Using a screening and discussion format, our gathering series invites women filmmakers, usually two for each event, to discuss their work, exchange experience, share their expertise and personal reflections about the making of films and the workings of the movie industry.
January 22, Meet the Filmmaker: Michelle Poppler
Michelle Jericho Poppler (AKA, Mab, Mabsy & Michy Moody) is a quirky Renaissance woman. While growing
up on the island of Kauaʻi, Michelle had two different career goals, either becoming an animator or an
astronaut. Since she wasn’t really keen on dying in space she opted for the first choice. As a child, Michelle
was encouraged to pursue the creative arts and follow her dreams by her parents Peter and Lupita Poppler.
She was classically trained in ballet through Michelle Cole’s Royal Ballet Academy, and musical theatre
through the Kauai Performing Arts Center after school program. She went on to pursue her studies as an
animator and graphic designer at Kapiʻolani Community College’s New Media Arts Program, where she
helped jump start the Animation Practicum program in 2000 that they still run to this day. Her short film
“Banished” was played at the ’Ohina Short Film Showcase and Cinema Paradise in 2001. Michelle ended up
in the journalism department at KCC and became lead layout artist and cartoonist for the Kapiʻo newspaper
graduating from the program in 2003. From there she went on to intern for The Honolulu Advertiser in 2003,
work at the Honolulu Weekly from 2004-2007, and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from 2007-2009. In-between
her journalism career shifts Michelle also began dancing professionally and doing freelance graphic design
and production work with the IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre and the Cherry Blossom Cabaret. In
2009 she returned to her childhood dream, and received her Bachelors in Animation from the University
of Hawaiʻi’s Academy for Creative Media Program studying under Professor Linda Dorn in 2011. Michelle’s
animated short “Sealy” was played at the 2011 Guam International Film Festival and her Documentary short
“The Art of Tease” played at the 2012 Hawaii Burlesque Festival. Although Michelle ended up taking the long
to becoming an animator, she has gained many other useful skills along the way. Michelle now fuses all
her skills together as a freelance Animator, filmmaker, dancer and graphic designer under her own company,
Michy Moody Productions and is still working with IONA and CBC.
January 25, 2012 Meet Women in Film: Leanne Ferrer, Micky Huihui, and Amber McClure.
January 25th, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking monthly gathering will be hosting Leanne Ferrer, Program Manager; Micky Huihui, Community Engagement Coordinator; and Amber McClure, Content Coordinator, at Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC).
The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. In keeping with the mission, PIC helps Pacific Islander stories reach national audiences through funding support for productions, training and education, broadcast services, and community outreach.
In the past 15 years, PIC has awarded more than $2 million toward television productions; assisted more than 14 Pacific Islander producers in broadcasting their shows on national public television and provided training to more than 120 emerging media makers. To know more about PIC, click here.
Join us to learn more from Leanne, Micky, and Amber about PIC, their programs and funding opportunities!
Leanne Ka’iulani Ferrer is the Program Director for Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC). She is currently producing the PIC series, Pacific Heartbeat, that will air on PBS in May 2012. She also manages PIC’s Media Fund Rolling Call, which funds projects with Pacific Islander content for broadcaston national public television. Leanne has over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry. She previously worked for Disney Films, PBS Hawaii, and 1013 Integrated, Hawai‘i’s longest running full-service production company. Leanne is a previously PIC-funded producer whose film, i scream, floats, and Sundays, airednationally on PBS.
Micky Huihui joined Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) in June of 2010 as Community Engagement Coordinator. She is responsible for maintaining existing partnerships within the Pacific community, as well as creating new networks, with the goal of increasing the pool of filmmakers who focus their works telling the stories of Oceania. She also does outreach to communities through public screenings of PIC-funded films, special events highlighting Pacific filmmaking, and serves as a liaison for film festivals in Hawai’i and abroad. Micky came to PIC with more than 10 years of experience in community outreach in Hawai’i. She is a 1991 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, and a 2000 graduate of the University of Hawai’i with a BA in Hawaiian Studies.
Amber McClure has been the content coordinator at PIC for 2 years. Her responsibilities include creating, soliciting, and managing multimedia content for the organization. She served as public relations manager for the statewide “More Than You Think/The Stronger Influence” underage drinking prevention campaigns. She has worked for over seven years with Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii, REAL: Hawaii’s Youth Movement Exposing the Tobacco Industry, Hawaii Youth Services Network, and other local youth and community groups as a multimedia consultant. Amber has an MA in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London.
