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Bank of Hawai`i presents 28th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation (HGLCF) is honored to produce the 28th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF28). It will be at the Doris Duke Theatre from August 10 – 19, 2017, culminating with our signature Red Carpet Event on August 19. There will also be a celebrity-hosted pool party fundraiser for HGLCF on August 20 in Waikiki.

Bank of Hawai`i is the proud presenting sponsor of HRFF28. Platinum festival sponsors are Hawaiian Airlines, Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand, and Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “TGIF.”

2016 Red Carpet Event. Photo: Kelli Bullock

The HRFF is one of the longest-running LGBT film festivals in the country. VIPs this year are singer/actor/ RuPaul’s Drag Race judge: Todrick Hall, prominent civil rights activists Alexis Templeton, Oscar award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, and U.K. Olympic diving medalist Tom Daley. The schedule is:

Thursday, Aug 10 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Opening night reception & 7:45 p.m. Opening night film – documentary “BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL” (100 min.)
Openly gay singer, songwriter, actor, “Kinky Boots” Broadway star, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge and viral YouTube sensation with 2.3 million subscribers (over 400 million views) – Todrick Hall introduces his most ambitious project yet: the DIY 16 video visual album Straight Outta Oz – (#2 on the iTunes album charts). Hall promptly takes on a nationwide tour in the form of an extravagant, full-scale live musical. “Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall” takes you “behind the curtain” to see the process of writing, recording, choreographing, and designing the visual album and tour. Hall’s passion and team of talented friends – including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, comedian Wayne Brady, and Hawaii’s own Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger help Hall overcome major obstacles to bring his story to the world. Enjoy pupus provided by Chiko’s Tavern at the reception while getting a chance to meet and talk to this inspiration!

2016 Red Carpet Event. Food by Chiko’s Tavern. Photo: Kelli Bullock

Thursday, August 10 – Sunday, August 13, and Tuesday, August 15 – Friday, August 18 (dark on Monday, August 14) – Festival Showcase
HRFF28 showcases 20 screenings- 17 feature films and 3 short film showcases. Local filmmaker Dean Hamer goes to Tonga to tell the story of a brave young transgender woman finding herself in “Lady Eva.” Other films come from the Americas, Asia, Middle East, Oceania, and Western Europe; most premiered at and won major awards from prestigious film festivals such as Toronto, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, TriBeca, and SXSW. Film program goes live July 10 at

Thursday, Aug 17 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. – Centerpiece film – documentary “WHOSE STREETS?” (104 min.)
“Whose Streets?” is a searing, emotionally charged account of the Ferguson uprising following in-your-face civil rights activists, young queer leaders, and married couple Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton as they demand justice for Michael Brown Jr. The unarmed black 18-year-old’s killing by police marks a breaking point for the African-American community of Ferguson, Missouri. Watch these queer community organizers in action as National Guardsmen descend upon Ferguson with military-grade weaponry, and be electrified by this new generation fighting- not for their civil rights, but for the right to live. HRFF’s screening of “Whose Streets?” is timed to premiere just one week after the third anniversary of Brown’s shooting. Join Ferguson civil rights activist and community leader Brittany Ferrell and daughter Mackenzie, who represent the path forward for the new generation of activists, for a Q&A.

Friday, August 18 from 7:45 – 9:45 p.m. – Closing night film – ABC mini-seriesWHEN WE RISE, PART I” (85 min.)
This ABC mini-series featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Guy Pearce, Rosie O’Donnell, and David Hyde Pierce is directed by Academy Award nominated director Gus Van Sant and created by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. “When We Rise” chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. civil rights movement. Award-winning screenwriter, director, and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black will talk about his mini-series which aired on ABC Television and worldwide. He’s accompanied by his new husband, U.K. Olympic diving medalist Tom Daley.

2016 Red Carpet Event. MC Olena Heu. Photo: Kelli Bullock

Saturday, August 19 from 6 – 9 p.m.- Red Carpet Event at Honolulu Museum of Art’s Luce Pavilion
Bank of Hawai`i presents the 28th annual signature Red Carpet Event, an all-evening affair with a hosted bar by Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand, and tasty bites from Honolulu’s most popular eateries including Rum Fire Waikiki, 12th Ave Grill, Bills Sydney, Baker & Butcher, Chef Chai, freshBOX, PF Chang Waikiki, and Roy’s Waikiki. Mix and mingle with glamorous delegates, celebrities, actors, and filmmakers.

Sunday, August 20 from 2 – 5 p.m. – Celebrity hosted “Paradise” pool party fundraiser to benefit the HGLCF at Hilton Waikiki’s rooftop pool, 2500 Kuhio Ave.
Dive into conversation with award-winning screenwriter, director, film and television producer, and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black and his new husband, U.K. Olympic diving medalist Tom Daley at this fundraiser for The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation. See you poolside in Paradise with Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black! Hosted food, drink tickets and swag bag included.

2016 Red Carpet Event. Jill Kuramoto, me, festival director Brent Anbe, MC Olena Heu. Photo: Kelli Bullock

The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation was founded in 1997 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate and raise awareness of the community-at-large about gay & lesbian culture, arts, and lifestyle. HGLCF presents the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival annually in honor of Hawai`i LGBT pioneer Adam Baran.

2016 Red Carpet Event. HGLCF board. Photo: Kelli Bullock

Tickets and more at #HRFF28 / Facebook: Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival / IG: @hrfilmfest / Twitter: @hrfilmfest

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