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Big Island Film Festival descriptions

Following is a list of films to be shown at the Big Island Film Festival. For show times and locations, or to purchase tickets in advance, visit their website at

“A Perfect Day”: Edgy, fast-paced thriller follows a teenager on the morning of his “going Columbine.” He is confronted by an unlikely stranger, the only person who can stop him.

“Balancing Emma”: (Hawaii-made) Emma balances her dream of traveling to Italy with her love for Kawika.

“Boys Are Us”: After 16-year-old Mia gets hurt in love, she and her sister come up with a plan for revenge on the boy.

“Broken”: When their truck breaks down on an isolated stretch of desert road, a couple is forced to acknowledge the emotional strains tearing at their relationship.

“Bullitt and the Mystery of the Devil’s Root” (Hawaii-made): After his friend Louie is murdered, Bullitt is hot to find his killer. When he is hired by a beautiful woman to find her father, the two are one and the same.

“Bumsicle”: A homeless woman is found frozen to death in a park, unlocking troubling memories for a weary cop and a powerful chief of police.

“Caterpillar’s Kimono”: Comedy-drama about a man who returns from rehab to prove to his family that he is ready to be a father to his little girl.

“Chasing Shakespeare”: An epic love story told in flashback from his wife’s deathbed, by William (Danny Glover), who traces the first time he met her and her mystical Native American family. Is he seeing visions or going insane?

“Coffee, God and Gasoline”: A man obsessed with his life plan has decided it’s time to choose between falling in love or following the plan.

“Fight Scene”: A man decides to walk home after his car breaks down in a bad part of town.

“Frame of Mind”: In the near future, a team of investigators uses cutting-edge technology to explore a witness’s repressed memories and catch a serial killer.

“Gabby’s Wish”: Reuniting a long-lost family can be quite the task, but where there’s a will there’s a way.

“Good Dog”: Dog lives with the Person family. Dog has a vision of the future. Dog must change the future. Good Dog!

“Hangdog”: A degenerate and his troubled teenage cousin rob a farmhouse in an effort to change their lives.

“Hatch”: A newborn’s destiny hangs in the balance as grown-ups come to terms with what they cannot have.

“Home”: A man, recovering from mental illness, tries to rebuild his life and reconnect with his estranged son by moving out of a group home and into an apartment of his own.

“Homecoming”: When Nina Patel’s strict Indian parents refuse to let her attend the eighth grade homecoming dance, she resorts to emotional blackmail.

“If I Were A Bell” (Hawaii-made): A hip-hop tale of two brothers unexpectedly caught in a passionate love triangle with a rising sexy female rapper.

“Last Call”: When Chuck gets bad news from his doctor, his lifelong friend takes him out for one last spin around town, reliving their glory days. When their fun comes to an end, they must learn to say goodbye.

“Liberator”: Lou Ferrigno stars as a washed-up ex-superhero whose black ops past comes back to haunt him as he attempts to put his life back together. Also stars Peta Wilson, Michael Dorn and Ed Asner.

“Lift”: A loving mother supports her family by shoplifting with her two sons, and selling online. One thinks this is adventure, but the other starts to see the hazards.

“Lipstick Lies” (Hawaii-made): When she wakes up on the last day of her Hawaii honeymoon, Allie finds herself in a strange apartment in New York, with no husband, no ring, and no one who remembers.

“Lost Dog”: Faced with the loss of his friend and the urges of withdrawal, a heroin addict embarks on an unexpected journey with a young boy to find a lost dog.

“Monster in Paris”: When a wacky inventor, his crazy friend and a monkey are let loose in a mad scientist’s lab, their massive mistake results in Franc, a reaction between a common flea and a secret formula.

“Offline”: Kevin is annoyed that he has to spend the afternoon teaching his grandmother how to use the World Wide Web, so he leaves her on her own. What if Grandma accidentally deletes the entire Internet?

“Out of Focus” (Hawaii-made): An aspiring photographer seeks personal fulfillment with a job at the local gossip magazine, but must choose whether to sacrifice his personal beliefs.

“Paper”: A Russian girl, in search of the American dream, leaves a Brooklyn massage parlor, and ends up desperate and alone in Venice Beach without money or passport. What will she do for “paper?”

