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Reel Wāhine of Hawai'i


REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAIʻI is a series produced by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking highlighting Hawaiʻi’s top women filmmakers.  This short film series is also 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 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.

In the second season of REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAIʻI, the following creatives are profiled:

Editor and producer LISA 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.

Independent filmmaker and hula dancer LISETTE MARIE FLANARY creates documentary films that celebrate a modern renaissance of hula dance and Hawaiian culture including AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAI’I, NĀ KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA, ONE VOICE, and TOKYO HULA, which premiered at HIFF in 2019.

Writer and director ERIN LAU creates powerful narrative short films about families and relationships featuring strong women protagonists, including THE MOON AND THE NIGHT and EMPTY SPACES. At 25 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.

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.

MARLENE BOOTH is an award-winning filmmaker and instructor in film at the University of Hawai‘i, who has worked in film since 1975.  She has produced and directed several major documentary films screened on PBS, at national and international film festivals, and in classrooms nationwide. Her film PIDGIN: THE VOICE OF HAWAI‘I screened at HIFF 2009. 

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 HEPA! and 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.