KAHULUI, Hawai`i – The creative media program at UH Maui College welcomes award-winning director, writer and producer Brian Kohne to teach its digital storytelling class in Spring 2018.

Brian Kohne

Currently the head of Hawaii Cinema, Kohne is preparing to release his latest mystery-drama titled Kuleana, featuring an all-Hawaii cast and crew. Kuleana has already garnered several Audience Choice awards from various film festivals on Maui, Oklahoma, San Antonio and Santa Cruz.

He was producer of The Barefoot Natives with Willie K and Eric Gilliom, and wrote and directed the 2011 independent island comedy Get A Job, which featured Hawaii’s premier musicians and entertainers. The movie was also recognized in more than 12 film festivals.

Brian Kohne in action

Brian Kohne on the set of Kuleana. Photo by Jack Grace.

“I’m excited to share some of what I’ve learned on a journey which began at Baldwin High on Maui where I made my first Super-8 movie in 1981,” Kohne said. “We’ll be joined in class by a number of professional storytellers, and together will explore a colorful array of media and methodologies which empower our creation and presentation of digital media products.”

As a graduate of San Jose State University with degrees in Art and Radio, TV, Video and Film, Kohne’s diverse professional experience includes sales and marketing, corporate video production, sports broadcasting, and interactive television software development.

Brian Kohne in Guam

Kohne spoke to creative media students at the University of Guam with filmmaker Jack Niedenthal, Guam International Film Festival Director Kel Muna, and UH Manoa creative program professor Dr. Thomas Brislin.

The class ICS 190V2: Storytelling – Find your voice in digital media, will introduce students to the core principles, methodologies and creation of digital storytelling in various forms such as movies, literature, spoken word, television, commercial art and online media.

UH Maui College’s Creative Media Program Coordinator Daniel Kruse said Kohne’s addition will further inspire students who want to be in the creative media industry.

“A lot of people are unaware of this new creative media program at the college. Students will be able to start building their portfolios, reels and contacts in the industry while taking these courses,” Kruse said. “Technology changes daily and access to media-related tools are available to almost everyone, and they are being used more frequently in a widening number of fields. A career in this industry is exciting, challenging and highly stimulating.”

The creative media program offers a two-year associate in science degree in digital storytelling (film), computer graphics or web design at UH Maui College, with a transfer opportunity to a two-year bachelor’s degree in creative media at UH West Oahu.

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2018 semester is Dec. 15. Apply now at maui.hawaii.edu.

For more information contact Creative Media Program Coordinator Daniel Kruse at krused@hawaii.edu or(808) 984-3324.

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