Big Island Indie Film “Stoke” Screens This Month

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Hawaii-made independent film Stoke is slated to screen across Hawaii Island, Oahu and Kauai from December through February following its recent world premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival in November.

A feature-length drama shot on Hawaii Island in 2017, Stoke follows Jane, a struggling tourist who hires two wannabe guides to take her to an active volcano. The road-trip film was partially shot in front of Kilauea volcano’s famous 2017 “lava hose”, a 40 foot river of lava pouring into the pacific ocean.

Alive with vivid Hawaiian landscapes, Stoke dips from playful to dark as the characters journey from one end of Hawaii island to the other en route to the volcano. While Jane (Caitlin Holcombe) struggles to let go of a grievous past, tension grows as Dusty (Ka’uhane Lopes) and Po (Randall Galius Junior) grapple with the tourism industry created by their volcano until an untimely detour sends the group in an unexpected direction. Also featured in the film are Hawaii-based actors Kimee Balmilero (Hawaii 5.0, Magnum PI) and Po’okela award winner Danielle Zalopany.-

The film’s soundtrack is nearly completely comprised of Hawaii-based musicians, and features the work of Willie K, Bub Pratt, Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu, Keali’i Reichel, Anthony Garza, Uncle’s Awa band and more.

“Our team is really excited to tour the film around Hawaii,” says the film’s co-director Phillips Payson, a Hawaii-island resident. “Nearly all of our cast and crew are Hawaii-based, so this feels like a homecoming.”

The filmmakers and various cast members will be in attendance at each screening.

A special Solstice Screening at the Hilo Palace on December 21st, sponsored by the Kona Brewing Company, will feature live music from musician Bub Pratt, the premiere of a music video for a track featured in the film, costumes, a photo booth and more.

Big Island screening dates:

– Sunday December 2, Hawaii International Film Festival, Hilo Palace Theater, Hawaii Island

– Sunday December 9,  7 pm, Honoka’a People’s Theater, Honoka’a, Hawaii Island

– December 21,  7:30 pm Hilo Palace Theater, Hawaii Island, SOLSTICE SCREENING with live music, costumes, photo booth and more.

– December 22, 7:30 pm Hilo Palace Theater, Hawaii Island

– December 23, 2:30 pm, Hilo Palace Theater, Hawaii Island December 23, 3:30 pm, Hilo Palace Theater, Hawaii Island

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