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What is the hilo film festival? Or Why $40 million can kill a good idea.

Originally organized in 1997 by the San Francisco production company and comedy collective Killing My Lobster the hi/lo film festival has evolved into a major West Coast showcase for independent low-budget film makers. The fest runs in the Mission District's Brava Theater Center and Oakland's pizza & pub Parkway Theater for four nights of shorts, docs, narratives, experimentals and animations. Now in its ninth year, the hi/lo film festival continues to prove that big imaginations are more important than fat wallets. Films featured range from animations, short narratives and abstract imagistic explorations to micro-features, documentaries, and uncategorizable creations. Though in most cases they are as different and distinct as night and day, the films all belong in the same festival. They are high concept works made on minimal budgets that place ideas and creativity over imitation and slickness and each, in its own way, proves that talented, dedicated people can bring their visions to the big screen.


Added by k7lim on February 2, 2006