06-24 November 2019



Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi

Made in Hawaii

United States

2019 / 60’ / Hawaii Premiere / English

Court métrage


REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI'I is a series highlighting Hawai'i’s top women filmmakers. In this “new season,” produced by Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking, 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. Undaunted by the hundreds of hours of raw footage and thousands of images she must consider and shape into a coherent and compelling hour long film, she connects deeply to the Hawaiian stories she edits through the stories of her own family.

Independent filmmaker and hula dancer LISETTE MARIE FLANNARY creates documentary films that celebrate a modern renaissance of hula dance 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. Her latest film, TOKYO HULA, premieres at this year’s HIFF. 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.

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. Their music driven films include songs and performances of celebrated Hawaiian musicians and composers, including Eddie’s band, the Sons of Hawai‘i.

MARLENE BOOTH is an award-winning filmmaker and instructor in film at the University of Hawai‘i, who has worked in film since 1975, both as an independent filmmaker for her own production company, Raphael Films, and for public television station WGBH-TV in Boston. 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.

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 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.

-Anderson Le

Saturday 16 12:00 - 13:20Regal Dole Cannery 1 add Filmmaker in Attendance
Sunday 17 11:00 - 12:20Regal Dole Cannery 14 add Filmmaker in Attendance
CastLisa Altieri, Erin Lau, Lisette Flanary, Laura Margulies, Marlene Booth and Myrna Kamae.

Directors                             Kimberlee Bassford, Taylour Chang, Robin Lung, Renea Veneri Stewart, Shirley Thompson and Vera Zambonelli

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