REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI’I: JANA K. PARK
Born on Oʻahu and raised on Molokaʻi, Jana has been acting, writing, producing and directing since she was a young child. She''s written and produced multiple plays, over a dozen award-winning short films, and served in various Producer roles on several feature films, including Google/Array-grant winner Moloka’i Bound. A SAG_AFTRA actress, Jana has performed in over a dozen plays, starred in tv/radio commercials, short and feature films, and co-starred on two seasons of Hawaii 5-0 (CBS). Films she’s helped produce include E Mālama Pono Willy Boy, Audience Award Winner for Best Short Film (Hawai''i International Film Festival) and Best Short Drama Winner (Māoriland Film Festival), Dillon, Best Short Film and Best Cinematography Winner (Worldwide Women''s Film Festival) and My Partner, Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Film (L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival). Jana worked on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch: Bloodline as well as on dozens of productions with clients including the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, Kamehameha Schools, Disney, Louis Vuitton, Hawai’i Council for the Humanities, Adobe, Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation, and more. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Hawai''i Filmmakers Collective, a non-profit organization that supports independent filmmakers in Hawai’i. This short is part of REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI‘I (RWH) Series Season 4. The Emmy-winning series documents talented and pioneering women filmmakers who tell uniquely Hawai‘i stories through a camera lens. Season 4 features Leanne K. Ferrer as the first executive producer in our series. Through funding and support of local and Pacific Islander filmmakers, Leanne Ferrer and the organization she led, Pacific Islanders in Communications, have had a massive influence in building the Hawai‘i indie film industry. Likewise, seasoned filmmakers Stephanie Castillo (Sandaan: 100 years of Filipinos in America), Ann Marie Kirk (Homealani), and Jana Kealoha Park (My Partner, E Malama Pono Willy Boy) show a depth and breadth of experience in both documentary and narrative films. The series also highlights the work of two of our brightest rising stars in our local film industry, camerawoman/editor Shaneika Aguilar and camerawoman/editor Sancia Miala Shiba Nash, who are reimagining and evolving the way we tell stories with their unique visual styles.