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Palace Pride Shorts Showcase

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SUNDAY June 27th @ 2:30pm
doors open 30 min prior to show

110 min

General Admission : $10
Seniors/Students : $8

Enjoy a curated program of short films celebrating diverse perspectives from the LGBTQ+ community.

In partnership with Hawaii Island Pride and the Made in Hawaii Film Festival, the Historic Hilo Palace Theater is proud to present the first short film showcase event in celebration of PRIDE MONTH! This year’s theme is RISE & PRIDE, with a special focus on trans and BIPOC experiences. Click HERE for program info.

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PRIDE logoJoin us for one of three nights for the inaugural PALACE PRIDE SHORTS SHOWCASE! This festival of short films showcases a diverse slate of LGBTQ+ films from around the world, including a selection of quality films made right here in the state of Hawai’i! In partnership with Hawaii Island Pride and the Made in Hawaii Film Festival, the Palace theater is proud to present this incredible line up on our historic big screen.

Films in this year’s program include:

BUTCH PLEASE – 23 min – Documentary | USA
KAMA’AINA – 17 min – Drama |Made in Hawai’i
KAPAEMAHU – 8 min – Animated | Made in Hawai’i
MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES – 15 min – Drama | New Zealand
OTHER PEOPLE – 9 min – Dance Comedy | Made in Hawai’i
PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED – 17 min – Documentary | Made in Hawai’i
SO LONG, PARIS – 17 min – Comedy | France


More info on this year’s selections:

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BUTCH PLEASE – 23 min – Documentary | USA  – Directed by Peter Fitzgerald
An exploration of gay masculinity at the 2019 International Mr. Leather convention.



KAMA’AINA – 17 min – Drama |Made in Hawai’i – Directed by Kimi Howl Lee
After suffering abuse from her stepfather, a queer sixteen-year-old must navigate life on the streets, until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae – Hawaii’s largest organized homeless encampment.



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KAPAEMAHU – 8 min – Animated | Made in Hawai’i – Directed by  Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson
Long ago, four extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts to Hawaii and imbued their powers in four giant boulders. The stones still stand on Waikiki Beach, but their true story has been hidden – until now.



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MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES – 15 min – Drama | New Zealand – Directed by Ian Leaupepe, Samson Rambo
A high school misfit with severe OCD forms an unlikely bond with a popular classmate through a shared passion for music and dance.




OTHER PEOPLE – 9 min – Dance Comedy | Made in Hawai’i – Directed by Bryson Chun
Hot Guys. Hot Dogs. Hot Water. “Other People” is a surreal look into the final moments of a couple’s relationship as it slips away within a crowded shopping mall.




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PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED – 17 min – Documentary | Made in Hawai’i – Directed by Dane Neves
Real parents ask experts in Hawaiʻi’s LGBT community for advice on how to better understand their gay son. To keep their identities anonymous, the parents’ recording is re-enacted with puppets.  This is everything you always wanted to know about your gay child…but were afraid to ask.





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SO LONG, PARIS – 17 min – Comedy | France – Directed by Charles Dudoignon-Valade
A bittersweet comedy about a whimsical and rebellious pre-teen who ends up accepting her parents’ divorce after an unexpected encounter with her dad’s male lover.



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