We were up all night, and it came down to the wire – but it couldn’t have gone any better. After stepping on a plane with an HDCAM produced only hours earlier, we screened in a huge theater to a sold out audience. The film looked and sounded fantastic. The packed crowd was riveted and everyone stayed for the Q and A. Thanks to the awesome HIFF press coordinator, Jake Anderson, and producer, Lorraine Minatoishi, we picked up two newspaper articles and a TV interview in the press. To top the weekend off, Aloha Buddha walked away with the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 31st international Hawaii International Film Festival. Wow.
Thank you to the team who helped make this possible: Lorraine Minatoishi, Chris Yogi, Raza Ahmad, Mikiko Sasaki, Quinn Messmer, Amy Johnson, and Miranda Yousef and many, many more. A big thank you to our funders: Hawaii Architectural Foundation, Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Hawaii Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Cooke Foundation, A&B Foundation, WCIT Architecture, Minatoishi Architects, Swinerton Architects, & Central Pacific Bank.
We also want thank Chuck Boller, Anderson Le, Joshua Nye, and Don Chan and Jake Anderson at HIFF for including us in this truly unique and fantastic festival.