Since 1999, Ohina’s been a celebration of short films created by local storytellers, fueled by a passion for film.
In keeping with last year’s Ridiculously Short Interviews I had a ridiculously short chat with Gerard Elmore, Ohina’s executive director, and Erik Ries, Ohina’s creative director.
We talked about the highlights of this year’s Ohina, including a Q&A on Saturday with Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore (‘Captain America: Civil War,’ ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’).
We kept it short.
What’s your day job?
Gerard: Commercial producer/director/writer/teacher.
Ries: Creative director and conversation instigator, brandHAWAII.
Give me one odd job from the past.
Gerard: I once worked the NASCAR circuit as a video correspondent.
Ries: I installed an entire aluminum bleacher system at Oregon State Universityʻs football stadium … during the summer. It was hell.
What do you love about film?
Gerard: Creating, crafting and telling stories.
Ries: All of it when itʻs good.
One word to describe the filmmakers at this year’s Ohina?
Do you see any trends with Hawaii’s young, up-and-coming filmmakers?
Gerard: We’re starting to see really great, sustained growth in local storytelling.
Ries: Iʻve seen a HUGE jump in storytelling in the last two years.
What do you love most about the short film format?
Gerard: Short, sweet and always a surprise.
Ries: The “proof of concept” aspect if the filmmaker wants to transition it into a feature.
Ohina is known for some epic trailers. What can we expect from this year’s trailer?
Gerard: The trailer is going to be a complete 180 from what we’ve always done in the past.
Ries: I love how it’s our outlet for being creative while supporting local storytellers.
Any chance Nate will reveal any Marvel Cinematic Universe secrets? One piece of advice for filmmakers who are thinking about entering next year’s Ohina? Ohina Short Film Showcase Ohina Filmmakers Q&A with Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore
Gerard: Good question, I hope so.
Ries: I’m sure Nate will be able to tease the audience where allowed.
Gerard: Shorter is always better.
Ries: Start now!
Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Any chance Nate will reveal any Marvel Cinematic Universe secrets?
One piece of advice for filmmakers who are thinking about entering next year’s Ohina?
Ohina Short Film Showcase
Ohina Filmmakers Q&A with Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore