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Hawaii International Film Festival and the Vilcek Foundation Present Free Film Series in September

Films and trailers from 'American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile' to screen on NGN Video-on-Demand Channel 680.

Honolulu, HI, September 19, 2009 --( Films and Trailers from 'American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile' To Screen on NGN Video-On-Demand Channel 680 Honolulu.

­ The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is inviting movie enthusiasts to view a Free September film series On-Demand in conjunction with Nippon Golden Network (NGN). The series will feature 'American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile' on NGN-On-Demand Channel 680 from September 1st - 30th and will be free of charge throughout the entire month thanks to the generosity of The Vilcek Foundation. The program comprises four films by American immigrant filmmakers that screened at HIFF 2007 and 2008, including The Gatekeeper of Enmyoin: According to a 95-year-old Female Buddhist Priest, Long Story Short, Someplace Else, and Vietnam Overtures. Viewers will also get the chance to watch the accompanying trailers for these films. Plus, five trailers for films to be screened at this year's festival that have American immigrant directors or lead actors will also be available for viewing. The Vilcek Foundation has also included a PSA. The Foundation honors the contributions of immigrants to biomedical science and the arts. Rick Kinsel, Executive Director of The Vilcek
Foundation, said, "Immigrants have unique stories to tell, and these films help us expand our understanding of and appreciation for the tenacity of these men and women, who have the courage to start their lives over here in the U.S. - often against tremendous odds. The films also serve to remind us all that we have much to be grateful for, even in the darkest of times."

"Films allow people who would otherwise know nothing about a different country or culture to appreciate the lives of others," added Chuck Boller, executive director of HIFF. "It allows almost anyone to have a voice and that is very powerful! We want to share these great stories and are grateful to The Vilcek Foundation for making these films available to viewers for free." To view any of these feature films, tune into NGN-On-Demand on channel 680 anytime in September. Wait for the menu to load then use the left and right arrow buttons to select the 'HIFF' category. Next, use the up and down arrow buttons to select a title. To order your film, press the 'B' button. You may also view title descriptions of the film with the select button. Anytime during playback, you may use the VCR buttons on the remote control to rewind, pause, and fast forward. The Vilcek Foundation honors and supports foreign-born scientists and artists who have made outstanding contributions to society in the United States. For more information on The Vilcek Foundation please visit

HIFF's major sponsors include: Regal Entertainment Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii, Halekulani, Hawaii Tourism Authority and The Vilcek Foundation. The 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival will be held October 15-25. For more information please visit their website at


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