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Bridging the Gap~December 3rd, 2019: HIFF Guest Selections Episode 4: Bradley Tangonan

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After taking a short break from our HPR + HIFF collaboration shows, we're back at it tonight with episode 4 featuring selections by local filmmaker, Bradley Tangonan. I was lucky enough to meet Brad at a recent media maker's summit, where he asked an insightful question at a rather mismatched panel (in my opinion) on place-based storytelling. While I was stewing in my own irritation at the panel, Brad's question was a breath of fresh air, and my friend Keola introduced us after the panel was over and I got to thank him for the depth of his question.

Born on O?ahu, Bradley moved to California after high school to earn a degree in molecular biology before deciding to pursue his lifelong love for film and narrative storytelling. Self-taught in digital filmmaking and editing, he worked with creative agencies in LA before moving to New York, where he is based now. He comes home to Hawai?i often to direct passion projects and has played at the Hawai?i International Film Festival numerous times. His recent short, "Voices Of The Forest" follows kumu hula Kau?i Kanaka?ole as she prepares her h?lau for a sunrise ceremony at Pu?u Ka?uiki in H?na, Maui. It aired before Lisette Flanary's feature documentary, "Tokyo Hula."

Brad's selections for tonight's show are inspired by the spirit of high school, "for pining, infatuation, rejection, making out, and for the long drive home after a breakup." Wow, Brad, just...wow.
 

Check our more of Brad's work here.

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Paige Okamura (DJ Mermaid) is a keiki papa of Māeaea, Waialua, Oʻahu. She's fluent in Hawaiian and is currently pursuing her MA in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her expertise in Hawaiian music is based out of her love for her language and her culture. She honed her expertise in Hawaiian music at KTUH FM Honolulu as the former host of the Hawaiian language show "Kīpuka Leo" before branching out to create her own bi-lingual show "Kai Leo Nui." She's also a versatile club DJ trained by our very own dj mr. nick with an eclectic, diverse musical library. She hosts Hawaiʻi Kulāiwi and is the Tuesday night host of "Bridging The Gap."
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