Celebrated Māori actor Cliff Curtis is considered one of the most versatile actors working in Hollywood. His work ranges from award-winning productions in his native New Zealand, to blockbuster hits in Hollywood, and productions right here in Hawaii. Curtis will take the stage with a hui of other working Pasifika (of varied Pacific Islander origins) actors. This interactive panel will discuss representing authentic portrayals of Pasifika characters on screen, the unique opportunities and challenges of working on productions in Hawaii and across the Pacific Rim, and address questions from the audience. Audiences will get invaluable insight on these inspirational careers that reflect the past, present and future of Pasifika entertainment. There will also be space devoted to discuss continuing support for Maui through the creative process. This panel is presented in partnership with the International Cultural Arts Network (ICAN). #MauiStrong


International Cultural Arts Network (ICAN) is a non-profit founded by a hui of film industry veterans – Angela Laprete, Brian Keaulana and Robert Suka. They co-founded ICAN to serve a mission:  to elevate, educate and empower diversity in Native Hawaiian (NH) and Pacific Islander (PI) representation in Hawaii’s TV and Film Industry, by building foundations, sustainable employment and authentic representation in various forms of storytelling and entertainment to compete in the global marketplace. 

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