March 20, 2012 Meet the Filmmaker: Linda Dorn
Join our conversation with Linda Dorn on March 20th, 6:30pm at The ARTS at Marks Garage!
An Animator and Visual Artist, Linda created the Animation program at University of Hawaii. She developed the curriculum for Creative Academies which teaches animation to grades 2-12 in Hawaii. Her teaching career began at the California Institute of the Arts where she taught Advanced Animation and Life Drawing. She also taught at CSSSA an international summer school for the arts, and CAP, a outreach program for innercity kids throughout Los Angeles.
Some of her professional credits include: Visual Development for DIsney Feature and Hyperion Pictures, Character Layout on the first two seasons of Futurama, and Sequence Design, storyboarding and animation for July Film’s “My Little World”.
She received her MFA in Film Directing and BFA in Character Animation from Calarts where she had the opportunity to mentee with the great Visual Development Artist E. Michael Mitchell. Before Calarts, Linda studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre and has appeared in over twenty stage productions.
You can see some of the awesome work of Linda, by visiting www.lindadorn.comCurrently Linda is pursuing an interest in writing and illustrating children’s literature.
May 21, 2012 Meet the Filmmaker: Edgy Lee + Screening
Edgy will introduce her film ICE, Hawaii’s Crystal Meth Epidemic, followed by a conversation with ALAN JOHNSON, Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition and Hina Mauka CEO; DEBRA KISSINGER, D.O. Ph.D. UH Medical School; ALAN SHINN, Coalition for Drug Free Hawaii; BIM STRAUSSER, Hina Mauka Psychiatrist
The ARTS at Marks Garage, From 6:00 to 8:00. To download the flier, click ice!
November 11, 2012 Meet the Filmmaker: Laura Margulies
Join us for our conversation with Laura Margulies! Laura hand animates using oil paints, watercolors and gouache to create lush moving paintings in motion. Her personal films have been screened worldwide in film festivals and her commissioned work has aired nationwide on television. Pacific Islanders in Communication, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Reel Dance Moving Image Collection in Australia have acquired her film “Rolling Down Like Pele”. She has received awards from Cinedance Film Festival, Broadcast Design, Asifa East, Ann Arbor, and Creativity Magazine. Laura has also won grants from USA Artists Projects,New York University, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Dance Films Association, The PEW Charitable Funds as well as a Fellowship at UCLA. Besides creating her own films, Laura has worked as a designer and colorist at MTV Animation on the cult classics “The Head”, “Beavis and Butthead” and “Daria”. For over twenty years Laura has worked as a freelance animator, illustrator and artist. Laura has taught animation at Pratt, New York Film Academy, School of Visual Arts and was a full time faculty at New York University where she taught for thirteen years before returning to Hawaii in 2008. She recently exhibited an animated film and paintings in the “Artists of Hawaii” 2011 show at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. She continues to animate her newest film “Local Kine Academy Leader”.
Fe, born and raised in Venezuela, has embraced filmmaking professionally since a teenager. She pursued a degree in Liberal Arts, majoring in Film, and a master at the Escuela de Cine y Televisión in Caracas specializing in Directing. Fe has worked in awards winning Muchacho Solitario and Amor en Concreto. Moved to Hawai‘i in 2011, where she started working with 1013 Integrated and Kinetic Productions/Films. She has been involved in the production of The Untold Story: Japanese American Internment in Hawai’i, and currently directing an experimental project called Aloha Journals. You can learn more about Fe Bailey at http://www.febailey.com. Picture by Lisa Hoang
February 23, Meet the filmmaker: Kimberlee Bassford
Kimberlee Bassford is an independent documentary filmmaker born and raised in Hawai‘i with a passion for social issue, cultural and women’s stories. Her recent film, PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY (2008), explores the life of the late U.S. Representative Patsy Mink, the first woman of color in Congress and co-author of the landmark Title IX gender equity legislation. The film won the Audience Award at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS. She was the producer on two national PBS documentary series: UNNATURAL CAUSES: IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK? (2008), which investigates America’s health disparities, and THE MEANING OF FOOD (2005), which explores the social significance of food. She had her directorial debut with CHEERLEADER (2003), a short documentary that follows a squad of young, bright-eyed California cheerleaders on its quest for the national cheerleading championships. The film aired on HBO Family and won the Student Academy Award in Documentary and CINE Golden Eagle. She is a graduate of Punahou School and holds a BA in psychology from Harvard University and a Masters in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley. She owns Making Waves Films LLC, a documentary production company in Honolulu.
