Community groups present “Holding Fast The Dream”

(From a news release issued by the Hawai‘i NAACP:)

In commemoration of Black History Month, Hawaii’s African American Community Organizations will present the film “Holding Fast The Dream” Hawaii’s African American Experience on February 26, 2011 at 5 p.m. at Leeward Community College Theatre.
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Official Selection: San Diego Black Film Festival

Holding Fast The Dream is an official selection of the San Diego Black Film Festival, one of the nation’s largest festivals devoted to films by and about African Americans.

The festival runs from January 27 – 30; films screen at the Regal UA Theaters in Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego. Holding Fast The Dream will be shown on Sunday, January 30 at 12:30pm as one of the festival’s featured closing films.

Dr. Miles M. Jackson, executive producer, along with several members of his family, will attend the screening and participate in a question-and-answer session. If you’re in or near San Diego at that time, we hope you’ll come out and support the film!

For more information on the festival, check it’s website here.

Mahalo, Aaron Aranita

Saxophonist and composer Aaron Aranita created much of the music used in Holding Fast The Dream, from the title sequence to the end title and credits.

We’re grateful to Aaron for his creative talents, hard work, and for delivering on deadline! And thanks, too, to Miles Jackson III for coordinating the creation of the original score.

Read more about Aaron and listen to his work on his website; and listen to one of the pieces he composed for us below:


Holding Fast: End Titles (2:00)

Hawai‘i Intl. Film Festival Selection

UPDATE: the screening was a sellout, with a full and lively discussion that followed. Thanks to all who attended and supported the film!

Holding Fast The Dream has been selected for inclusion in the 30th Annual Hawai‘i International Film Festival.

The film will screen on Saturday, October 23 at 5:00pm at the Dole Cannery theaters, as a selection of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival.

We’re pleased that HIFF has honored the film, and look forward to presenting it as a World Premiere at the Festival.

You can order tickets for the October 23 screening online at the HIFF website.

Meet the host of “Holding Fast The Dream”

Hawai‘i actress Wendy Pearson will host the one-hour film, Holding Fast The Dream, now in production for a Fall release.

Ms. Pearson most recently appeared on the hit television series Lost, and won a Po‘okela Award for her role as Rose Maxon in Fences, produced by The Actors Group.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, and has studied with Eric Nemoto and Anna Fishburn.

She also works as an administrator in the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

We’re pleased that she’s agreed to play a key role in our film, and we’re sure you’ll note her important contribution to the story of building community among African Americans in Hawai‘i.