May 2015 Newsletter

May 25, 2015 | Newsletters








Congratulations Graduating Seniors!

2015 ACM Award Winners!

Drama: Empty Spaces (dir. by Erin Lau). Cinematography: Empty Spaces (cinematography by Kali Kasashima). Sound: Empty Spaces (sound by Justin Omori and Dane Stilwell), Wai(wai) (sound by Elliana Moore). Production Design: Aftermath (production design by Joshua Almario). Comedy: Beyond Shattered Lenses (dir. by Avree Ito-Fujita). Editing: Empty Spaces (edited by Kali Kasashima). Documentary: This is Kassian (dir. by Elliana Moore). Experimental: Wai(Wai) (dir. by Elliana Moore). Directing: Empty Spaces (dir. by Erin Lau). Animation: Sunny and Cloud (dir. by Marissa Faulkner and Haile Baehr-Gutierrez). Maka Maoli Native Vision: Three Branches (dir. by Layla HanoHano-Tripp). 

ACM Friend Award: State of Hawaii Film Office and Honolulu Film Office (accepted by Hawaii Film Commissioner Donne Dawson). Alumni Award: Kaliko Ma’i’i. HIFF Support Award to Cannes: Kelsey Duvauchelle. HIFF SMART Exchange Awards, Shanghai: Beyond Shattered Lenses (dir. by Avree Ito-Fujita), Derby (dir. by Ishay Craig), He Pihaekelo (dir. by Terrence Nahina), Host Friend (dir. by Leah Nakaahiki), Millie 94 and Soaring Over (dir. by Akane Kashiwazaki). Abernethy Screenwriting Award: Mylah (written by Elliana Moore), Honorable Mention: Aloha Vegas (written by Ai Okuno). Collaboration Awards: Pomaika’i Gutierrez, Tiana Kono, Scott Mohanram, Layla HanoHano-Tripp.

Student Achievement Awards: Micaela Gradie, Chris Howard, Robert Sassone, Taryn Alisna. Senior Award: Anna Nguyen, Hilliard Meeks. Grace Award: Elliana Moore. Imagine Award: Saving Face (dir. by Chloe Kagesa). Scholar Award: Avree Ito-Fujita. ACMSA Audience Favorites: This is Kassian (dir. by Elliana Moore), first place; Saving Face (dir. by Chloe Kagesa) second place; Rockin’ Dead (dir. by James Ishizaki), third place.

Fond Farewells

Great thanks go to ACM Professor Valerie Mih and ACM Production manager Gregg Ambrosius for all their efforts and service within the ACM ‘ohana, and best wishes for their next endeavors. We will miss you!

Fall 2015 Student Project Awards

The results of the 399/499 May pitches are in!  Student production awards have been determined for upcoming animation and cinematic productions–

The EuroCinema Production Support Award, funded by EuroCinema Hawaii and the Sunny Dupree Family Foundation will be awarded to MYLAH, director Elliana Moore, for the fall production of the short film.

ACM Student Production Awards will be awarded to these short narrative and animation films to be produced this coming fall – DOUGHNUT, director Robert Sassone; GEOMETRY, director Micaela Gradie; LIQUOR LIPS, director Kelsey Duvauchelle; and FAMILY STORAGE, director Benjamin Menor.

Outstanding Stories

See ACM filmmakers, Akane Kashiwazaki and Terrence Nahina, host HIKI NŌ Outstanding Stories of Winter Quarter.  These students are former ACM HIKI NŌ PBS Hawaii interns. Viewable here.

ACM Internships

Hawaiian Airlines Call for Interns

Hawaiian Airlines seeks a talented and motivated ACM student to join the Corporate Communications department for the Fall of 2015.  Candidates must submit the following items: Resume, Cover letter explaining why you are the best candidate for an internship at Hawaiian Airlines, & written recommendation letter from a previous supervisor, manager or professor.  Please submit all documents to by Friday, May 15th.  Once selected for the internship, ACM student will need to register for ACM 495 for 3 credits (150 hours) via Asst. Professor Lisette Flanary.  For more information, click here.