“Parts of the Same Circle” (Hawaii-made): Interweaving stories, some happy, some sad, all show the relationship of life and death in different people and circumstances — parts of the same circle.

“Pervertigo”: Lloyd, a lonely peeping Tom, is hired to murder his landlord’s wife, who turns out to be a peeping Tom, too. How will Lloyd turn the tables on her crazy husband, to get the money and the girl?

“Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the Japanese American Incarceration Camps.” An animated tale told in song, based on true stories of young detainees during WWII. Escape from their reality came through Big Band music.

“Shoot the Moon”: Marcy Meyers is down on her luck. Faced with piling bills, the remnants of a failed marriage, and imminent home foreclosure, she places all of her hope onto a national game show.

“Sidewalk Wars”: When the city sleeps a war breaks out: sidewalk wars.

“Six Letter Word”: A down-on-her-luck single mom thinks her young son’s crossword puzzle obsession is genius, but an unexpected stranger reveals that he needs much more than she alone can give him.

“Spaghetti for Two”: Howa seemingly ordinary day becomes a significant turning point for an unremarkable man, thanks to a minimal shift of fate.

“Stenwyken”: Samantha is having problems, so, she goes camping to “clear her head” and walks right into the source of all her issues, and they are some big, hairy issues.

“Stigma”: Peter’s view of the world changes when he receives life altering news. Feeling his humanity like never before, Peter sets out on a journey of self discovery and acceptance.

“Strange Frame” (Hawaii-made): Animated science fiction tale set in a future world, where a woman attempts to rescue her lover from a fate worse than the debt slavery she escaped - stardom.

“Sway Away” (Hawaii-made): An unlikely love story that plays out on the clothes line.

“The Assistant”: A disgruntled photographer’s assistant pretends to be his boss when a young actress arrives early for her photo shoot.

“The Equestrian”: A young rider’s need to win the love that has long evaded him jeopardizes the one relationship that defines him.

“The Future”: When you’re young and in love the future seems bright, but then what?

“The Intruder” (Hawaii-made): An escaped convict breaks into the home of Mark and Heather looking for Vaseline.

The Invention”: A 12-year-old boy and his friend work to solve the magic of photography and the mysteries of women. It starts with a magnifying glass, a small lantern and a broken heart.

“The Land of Eb” (Hawaii-made): In a remote South Kona community, an immigrant father and grandfather struggles to provide for his large family. Diagnosed with cancer, he foregoes treatment to pay off his land. A hauntingly beautiful affirmation of family.

“The Lion’s Den”: Benjamin arrives at the home of the great philanthropist and antiquarian Leopold Ellison only to find others there with the same mysterious letter requesting their presence for dinner.

“The Perfection of Anna”: Jesse has watched her beautiful mom, Anna, dance ballet all her life. When a stroke leaves her left side paralyzed, Jesse witnesses Anna’s courageous struggle to dance again.

“The Regret of the Doubt”: The trajectory of a man who dreams of a paradise. However, when he reaches it, the old dream fades and soon others are born.

“The Sound of Crickets at Night”: An elderly nuclear survivor from Bikini Atoll summons a mysterious ancient deity to help reunite his family. This Marshallese film is subtitled in English and includes some English dialogue.

“The Spare” (Hawaii-made): In a forest cottage, a witchy child plays with her dolls. “Today we will have a wonderful wedding.” She raises her wand to cast a spell, “Come to life, oh prince.”

“The Visit”: When a tragic event turns Diana’s life upside down, she is visited by the last person from whom she wants help. Starring Sharon Lawrence and Odessa Rae.

“Upside Down”: A metaphorical revelation about the ways and means of everyday city life as seen through the eyes of a little village kid.

“What if”: A story about a moment that can or cannot change your life. A young woman in between coincidence and destiny.

“You Got This!” A troubled teenage musician is caught stealing money by a high school security guard. He takes her beloved guitar hostage in exchange for her training with his charity marathon team.

“Your Place or Mine”: In the tentative first few hours of meeting, strangers follow their hearts and instincts as they are led down opposing paths. Which one is right is ultimately up to them.