Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi Season II
Pacific Pulse Season 305 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Erin Lau
Writer and director Erin Lau creates emotional narrative films about families and relationships featuring strong women protagonists, including The Moon and the Night and Empty Spaces. In her 20’s, she is already a working director in Los Angeles with a clear sense of her own voice, her creative process and a deep understanding of why she wants to tell stories based on her own Hawaiian culture and community.
Pacific Pulse Season 307 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Lisette Marie Flanary
Independent filmmaker and hula dancer Lisette Marie Kaualena Flanary creates documentary films that celebrate a modern renaissance of hula and Hawaiian culture. Her film American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai’i aired on the critically acclaimed POV series. Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula, features legendary Hawaiian master hula teacher and entertainer, Robert Cazimero. She is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of filmmakers through her work as a professor of film at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi Season II Trailer
REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI‘I is a film series that redresses gender inequity in the film industry by documenting the real-life stories of Hawai‘i women filmmakers through a female gaze. Directed and filmed by all women crews, these six short portraits reveal untold stories of local activists and artists who preserve Hawai‘i history and culture through film. The second season’s six new films feature award-winning filmmakers Lisa Kealohilai Altieri (editor, PAPA MAU, UNDER A JARVIS MOON), Marlene Booth (director, KŪ KANAKA/STAND TALL, PIDGIN THE VOICE OF HAWAI‘I ), Lisette Marie Kaualena Flanary (director, TOKYO HULA, NĀ KAMALEI MEN OF HULA, Erin Lau (writer & director, THE MOON AND THE NIGHT), Myrna Kamae (Producer, HISTORY OF THE SONS OF HAWAI‘I, LI‘A LEGACY OF A HAWAIIAN MAN), and Laura Margulies (Animator, HEPA! ROLLING DOWN LIKE PELE). The subjects recount their philosophies, challenges and triumphs in creating original films and telling unique local stories through a camera lens. The Reel Wāhine series is an intergenerational project where the directors and camerawomen collaborated with and mentored young women graduates of Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking’s programs. REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI'I is produced by Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with major funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. The directors of the films are as follows: LISA KEALOHILANI ALTIERI directed by Robin Lung; MARLENE BOOTH directed by Kimberlee Bassford; LISETTE MARIE KAUALENA FLANARY directed by Taylour Chang; ERIN LAU directed by Renea Veneri Stewart; MYRNA KAMAE directed by Shirley Thompson; LAURA MARGULIES directed by Vera Zambonelli.
Pacific Pulse Season 301 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Lisa Kealohilani Altieri
Editor and producer Lisa Kealohilani Altieri is best known for the documentary features she has edited about Pacific Islander culture and history including Skin Stories, Papa Mau and Under a Jarvis Moon. Undaunted by the hundreds of hours of raw footage and thousands of images she must consider and shape into a compelling hour-long film, she connects deeply to the Hawaiian stories she edits through the stories of her own family.
Pacific Pulse Season 304 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Myrna Kamae
For half a century Myrna Kamae & Eddie Kamae were partners in life, music and film. Myrna produced and Eddie directed ten films about Hawaiian music, language and culture, beginning with Li‘a Legacy of a Hawaiian Man in 1988. They documented renowned Hawaiian kumus (teachers) and kupuna (elders) to preserve their knowledge for future generations. Their music driven films include songs and performances of celebrated Hawaiian musicians and composers, including Eddie’s band, the Sons of Hawai‘i.
Pacific Pulse Season 303 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Marlene Booth
Director and producer Marlene Booth had a thirty year filmmaking career in Cambridge, MA before relocating to Honolulu in 2000 and turning her eye toward Hawai‘i stories. Her films Kū Kanaka: Stand Tall and Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai‘i recount Hawai‘i history and culture through powerful character driven narratives. PIDGIN won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Hawai‘i International Film Festival. She teaches film at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Pacific Pulse Season 302 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Laura Margulies
Animator Laura Margulies creates by hand using oil paints, watercolors and gouache to create lush moving paintings in motion. From her commissioned works for Sundance and PBS to her personal films like Rolling Down Like Pele, many of her animations are inspired by her work as a dancer and choreographer and her love of dance and music.
Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi Season I
Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking
Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i Season 1 Trailer
From the mothers of Hawai'i independent filmmaking to cutting edge artists at the top of their game, REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI'I is a series of portraits of Hawai'i’s top women filmmakers. The subjects—Connie Florez (indie film producer), Ciara Lacy (Made in Hawaii Grand Jury winner for OUT OF STATE), Jeannette Paulson-Hereniko (producer, THE LAND HAS EYES, and founding director of Hawaii International Film Festival), Victoria Keith (filmmaker and news photographer), THE SAND ISLAND STORY), Anne Misawa (Cinematographer, UH Manoa ACM Professor) Heather Giugni (Producer, FAMILY INGREDIENTS, Founder of 'Ulu'ulu: The Henry Ku'ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi)—represent pioneering filmmakers as they recount their role, philosophy, challenges and triumphs in building the Hawai'i film industry and telling unique local stories through a camera lens. This short film series is also is an intergenerational project: a collaboration between young women graduates of Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking's programs and a veteran team of filmmakers, eager to share their experience and expertise. The films will preserve the untold stories of Hawai'i women filmmakers in their own words and in all their diversity to inspire the storytellers and leaders of tomorrow.It features active filmmakers, their personal challenges working in a male dominated industry and focuses on the changing world of media and the role women play in expanding Hawaiʻi’s industry in innovative ways. REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI'I is produced by Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and distributed by Alexander Street for educational purposes. The directors of the shorts are as follows: CONNIE FLOREZ directed by Leah Kihara; JEANNETTE PAULSON-HERENIKO directed by Vera Zambonelli; VICTORIA KEITH directed by Shirley Thompson; ANNE MISAWA directed by Laurie Sumiye; HEATHER GIUGNI directed by Shirley Thompson; CIARA LACY directed by Heather Giugni.
Pacific Pulse 203 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Heather Giugni
Prolific Native Hawaiian producer HEATHER HAUNANI GIUGNI (Family Ingredients) left the male-dominated world of television news to start the first woman-owned production company in Hawai‘i. Director/Writer: Shirley Thompson Producers: Shirley Thompson & Vera Zambonelli
Pacific Pulse 202 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Jeannette Paulson Hereniko
Film producer JEANNETTE PAULSON HERENIKO (The Land Has Eyes) transformed the landscape for Hawai‘i-based filmmakers when she founded the Hawai‘i International Film Festival in 1981. Writer/Producer: Vera Zambonelli Producers: Shirley Thompson & Vera Zambonelli
Pacific Pulse 205 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Connie Florez
Producer, line producer and location manager CONNIE FLOREZ (Kumu Hina) was an early advocate for queer film in the Islands as the organizer and curator of the Honolulu LGBT Film Festival. Director/Writer: Leah Kihara Producers: Shirley Thompson & Vera Zambonelli
Pacific Pulse 201 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Victoria Keith
Documentarian and camerawoman VICTORIA KEITH (Sand Island Story) produced and directed dozens of films highlighting Hawaiian culture, and the environmental and sustainability challenges of living on islands. Director/Writer: Shirley Thompson Producers: Shirley Thompson & Vera Zambonelli
Pacific Pulse 206 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Ciara Lacy
Director CIARA LACY (Out of State) is an emerging Native Hawaiian film director and experienced producer whose films reflect her ethos: community-oriented and place-based. Director/Writer: Heather Giugni Producers: Shirley Thompson & Vera Zambonelli
Pacific Pulse 204 - Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi: Anne Misawa
Cinematographer and Director ANNE MISAWA’s work as cinematographer includes the stunning Margarita with a Straw and Treeless Mountain, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography. Director/Writer: Laurie Sumiye Producers: Shirley Thompson & Vera Zambonelli