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Live Q&A with Renan Ozturk 5/14

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Join us on Saturday 5/14 for an in-person Q&A with co-director Renan Ozturk following the 7 pm screening of The Sanctity Of Space.

In the documentary, opening Friday at Broadway, three friends are inspired by the photography of legendary explorer Brad Washburn to traverse some of Alaska’s most challenging peaks. Get tickets now here-> The Sanctity of Space.

From his website:

“Renan lives to tell stories about our connection to the natural world, often set within the most challenging environments on Earth. He’s constantly searching for projects that move him — films that have a strong visual identity matched with some deeply compelling human element.

He began his career as an expedition climber and landscape artist, spending years living in a tent beneath the big walls of U.S. National Parks and in the snowy Himalayan mountains. All of his paintings were created on expedition, carrying large cotton canvases on his back, sometimes even using natural pigments pulled straight from the earth to capture these wildly beautiful landscapes. He received National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2013 for his combination of cutting-edge first ascents and visual storytelling.

Credit: National Geographic/Renan Ozturk

Currently, Renan works as a commercial and documentary filmmaker, an expedition climber for The North Face, and a photojournalist for Sony and National Geographic. The films he’s made over the years have had a global presence; he’s probably best known for MERU (cinematographer/subject), which won the 2015 Audience Choice Award at Sundance, and the critically acclaimed Sherpa (cinematographer/co-director), which screened at TIFF and Telluride. He’s directed and shot commercial work for major international brands such as Apple, Google, DJI and Nike.”

Māsima 2022: Pacific Island Film Tour

 

Māsima: Pacific Islands Film Tour kicks off on Friday, May 20th, with an exciting lineup that highlights both acclaimed filmmakers and emerging voices from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

 

These films and documentaries are curated and sponsored by Utah Pacific Islands Knowledge 2 Action Resource, Utah Pacific Islands Film Series and Salt Lake Film Society, touching on incredible stories of connection, traditions, resistance and so much more. Māsima is part of our annual Cultural Tours, celebrating the history, culture, and heritage of Utah diverse communities.

 

Also on the program are four pre-recorded panels featuring Māsima 2022 filmmakers, in exciting conversations ranging from mental health, horror and animation, to Pacific Island women in film and Micronesian film. All panels moderated by The Island Wave Podcast co-host and producer, Kamaile Tripp-Harris.

 

 

FILMS AND SCHEDULE

Films are listed alphabetically by title.  Chronological schedule here.

Breaking Bread

SATURDAY, MAY 21 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 1 followed by a pre-recorded panel “Pasifika Futures: A Discussion on Alternate Pacific Realities in Science Fiction, Horror, and Animation moderated by Kamaile Tripp-Harris and featuring panelists: Tumeli Tuqota Jr (Soli Bula), and Misa Tupou (Kava Kultcha).

15 min | 2020 | US | Not Rated | English, Hawaiian | Short

Directed by Gabriel Faatau’uu-Satiu

A “Pacific Noir” using modern Samoan storytelling with traditional elements for a surprising, horror twist.


THE BLACK PEN

SUNDAY, MAY 22 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 2 followed by a pre-recorded panel “Pasifika Girlhood: A Discussion on the Narratives of Young Pacific Island Women in Film.” moderated by Kamaile Tripp-Harris and featuring panelists: Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki (Dir. The Black Pen) and Jade Jackson (Dir. Raids). 

13 min | 2017 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by ʻOfa Guttenbeil-Likiliki

Preparing to leave work for a family funeral, newly qualified counsellor Malaia receives a lesson in the realities of her new job when eleven-year-old Anaseini is brought to the refuge by a female police officer, and she is coerced into staying late to interview the terrified child.


Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki

THURSDAY, MAY 26 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 4.

20 min | 2019 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong

Preparing to leave work for a family funeral, newly qualified counsellor Malaia receives a lesson in the A soft-spoken Janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists in Waikīkī, reflects on a traumatizing memory that stirs a voice from within. Down On the Sidewalk in Waikīkī is a narrative short film inspired by a collection of poetry published posthumously featuring the work of Hawaiian poet Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-84).


E Lele Le Toloa

THURSDAY, MAY 26 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 4.

