GIFF Master Class

Admission: FREE
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2012 | Time: 10:05am
Venue: STADIUM TBD, Micronesia Mall Stadium Theatres | Program Length: 2hrs. 30 min.


From KPop to JPop, the Asian media scene has been on the rise in recent years. Hollywood is now turning their eyes to big-budget collaborations with Asian filmmakers (Christian Bale, “The Flowers of War” the top-grossing Chinese film of 2011, SKG and Mumbai-based Reliance division and the new Asian Film Summit at the Toronto International Film Festival).

Media is powerful. It can enhance education, create commerce, empower communities and more. Join us as we gain insight from over 40 years of global media experience from Chairman of the Academy for Creative Media (ACM), University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Professor Tom Brislin, as he shares:

  • his perspective on the worth and importance of the development of film and media on Guam
  • the positive effects it has produced, the kind of opportunities it has presented, the kind of doors it has opened for the communities/education/commerce in Hawai’i
  • what the local Hawai’i filmmaking communities were like before ACM and the effects and opportunities it brought over the last ten years
  • what it will take to do get it done

Professor Tom Brislin’s professional media career began on Guam in the mid-60’s. He’s since travelled the world and has been a media educator and specialist in various countries. A twice Fulbright Scholar in Germany, he has served as the chairman of the Journalism Department and the Communication Department at University of Hawai’i. He brought the two programs together and in 2001 led a task group to establish a film school and subsequently was asked to become its academic director in 2004. He has been highly involved in the development of professional media organizations along with numerous universities globally and over the course of his forty year career in the industry, has experienced the opportunities and effects that are possible.




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Biographical Sketch –  Tom Bislin, Ph.D.

Tom Brislin is a professor and chair of the University of Hawai‘i at Academy for Creative Media – UHM’s film school. His broad ranging academic and professional media career began on Guam in the mid-60’s at the former Guam Daily News and at KUAM radio and TV. He was a member of the last graduating class of the College of Guam in 1968, before it was granted University status. He received his B.A. in English with minors in Speech & Drama and Secondary Education. For a year after graduation he was KUAM’s news director and the university’s Educational TV coordinator.

After receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mass Communication and film at The Ohio State University, Brislin returned to Guam in 1973 as the editor of Pacific Dateline, the then-afternoon companion to the Pacific Daily News. He later directed news and programming at Guam Cable TV. He also served briefly as a UOG Regent.

In 1977 Brislin moved to Hawai’i where he worked for both the University of Hawai‘i at as a Journalism Professor, and at The Honolulu Advertiser where he was a reporter and city editor.

He was previously the chairman of the Journalism Department, Communication Department, and the founding chair of the School of Communications, which brought the two programs together. He led a task group in 2001-2002 to establish a film school, and subsequently was asked to become its academic director in 2004. His specialty areas include Indigenous Film, Media Ethics, International and Intercultural Journalism and Mass Communication. He was twice a Fulbright Scholar in Germany; a RIAS Berlin Komission Fellow in Journalism; a lecturer on Film and Culture at Berlin’s Freie Universität; and has led teaching and research projects at three major universities in Japan. He has returned to Guam several times to conduct workshops for Island journalists and a colloquium for the University of Guam.

Brislin administers the programs, including ethics and film at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, of the Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism, a nationally recognized effort to increase the understanding of professional ethics among media students and professionals. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Mass Media Ethics and is a contributing editor to Media Ethics. He is widely published in the U.S. and Japan.

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