(Media release) â€”Â GRAMMYÂ® award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman, with Rupert Tripp Jr. and Charlie Recaido are the celebrated acoustic trio â€œKohala,â€ headlining the Big Island Film Festival â€œBest of the Festâ€ Concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaiâ€˜i Plantation Estate, Monday, May 28, 2012.
A blend of folk, island and jazz, reflecting the beauty of the Big Islandâ€™s Kohala region, the talented guitar trio has performed for enthusiastic audiences around the world and produced eight albums.Â Brotmanâ€™s slack key song â€œHapuna Sunsetâ€ was included in the acclaimed soundtrack of Oscar nominee â€œThe Descendants.â€Â He has won multiple NÄ HÅkÅ« Hanohano Awards and Hawaii Music Awards and his recordings have reached #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Charles composes, records, and produces from his Lava Tracks Recording Studio in Kamuela, Hawaii, and is the President of Palm Records.
â€œKohala was with us for the very first Big Island Film Festival,â€ said Executive Director Leo Sears, â€œAnd weâ€™ve been eager to get them back ever since.Â Their music is ageless, timeless, and every song tells a story without words.Â Itâ€™s perfect for this event in this beautiful place.â€
Tickets can be purchased on line at www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com. Best of the Fest tickets are $40 at the door ($30 kamaâ€˜Äina) and $35 in advance ($25 kamaâ€˜Äina), $10 keiki 6-12.Â Some chairs will be available and food and beverages for purchase (no coolers please).
Best of the Fest includes:
Silent Auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, 5-7 p.m.
KOHALA Concert, 5:30-7 p.m.
Audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films of BIFF 2012, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Best of the Fest is also a fundraiser for Hawaiâ€™i Island Food Basket.
The Big Island â€œTalk Storyâ€ Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 24-28, 2012. Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaiâ€˜i and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawaiâ€™i County CPEP.
For complete schedule information and tickets, visit Â www.bigislandfilmfestival.comÂ or call (808) 883-0394.
(Submitted by Cathey Tarleton.)