Sampling the Silver Screen

The Independent Filmmakers of Kauai will hold a monthly screening at 10 tonight at Tiki Iniki in the Princeville Shopping Center.

Kauai Filmmakers’ Nights in August screenings feature eight curated submissions from IFOK members and the general public. The events are free and open to the public at 5-4280 Kuhio Hwy in Princeville, but the organizers are asking viewers to be 21 and over as the screenings are being held in a bar and restaurant in the late evening.

IFOK co-founder Tony LeHoven mentors young filmmakers and said the logical next step was to create a virtual space where someone could see the work of all the filmmakers in one screening.

“IFOK was conceived as a great, fun project that would help out Kauai’s local filmmakers and bring some cultural exposure to our island,” LeHoven said. “Our goal is to get the visual arts of the talented filmmakers from our beautiful island seen and heard.”

The Friday screening’s guest curators are Larry Einhorn and Michael Stillwater. Einhorn, an Emmy Award-winning L.A. director, and Stillwater, an international award winning filmmaker, have reviewed all submissions from their respective locations and made the selections.

IFOK was established in June by filmmakers Tony LeHoven and Ry Cowan. The events “give Kauai’s independent filmmakers a venue for exposure, and encourage the art of a visual experience, be it a story, an abstract, a joke, a feeling, a message.”

The screenings also promote Kauai and Kauai-related films. The curator selections ensure that talented filmmakers get their work seen by industry professionals. 

“Some of the material that we feature may be deemed offensive to some but, like any film, including major motion pictures, we want to be able to say what we say,” LeHoven said.

IFOK will accept submissions up to four days prior to an event. Visit for submission guidelines.

• “The Robbery” (3:45 min.) — An intense short film about getting a message across in a short period of time. Presented by executive producer Paul Booth, the film is sure to be a crowd pleaser (Adult subject matter with profanity)

• “Kauai Taste Tester” (3:57 min.) — A whimsical short film with creative editing from director Walid Hamby. Starting in Princeville, our connoisseur protagonist walks and weaves his way to…well, you’ll see.

• “Treasure” (4:45 min.) — Filmmaker Joey Kirstine’s sparkling music video of the band “Greenstone Project” covering the song, “Treasure” by Bruno Mars.

• “Cougars” (3:43 min.) — A racy film chronicle of a lovely cougar from filmmaker Jesse Cudworth. A suggestive video shot a “’70s bondage style.”

• “N.O.T.I.C.E.” (3:58) — Purple haired hillbilly, Sj, shows that to notice what you’re feeling, you need to be in touch with “what’s happening with your ‘innards’,” in order to be “exactly where you want to be every single moment of every single day.”

• “Change Myself” (4:05) — A pioneering video for its use of independent film graphics to show the potential of “homespun” animation. Made in the 1990’s by musician extraordinaire Todd Rundgren who is not able to attend.

• “a.m. recollection” (3:22) — Josh Haroldsen takes on a moody aquatic retrospection floating under the ocean a la David Lynch. A short film that will mean something different to everyone and a topic of discussion.

• “Kennel Tech” (3:00) — Filmmaker Jesse Cudworth’s black comedy adventure behind the scenes at the local kennel. Tensions run high for a pair of adversaries. Shot as a submission for Matt Damon’s “Project Greenlight” series.


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