Films by Guri Bigham

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Hawaiian Studies

20TH ANNUAL EAST MAUI TARO FESTIVAL 2012

by Guri Bigham
Music by Pekelo Cosma and Paula Fuga
Supported by UHMC Hawaiian Studies
Filmed in East Maui

Through my studies of Hawaiʻi, I have come to find a rich culture with a strong history and an ever so humble people. Last month I had  the opportunity to participate in the East Maui Taro Festival with the Hawaiian Studies program at University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. Being emerged within the true foundation of the culture I witnessed how thriving Hawaiian language and traditional practices are today. While keeping in mind the reality of the struggles that are faced, the rights that need to be addressed and the changes that need to happen in Hawaiʻi, it is important to embrace the positive aspects that exist today and recognize how far they have come. Embrace the fact that you can hear Hawaiian language amongst families, study Hawaiian culture in college and participate in cultural events. As a filmmaker I hope to be apart of the revitalization of Hawaiian culture and language in giving the Hawaiian people a voice through the powerful tool of media. This short film celebrates Hawaiian Culture and the traditions of taro in the Loʻi Kalo at Kipahulu ʻOhana, the hula performances at the festival, poi pounding with Kumu Kaleikoa Kaeo, Kapa making Kumu Nāone and the sharing of ʻAwa. In embracing today and remembering yesterday, Hawaiʻi will not only endure but it will thrive as the culture of tomorrow.

72 Hour Film Contest for University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

FORK IN THE ROAD

Starring Allison Kennedy and Michael Donahue
Story by Allison Kennedy, Guri Bigham, Josh Meredith and Scott Harding
Cinematography by Guri Bigham and Josh Meredith
Original Music by Matt Brunn
Filmed on Maui, Hawaii

This short film was made in 72 hours for the UH Manoa 72 Hour Film Challenge in March, 2012. Each team had to include the character “Turtle the Raver”, a fork as a prop, the line of dialogue: “I think I just died”, and a genre out of the hat. Our genre was “Romance”. The theme was given out on Friday and the all scripts, footage and editing had to be completed and turned in by the following Monday.

We were the only team who filmed on another island other than Oahu and the film is based entirely on our  Maui talent. After 72 hours of brainstorming, writing, negotiation, collaboration, driving, shooting, editing, sleepless nights and two plane rides this is what we came up with. Hope you Enjoy!

see the other entries at http://www.youtube.com/user/uhfilmproductions?feature=results_main

Avatar

by Guri Bigham
Halloween 2011, Maui Hawaiʻi

This past Halloween, I mysteriously transformed into an Avatar…

Ski Compilations

HALLELUJAH TO POWDER IN CHAMONIX
Filmed by Guri Bigham in Chamonix France.
Music by the Balboas, Aprēs Ski, Chambre 9
Winter 2008

I have lived my life surrounded by some of the most beautiful places in the world. Some may think that where you grow up becomes so ordinary that you lack appreciation or admiration for it. I can easily say to this day that Chamonix Mont Blanc continues to baffle and surprise me in ways I cannot explain. Hallelujah!
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BALLET SKIING WITH GARY BIGHAM
Filmed by Guri Bigham in Chamonix, France
Featuring Gary Bigham
Music by the Balboas, Aprēs Ski, Chambre 9
Winter 2008

Back in the 70s Gary Bigham might have been all that in the arena of freestyle skiing. Does he still have it in him?

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LIKE GARY LIKE GURI
Directed by Guri Bigham
Featuring Gary and Guri Bigham
Filmed at the Grands Montets, Chamonix, France
Winter 2009

When it comes to skiing, just how similar are Gary and Guri Bigham?

Spread the Peace

YES WE CAN – GAY RIGHTS PROTEST
Sponsored by the King Kekaulike High School art department
Winner of the Maui District Video Festival
Finalist in the Youth Exchange film festival, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi

 

In 2008, Proposition 8 was passed which took away the rights for same-sex couples to marry. My High school art teacher, Mr O’conner, was one of the leading organizers in the Māui protest against the proposition. The day before the demonstration our class assignment was to make signs and students were invited to participate in the protest. In front of the courthouse in Wailuku, Māui, the gay community fought for their cause and spread the peace that is meant to exist in the world. Every individual present had a story to share and very strong opinions on their current situation.

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PEACE CLUB VIDEO
Produced at Na Aliʻi 411 Studios, Maui, Hawaiʻi

 

This video was made to promote the Peace Club at our public High School in 2007-2008. Thank you to Ali Powell and the students who participated!

WORLD OF DIFFERENCES

Produced in Na Aliʻi 411 Studios, 2007, Maui, Hawaiʻi
Winner of the Island Movie Contest, “Teach me Something”, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi

 

In my Junior year of High school, a girl from Pakistan named Farheen Tayyab, came to Maui as an exchange student. She stood out in the crowd and although she was timid, all she wanted was to teach Americans about her culture. She strictly maintained her customs even though she was the only muslim at school. I was fascinated by the deep respect she had to her homeland and the devotion to her culture. I love film but sometimes the medium is used in the media as a mechanism to influence people’s views in a negative way. The beauty is that the same medium can also do the opposite. I use film as a tool to open people’s minds to new perspectives. I worked closely with Farheen in making this video and she was very exited about it. With each of our characters came the story of a Pakastani girl who shares her most precious traditions with an American girl. Together they find that despite their differences and that differences in the world, people can learn to respect every culture and way of life.

The First Video I Ever Made

LITTLE BROS CAN BE BIG PROBLEMS
Filmed in Taos, New Mexico, summer 2006
(this video has been edited from its original version due to language and nudity)

When I was 15 years old, my little brothers, who were 6 and 8 years old at the time, inspired me to make a video about them. I filmed their everday life and interviewed them on my little point and shoot camera. Together we created a storyline and I experimented with editing for the first time on my dad’s new macbook. Perhaps it was just beginners luck but when I showed my final product to family and friends they were all cracking up and very impressed. In sharing the video, I felt proud that I was able to entertain my viewers. I decided that I liked this medium of film and that it was the profession I would pursue. My mother was always very supportive of my dreams and she always encouraged me in my art and filmmaking. After she saw this video she told me: “if I could do it all over again, I would probably be a film directer”.

I would like to dedicate “Little Bros Can Be Big Problems” to our mother, Tone Anthony, who passed away on January 28th, 2011.