7 min | 2021 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Selu-Kian Faletoese, Bai Buliruarua

E Lele Le Toloa (The Toloa Bird Soars)” follows the journey of a young Samoan man by the name of Tui Meki. A portrait documentary that follows the life and heartfelt journey of a son of the Pacific, that migrated to Aotearoa in the pursuit of education and the promise of a greater life. Driven by a passion for industrial design and the blessings of his aiga, Tui unknowingly finds himself on a journey of self-discovery and identity. A journey where Tui is confronted with various hardships and lessons that will potentially shape him into the individual that he is today.

EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKI

TUESDAY, MAY 24 | 7 PM
 

81 min | 2022 | US | Not Rated | English | Feature

Directed by Alika Tengan

A young man is determined to give his life meaning outside of Kaimuki, the small Hawaiian town where he grew up, even if it means leaving everything he’s ever known and loved behind.

HAWAIIAN SOUL

THURSDAY, MAY 26 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 4.

20 min | 2020 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by ʻĀina Paikai

Against the backdrop of the 1970s native rights movement, George Helm, a young Hawaiian activist and musician must gain the support of kūpuna (community elders) from the island of Maui to aid in the fight of protecting the precious neighboring island of Kahoʻolawe from military bombing.


James & Isey

SUNDAY, MAY 22 AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 25  | 7 PM

90 min | 2021 | New Zealand | Not Rated | English | Feature

Directed by Florian Habicht

99-year-old Isey lives with her adult son James on their small farm in Kawakawa, New Zealand. They are descendants of Ngāti Manu – the Bird People. Isey is turning 100 in a week. In their unique relationship, James has devoted the last 20 years to looking after his mum. He is a tohunga (shaman) and brings the spirit world onboard to get her over 100. A joyous celebration of the sacred and everyday aroha (love).


Kåntan Hereru — A Blacksmith’s Song

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 3 followed by a pre-recorded panel “Micro-Cinema: A Discussion on Micronesian Film moderated by Kamaile Tripp-Harris and featuring panelists: Galvin Deleon Guerrero (Dir. We Drank Our Tears) and Sean Lizama (Dir. Kåntan Hereru).

16 min | 2021 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Sean Lizama

In Guam, the only living Master Blacksmith shares the importance of his craft to daily life in the past and tries to find a places for it to continue in the modern landscape.


Kau Faito’o: Traditional Healers of Tonga

THURSDAY, MAY 26 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 4.

27 min | 2001 | Tonga | Not Rated | Tongan | Short

Directed by ‘Amelia Sauliloa & Afā ‘Aikona

This is a documentary which not only shows the ancient traditional art form of healing, but also tries to capture the essence of being a traditional healer in an ever-changing environment. Traditional healers are shown collecting, preparing and administering herbal remedies that they have passed down from one generation to the next.


Kava Kultcha

SATURDAY, MAY 21 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 1 followed by a pre-recorded panel “Pasifika Futures: A Discussion on Alternate Pacific Realities in Science Fiction, Horror, and Animation moderated by Kamaile Tripp-Harris and featuring panelists: Tumeli Tuqota Jr (Soli Bula), and Misa Tupou (Kava Kultcha).

10 min | 2003 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Misa Tupou

Set in a futuristic world dominated by an enforcement agency intent on eliminating cultural diversity.


Ke Kahea: An Invitation Into Sacred Space

THURSDAY, MAY 26 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 4.

18 min | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong

After receiving a kahea (calling) from ancestral lineages on Maui to create kapa for unearthed iwi kūpuna (skeletal remains), cultural practitioner Aʻiaʻi Bello extended the kahea to her circle of women in the community. Those that stepped forth and answered the call were propelled on a transformative journey, and as they learned to transform the wauke plant into beautiful kapa, they found themselves changed in the process as well.


Last Hawaiian Sugar

SUNDAY, MAY 22 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 2 followed by a pre-recorded panel “Pasifika Girlhood: A Discussion on the Narratives of Young Pacific Island Women in Film.” moderated by Kamaile Tripp-Harris and featuring panelists: Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki (Dir. The Black Pen) and Jade Jackson (Dir. Raids). 

