Vilcek Foundation program spotlights immigrant filmmakers at HIFF 2021

New American Perspectives Program Celebrates Immigrant Artists in Contemporary Film and Film at the Hawai’i International Film Festival

Posted: October 19, 2021, 10:44 a.m. EDT|Update: 57 minutes ago

NEW YORK, October 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Vilcek Foundation will present the New American Perspectives program at the 41st Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF) in Honolulu. The festival opens on November 4 and will conclude the November 28, 2021. The New American Perspectives program highlights foreign-born filmmakers, celebrating the contributions of immigrant artists to contemporary film and media by United States.

New American Perspectives: Celebrating Immigrant Contributions to Cinema. Image courtesy of the Vilcek Foundation.

“The New American Perspectives program highlights the value of diversity in art.”

The New American Perspectives program supports a series of events at HIFF, funded by a grant from the foundation. Key program events include screenings of five films by foreign-born filmmakers, hosted by festival staff, as well as events and discussions with seven of the immigrant filmmakers whose work has been integral to the development of the selected films. This year. Programs include film screenings (in person and online) and question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers.

“The New American Perspectives program highlights the value of diversity in art,” said Vilcek Foundation president Rick kinsel. “Just as there is no one way to tell a story, there is no singular immigrant story or narrative. By centering the voices of foreign-born filmmakers with this program, we seek to establish a dialogue on the importance of immigration for the arts, culture, and society. “

In 2021, the New American Perspectives program includes five films directed by foreign-born filmmakers, including:

  • 7 days (2021)
    Director and screenwriter Roshan Sethi (b. Canada), screenwriter and actor Karan Soni (b. India) and actor Geraldine Viswanathan (b. Australia) will present their pandemic era romantic comedy, 7 days, at the festival. The three filmmakers will also present a master class on their collaboration and their work in cinema and television on saturday 13 november. 7 days marks the directorial debut of Sethi, who co-wrote the script for the film with Soni at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • American (2021)
    Written by actor, screenwriter and comedian Aizzah Fatima (b. Saudi Arabia), American addresses and celebrates the complex intersectionalities of femininity by welcoming the audience into the world of three women living in the Jackson Heights Queens neighborhood, New York. In this light-hearted reimagining (and critical deviation from) classic romantic comedy, Pakistani American sisters Maryam and Sam (played by Fatima) and their newly immigrated cousin, Ameera, must deal with the cohesive and conflicting demands of romance, culture, work and family.
  • Red rocket (2021)
    The drama of 2021 Red rocket marks the last collaboration between the producer Shih Ching Tsou (b. Taiwan) and Sean Boulanger. In line with the themes explored in Tsou’s films with Baker to date (including those of 2015 Mandarin and 2017 The Florida project), Red rocket sounds the experiences of people living on the margins of society. The foundation previously worked with Tsou in 2009, when she was named the recipient of the Vilcek Foundation’s Creative Promise Award.
  • Users (2021)
    Nathalie Almada (b. Mexico) is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and two-time Sundance Documentary Directoring Award recipient. Almada’s latest documentary, Users, highlights the tensions between technology and the world in which we live. Users, Almada frames a larger discussion of technology and the environment around personal questions that came to Almada on her own journey to motherhood. In this visually striking film, pressing global issues like climate change and privacy are explored through the intimate prism of a mother’s love for her children.
  • Bewitched Dark and Days Woodlands (2021)
    Kier-La Janisse (b. Canada) is a producer at Severin Films, author and film historian, and founder of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. The 2021 documentary Bewitched Dark and Days Woodlands marks her directorial debut. The film explores the popular horror genre from its inception through culturally specific manifestations around the world.

The seven New American Perspectives filmmakers will participate in a panel discussion that will be broadcast live on saturday 13 november, To 1:00 p.m. HST. The roundtable will focus on diversity, access and representation in cinema and the media.

In the coming weeks, the Vilcek Foundation will publish the profiles of each of the films and filmmakers on the foundation’s website, and share content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn on the filmmakers and events of New American Perspectives. Learn more about this year’s filmmakers: New American Perspectives in Cinema at HIFF 2021.

Journalists wishing to cover the New American Perspectives program and those wishing to learn more about this year’s programs should contact the Vilcek Foundation Communications Officer. Liz boylan at [email protected] or 212-472-2500.

The Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of the contributions of immigrants in United States and promotes appreciation of the arts and sciences. We accomplish our mission through our awards program and through partnerships like the New American Perspectives program at HIFF. The innovation and perspective of foreign-born artists has had an indelible impact on filmmaking in the United States, pushing the boundaries of the medium as an art form and inspiring the next generation of artists and artists. storytellers.

Since 2000, the foundation has awarded more than $ 6.4 million in prizes to people born abroad and has supported nonprofit organizations with more than $ 5.5 million in grants.

Elizabeth boylan
The Vilcek Foundation
[email protected]

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