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Its a wrap!

This Saturday we met at the Impact Hub and kept working on production. One of the crews filmed a scene in the kitchen on the 2nd floor. One crew filmed in a meeting room that was transformed into a counselor’s office for a scene involving a therapy session. One of the crews was already editing. And the last crew was off site, at a school, to film scenes that needed that kind of mise-en-scene. Production is the most fun, but also the hardest to coordinate when you have 4 crews filming. The mentors did a great job in keeping everybody on track and the film projects moving forward, as we have only one more session to go. Busy, busy, busy time - but we did wrap production! Bravissime!

Production buzz at MMTM

I sent an email at the beginning of the week that if the participants wanted to come in earlier than usual, they could. We are nearing the completion of the program and are in deep production. We need to soon be in post-production to finish everything in 8 weeks. Well, I did not receive any replies back from the girls (in reference to the email), but when I arrived at the Waiwai at 8:03 am, I was late!!! Several of the participants were already there, carrying props for their films and setting their locations. I was so happily impressed! The production buzz was definitely present and everyone was excited to bring their film ideas to fruition. We wanted to honor this enthusiasm, but we felt

Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi 2 Premiere @HIFF!

Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i is a film series that redresses gender inequity in the film industry by documenting the real-life stories of Hawai‘i women filmmakers through a female gaze. Filmed by all-women crews, these six short portraits reveal untold stories of local activists and artists who preserve Hawai‘i history and culture through film. Six new films will have their world premiere at the 39th Hawai‘i International Film Festival on November 16 and 17. Produced, filmed, edited and directed by local women filmmakers, these six short films profile women who helped build the local independent film industry as well as current working filmmakers at the top of their field. At a time when the film

Production intensive!

We knew that week 5 of Making Media That Matters was going to be production-intensive. We are already half way through our program - where did the time go? We have only two sessions in which to film before moving to post-production. So, after a quick check-in with the team members, a healthy breakfast and some other program-related planning, the participants came in, naturally gravitating towards their crew members and talking about their film’s production. When it was time to begin, we all sat in a circle to open the session. Katie asked, “What are your three most favorite TV shows - or show that you watch over and over?” - a question that helped us all to make even more connections, and ad

Half way through!

What do you like about yourself? This was the question with which we opened the space. Some had a prompt answer: “I like my personality!” “I like that I’m friendly!” “I like my standards.” “I like my hair.” Naming something we like about ourselves should be an easy thing to identify, but quite a few struggled to answer it. I think if asked what they like about someone else, the answers would have been immediate. I wonder why is it so much easier to compliment someone else than to compliment ourselves? Perhaps because being asked what we like about ourselves (as an affirmation of our own strengths), is something we are rarely asked; maybe this is why we are unprepared to answer. We hope to op

Saturdays mean Making Media That Matters!

I love Saturdays! I love them because Saturdays mean Making Media That Matters (until November 2, anyway)! Saturday mornings, the team meets to chat about our weeks as we set up the space to welcome our participants. Saturday is when we gather again to learn about filmmaking, about each other, and what matters to all of us. It is simply splendid to witness the convergence of all this vibrant energy in just one place! We opened the session with a fun game - “two truths and a lie,” led by Katie! I like this game a lot because we learn things about each other that we otherwise wouldn’t, also because it’s a game that speaks to how we may project our assumptions onto other people, just based on t

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