22 min | 2021 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Deja Cresencia Bernhardt

12-year-old Nua makes peace with the mixed emotions she has about the land she lives on when she learns the sugar plantation she calls home will be closed forever.


Pili Ka Mo’o

THURSDAY, MAY 26 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 4.

14 min | 2022 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong

The Fukumitsu ‘Ohana (family) of Hakipu’u are Native Hawaiin taro farmers. When a nearby corporation digs up their familial burial ground, they are drawn into a logistically and emotionally complex quest to preserve their ancestral land.


RAIDS

SUNDAY, MAY 22 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 2 followed by a pre-recorded panel “Pasifika Girlhood: A Discussion on the Narratives of Young Pacific Island Women in Film.” moderated by Kamaile Tripp-Harris and featuring panelists: Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki (Dir. The Black Pen) and Jade Jackson (Dir. Raids).

9 min | 2022 | New Zealand | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Jade Jackson

An intimate look into a police raid on a Pacific Island family. Told through the eyes of a young girl Losa and her father Lupematasila. Story based on the treatment of Pacific Island families during the New Zealand Dawn Raids of the 70’s.


Soli Bula

SATURDAY, MAY 21 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 1 followed by a pre-recorded panel “Pasifika Futures: A Discussion on Alternate Pacific Realities in Science Fiction, Horror, and Animation moderated by Kamaile Tripp-Harris and featuring panelists: Tumeli Tuqota Jr (Soli Bula), and Misa Tupou (Kava Kultcha).

7 min | 2022 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Tumeli Tuqota Jr

In an alternate reality Fiji where tradition and culture was never eroded by colonialism, a new Drua (ship) is about to be put to sea and will demand a steep toll for the final stage of its launch.


WAIKIKI

FRIDAY, MAY 20 AND MONDAY, MAY 23 | 7 PM

Will screen followed by a pre-recorded panel with Kamaile Tripp-Harris and director Christopher Kahunahana.

77 min | 2020 | US | Not Rated | English, Hawaiian | Feature

Directed by Christopher Kahunahana

In this cinematic allegory of love and loss, a hula dancer fights for survival and her sanity in the shadows of Waikiki for an unflinching glimpse into paradise where there remains hope through human connection and re-connection to ʻaina (nature).


We Drank Our Tears: The Stories of Visitacion, Henry, and Dave

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 | 5 PM

Will screen as part of Shorts Program 3 followed by a pre-recorded panel “Micro-Cinema: A Discussion on Micronesian Film” moderated by Kamaile Tripp-Harris and featuring panelists: Galvin Deleon Guerrero (Dir. We Drank Our Tears) and Sean Lizama (Dir. Kåntan Hereru).

27 min | 2018 | US | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Galvin Deleon Guerrero

In 1944, some of the final battles of World War II were waged on the Pacific islands of Saipan and Tinian. 933 indigenous Chamorro and Refaluwasch civilians did not survive the battles.


WINNING GIRL

SATURDAY, MAY 21 | 7 PM

68 min | 2014 | US | Not Rated | English | Feature

Directed by Kimberlee Bassford

“Winning Girl” follows the four-year journey of Native Hawaiian-Samoan teenage judo and wrestling phenom Teshya Alo as she vies for world championship gold in both sports. Galvin Deleon Guerrero (Dir. We Drank Our Tears) and Sean Lizama (Dir. Kåntan Hereru)Alika Tengan

Inspire. Empower. Action

SLFS presents Inspire, Empower, Action: A Climate Change Film Tour April 22-28, 2022, created in partnership with Utah Clean Energy we have curated a lineup feature length films and panel discussion addressing the multifaceted problem that is climate change. 

Join us for our opening night panel Celebrating the Power of Advocacy! Local leaders, local action, local change followed by a screening of Tomorrow on Friday April 22.  The panel begins at 7:00 pm with the opening night feature Tomorrow starting at 7:30 pm.  Our panel will feature discussion with these local advocates:    

Megan Nelson | Government Relations Director | The Nature Conservancy
Sarah Wright, Utah Clean Energy
Deven Patten | Board of Directors | Utah Recycling Alliance
Jamaica Trinnaman, Hello Bulk Markets
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


FILMS AND SCHEDULE

Films are listed alphabetically by title.  Chronological schedule below.

