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UH Academy for Creative Media Premieres Student Work at Hawaii International Film Festival

Video games and short films will be discussed and highlighted on Oct. 23 and 24

University of Hawaiʻi
Tom Brislin, (808) 956-3788
Academy for Creative Media
Kristen Bonilla, (808) 956-5039
Public Information Officer
Posted: Oct 15, 2004

Video games and short films written, directed and produced by students in the University of Hawaiʻi‘s Academy for Creative Media (ACM) will make their premiere at the upcoming Hawaiʻi International Film Festival (HIFF). Nine original short films by ACM students will be featured at ACM Night on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Signature Theatres.

Selected by HIFF judges for the screening, the exciting films and exceptional talent of the student filmmakers represent the growth of ACM from theory to reality. The nine films and filmmakers are:
· "Gemini‘s Effect" by Andrew Gregor
· "Still" by Jay Hubert
· "The Learning Process" by Chrystal Jameson
· "Every Night Spent Alone" by Christopher Yogi
· "The Tale of Haiku Jones" by Kevin Inouye
· "Game Over" by Andrew Ma
· "Humble Beginnings" by Nelson Quan
· "Steve Maʻiʻi" by Kaliko Palmiera
· "Dniwer" by Seong Whang

In addition, ACM is also presenting a key festival seminar, "The Future of the Video Game Industry in Hawaiʻi," on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Moderated by ACM‘s Chief Technologist and Animation/Gaming Instructor Kaveh Kardan, the panel discussion will include:
· Mohsen Agsen, Mobicore
· Nate Cowlar, Konami Computer Entertainment Hawaiʻi
· Mark Loughridge, Backbone Entertainment
· Scott Marison, Konami Computer Entertainment Hawaiʻi
· Hank Rogers, Blue Planet Software
· Roy Sato, Konami Computer Entertainment Hawaiʻi

Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of Hawaiʻi as a location for video game production, as well as their visions of the future of the computer and video games industry in Hawaiʻi. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Student work from ACM will also be presented at the seminar.

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