Directed by: Michael Kang 2011 | 77 min.

Section: Narrative Nominees

Premiere: Los Angeles


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Filmmaker Michael Kang (THE MOTEL, Festival 2006; WEST 32nd) and writer/producer Kimberly-Rose Wolter (TRE) venture into the romantic comedy genre with this delightful story of Miriam (Ileana Douglas), a thrice-married mother and her three daughters. Eldest daughter Lily (Wolter) has fear of commitment issues stemming from watching her mother go through one failed marriage after another. When her California-based boyfriend proposes to her, Lily abruptly finds herself back home in Hawaii, smack in the middle of her family’s wedding planning business, Tying the Knot, along with the accompanying family drama — the last place she wanted to end up. Her half-sister Twinny (Mia Riverton) seems to have taken on the “mothering” role, trying frantically to keep the family and business intact while addressing the chip on her own shoulder brought on by Lily’s unexpected presence. Their youngest half-sister Hoku (Janel Parrish of ONE KINE DAY, Festival 2011) seems more intent on tying her own knot than focusing on the family business. Lily finds time to reconnect with her high school sweetheart, played by handsome actor Sung Kang (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, Festival 2002; THE MOTEL, Festival 2006; and FAST FIVE, Festival 2011). Yet why is their relationship still so elusive despite their obvious connection?

Produced by Redhead Productions LLC and Island Film Group, KNOTS was shot on location in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The island backdrop is perfect for the dozens of brides and grooms from all over the world that flock to Hawai'i to tie the knot. From waxing poetic in front of an aquarium tank full of jellyfish to the balmy shores overlooking the peaceful ocean, Miriam and her daughters try to dish out wedding advice while staging The Most Special Day in their clients’ lives. But can this crazy family of bickering sisters and their mom get their own act together enough to save their wedding business and family ties from teetering on the brink of disaster? Sit back and enjoy this quirky, rollicking tale of one kapakahi family.

Synopsis written by: Vera DeVera


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Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Allan Camaisa, Megan Camaisa, Dean DesJarlais, Danny Rosner
Producer Ricardo Galindez, Roy Tjioe
Director Michael Kang
Writer Kimberly-Rose Wolter
Director of Photography Shawn Hiatt
Music Composer Jake Shimabukuro
Cast Henry Dittman, Illeana Douglas, Sung Kang, Janel Parrish, Mia Riverton, Chris Taloa, Kimberly-Rose Wolter