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Ko‘olau Creative Media Conference at WCC on April 26


The Windward side’s creative destination will host the first-ever Ko‘olau Creative Media Conference on Thursday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Palikū Theatre. The conference will feature speakers and breakout sessions for career-focused creative media artists and students interested in pursuing creative filmmaking (including performance work in the TV and film industries), documentary filmmaking, video game design and related fields. FREE and open to the public.

The all-day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and culminate with the annual Windward CC Pueo Literary and Art Journal book launch and student film showcase in the evening. All speakers and events will center around Palikū Theatre, the Jewel of the Windward side. Speakers include Hawai‘i State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson, ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase Executive Director Gerard Elmore, Phoenix Artists, Inc. owner Gary Epstein, Pacific Islanders in Communications Executive Director Leanne Ferrer, and UH Academy for Creative Media (ACM) Founder and Director Chris Lee, among others.

The goal of the conference is to bring current and prospective students as well as local creative media professionals together and to connect them with opportunities to network and gain career-oriented training. Windward Community College will also debut its upcoming Academic Subject Certificate in Creative Media to demonstrate the college’s commitment to growing the local creative media industry.

Ko‘olau Creative Media Conference
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Windward Community College's Palikū Theatre
9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m.         Registration opens at Palikū Theatre lobby – coffee and light breakfast sponsored by Ka ‘Ohana

9 a.m.–12 p.m. Morning session

9:10 a.m.        
The Hawaiian Handbook
with Donne Dawson, Hawai‘i state film commissioner
ACM System Overview with Chris Lee, ACM System founder and director, and Doris Ching, ACM System chief academic officer
Creative Media at Windward CC with Kimberlee Bassford, WCC journalism instructor
Storytelling in the Pacific with Leanne Ferrer, executive director of Pacific Islanders in Communications

10 a.m.            Panel discussion/Q&A - Telling Stories in the 21st Century
Panelists:  Kimberlee Bassford, Gerard Elmore, Chris Lee, Kaleiohu Lee
Moderator: Nicolas Logue  

11 a.m.            Breakout sessions:
Developing Characters and Stories Across Media (Lisa Barnes,
Gerard Elmore, Kaleiohu Lee, Nicolas Logue)
From Island to Continent: What to Expect (Gemma Cubero del Barrio,
Gary Epstein, Chris Lee)
Telling Stories in Hawai‘i and the Pacific (Kimberlee Bassford,
Donne Dawson, Leanne Ferrer, Moses Goods)

12:10 p.m.       Lunch at ‘Uala Leaf Cafe in Hale ‘Ākoakoa

1–3:30 p.m.     Afternoon session

1 p.m.              Panel discussion/Q&A - How to Launch and Sustain a Career in Creative Media
Panelists: Kimberlee Bassford, Gary Epstein, Chris Lee, Kaleiohu Lee

2 p.m.              Student Success Stories (Sky Bruno, Brandon DiPaola, Ian Jenss,
Cynthia Sinclair)

2:30 p.m.         Breakout sessions:
Breaking into Game Design (Kaleiohu Lee, Nicolas Logue)
Doing Your First Project on a Shoestring Budget (Kimberlee Bassford,
Sky Bruno, Gemma Cubero del Barrio)
From Island to Continent: What to Expect (Donne Dawson, Gary Epstein, Moses Goods, Chris Lee)

4–5 p.m.          Pueo: Literary and Art Journal launch

5–5:30 p.m.     Drinks and pupus sponsored by Pueo

5:30–7:30 p.m. Student Film Showcase

For more information about the conference or the creative media program at Windward Community College, please contact Kimberlee Bassford at 235-7396, or Nicolas Logue at 780-9785,