March 30, 2011 Meet the Filmmakers: Ann Marie Nalani Kirk & Anne Misawa
Ann Marie Nalani Kirk is an award winning filmmaker from Maunalua, O’ahu. Her work has earned accolades nationally as well as locally. Her resume includes two Emmy nominations, nine Telly Awards, three Aurora Awards, a Cine Award and the National Educational Media Award. Kirk’s productions include work in Pacific archeology; “Stories to Tell and Pacific Clues”, Pacific culture; “Te Pito o Te Henua,” Hawaiian culture; Happy Birthday Tutu Ruth, Ke Ao Nei, Manomano Ka Ike, Kulaiwi, Ka Makana Ike, Children’s Education and Music; Choices, Looks Good, Eazy Tunes, Eazy Kine and Voices and Wings.
In 2010 Kirk was honored by the Hawai’i State Legislature for her media work and for her community work in the areas of public rights of way to the ocean, the preservation and protection of sacred cultural and historical sites in the islands, and the protection of ocean and open wilderness areas. In 2010 Kirk was also recognized by the Star-Advertiser as one of Ten Who Made A Difference for Hawai’i in 2010 for her work as co-organizer of the ‘Oiwi Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre. The ‘Oiwi Film Festival was the first film festival ever highlighting the work of Native Hawaiians filmmakers in the role of Director and/or Producer.
Kirk is currently continuing her work with Mauanlua.net and is in production for a series on Hawaiian language newspapers for the DOE titled “Ke ‘Imi No’i.” In 2011 Kirk will be screening her latest film , “Homealani” about the life of her grandfather, Oliver Homealani Kupau,throughout the islands.
Kirk is a graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy. She received her BA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Film and Mythology and her Masters from the Center for Pacific Island Studies at Manoa. She is a Director/Producer for the Hawai’i State Department of Education and owns her own production company, Blue Crater Media (www.bluecratermedia.com).
Anne Misawa grew up in Hawaii. Having graduated from University of Southern California’s Graduate Film and Television Program, she has worked internationally in various aspects of film production. Her primary work is as a Director and as a Cinematographer. Directorial credits include–WAKING MELE, (Sundance Film Festival, 2000), and EDEN’S CURVE, (Emerging Film Best Feature Award, NCGLFF, 2003). Anne teaches cinematic production at the Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai’i where she produced & directed the feature length documentary, STATE OF ALOHA, which has garnered various awards, (Halekulani Golden Orchid Award Nominee for Best Documentary at Hawaii International Film Festival, 2009).
Her work as cinematographer include many award-winning films–TREELESS MOUNTAIN, (directed by So Yong Kim, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and New Directors/ New Films, 2008), TIME OUT, (directed by Xelinda Yancy, executive produced by John Singleton, HBO Award, 2004), SALT, (directed by Bradley-Rust Gray, Caligari Award for Innovative Filmmaking at Berlin International Film Festival, 2003), and LIV, (directed by Edoardo Ponti, executive produced by Robert Altman and Michaelangelo Antonioni, Venice International Film Festival, 1998). Her work in TREELESS MOUNTAIN was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography in 2010.
April 23, 2011 Meet the Filmmaker: Edgy Lee
Edgy Lee is a filmmaker – producer, composer and author. Her film, THE HAWAIIANS – REFLECTING SPIRIT, premiered at the opening of the Smithsonian Institution Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. Other award-winning films include PAPAKOLEA, A STORY OF HAWAIIAN LAND (1998, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award, Independent Program); PANIOLO O HAWAI’I- COWBOYS OF THE FAR WEST (2000 CINE Golden Eagle; Chicago International Film & Video INTERCOM, Best Documentary History and Best Writing). WAIKIKI IN THE WAKE OF DREAMS garnered a 2001 New York Film & Video Festival Best Cinematography and Best Editing, and its Hawaii premiere also established the current “Sunset on the Beach” event on Waikiki Beach.
In 2004 and 2005 Edgy produced two feature documentary films on methamphetamine in unprecedented prime time commercial-free simulcasts (eleven television stations across the State of Hawaii) and her company FilmWorks Pacific continues to produce short films on various social issues. Edgy also produced a CD with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in a compilation of rare traditional Tibetan music performed by artists living in exile, with narration by the late Rev. Abraham Akaka and the late Kumu John Lake.