Hawaii Media Inc (HMI) Call for Interns

Hawaii Media Inc. is offering an internship for students to learn the equipment and operations of a rental house for the film and TV industry– to operate, test, and maintain production equipment including grip, lighting, and camera gear, and to participate in the loading of trucks and warehousing of equipment.  Applicants should be ACM UHM majors who have completed ACM 310, and ideally, ACM 312 or have been a DP on an advanced production.  Applicants should email a cover letter of interest (focus on cinematography) and a CV to Dean Des Jarlais <> and cc Anne Misawa <>

HIKI NŌ at PBS Hawaii Call for Interns

HIKI NÅŒ is a statewide program that mentors students on the production of news stories that air in a weekly, half-hour show on PBS Hawaii.  The HIKI NÅŒ Intern will work in PBS Hawaii’s Learning Initiatives Department under Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker assisting in aspects of HIKI NÅŒ: The Nation’s First Statewide Student News Network including assisting in training, pre-production, production, post-production, promotion, social media marketing, and on the HIKI NÅŒ website. Animation track majors may also apply.  For inquiries contact Robert Pennybacker <> and cc Anne Misawa

TalkStory Productions Call for Interns
TalkStory Productions (TSP) is the premiere Hawaii-based independent film and television production company that finances, develops, and produces films in various genres. A recent feature film produced by TSP was The Tempest by the acclaimed director Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, Frida).  Interns are asked to have experience in screenplay writing, directing, and producing.  Applicants will need to submit a writing sample as well as a short film.  Email John Ching at and cc Anne Misawa at to schedule an interview.

Take an ACM course this summer

Information can be found by clicking here.
ACM 352 Screening Asian Americans, K. Lim, Online TBA
ACM 255 Cinema & Digital Media, Bryant Murakami, MW, 9:30am-12:40pm, July 7-August 14.
ACM 215 3D Scene Design, Dan Boulos, MW, 8:30am-11:40am, July 7- August 14.
ACM 216 3D Animation, Dan Boulos, TR, 8:30am-11:40am, July 7- August 14.

Try a fresh ACM course

ACM 386 Techniques: Story and Production
Working collaboratively, you will hone your skills in screenwriting as well as film production. An excellent course if you have just taken ACM 310 and before you take 400 level courses in the digital cinema track.  Instructor: Vilsoni Hereniko

Summer Electives

WS 481 Women and Film, Summer Session 2 

This seminar on the study of film by women, for women and about women will seek meaning and understanding, not platitudes and homilies, about the world we inherit and live in and the legacy we leave.  Instructor: Kathleen Kane

UHM courses for Fall ACM electives

ACM electives need to be 300 or 400-level media-related courses appropriate to your track. Here are some of the possible courses for consideration.  Please confirm with your advisor.

American Studies – American Cinema – AMST 360 – Jonna Eagle
Asian Studies – Chinese Film: Art and History – ASAN 330 – Cynthia Ning
Asian Studies – Chinese Diaspora and Visual Cultures – ASAN 473 – Ming-bao Yue
English – Film – ENGL 363 – Glenn Man
IndoPacific Langs + Lits – Intro to S/SE Asian Film – IPLL 368B – Agaton Pasion
Music – Music in Film– MUS 360 – Kate McQuiston
LLEA – German Cinema – LLEA 320 – Christina Gerhardt
LLEA – Russian Cinema – LLEA 355 – Anastasia Kostetskaya
POLS 343 – The Politics of Film – Gitte DuPlessis

Filmmaker Opportunities

The Hawaii International Film Festival Call for Entries
Enter your film for the November 2015 HIFF.  Label your film submission as an ACM film.  All films that are submitted for consideration should have proper clearances to screen publicly.   Check the ACM website for upcoming notice on HIFF special submissions deadline for ACM student films. Submission details can be found here.

Interisland Terminal, Creative Capital Professional Development Workshops
Events for artists in film, media, performing arts and musicians, writers, etc.
Saturday, May 16 – Financial Literacy for Artists
Sunday, June 7 – Strategic Planning and Funding Your work
More information can be found here.


2015 KODAK Scholarship Program
Kodak, in collaboration with the University Film & Video Foundation (UFVF), is accepting submissions for the 2015 program. This international program is designed to encourage and foster new talent by honoring student filmmakers who demonstrate exemplary filmmaking skills and creativity at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Three Student Scholarship Awards and two Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards will be granted. The deadline for submissions is May 15. More information can be found here.