Celebrating the New American Filmmakers

On Monday, October 15, during the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), the Vilcek Foundation hosted a reception on the Garden Terrace in the Halekulani Hotel. The event, which celebrated the talented filmmakers of the New American Filmmakers (NAF) program, was attended by the six NAF delegates, HIFF board members and staff, filmmakers, actors, festival sponsors, and members of local press. Here are some photos of the NAF delegates and local talent.


Starlet co-producer and cinematographer Radium Cheung (left) with Hawaii-native scriptwriter Davis Kop (right)


Mridu Chandra (l), director and producer of Indian Summer, chats with musician Gingger Shankar (r), also a performer in Himalaya Song.

Jess Cole (l) and Evangeline Lilly (r) stop by to say hello with Rick Kinsel (center), Executive Director of the Vilcek Foundation.


After introducing the New American Filmmakers program to the audience, HIFF Director of Programming Anderson Le (center) shares a moment with Chuck Boller (l), Executive Director of HIFF and Rick Kinsel (r), Executive Director of the Vilcek Foundation.


Japanese-born musician Goh Nakamura poses with his headshot. Goh is a singer-songwriter and actor in Daylight Savings.


Not only are NAF delegates amazing filmmakers—they have breakdancing skills too!


We salute all of the NAF delegates at the 32nd annual Hawaii International Film Festival! Your dedication to independent American cinema is an inspiration for filmmakers and moviegoers alike. All of the 2012 NAF films will continue touring at national and international festivals and we look forward to all of the upcoming projects from the NAF delegates!

  • A Message from Jan and Marica Vilcek

    Our founders arrived as penniless refugees over fifty years ago, but with the kindness and opportunity they received in the United States, they went on to accomplish great things in biomedical science and art history. Read their statement on the recent executive order imposing a travel ban.