Film Showcase Embraces New Media

Film Showcase Embraces New Media

Cyrina Hadad, co-owner and producer of the independent film showcase Showdown in Chinatown is working to bring new media technologies to the 10-year anniversary of the event.

“We’ve noticed that there is an awareness of the DIY/Makers movement in technology and in how we view media being activated in Hawaiʻi,” says Hadad who has spent the last decade bringing her unique brand of avant-garde stylistics and goofy idealism into the sprawling underbelly of the downtown fashion, film, and design scene. “This is a key component in the future of filmmaking, and Showdown is taking it to the next level.”

In an effort to highlight these changes, Hadad plans to introduce a high-tech extravaganza for the SIC Championships event this November.  Among the displays shown will be a 3-D interactive visual display that combines elements of streaming water mist that will work in tandem with various light sources to deliver an eye-popping experience.

KCC New Media Arts students interested in getting a look at groundbreaking and inventive technologies that are seeping into mainstream film are sure to appreciate both the new technologies and the conventional film offerings showcased at SIC. The competitive filmmaking event, which is staged five times a year, has been a hotbed of activity for independent filmmakers and up-and-coming talents affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media, the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival’s Creative Lab and other programs. Read more >>

(Author: Carmichael Doan)

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