At this year’s Louis Vuitton Hawai‘i International
Film Festival, Chiba was awarded the prestigious Maverick Award,
traditionally given to “individuals with unique and varied
careers in international cinema; individuals with edge and
grit,” according to the HIFF Web site. During his acceptance
speech, Chiba described his most recent project, a film he
hopes to present at next year’s film festival.
Chiba was only one of about 17 award winners sharing the stage
at the HIFF award ceremonies Oct. 28. Frank Lin, who produced,
wrote, and directed American Fusion won the Hawaiian Airlines
Audience Choice Award for Feature Film. Lin, who barely could
find words during his acceptance speech, finally just laughed
and admitted to the audience that the film had been finished
only an hour before the departure of his flight to Hawai‘i.
It was crazy,” Lin said after the award show. “I
literally finished the movie, rushed to the airport, and arrived
there 15 minutes before the flight took off.”
Winning the award wasn’t something Lin expected, since
American Fusion is his first movie. Lin, who went to UCLA Film
School, hopes that the award is going to make it easier to
find sponsors for his upcoming movie. He explained how hard
it is to be new in the film industry.
Sometimes the choice is between sending out your script or
having food,and then you just send out the script and hope
for the best. At least you know you’re doing what you
want,” Lin said. Lin doesn’t seem sad about this
fact of film-making life. He just smiles and laughs at the
It’s so funny,” Lin said. “We wrote the script
for six months, then we raised money for a whole year, and
then it all came down to 18 days of filming.
Those 18 days were the best holiday of my life,” he added
with a huge smile.
Lin said that the movie industry is a hard but fun industry
to work in: “Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath
and do it.” He encourages everyone who dreams about a
filmmaking career to precede with their dream.
If you keep making movies, eventually, you will get what you
want,” Lin said, grabbing his award for a photo-op and
then bouncing away to celebrate it with his crew members.