August at Akiko's

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August at Akiko's


Saturday Jun 01 01:00 PM
Saturday Jun 01 04:00 PM
Saturday Jun 01 07:30 PM
Tuesday Jun 04 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Christopher Matoko Yogi. USA. 2018. 75 min. 

August at Akiko's is a mystical film that lives in the seams between dream, reality, and memory with a time-signature all its own. Armed with just his suitcase and a sax, cosmopolitan musician Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard) returns home to the Big Island of Hawai‘i having been away for nearly a decade. Amidst possessed sax solos and brooding strolls, Alex stumbles upon a Buddhist bed & breakfast run by a woman named Akiko (Akiko Masuda). Hungtai’s wild sax and Akiko’s Buddhist bells form the base for a rich soundtrack that wraps around the audience like a sonic web surrounding the unexpected new friendship.

Though Yogi took a very visceral and intuitive approach to the production of August at Akiko’s, the film is deeply informed by his sustained meditations on cinema as cultural memory and the Hollywood erasure of the local Hawaiian voice. However, as an intervention into cinematic experience, August at Akiko’s does not set itself in opposition, but rather sets itself apart. There is a quest for healing love, a quest to make sense of losses and transitions, big and small, manmade and earth-made, that courses through the film. August at Akiko’s offers up not just a visual product but a porous skin through which we may, if we allow ourselves to, get a tingly feeling as we experience the expansive flow of Big Island time. (Synopsis by Keisha Knight) 

On June 1 at 7:30pm and June 4 at 7:30pm, join us for post-screening Q&As with writer and director Christopher Makoto Yogi. 

Christopher Makoto Yogi was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He is a Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellow and a Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab Fellow. Yogi’s most recent film, the short experimental documentary Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i is currently screening on the festival circuit. His short film, Obake (Ghosts), screened worldwide with screenings at the Palm Springs International ShortsFest, Raindance Film Festival, the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, and numerous other festivals. His 2009 film, Layover, on the Shore was awarded Best Hawaiian Short at the Big Island Film Festival. Yogi also has extensive experience editing documentaries for film and television. His work has been nominated for an Emmy and a GLAAD award, and has been awarded a Student Academy Award. He is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program, participated in IFP Film Week, and is a Jerome Grant recipient.

“Transcendently inventive," Richard Brody, The New Yorker 

“A soul-deep love letter to a state that Hollywood tends to glibly romanticize," Guy Lodge, Variety

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