In 2007 she founded Pacific Network.tv, a Hawaiian internet portal to the world, a nexus for arts, culture, and environmental news, entertainment, and educational programming from the Pacific region, streamed free to the pubic. Her television work includes the hit weekly series, “Local Ventures” now in its 3rd season; “Aloha Waikiki” currently broadcasting throughout Waikiki, “Artists of Hawaii”, “Local Justice”, America’s first interactive TV courtroom series, “Shaka Shakedown”, and a prime time one hour special on education entitled, “How We Learn”. Edgy is happy to be living back in her hometown, “The only place where you get three starches in a single meal”.
May 25, 2011 Meet the Filmmaker: Marlene Booth & Heather Giugni
Marlene Booth is an award-winning filmmaker, 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 major films include: Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa (1999), When I Was 14: A Survivor Remembers,(1995), The Double Burden: Three Generations of Working Mothers, (1992), The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans, (1989), Orange Line Symphony, (1987), Raananah: A World of Our Own, (1981), and They Had a Dream: Brown v. Board of Education Twenty-five Years Later, (1980).
Among Ms. Booth’s awards is the Cine Golden Eagle, an Emmy nomination, a Bronze Apple from the National Educational Film and Video Festival, and Outstanding Independent Film at the New England Film & Video Festival.
Heather Haunani Giugni carved a career path for herself as an independent filmmaker over 25 years ago. Supported by few and questioned by many, she left a secure broadcast news position and joined a small group of passionate activist filmmakers who understood not just the power of change in visual storytelling but the empowering of community using tools that were not accessible to the mainstream public.
From those early days, Heather has produced, directed and shot many projects. These include: Enduring Pride: E Mau Ana Ka Haʻaheo – a series dedicated to stories about the Hawaiian community, Reflections of Lanaʻi an intimate look into a small-island community, Daniel K. Inouye: An American Story, and One Voice documenting a Kamehameha School tradition.
Heather is dedicated to her community. Using the tools of her industry, she has spent her career perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through video. She is a founding member of The Pacific Islanders in Communications, an early board member of ʻOlelo Community Media, a former member of the Hawaii Television and Film Development Board and presently sits on the board of Bishop Museum. She also produces the annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest for television and is one of the primary producers for the Merrie Monarch Festival broadcast. She is the owner/operator of Juniroa Productions Inc., a multimedia company creating projects from concept to completion and a consultant to Hawaiʻi’s first state of the art film and video archive.
June 29, 2011 Meet the Filmmaker: Elizabeth Pepin Silva & Shirley Thompson
Elizabeth Pepin Silva is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, and surfer born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and recently relocated to Oahu. For more than fourteen years she has been making films independently and for PBS and has won five Emmy Awards and several film festival awards for her television and documentary film work. Her numerous projects include “Slow the Flow,”“Coastal Clash,” and “One Winter Story.” Until moving to Hawaii, Elizabeth was a staff producer at KQED, the public television station in San Francisco, where most recently she was Series Producer of “Truly CA,” a documentary series featuring films about the Golden State. She was the station’s music licensing maven and archival research specialist, and she also oversaw the station’s New Proposals and the LINCS programs – helping guide and advise outside producers wishing to work with PBS and KQED. Elizabeth’s photographs have been shown in galleries and museums and featured in publications around the world. She has been the principal photographer for three women’s surf books and has written a book on the history of San Francisco’s Fillmore Jazz district, Harlem of the West, published by Chronicle Books in 2006. When not working on various projects, Elizabeth and her husband are obsessive surfers who were late for their own wedding because the waves were too good to get out. Elizabeth holds a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from San Francisco State University.
Shirley Thompson is a seasoned PBS documentary film producer, writer and editor, best known for the PBS documentaries she has edited, including Pidgin: the Voice of Hawai‘i (2008), It’s Still Elementary (2007), Special Circumstances (2006), By Invitation Only (2002), Surfing for Life (2000), & It’s Elementary (1996). She also writes, produces and edits promos and trailers which air on PBS, Documentary Channel, Sundance Channel, IFC and more. The films she has produced, written and edited have won Emmys, Peabodys and dozens of Best of Festival Awards, and they have screened in film festivals worldwide. For 21 years she has collaborated with directors from New York to Dallas to San Francisco to Honolulu through her company Shirley Thompson Editorial. Shirley is a social media enthusiast and an old school storyteller, intrigued by the melding of new media and old media. Along with her partner Stan Chang, she recently founded Chop Chop Media, a full-service production company that creates branded documentary-style videos for websites and social media pages, and short documentaries targeted for web-based distribution. Chop Chop Media is currently in production with Aloha ‘Aina Cacao, a short documentary about Oahu cacao farmers and chocolate makers and cacao’s potential as a boon for small, local farmers. She tweets @shirleythompson and @chopchopmedia. She facebooks: https://www.facebook.com/chopchopmedia and https://www.facebook.com/shirleythompsoneditorial. And she blogs: http://shirleythompson.net.
