There is a budding film scene on the Big Island. Not just with Hollywood’s attraction to the untouched beauty of the island’s pristine landscape but within the working vessels of its emerging entrepreneurial residents.
Geoffrey Blair Hajim, known as “GB” is one such motivated up and coming filmmaker. A digital animator, writer, artist, producer and director, the jack-of-all-trades has made a name for himself among animators and videographers both in his home of Hilo and abroad.
This past May, Hajim’s animated sci-fi feature film, “Strange Frame: Love & Sax,” debuted in its world premiere at Sci-Fi London: The International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film. Directed and co-created by Hajim and his close friend and San Francisco area musician Shelley Doty the animated 96-minute movie has been billed as the first animated sci-fi lesbian rock musical.
“We wanted to create an adventure for lesbian teenagers and young adults that would also work for the greater sci-fi fan base,” said Hajim whose co-creator Doty is an African-American member of the LGBT community, has release two critically acclaimed independent CD with her band the Shelley Doty X-tet, and has performed with Sarah McLachlan, The Pretenders, the Neville Brothers, No Doubt, and Train, among others. “Lesbians of color need a hero of their own.”
Both the local director and rock musician were drawn toward science fiction as a socially progressive form of literature, describing an ideal, said Hajim, of what we could become. A more tolerant version of our current status, showing us what could happen if we display continued intolerance.
A tsunami is due to arrive in about 1 hour. We’re all safe. Heading to our neighbors to have a better view of nature’s ‘festivities’.