FilmWorks’ recent film to be released in 2018, is “Liliuokalani – Reflections of Our Queen”. This feature documentary film is a the first intimate portrait of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch.
The Hawaiians – Reflecting Spirit premiered at the Smithsonian Institution’s much awaited opening of The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. This film enlightens viewers with an understanding of concepts and beliefs that form native Hawaiian cultural values. Appearances by renowned kumu hula and performing artist, Kealii Reichel; celestial navigator, Nainoa Thompson; and other contemporary native Hawaiians including experts in the ancient art of salt making, traditional healing arts and farming.
FilmWorks Pacific has also produced a number of drug education films. ICE: Hawaii’s Crystal Meth Epidemic, the feature documentary film simulcast in 2003 on eleven television stations throughout the state of Hawaii. One year later, a sequel, Life or Meth was also simulcast across the state on all network affiliates. Both films continue to garner national interest, screened by law enforcement, cultural and health organizations, schools, and families.
Earlier films include Waikiki in the Wake of Dreams, a delightful film covering 500 years of Waikiki’s history and a segment on Hollywood’s creation of the hula girl; Papakolea, a Story of Hawaiian Land, received the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award for Independent Programming, 1995 National Educational Media Network Silver Apple, International CINE Golden Eagle. Haskell Wexler (DP) and Saul Landau (writer). Paniolo O Hawaii – Cowboys of the Far West, broadcast on National Geographic Channels Worldwide, received the 1998 Chicago International Film & Video INTERCOM Festival Silver Plaque (Directing, doc film category) and Merit Award (doc film category) for Writing. Public Radio International broadcast a one-hour special, co-produced with WGBH & Warner Reprise Records incorporating excerpts from the film. The companion CD, “Na Mele O Paniolo” (Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy) is a rare collection of Hawaiian cowboy music including tracks by western music artists. Includes Willie Nelson and Hawaii’s paniolo. FilmWorks projects include companion books and music CDs such as The 14th Dalai Lama in Hawaii, a compilation of traditional Tibetan folk music by artists living in exile.