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February 24, 2021
Panel Featuring Leading Wāhine Directors and Producers Honoring Women’s History Month
HONOLULU – Offering insights into micro-budget filmmaking and developing career skills in producing and directing, Creative Lab Hawai‘i (CLH) announces its lineup of virtual public panels and program mentors for Winter 2021.
Developed through the Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Creative Industries Division (CID), two free webinars—Directing the Micro- Budget Motion Picture on February 27 and Wāhine Make Movies! on March 6—are available to the public, providing strategies for maximizing budgets without compromising vision. Participants will gain real-world insights from some of Hawai‘i’s most in-demand wāhine filmmakers.
Coinciding with the first panel, an intensive CLH Directing Weekend Ideation will be held for selected applicants, featuring an incredible roaster of coaches and speakers. Coaches will additionally lend their expertise to the public webinar discussion.
“These panels and in-depth development ideations are designed to be results-oriented,” said Mike McCartney, director of DBEDT. “With a thoughtful game plan, media projects with smaller budgets can bring significant gains to the local creative economy, and serve as a calling card for emerging filmmakers and performers to continue to be hired and paid for their craft.”
Among the newly announced coaching team for the Weekend Ideation and free public webinar on Directing the Micro-Budget Motion Picture is Korean-American writer/director Josh Kim. Kim is a graduate of the Creative Lab Hawai‘i – 2013 Writers Immersive, where he workshopped his award-winning screenplay “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time).” He later directed the film, with the Thai-language motion picture going on to become Thailand’s official entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
Said Kim, “Creative Lab Hawai‘i is like no other experience for entrepreneurs that are serious about furthering their career trajectory. With access to working professionals at the top of their craft providing industry insights, participants can sharpen skills, elevate their projects, and get equipped to bring their vision to market.”
Said Georja Skinner, Division Chief of CID and Founder of CLH, “Throughout the pandemic, we have offered our creative community access to mentors from our local industry as well as international leaders in media and entertainment. Many of these working pros include those who have found success from the CLH program, and are a testament to the power of these business skill development opportunities designed to maximize entrepreneurs’ creative and financial potential.”
Exploring strategies for directing the micro-budget motion picture from both the business and creative side of the craft, this free public panel will additionally complement the intensive Weekend Ideation being held as part of CLH’s acclaimed directing programs. The webinar will feature the following distinguished program coaches as panelists:
WEBINAR: Directing the Micro-Budget Motion Picture Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. HST Registration link: https://bit.ly/CLH2021WIPDIR
CLH’s intensive Ideation Programs span an initial weekend session followed by three months of online coaching, and require a baseline of experience from applicants. The upcoming Directing Weekend Ideation will run February 27 and 28, offering insights into micro-budget motion pictures, with the program’s focus geared towards projects that can be budgeted at $50,000 and under. The roaster of coaches and speakers—made up of leading industry professionals from Hawai‘i and around the world—have been especially selected to foster the specific projects and skillsets of the accepted program participants that were chosen last year, following a competitive call for applicants to the free program.
While coaches will participate both throughout the Weekend Ideation and in the public webinar, speakers will have a one-hour engagement focused expressly on the Weekend Ideation Program Fellows. Speakers supporting the program include:
• Director/producer/cinematographer Radium Cheung was named “10 Cinematographers to Watch” by Variety, and “10 Filmmakers to Watch” by Independent Magazine. Cheung has lensed and co-produced acclaimed motion pictures “Starlet” and “Tangerine” with director Sean Baker, the latter shot entirely on a mobile phone. Recently he has focused on scripted TV series including “The Sinner” (USA Network) and “Hightown” (STARZ).
• Katie Doyle is a CSA casting director living and working in Hawai‘i, partnering with creatives from across the globe who come to film in Hawai‘i’s unique environment. Projects include “Hobbs & Shaw,” “Midway” (nominated for the Best Location Casting- CSA Artios Award), both “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Jumanji: The Next Level,” Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” and the “Jurassic World” franchise.
WEBINAR: CELEBRATING WOMEN HISTORY MONTH—WĀHINE MAKE MOVIES! Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. HST
Registration link: https://bit.ly/CLH2021DDHWIF
Cosponsored by the nonprofit Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, the webinar will feature tips from working filmmakers on how to jumpstart creative careers, get paid, and grow skillsets to stay at the top of the game. Featuring directors and producers of the 2021 Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i filmmaking team, the fast-paced discussion will provide best practices and advice from successful women who have survived and thrived in the industry:
CID, a division within DBEDT, is the state’s lead agency dedicated to advocating for and accelerating the growth of Hawai‘i’s Creative Economy. Through initiatives, program development, and strategic partnerships, the division and its branches implement activities to expand the business development, global export and investment capacity of Hawai‘i’s arts, culture, music, film, literary, publishing, digital and new media industries.
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About the Creative Lab Hawai‘i Program
The Creative Lab Hawai‘i (CLH) Program was founded in 2012 by the Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic, Development and Tourism (DBEDT)’s Creative Industries Division to accelerate the growth of Hawai‘i’s creative workforce through immersive, hands-on training in three modules; 1) Immersive Programs (1 year); 2) Ideation Workshops (3 months); and 3) Public Panels and Keynotes.
CLH focus areas include screenwriting, producing, acting, animation, indigenous narrative storytelling, interactive media, acting, music licensing, and design/fashion. CLH is a key facet of Hawai’i’s growing creative economy, having developed an ecosystem designed to increase skill sets, export local IP, build a network of creatives working collaboratively, attract investment and build Hawaii’s creative entrepreneurial capacity—all key aspects of our State’s focus on an innovation economy.
About Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) ()
DBEDT is Hawai‘i’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation and foreign trade advantages. DBEDT’s mission is to achieve a Hawai‘i economy that embraces innovation and is globally competitive, dynamic and productive, providing opportunities for all Hawai‘i’s citizens. Through its attached agencies, the department fosters planned community development, creates affordable workforce housing units in high-quality living environments, and promotes innovation sector job growth.
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