Oct. 24, 2017

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Eight documentaries include '11/8/16,' which features segment by Hawai‘i filmmaker Ciara Lacy; performances include Lopaka Kapanui on Night Marchers and Francophile L'Escargot

WHAT: November at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre
WHEN: Nov. 1-30
WHERE: 901 Kinau St., between Ward Avenue and Victoria Street
COST:  Regular screenings: $12, $10 museum members. Free for youth 18 and under at the door.    
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HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—November at the Honolulu Museum of Art brings an exciting slate of films to its Doris Duke Theatre. 

In keeping with the museum’s mission, three selections focus on art—British Museum Presents: Hokusai, The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and Loving Vincent, an animated film made entirely of oil paintings that was four years in the making.

Hawai‘i filmmaker Ciara Lacy, whose debut feature-length documentary Out of State took the best documentary feature film award at the Cayman International Film Festival this year, is one of 18 directors who contributed to the documentary 11/8/16. Producer Jeff Deutchman asked filmmakers across the country to follow subjects as they went about their routines on Nov. 18, 2016—the date of the last presidential election. Lacy will be joined by Vernon Kimball, whom she filmed for 11/8/16, for a post screening discussion on Nov. 8.

The museum teams up with Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation to screen Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Nov. 19 to 22. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain, the film introduces chefs who are activists in their mission to reduce a horrifying number—90 percent of food waste ends up in landfills. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Hawai‘i chef Ed Kenney and policy experts.

And superstar artist Ai Weiwei returns to the big screen with his most ambitious documentary to date. Called "bracing and strangely beautiful by the New York Times, Human Flow, screening Dec. 1 to 6, looks at human migration. Ai travels the world, from Kenya to Malaysia, to give a human face to a heartbreaking issue. 

Finally, the museum screens the 100th film by Takashi Miike, the king of martial arts gore. But this time, his swordsman story takes a supernatural turn, with "sacred bloodworms" making the antihero unkillable in Blade of the Immortal, screening Nov 24-29.

SCHEDULE AND SYNOPSES click on the titles for more info and to see trailers.

British Museum presents: Hokusai
Directed by Patricia Wheatley. 2017. UK / USA / Japan. 87 min. 
Tuesday, November 7 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Thursday, November 9 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Sunday, November 12 at 1pm + 7pm
Wednesday, November 15 at 1pm + 7:30pm
The British Museum’s stunning exhibition Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave may have closed in August, but viewers can still experience it in this groundbreaking documentary. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, which would become modern Tokyo. The animation is mesmerizing. 

The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism
Directed by Phil Grabsky. 2017. USA / UK. 87 min.
Friday, November 10 at 1pm
Sunday, November 12 at 4pm
Tuesday, November 14 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Thursday, November 16 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Narrated by Gillian Anderson, Exhibition on Screen’s latest documentary explores the sellout 2015 exhibition The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920. Travelling to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerizing film that includes the work of Mary Cassatt, Theodore Robinson and Willard Metcalf is a feast for the eyes. 

Directed by Duane Andersen, Don Argott, Yung Chang, et al. 2017. USA. 104 min.
Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans woke up and went about their lives. What did that day look like, in the hours before they learned of Donald Trump’s unexpected, earth-shaking victory? Sixteen filmmakers, including Hawai‘i’s Ciara Lacy, contributed to this revelatory documentary that follows 16 subjects who span the country’s geographic, socioeconomic and politic divides. 
Special guest: The museum presents a post-screening discussion with Ciara Lacy and Vernon Kimball, one of the film’s subjects.   

Graphic Means
Directed by Briar Levit. USA. 2017. 90 min.
Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm
Presented in partnership with AIGA Honolulu. 
This documentary explores graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s—from linecaster to photocomposition, from paste-up to PDF, and from studio to laptop. An industry that is now almost completely digital was once a labor-intensive hands-on art. People who loved the 2007 documentary Helvetica will love this.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. USA. 2017. 98 min.
Saturday, November 18 at 1pm
Presented in partnership with Honolulu Civil Beat. 
It’s been a decade since An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture. In that time, former Vice President Al Gore has continued his fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Now comes the riveting, rousing follow-up that reveals some heartening news—we are close to a real energy revolution. Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments both private and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. A New York Times Critics’ Pick.
Supporting sponsor: The EACH Foundation 

Family Film Sunday: Revolting Rhymes Part 1&2
Directed by Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh. 2017. UK. 58 min.
Sunday, November 19 at 11:10am + 1pm | FREE
Based on the much-loved children’s book by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes takes classic fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood, mixes them together and serves them with a mischievous twist. For ages 8 and up.