August 31, Meet the filmmaker: Lisette Flanary
Lisette Flanary, as an independent filmmaker and a hula dancer, creates documentary films that celebrate a modern renaissance of the hula dance and Hawaiian culture. She is the writer, producer and director of Lehua Films and her first documentary, “AMERICAN ALOHA: Hula Beyond Hawai’i” received a CINE Golden Eagle Award when it aired on the critically acclaimed P.O.V. series on PBS in 2003.
Her award-winning film, “Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula”, featuring legendary Hawaiian master hula teacher and entertainer, Robert Cazimero, screened in numerous film festivals and Lisette received the Hawai’i Filmmaker Award at the Hawai’i International Film Festival in 2006 and the Emerging Director Award at the New York Asian American International Film Festival in 2007. The film also received Best Documentary and Audience Awards at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and the San Diego Asian Film Festival. “Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula” was broadcast nationally on the 2007-2008 Independent Lens series on PBS in May 2008 and it was the winner of the Audience Award for the series.
She recently directed the documentary feature, “ONE VOICE”, which follows the young song directors at the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest. It was nominated for an Emerging Director Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film Festival in 2010 and won Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Hawai’i International Film Festival, the San Diego Asian Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 2011. “ONE VOICE” will be theatrically released in Hawai’i in August 2011 and broadcast nationally on PBS in 2012.
Lisette is currently directing and producing a documentary entitled “Tokyo Hula” which explores the explosive popularity of hula in Japan. It will be the final film in a trilogy of documentaries on the hula dance. Research and development for the project was completed with funding support from the ITVS Diversity Development Fund, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. Lisette is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the New School University. Having lived in New York City for over twenty years, Lisette is joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor at the Academy for Creative Media.
October 26, 2011 Meet the Filmmaker: Hanna Polak
In 2002, Hanna began her studies in the Cinematography division of The Cinematography School of Moscow. In 2004 Hanna completed work on her first independent short film on the life of legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles
entitled, Al. Al first opened at the Documentary Film Festival in Krakow, Poland, where Albert Maysles received his Life-Time Achievement Award. In 2004, Hanna completed her documentary film, The Children of Leningradsky. The Children of Leningradsky was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Short Documentary subject in 2005. Hanna’s additional works include, “My Warsaw – Look From The East” for ARTE TV and Channel 2 on Polish TV, where she worked as assistant to the director. Currently, Hanna is producing a film about Leon Chec, an artist and soldier in WWII and a follow up film to The Children of Leningradsky about the children living in Moscow’s garbage dumps.Hanna has been involved in charitable activities in Russia since 1995. In 1997 Hanna founded and later collaborated with Active Child Aid to help the underprivileged children of Russia. Hanna uses her photography to help the Russian children. Her photographs have been printed in various magazines and newspapers including, Ogonyok (Russia), The Moscow Times (Russia), Avisa Norland (Norway), Olivia (Poland), Przekroj (Poland), Los Angeles Times (USA), Nowy Dziennik (USА), Kurier Plus (USA), Newsweek (Poland), Super Express (Poland) and others. Her work as a freelance cinematographer has been featured on ABC TV, France-2, Fuji TV (Japan), ITN (England), TVN (Poland) and various Russian TV stations. Her work is also featured on HBO and Canal +, Belgian Radio and TV and other TV channels. In 2002 Hanna has received the award for The Best Producer of Documentary and Short Films at the Documentary Film Festival in Krakow. In 2005 she was awarded the Crystal Mirror award by the Zwierciadlo magazine in Poland, the award for the “people of dialogue, those who are uniting, not dividing”. In 2005 Hanna was a jury member at the Documentary Film Festival in Krakow and she has received the “Platinum Goat“ award at the festival “Ale Kino” in Poznan, Poland.