A FAILURE OF IMAGINATION

SUNDAY, APRIL 24 AND THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | 7 PM

See With Meat Me Half Way

10 min | 2020 | UK | Not Rated | English | Short Film

Directed by Matt Hopkins

Every year, the UK food industry wastes 1.9 million tones of food but one chef believes he can do better – reusing to have a kitchen bin at all.


MEAT ME HALF WAY

SUNDAY, APRIL 24 AND THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | 7 PM

Will screen with the short A Failure Of Imagination and a pre-recorded panel featuring director Brian Kateman and SLFS Board member Sarah Sinwell. 

80 min | US | Not Rated | English

Directed by Brian Kateman

Shouldn’t there be some middle ground for people looking to make a change without totally upending their lives?

Leader of the Reducetarian movement, Brian Kateman explores this issue through the lens of his own personal decision to reduce eating meat. Grappling with how to sort through conflicting advice, Brian seeks a practical path forward. MEAT ME HALFWAY (2021) is a groundbreaking investigative journey that seeks to create some common ground at the dinner table.


THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD

TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7 PM

Will screen with the short film Regenerating Australia

102 min | 2021 | US | Not Rated | English

Directed by Joe Gantz

The Race To Save The World offers an intimate portrait of activists, age 15 to 72, as they put themselves on the line to fight climate change.  Encompassing protests and arrests, courtroom drama and family turmoil, these everyday heroes push to create a sustainable world, often risking their relationships, careers – and freedoms in the process. Drawing on powerful footage and moving interviews, The Race to Save The World is an inspiring call to action, urging each one of us to become climate warriors for a livable future.


REGENERATING AUSTRALIA

SATURDAY, APRIL 23 AND TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7 PM

17 min | Australia | Not Rated | English | Short Film

Directed by Damon Gameau

Set on New Year’s Eve of December 2029, a news anchor is ending the nightly bulletin with a look back at the decade ‘that could be’; a decade that saw Australia transition to a fairer, cleaner, more community focused economy. The film is a construction of news reports and press conferences featuring high profile journalists, politicians, business leaders and citizens such as Kerry O’Brien, Sandra Sully, Gorgi Coghlan, Patrick Abboud, Larissa Behrendt and David Pocock.


RIVER

MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 7 PM

Will screen with a pre-recorded panel featuring The Nature Conservancy’s Sue Bellagamba, and Chris Simon, Director of The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight

2021 | US | Not Rated | English

Directed by Jennifer Peedom, Joseph Nizeti

A cinematic and musical odyssey that explores the remarkable relationship between humans and rivers.


THE TERRITORY (2022)

SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 7 PM

Will screen with the short film Regenerating Australia

83 min | 2022 | Brazil, Denmark, US | Not Rated | English

Directed by Alex Pritz

Network of Brazilian farmers seizes a protected area of the Amazon rainforest, a young Indigenous leader and his mentor must fight back in defense of the land and an uncontacted group living deep within the forest.


TOMORROW

FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | 7:30 PM

Opening Night Film will include panel prior to the film (for details see above)

118 min | 2015 | France | Not Rated | English

Directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.


THE UNFINISHED FIGHT OF SELDOM SEEN SLEIGHT

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | 7 PM

Will screen with a pre-recorded panel featuring The Nature Conservancy’s Sue Bellagamba, and Chris Simon, Director of The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight

Tickets Available Here

45 min | 2020 | USA | Not Rated | English 

Directed by Chris Simon and Susette Weisheit

Ken Sleight watched the place he called home, Glen Canyon on the Colorado River in Utah, slowly drown under the waters of Lake Powell. That loss changed him from an old-school conservative into an environmental activist who will do anything to protect the canyons of the American Southwest. He’s faced down raging bulldozers from the back of his horse. Monkey wrenched? He’ll never tell – but he was the inspiration for Seldom Seen Smith in his buddy Ed Abbey’s classic book THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG. Now in his 90s, he’s still fighting for Glen Canyon Dam to be brought down and the Colorado River to run free. Climate change may make that a real possibility.