The Hawaiians – Reflecting Spirit
2006, USA Color, English w/ some subtitles for Hawaiian language TRT 58 Min.
The Hawaiians – Reflecting Spirit
2006, USA Color, Japanese language & Japanese subtitles TRT 30 min.

A recent work by noted Hawaii filmmaker Edgy Lee, an early cut opened the 2005 Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian at a private screening in Washington D.C. The film offers important cultural insights into who the Hawaiians are as a people, their origins, historical challenges and current social conditions, and the revival of spirit of a native people whose identity is intrinsically tied to their Hawaiian homelands. Lee's film is covered in the new book "Progressive Hollywood, A People's Film History of the United States," by Ed Rampell, who places Edgy alongside leading documentary filmmakers such as Oscar winners Errol Morris ("Fog of War"), Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"), Robert Greenwald ("Outfoxed") and Michael Moore ("Fahrenheit 9/11"). Rampell calls Edgy "Hawaii's greatest local filmmaker" and describes "The Hawaiians" as "a film of transcendent splendor" that defends Native rights and culture.

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A companion film viewers guide is available (see Books).

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Paniolo O Hawai'i - Cowboys of the Far West
2000, USA Color, English TRT 59 Min.

"Lee has illuminated a little known facet of the Old West, Pacific Rim style", – San Francisco Examiner.

This documentary film redefines our childhood notions of the Great American West. In this beautifully crafted picture, the Cowboys are the Indians. Hawaii's Paniolo are the forerunners of the American Cowboy, but their story remains virtually unheralded in frontier history. The film is a tribute to these men and women who learned much of their riding, roping, and saddle making from the great vaqueros. Rare footage includes clips of "shipping cattle" in the 1920s, Will Rogers with Big Island cowboys, Willie Nelson and cowboy songsters Kindy Sproat and Grammy winning composer, Michael Martin Murphey.

A companion Warner Reprise soundtrack is available (see Music).

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Waikiki - In the Wake of Dreams
2001 USA Color, English TRT 78 Min.
Waikiki - In the Wake of Dreams
2001 USA Color, Japanese TRT 78 Min.

" Waikiki's charming past is unfolded through re-enactments, film and TV clips..." – Variety

This documentary film chronicles the evolution of a small beachside community from ancient spiritual haven, to playground for Hawaii's royalty, to the world's most famous beach and visitor destination. The film is the first comprehensive chronicle of Waikiki's 500-year history brought to life with historical photographs and moving footage, Hollywood film clips, and rare oral histories told by the people who made Waikiki, Waikiki.

The film previewed in Washington D.C. at the National Geographic Society. Its premiere in Hawaii was held on Waikiki beach, under a full moon to an audience of 5,000 viewers, setting the precedent for what has become the City of Honoulu's "Sunset on the Beach" public movie screenings held monthly in Waikiki.

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A Tribute to Hawaii's Fire Fighters
2002 USA Color English TRT 56 Min.

This film reflects a unique history honoring Hawaii's 1700 fire fighters, a small group of highly-trained men and women, many of whom are native Hawaiian. From Alexander Cartwright, Honolulu's first Fire Chief and Father of American Baseball, a little known history begins in the mid -19th century to present day as the film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the danger and dedication of these courageous men and women. Interviews with old timers, female fire fighters, and wives shed rare insights into the job and the people.

A companion cookbook, "Hawaii's Fire Fighters Favorite Recipes" is available (see Books).

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Papakolea - A Story of Hawaiian Land
1998 USA Color English TRT 56 Min.

Directed and co-written by Edgy Lee, with Academy Award winning cinematographer, Haskell Wexler; and Emmy Award winning documentary writer and producer, Saul Landau. This film received the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award for Independent Programming, the National Education Silver Apple; the International CINE Golden Eagle; and other awards for writing and directing.

Under constant threat of losing their land to corporate agriculture and federal government ownership, Native Hawaiians in Papakolea petitioned Congress to protect their land under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (1920). Their appeal, initiated by the women of this settlement community who struggled against poverty and racism, won the support of FDR and the U.S. Congress. Their 1930s victory continues to affect the lives of Hawaiians to this day while their determination to keep their culture alive is told by the few surviving elders. We begin to see the crucial thread that connects events of the past with the political and social conflicts of today's Native Hawaiians, still struggling for rights to their homelands.).

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The Levi Report
USA Color, English TRT 60 Min.

The Levi Report is a one hour investigative report produced in and about Hawaii by Matt Levi, former Honolulu television journalist turned private investigator; and Edgy Lee, award winning documentary filmmaker. The program covers controversial issues of local and national interest such as Internet crimes against children and the theft of native Hawaiian artifacts and the connection to meth trafficking. Hidden cameras take you behind the scenes, in drive alongs with US Marshals, and undercover to witness the capture of two child predators.

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Life or Meth - Hawaii's Youth
USA Color, English TRT 60 Min.

This one hour documentary film was simulcast on all major television stations in the state of Hawaii in December 2004. Since then, Mueller has co-produced a series of short films on education and prevention, used in schools, work place industries, and Hawaii’s communities where addiction to methamphetamine ranks highest in the nation. Included are unscripted interviews with teenage runaways in Waikiki, to kids who choose a clean and sober life having come from homes where parents and siblings were addicts. Miss Hawaii and others speak honestly about meth addiction.

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ICE - Hawaii's Crystal Meth Epidemic
USA Color, English TRT 60 Min.

This documentary film reveals riveting stories of ice addicts, children of addicts, young mothers in their 20s who have given birth to meth addicted infants; and foster parents who care for children who show signs of meth addiction. We learn how meth affects the community at large, how addiction is linked directly to increase in violent crime; child abuse, elder and spousal abuse; theft and rising insurance rates, social services, medical costs; and human costs that transcend the financial ruin that meth has had in the State of Hawaii and the nation. The film was an historical simulcast in the state of Hawaii, broadcast on all television stations, commercial free in September 2003. A companion film viewers guide was produced to facilitate use of the film as a teaching tool for educators, community leaders, and families.

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It's Your Choice
2006, USA Color, TRT 30 min.

For those who believe that the meth epidemic is on the decline, they are mistaken. One simply has to listen to Hawaii's teenagers. It's Your Choice is a half hour film featuring teens talking to teens -- some from families ruined by drug addiction, others determined never to fall into the cycle of abuse that haunts too many American families.

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Elderly Abuse - Breaking the Cycle of Shame
USA Color, English TRT 30 Min.

This program was produced for elders who may be experiencing abuse in their families and behind closed doors. It addresses the growing problem of elder abuse in Hawaii's communities often caused by children or spouses who are substance abusers. Elders who have lived through the “pain and shame” of this kind of abuse, address issues that often remain unspoken for fear of retribution or embarrassment. Frank Shaner narrates, interviews with elders and experts who share legal and practical advice make this film applicable to elders living anywhere in the United States.

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