HI Sk8 Films: A Hawai‘i Skateboarding Showcase | 2014

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HI Sk8 Films: A Hawai‘i Skateboarding Showcase | 2014


Friday Sep 19 06:00 PM
Saturday Sep 20 01:00 PM
Saturday Sep 20 04:00 PM
Saturday Sep 20 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Let the surfers and sunbathers have the beaches! Hawai‘i’s skateboarders are happy to exploit every patch of concrete on the islands. At the 3rd annual HI Sk8 Films showcase, see local skaters and filmmakers alike display their cinematic innovations and indefatigable antics on the big screen. This year’s selection of shorts includes talents from the islands’ young up-and-comers, regional skate posses, and riders from O‘ahu’s major skate shop teams.

Opening-night reception: Sep 19, 6-7:30pm. Enjoy food, wine and beer for purchase, along with skate related fun and games. Groove to trippy music by Brainplane. Films screen at 7:30pm. $10, $8 museum members. Click here to purchase opening-night tickets.

Special thanks to showcase supporters APB, 808 Skate, In4mation, Shitty Kids, and Downbeat Diner.


A Guide to Cracks and Curbs
Directed by Philip Lemoine. 2014. 2 min.
Stay Wild Magazine presents this upbeat short featuring “Manny Aloha” cruising around Makiki, exposing the small urban nuances unnoticed by most but savored by skaters.

Mash Down Babylon 
Directed by Alec Singer. 2014. 5 min.
Mixed-media artist and skater Alec Singer’s dream sequence explores motion and euphoria.

Foliage: The Roots of the Tree Barrel
Directed by Adam Simon. Filmed by Keita Funakawa. 2014. 10 min.
This clever parody of tropes in surf culture and film follows a group of teenagers from urban Hawai‘i sharing their passion for an outlandish—yet unfortunately believable—hobby. Foliage takes a brief yet amusing dive into the surf-and-skate hybrid of the tree-barrel. Winner of a Hawaii International Film Festival 2013 Audience Choice Award. 

We Go Brah 
Directed by Chris Miyashiro. 2014. 3 min.
A look at skaters going full carpe diem as they blast around local skateparks and live it up in da sunshine.

How Far the Ideal from the Real 
Directed by Sean Reilly. 2014. 5 min.
Brought to you by Shitty Kids, this subtle Lord of the Flies homage features a group of boys trapped on a chaotic island, with only their skateboards and each other. What may come of it?

Nani Kore
Directed by Tomoki Kobayashi. 2014. 18 min.
Nani Kore takes its name from a Japanese phrase meaning, "What is this?" Freewheeling and abstract, this short film of Honolulu-based skaters juxtaposes retro skate maneuvers with Japanese pop and experimental music, creating a fun, if sometimes jarring, effect. Indeed, it may have you wondering, "what is this?" as you tumble through the viewing experience.

The Blueprint
Directed by Mason Rose, Jonathan Brousseau, Vincent Ricafort. 2014. 5 min.
Hawai‘i skateboarding meets high-flying, high-definition filmmaking. Synopsis decidedly unknown.

Directed by Conor McGivern and Kale Kaaikala. 2014. 20 min.
Treevisions and Mokelife, two of Hawai‘i’s most adept filmmakers when it comes to capturing the lives and times of O‘ahu and Maui’s top-notch skaters, collaborate on this action-filled documentary of technical skate tricks against the islands' naturally scenic backdrops.

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