audience.
The Healthy FIlm Festival week continued with films showing across the island at small and large venues, historic theaters, libraries, coffee shops and included an outdoor ampitheater. Everyone enjoyed the starlight setting for two films featuring dance, accompanied by Kauai's own dance and music performances.
The following films were selected for the First Kauai Health Guide Film Festival to share with Kauai's visitors and residents.
Please click on the links for more information, trailers, and how to order or view the films:
A Silent Forest - Narrated by acclaimed genetic scientist David Suzuki, explaining the threat of geneticaly modified trees on the planets ecosystem.
- Suzuki Speaks Earth + Air + Fire + Water = Life. In a time when people are thirsty for honesty, inspiration, meaning and global change, comes renowned scientist and visionary Dr. David Suzuki, delivering the most important message of his career: what it means to be fully human in our interconnected universe.
Hawaii Reef Etiquette Short Film with Director Ziggy Livnat leading a Children’s Educational Program on reef and ocean awarness.
Akahige - Red Beard (in Japanese with subtitles) Director Akira Kurosawa's last film with Kauai actor Toshiro Mifune - chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance.
Yoga Unveiled Yoga Unveiled is a breathtaking journey of sight and sound that illuminates the essence of yoga as its creators understood it thousands of years ago . This film reveals how yoga began, tells the story of yoga's passage to the West, describes its numerous branches, recounts the fascinating biographies of the foremost yoga masters, and explores yoga's astonishing medical potential.
Special Guest: Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar BAMS, M.D. of the Aloha Ayurvedic Academy was available for comments and questions.
Phoenix Dance Imagine a dancer: The body his instrument, his legs and feet so essential. What if he is missing one leg? Is dancing still possible?
Dances of Ecstasy: A sensory journey into the world of ecstasy experienced through rhythm dance and music.
Come and take your shoes off and dance under the stars with world rhythms and visions.
Special Musical Guests:
Kimba Arem shared her musical journey of healing with sound and dance.
Freedom Dance expressions with Yemaya and Nature Dances
Kau Faito’o: Traditional Healers of Tonga - Tongan healers reveal how they gained their knowledge and why they choose to carry on age old customs and practices while Tonga is becoming a nation dependent on western medicine.
Shamans Apprentice: A captivating journey into the heart of the rainforest in pursuit of the Shaman's secrets...an unusual and successful blend of the shamanic and the scientific. Dazzling visuals, cutting edge science and a compelling story make The Shaman's Apprentice a feast for the eyes, the heart, and the mind.
Sastun: The story of American herbalist Rosita Arvigo, whose quest to explore the healing powers of plants led her to the rain forest of Belize where she befriended one of the last remaining Maya shamans, Don Elijio Panti. While learning his secrets during her apprenticeship she unearthed her lifes work: to preserve Don Elijio's ancient healing knowledge and to bridge the gap between science and traditional healer's wisdom.
Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century – Qigong is a 5,000 year old Chinese healthcare modality that has both endured the test of time and is making a tremendous resurgence at the threshold of the 21st Century.
With special guest Director Francesco Garipoli and Daisy Garipoli available for questions and demonstrations.
Kauai Film Premieres!
What The Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole - Extended Directors Cut of the international hit What the BLEEP Do We Know!? includes new scientific findings that supplement the original movie, and goes more deeply into the concepts explored. Interviews are lengthened and a full 95% of all interviews in never before seen footage exploring the links between quantum mechanics, neurobiology, human consciousness and day-to-day reality.
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH - From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, An Inconvenient Truth, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. With 2005, the worst storm season ever experienced in America just behind us, it seems we may be reaching a tipping point - and Al Gore pulls no punches in explaining the dire situation. With wit, smarts and hope, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ultimately brings home the persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenges facing our global civilization.
Oasis of the Pacific: Time is Running Out - One of the world's most unique ecosystems is in danger of being lost forever. Oasis of the Pacific is a
58-minute documentary that takes viewers on a revealing journey through the stunning yet endangered undersea world of the Hawaiian Islands.
Of Wind & Waves: The Life of Woody Brown, A documentary profile of an extraordinary 94-year-old free spirit—the surfing, sailing and soaring legend named Woody Brown. Woody has not only lived a life full of seemingly endless adventure and accomplishment – including inventing the modern catamaran and setting world gliding records – but he has also done so with a kind of selflessness, simplicity and generosity that have made him a role model for generations of Hawaiians, both surfers and non-surfers as well as everyone who has met him.
Student Film Award winning Health PSA's student film-makers from Chiefess Kamakahelei School,
were for the following films:
"Daughter's Story" PSA by Amanda Bailey, 1st Place, Middle School PSA,
Student Television Network 2005 Fall Nationals
"Nerdy Scientist" PSA by Randee Layosa, Cory Oride, and Matthew Osorno, 3rd
Place, Anti-Smoking PSA, 2005 HMSA/Sassy Magazine Teen Video Awards, and 2nd
Place, Middle School PSA in the Student Television Network 2005 Fall
"Don't Let It Burn" PSA by Randee Layosa and Carly Matsumoto, 1st Place,
Middle School PSA, Student Television Network 2005 Spring Nationals and 1st
Place, Middle School PSA in the 2006 Olelo Youth XChange Contest on Oahu
"Billy" PSA by Allegra Bundschuh and Heather Hamamura, 1st Place, Middle
School Animation, 2006 Olelo Youth XChange Contest and 2nd Place, Anti-Drug
PSA, HMSA/Sassy Magazine Teen Video Awards
"Crystal Meth...Before and After" PSA by Teal Basquez and Kiara Chong, 3rd
Place, Anti-Drug PSA, HMSA/Sassy Magazine Teen Video Awards
"Savannah" PSA by Kendra Ishida and Lauren Fernandez, Student Television
Network 2006 Spring Nationals, Honorable Mention, Middle School PSA
Thanks for good work from all our sponsors, volunteers and to everyone who came and enjoyed.
We hope to see you next year!