Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the
WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps

Thurs., July 24, 9:00 pm

 A Big Band featured in Searchlight Serenade (image)

More than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced to live in incarceration camps during World War II. As people endeavored to create a sense of normalcy during their incarceration, many detainees still enjoyed the popular music of the day ― swing. This film tells the stories of 9 detainees ― trumpet players, saxophonists, singers ― who created a soulful escape for themselves and their fellow prisoners. Their accounts are accompanied by an evocative animation created from woodcuts and drawings.

 




Kid Kine Kurses
Thurs., July 31, 9:00 pm

Kid Kine Kurses harkens back to the days when local people didn't lock their doors, kids played outside until the sun went down and friends and family got together to talk story.


Lemon Tree Billiards House is one of the featured  productions (image)

In Lemon Tree Billiards House (1996), written by Cedric Yamanaka, Dean Kaneshiro plays a young pool hustler who believes that he was cursed as a young child. He plays the match of his life against an older version of himself...cocky, talented and also cursed. Together they face their demons over the pool table. The older pool hustler is played tongue-in-cheek by the late Ray Bumatai. The late James Grant Benton plays an exorcist, and familiar face Dan Seki plays the owner of the Lemon Tree Billiard House. Directed by Tim Savage.


A scene from Dancing With The Long Bone (image)

Dancing With The Long Bone (1996) tells the story of a young girl who finds a bone buried in the forest. Innocently, she brings the bone home and a series of suspicious events unfold around her and her loved ones. The spirit of a pig hunter haunts her dreams and eventually she realizes the steps she needs to take to restore peace in her life and her household. Natalie Young stars as Mina, the young girl who learns the lesson of respect for those who have passed; Karen Keawehawaii brings her exceptional talents to the role of Minaʻs aunty; and Henry Kapono makes a cameo appearance as the pig hunter. From a story by Nora Cobb-Keller.

 




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