Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching and with it the 8th annual Big Island Film Festival. This year 54 films have been selected for screening during the festival and in the Hawaiian tradition of “Talk Story” each is a narrative film. On top of all the screenings there will also be a slew of other events including workshops for filmmakers, Awards Brunch, Best of the Fest Reception, and my favorite the Meet the Stars Reception.
This year Kate McKinnon and Vincent Kartheiser will be the guests of honor at the Meet the Stars Reception. Kate McKinnon is a featured player on Saturday Night Live and is known for her impressions of Ellen DeGeneres, Ann Romney, and Penelope Cruz. Prior to SNL she wrote and performed in “Disenchanted,” “Best Actress,” and “Kate McKinnon On Ice” at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre in New York City.
Vincent Kartheiser is known for acting in the Emmy Award winning series Mad Men. He has also stared in the films Untamed Heart, Indian in the Cupboard, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia, Another Day in Paradise, Rango, and many more. When he was first starting his career he guest-starred on numerous series including ER, Angel, and The Cleveland Show. Look for him next year on FOX’s new series, High School USA.
Besides the two guest celebrities there will also be lots of filmmakers on hand to talk about narrative film while clinking glasses of champagne. So, break out your best Hollywood-Glam outfit and come down to the Kilohana Room at the Fairmont Orchid on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Tickets will be available at the concierge desk.