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Directed by Anna Chai and Nari Kye. 2017. USA. 90 min. 
Sunday, November 19 at 4pm
Tuesday, November 21 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 22 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Community partner: Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Anthony Bourdain leads viewers to influential chefs such as Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, who make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. Wasted! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows how each of us can make small changes—all of them delicious—to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st century. 

Special guests on Sunday, Nov 19 at 4pm: The museum holds a post-screening discussion with local chefs and activists working to address food waste in Hawai‘i. Moderated by Jennifer Milholen of the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation, the panel features chef and restaurateur Ed Kenney of Town, Mud Hen Water, Kaimuki Superette and Mahina & Sunʻs; Ku‘ulei Williams, executive director of Aloha Harvest; and Mike OʻKeefe, assistant chief of the Department of Environmental Servicesʻ Refuse Division. The discussion will be followed by a waste-free reception with food and drink. 

The Departure
Directed by Lana Wilson. 2017. USA. 87 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
Friday, November 24 at 1pm
Saturday, November 25 at 4pm
Sunday, November 26 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 29 at 1pm
In Japan, a punk-turned-Buddhist-priest who has made a career out of counseling suicidal people finds himself at a crossroads, leading him to confront the same question his patients ask him: What makes life worth living?

Blade of the Immortal
Directed by Takashi Miike. 2017. Japan. 151 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
Friday November 24 at 7pm 
Saturday November 25 at 1pm + 7pm 
Sunday November 26 at 4pm
Tuesday November 28 at 1pm 
Wednesday November 29 at 7pm
Takashi Miike brings Hiroaki Samura’s iconic manga series to the big screen in this stylish extra-bloody, supernatural samurai action film.

Human Flow
Directed by Ai Weiwei. 2017. Germany. 140 min. 
Thursday, November 30 at 1pm
Friday, December 1 at 7pm
Saturday, December 3 at 1pm + 7pm
Tuesday, December 5 at 1pm + 7pm
Wednesday, December 6 at 1pm
Internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei looks at the global refugee and migrant crisis in this visually powerful documentary. Captured over one year in 23 countries, the film reveals the huge scale of displacement while telling very personal stories.

Loving Vincent
Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. 2017. Poland / UK. 91 min.
Thursday, November 30 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 1 at 1pm
Sunday, December 3 at 4:30pm
Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 7 at 7:30pm
People who love Vincent van Gogh’s Wheat Field in the museum have a chance to see what it would be like if the world looked like the Dutch artist’s paintings in this stunning animated film. Loving Vincent brings van Gogh’s paintings to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting commissioned from 125 artists who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.


Hawai'i’s Spirits and Legends: Night Marchers
Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm • $15 | $12 museum members
It is said that Hawai‘i’s terrifying Night Marchers are merely carrying out the duties they had while alive in the afterlife—the way they have for ages. You’ve heard the legends, now come listen to stories of people who have had first-hand encounters with them.

L’Escargot: Bonjour Paris
Saturday, November 4 at 7:30pm • $30 | $25 museum members
Mimi Hafele, Duane Padilla, and Pierre Grill of local French pop group L’Escargot play music that celebrates the City of Light. French can-can dancers spice things up and vocalist Benoit Weber makes a special guest appearance.

Money Talks: But What the Hell Is it Saying?
Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm • $25 | $20 museum members | $15 student rush tickets available at the door to with valid ID.
Blending the inspirational aspects of a TED Talk with the glitter and excitement of a Broadway musical is the first of its kind. It shines an empowering light on a subject almost everyone struggles with: money and self-worth.

Peter Rowan: My Aloha
Friday, November 17 at 7:30pm • $35 | $30 museum members
Hear songs from Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Peter Rowan’s latest album, My Aloha! Featuring the Hawaiian steel guitar and ‘ukulele and their influence on foundational bluegrass, folk, and country.

Doris Duke Theatre information:
The Doris Duke Theatre opens its doors on Kina‘u Street one half-hour before each film screening and concert.

Film tickets: Available at the theater door on the day of screening, beginning one half-hour before each showing, or online in advance.

Film admission: $12 general admission; $10 museum members; free for children 17 and under at the door.

Matinee Rewards Card: Guests can pick one up at the theater box office. When theatergoers attend three matinees, they receive free admission to a fourth screening. Or they can bring three friends to a single matinee and receive free admission to a future screening. The free screening pass is valid for three months.

Concession stand: In the lobby, visitors can purchase classic movie snacks and locally made goodies ($2-$6). Drinks include coffee, hot tea, Perrier, Shaka Tea, Bundaberg Ginger Beer, and bottled water ($2-$4.50).


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About the Honolulu Museum of Art

One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.

Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. The museum is dedicated to bringing together great art and people to create a more harmonious, adaptable, and enjoyable society in Hawai’i.


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