Global Cinema Studies Students to Host Global Cinema Symposium

Global Cinema Studies Students to Host Global Cinema Symposium

The 2018 HPU Global Cinema Symposium is entitled “State of the Art: Local Filmmaking in Hawai‘i. The symposium will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8, from, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Aloha Tower Marketplace, MPR 2. HPU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend, and pizza will be provided by the Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts. The panel of guests who will discuss the state of local filmmaking in Hawai‘i include some of the most savvy local and Hawaiian filmmakers in the islands today.

The Symposium is being written, produced, directed, and filmed by producers and crew from the MULT 2000 Global Cinema Studies course. The hosts of the symposium are sophomore Sofia Blackwelder (BA International Studies, Sustainability and Development) and senior Braeden Burges (BA Multimedia Cinematic Production). 

The panel discussion will include a preview of films and trailers from the filmmakers, and an in-depth discussion about past and current filmmaking in the islands of Hawai‘i. The panel includes multi-hyphenate filmmakers Erin Lau, Vince Keala Lucero, Christopher Makato Yogi, Christopher Kahunahana, Dean Des Jarlais and Roy Tjoe. All of these filmmakers are prolific, and three of them have films in this year’s Hawai‘i International Film Festival, which starts on Nov. 8 and runs through Nov. 18.

Students in the Global Cinema Studies course and MC 3120 Writing for Digital Media will be participating in the HPU@HIFF collaboration as press reporters, and they will report on films they see and events they attend like the HPU Global Cinema Symposium.

If you have questions, contact Associate Professor and Program Chair of Multimedia Cinematic Production Pete Britos, Ph.D., at

Pictured are HPU students Sofia Blackwelder and Braeden Burges, the symposium hosts