In one of the most anticipated events in the 29 years of the Hawaii International Film Festival with the cooperation of ABC/Disney, the organizations have designed for  next month several LOST galas that include cast, crew, the show’s main creative team, and a special awards ceremony.


HIFF will present a special “Evening with Carlton Cuse (left) and Damon Lindelof  (right),” the creative team behind LOST, in an exclusive Hawaii appearance prior to the final season debut  of the multiple award-winning series in January 2010. The event  is being held during the 2009 HIFF festival on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Royal Hawaiian Theater at the Royal Hawaiian Center – formerly known as Waikiki Nei – from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Brian Lowry, TV critic for Variety and co-host of the popular weekly TV program Square Off, will emcee the event.

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LOST‘S Josh Holloway (above)

The evening is part of HIFF’s one-day celebration of LOST, which also includes select LOST “Master Class” seminars at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas on Saturday, Oct. 17th. Tickets are available for purchase: online at, in person from the HIFF Box Office, or by phone by calling(808) 548-5905.

Tickets to an “Evening with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse” are $50 general public or $35 HIFF Ohana members, plus special VIP preferred seating will be available. “Master Class” tickets are $10 general public, $9 for students, seniors, children and military or $8 for HIFF Ohana members. Tickets go on sale to HIFF Ohana members Thursday, Oct. 1 and Monday, Oct. 5th to the general public.

“The brilliance of LOST has forever raised the bar for future television projects,” said Chuck Boller, HIFF executive director. “We want to celebrate this partnership and what better way than to bring the show’s creators, producers, cast and crew together with their biggest fans. HIFF’s celebration of LOST will give the public a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interface with the incredible people behind this award-winning series.”

Fans will have the opportunity to pick the brains of the show’s creative masterminds, discuss the last 5 1/2 years of the show with special guest appearances from cast and crew members and perhaps find out a bit about the upcoming final season. Lindelof and Cuse will receive the Hawaii International Film Festival’s “Vision in Film Award,” presented by Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. The City and County of Honolulu sponsors the “Vision in Film Award” at HIFF.


Angie Laprete, HIFF board member with HIFF honoree and LOST executive producer/director Jack Bender


Jean Higgins, LOST co executive producer and HIFF honoree

HIFF will also honor Hawaii-based executive producer and director Jack Bender and co-executive producer Jean Higgins with the Hawaii International Film Festival’s inaugural Mahalo Nui Loa Award, created especially for Bender and Higgins.

Earlier in the day, fans will have the opportunity to delve into the world of LOST through three distinct “Master Class” seminars entitled: Producing and Directing a Hit Show, Bringing the Design of Each Episode Together and Costume & Props.

LOST is one of the most seminal and groundbreaking dramatic series in television history. Premiering on Sept. 24, 2004, the show has entered the global zeitgeist for its cross-textual and complex story structure of plane crash survivors on a mysterious and mystical island in the middle of the South Pacific. The epitome of post modernism, the fabric of LOST and its antecedents derive from action, science fiction, adventure, romance, comedy, fantasy and many other genres. Building fervor beyond the television screen, ranging from audience experiences online and beyond, the show has leapt into other platforms to create a unique experience for fans like no other television series before.

The masterminds behind LOST, Lindelof and Cuse, have steered the show from the beginning, creating an elaborate world that has superseded any television experience. Ever since setting an end date in the middle of the third season, easing the anxieties of its rabid fan base and putting an end to the debate of them “making it up as they went along,” LOST is, like other revered properties such as THE LORD OF THE RINGS and HARRY POTTER, a succinct and elegant world that is self contained and focused. Lindelof and Cuse unravel the show like a novel, with each season representing a different feel and chapter to the overall story of the survivors of Oceanic 815. These masterminds, who have a unique bond with their fan base, are revered as much as the stars of the show.

Here’s the Mast Class Seminars schedule:


Co-Executive Producer Jean Higgins; Executive Producer/Director Jack Bender

2 p.m-3:30 p.m. 

Production Designer, Director of Photography, Construction Coordinator, and Location Manger/Associate Producer Jim Triplett

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Costume Designer and Propmaster

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