GB Hajim

GB Hajim

LakiFahkaFilms
Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Hilo, Hawaii

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February 2013
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About GB

For the past twenty years, GB Hajim has produced a plethora of award winning projects from educational documentaries to an animated feature film.

He avoided being an astrophysicist and astronaut by losing himself in double majors of Visual Art and Media Science at University of California. Got a M.A too, in Film Directing, but don’t hold it against him. He did a stint as a troglodyte in the windowless San Diego Supercomputer Center, adding his coding chops to help develop what would later become the 3D CG system known as Maya.

GB kept moving west and ended up on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. To survive, he made himself indispensible to the growing Hawaiian Renaissance, learned to ‘olelo hawaiʻi and helped produce over 100 programs in the language. He directed and produced the first Hawaiian language spot for national television via ITVS and delivered the first feature film in an indigenous language of the Americas, the epic Romeo and Juliesque Ka‘ililauokekoa.

Can’t live on an island with an eruption without burning some production boots on lava, so he co-produced and edited Volcanoes: Fountains of Fire for the Discovery Networks as well as worked with all the major networks out on the flow on everything from This Morning to Nightline.

GB’s obsession with Oceanic art paid off with Pacific Passages, this widely distributed video about Pacific island cultures and won the
Golden Apple, the highest award for educational media in the United States.

His last feature, the animated scifi lesbian musical, Strange Frame, attracted an all-star cast from Tim Curry to George Takei, Academy Award winner Gary Rizzo for sound, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd for music and many others. It won Best Feature Film at DragonCon and has screened around the world.

GB continues to work with the Hawaiian community producing media and splits the rest of his time between teaching filmmaking, writing screenplays, freediving, farming and developing his new live action horror-comedy The Big Pig (Think Jaws on land, but more dangerous and funnier) featuring a mostly Hawaiian cast as well as Fearless Star, a coming of age drama about a little Hawaiian girl and the power of stories (Whale Rider meets A Little Princess)

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  • Fearless Star

    Fearless Star Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama Family When her father dies fighting in a far-off war, orphaned 12-year-old Hoku discovers a community of new sisters among her fellow orphans. Together, using a story of their Hawaiian ancestors and a magical flute, they try to escape from a tyrannical guardian and protect each other to find the loving home they deserve.

  • Hotel Hawaii

    Hotel Hawaii Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller Horror When Kalehua lands a summer job at a hotel, she soon realizes that price of selling paradise is too high.

  • The Big Pig

    The Big Pig Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror Comedy When a Big Island fable becomes a gory reality, one dirt phobic farmer / tour guide must reconnect with his Hawaiian roots to save his brother, pregnant ex-girlfriend, and their talking dogs from a ginormous, vengeful, murderous hog.

Credits

Awards

  • Weirdest Film of 2013, The Weirdcademy of Motion Picture Arts
    (2013)

  • Best Sci-Fi Romance – Galaxy Awards
    (2013)

  • Best Feature Film, DragonCon
    (2013)

  • Best Animated Feature, BIFF
    (2013)

  • Hawai'i Filmmakers Award, HIFF
    (2000)

  • New York Times Critic's Pick
    (2000)

  • Golden Apple, National Educational Media Network
    (1999)

  • Kahili Award, HVCB
    (1998)

  • Silver Tellly
    (1997)

  • Rosebud Award, California State Film Festival
    (1993)

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