Cinema Italiano in Hawaii was proud to introduce a new short film program in 2009 and 2010. Sponsored by Slow Foods Oahu and Whole Foods, this program featured delightful stories and mini-documentaries on food and peoples spiritual, sensual and intellectual connection with it.

This is the 3rd year of SLOW FOOD Italiano films with the premiere of Christy Sumida's Slow Food short "Talk Turkey". Christy was the Cinema Italiano in Hawai'i 2010, $4000 scholarship recipient and a student at the Academy of Creative Media the University of Hawaii's film school who will be debuting her Slow Food short at this year's festival.

Talk Turkey
Director: Christy Sumida ACM Cinema Italiano in Hawai'i 2010 scholarship recipient
Hawaii, 2011, 15 minutes

Talk Turkey tells the story of a sweetly obsessive and controlling single mother who slaves over an elaborate Thanksgiving meal for her only son on the eve she will be introduced to his girlfriend and her parents. With a fear of being alone after discovering her son's intention to propose to his vegetarian girlfriend, she instinctively tightens her control and must learn to open up her heart and go with the flow when things don't quite go as planned.

Christy Sumida Bio:
Born and raised as a curious and fun-loving local girl with a family of real-life characters, Christy developed a special interest for all things creative from a young age. After dabbling in various creative mediums, she stumbled upon her true love, film, and pursued and earned a degree in Creative Media at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she received the 2011 Cinema-Italiano Future Filmmaker Award and the Academy for Creative Media Scholar Award. In addition to writing, directing, and producing student films, she has also worked as a production assistant on Hawaii 5-0 and several local television and independent productions.

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