The Hawai'ian documentary Kumu Hina screens at the Rialto Elmwood in Oakland at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow (Monday) night.
The other miscellaneous screener that I've been able to watch is Cupcakes, a comedy from Israeli director Eytan Fox. It's about a group of friends who post a YouTube video of an impromptu, improvised song, and wind up being the Israeli national entry in the Universong contest (a thinly veiled Eurovision). As with Eurovision, the music at Universong is mostly kitschy bubble gum stuff, and the film is similar in character, but it's very well done and good fun. Highly recommended.
Today, I saw 20 Lies, 4 Parents and a Little Egg (20 Leugens, 4 ouders en een scharrelei), a Dutch made-for-TV movie about a 15-year-old boy shuttled between his lesbian moms and his biological father and his husband. It's very cute, well done, highly recommended. It will screen again on Saturday, June 28 at 1:30 at the Victoria Theatre.
I then saw Generations: Youth and Elders Making Movies, the annual shorts program centered on pieces made in Tilt, a local program that teams up younger and older folks and teaches them filmmaking. Some pretty good stuff.
Last up for today was Blackbird, based on the novel by Larry Duplechan, adapted by Patrik-Ian Polk (Noah's Arc) with help from Rikki Beadle Blair (Metrosexuality), plus star/producers Isaiah Washington and Mo'Nique. A distribution deal is still being worked out, but it definitely has the star power to make it to a wider audience than just film festivals.
Longer reviews will be posted when I get a chance, but I'm down with a cold at the moment, so y'all will just have to wait.