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The work of Microwave Films is honored to have been featured at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art for the Ninth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art which opened in Brisbane, Australia in November of 2018 and ran until April of 2019. 

The Asia Pacific Triennial was initiated by the Queensland Art Gallery in 1993 to focus on extraordinary contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. The Asia Pacific Triennial is the Gallery's most internationally recognized project in the field of contemporary art that was attended by over 600,000 people in 2015. In 2015 the APT featured works by 80 artists from over 30 countries. Each APT exhibition includes a major catalogue and extensive pubic programs, including artists talks, panel discussions, performances, and education program and a conference. Information about the APT can be found here: 

https:// www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/ about/our-story/apt

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MICROWAVE FILMS
DOWNLOADS: RENT ($4.25) OR BUY
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BATMoN vs MAJURo
He thought capturing Catwoman in the Marshall Islands would be easy: He was wrong.

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BATMoN vs MAJURo (2016)

Includes BONUS short film MARSHALLESE BE LIKE

Awards:

*Official Selection at the 2017 Guam International Film Festival

JILEL

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JILEL: The Callng of the Shell
A Global Warming fairytale

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Jilel: The Calling of the Shell (2014)

Includes the BONUS short film AND CUT: THE MAKING OF JILEL

Awards:

*Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Guam International Film Festival
*Winner of the Golden Honu Award for Celebrating the Lives of Children at the 2015 Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii
*Winner of the International Feature Film Award at the 2015 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
*Selected for the Pacific Islands Showcase at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2015
*Selected for the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam in 2015
*Selected for the 2015 Pasifika Film Festival in Sydney, Australia
*Selected for the Maoriland Film Festival for Native Peoples in New Zealand
*World Premiere held in 2015 at the University of Washington's Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture

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THE SOUND OF CRICKETS AT NIGHT:
An elderly nuclear victim from Bikini Atoll summons a mysterious ancient diety to help reunite his family

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Ainikien Jidjid ilo Boñ (The Sound of Crickets at Night (2012)

Awards (our most Award Winning feature film):

*Winner of a Grand Jury Award at the 2012 Guam International Film Festival
*Winner of the Golden Honu Award for Best Family Feature Film at the 2013 Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii
*Winner of the Atlantis Award for Foreign Feature Films at the 2012 Moondance Film Festival in New York City
*Selected for the Pacific Islands Showcase at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2012
*Selected for the Asian Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2013
*Opening Night Selection for the 2013 Pasifika Film Festival in Sydney, Australia
*Selected for the University of Washington's Pacific Islander Literature & Film Class in 2015
*Selected for the Concordia College of New York Film Series in 2015
*Selected for the Honolulu Museum of Art School in March of 2015
*Selected for the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam in 2015
*Opening Night Selection for the Marshall Islands Nuclear Legacy Film Festival in 2017

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VIMEO LINK:
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An enraged Mejenkwar demon plunges an island town into darkness

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Lañinbwil's Gift (2011)

Awards:

*Winner Grand Jury Best of Festival Award at the 2011 Guam International Film Festival
*Winner Best International Feature Film at the 2011 Hawaii Ocean Film Festival
*Winner of the International Feature Film Award at the 2011 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival

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YOKWE BARTOWE
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An evil demon bird threatens to destroy a happy island family

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Yokwe Bartowe (Poor Bartowe) (2010)

Awards:

*Official Selection at the 2010 Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii

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NA NONIEP
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Good and evil battle for the soul of a young Marshallese boy

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Ña Noniep (I am the Good Fairy) (2009)

Awards:

*Nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 2009 International Youth Film Festival in the United Kingdom


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The Batkid of Monkubok

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WEBSITE, CLICK LOGO:

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"Batmon vs Majuro... This is a piece of fan filmmaking from a community of enthusiastic
filmmakers from the Marshall Islands...this film is a great introduction
to the Marshall Islands and its people... "


-Alan Ng, Film Threat Independent Film Reviews, September, 2017

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Microwave Films newest Marshallese feature film!

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Charming and heartwarming... Jilel is a sweet story that showcases the beauty
and talents of the Marshall Islands and it’s people... it is a fairy tale about
the importance of knowledge, respect and preservation...

-Cinema Schinema Independent Film Reviews, May 2015


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Microwave Films covered the Marshall Islands Castaway story from start to finish in early February of 2014 for CNN. Microwave Films captured the only film footage of the Castaway, Jose Alvarenga, as he stepped off the patrol boat onto Majuro Atoll. Microwave Films also managed to get an exclusive interview with the unshaven Alvarenga just a day after his arrival from the outer islands of Ebon Atoll.. (Below: Suzanne and Jack with CNN crew from Los Angeles).

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Completed in the Summer of 2013:

Zori

On an island a flip flop is a terrible thing to lose

A short film in the Marshallese language
Directed and produced by Jack Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro
Original screenplay by Jack Niedenthal
Filmed entirely in the Marshall Islands on Majuro Atoll
9 minutes

"Refreshing... Downright charming and sweet..."
-Misty Layne, Rogue Cinema, August 2013 (full review)

"ZORI... can melt any heart..."
-Phil Hall, Film Threat, October 2013 (full review)
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September of 2012 release:

Ainikien Jidjid ilo Boñ
(The Sound of Crickets at Night)

An elderly nuclear survivor from Bikini Atoll summons a mysterious ancient deity to help reunite his family

A full-length feature film in the Marshallese language
Directed and produced by Jack Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro
Original screenplay by Jack Niedenthal
Filmed entirely in the Marshall Islands on Majuro Atoll and Bikini Atoll
1 hour 20 minutes

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"This small and remarkable film is one of the year’s
most engaging under-the-radar gems."
-Phil Hall, Film Threat, October 2012

The new film by Jack Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro, The Sound of Crickets at Night, marks a new chapter in the history of Marshallese film.
This meditation on loss and emotional deprivation represents the first attempt to articulate on the screen the pain the Marshallese have endured
for generations and continue to endure in the 21st century. It is also a movie that is both beautifully imagined and sensitively composed:
attributes that make it the first cinematic poem to come out of the Marshall Islands,
and the single most ambitious film originating in this country to date...

-Peter Sutoris, Filmmaker (The Undiscovered Country), August 2012

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May 2011 Release: Lañinbwil's Gift

Lañinbwil's Gift Opening Night, May 21, 2011 Marshall Islands Resort:
"This movie...is alternately hilarious and spooky, it also offers a deeper message for those
interested in a challenge to their thinking about life in the Marshall Islands these days...
Nearly a thousand people crowded four shows Saturday —
the organizers had to add the fourth, 10 pm showing to accommodate the huge turnout."

—The Marshall Islands Journal, May 27, 2011

GIFF
Chosen "Best of Festival" at the 2011 Guam International Film Festival
out of 130 films from 24 countries


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January 2010 Release: Yokwe Bartowe


"Yokwe Bartowe must be the most honest film I have ever seen. Raw, down-to-earth and true to reality,
it becomes a statement about the Marshallese identity: humble, yet charming; troubled,
yet smiling; magical, yet believable... Many Hollywood directors indeed have a lot to learn
from Niedenthal, Chutaro and their crew."

-Peter Sutoris, Filmmaker
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March 2009 Release: Ña Noniep

"It was thrilling to see a film that was conceptualized, written, cast, filmed and edited in the Marshall Islands
with a Marshallese cast and spoken mainly in Marshallese language with English subtitles...
Marshallese kids can now see that their lives and reality are worthy of exploration in film..."

--Dartmouth College Professor Andrew Garrod
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