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Wikipedia Commons

If you saw a movie over the weekend, you’re already part of one of Hollywood’s most important seasons.  The period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s weekend is critical for box office performance. But this year, there’s a twist from overseas.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s a big season for Hollywood…and part of the news is coming from China.  Last week, movie ticket sales in China swept past a milestone: 40-billion yuan… with several weeks to go in the year.

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hiff.org

   

   Hawai‘i movie audiences have a reputation for being knowledgeable, with an appetite for films that has been cultivated by the Hawai‘i International Film Festival over the past 35 years.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that this year, an effort has begun to develop local critics and writers who can help shape and expand the film scene in the islands.

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival continues through November 22nd.   For a full schedule with links, Hawai‘i International Film Festival

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Wikipedia Commons

If movie watching has been on your holiday list of things to do, you’re not alone. In China, movies have become a multi-billion dollar industry. This year, box office sales have been climbing, but may fall short of industry targets. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

4th World Films
4th World Films

A “Lāhainā Noon” is a solar phenomenon where the sun passes directly overhead. People standing outdoors no longer cast a shadow and Hawaiians believe that at this moment, an individual gains extra mana (power) as their shadow crawls back into their body. The occurrence is the centerpiece of three unrelated stories woven into in a new locally produced film called Lāhainā Noon. The characters are confronted with choices, and their deepest desires are amplified by the midday sun.

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  This Saturday, Chamber Music Hawai’i' polishes off their 2014 season with  hi-jinks, cops and robbers, chase scenes and romance.  The country's leading exponent of original American music is in Honolulu to recreate an authentic experience of silent film comedy with live orchestra for Honolulu audiences.  HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports.

http://chambermusichawaii.org/

http://www.rickbenjamin.com/

Hawaii Film Studio
Hawaii Film Studio

The Hawaii Film Studio is gearing up for a much-needed upgrade.  This week, nearly $3.5 million in capital improvement funds was released by the governor. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

The Maui Film Festival kicks off tonight with a night under the stars and a very special focus on Hawai’i.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The Maui Film Festival  continues through June 16th. You can find the full schedule online.

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Environmental ethics and indigenous perspectives are finding common ground and creating alliances around the world.  This weekend’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival celebrates communities from around the world, coming together.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.