Local teen to debut film at HIFF Student Showcase

Adam Simone

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An award-winning teenage filmmaker is getting ready to showcase his latest creation at the Hawaii International Film Festival next month.

“My favorite movie of late is Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson,” filmmaker Adam Simon said.

Simon, a 17-year-old high school senior, has been dabbling in video production since he was in middle school.

“I enjoyed watching movies and it got to the point where this was a fusion between storytelling and doing technical visual things,” Simon said.

The National Merit Scholar semi-finalist has been recognized for his video production work by the HMSA Teen Video Awards, Mid-Pacific Institute’s Reframe Film Fest, and next month his latest creation will be featured at the HIFF Student Showcase.

“On Facebook and YouTube, it’s racked up a few thousand views. Hundreds of likes from people I don’t know,” Simon said.

Foliage is a 10-minute parody about the surf and skate culture in Hawaii and something they call tree barreling.

“When surfers or skateboarders are bored, they just for the hell of it they ride under trees and pretend it’s barrels,” Simon said.

The mockumentary is aimed at spoofing the style of the seminal surfing documentary.

“It’s such a boring thing. It becomes monotonous. It’s the same format once you see the Endless Summer. It feels like you’ve seen every other surf film,” Simon said. “We conducted a couple hours of interviews and we shot four full days of actually doing the tree barreling and whatnot.”

The Kaimuki resident has hopes of attending film school at the University of Southern California or New York University and ultimately…

“Maybe someday I’ll have my own studio and have a team of people who really are trying to make something for purposes of communication rather than economic purposes,” Simon said.

Foliage will be screen at HIFF on Saturday, Oct. 19.

For more information on HIFF, visit this website.

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