Making Media That Matters Films & Production Teams
Today the most common offense committed by young women in detention hall (DH) is the act of running away. In this production, we look through the perspective of girls in DH by showcasing their original art and poetry and recognizing their talents. We hope that this film will bring attention and support to creative literacy programs such as Opio Haku Mo’olelo, where young women are able to cathartically channel their negative experiences and feelings into creative work. Programs such as these will essentially encourage women to stay out of prison by showing them the incredible potential they have in aspects of their life aside from crime. We didn’t want our film to be a slideshow of artwork. We placed the girls’ drawings in Honolulu Chinatown, a place of drugs, crime and creative outlets. Although the girls have had rough pasts, similar to Chinatown, they still have the potential to become something greater. We chose the poem “Runaway” written by a female in Detention Hall. She lived a life of crime and hate, but after self-reflection, is able to change her life for the better. We hope that all young women in juvenile crime system can find similar realization.
Crew: Grace Schnetzler, Director; Jordyn Saito, Director of Photography; Lani Felicitas, Editor. Mentor: Gabby Faaiuaso
Beyond Bars: The Forgotten Women
This film explores the issue of the incarceration of women in the State of Hawaiʻi by revealing the women behind the stereotypes and exploring their ability to heal themselves and their communities in attempting to give both the women and those who work with them an audience and amplifier for their already powerful voices.This documentary introduces three formerly incarcerated women, who learned how to both express and heal themselves from their both before and after prison wounds through writing poetry. The women now speak to outside audiences in an effort to engage their community. These three former prison inmates are the women behind the stereotypes of drugs and knife-fights and through their own unique voices they illustrate that even prison inmates are not infallibly black and white. The documentary also interviews one of the creative writing teachers, Anita Stern, who works with incarcerated women and her experiences with both art and incarceration.
The Highlighter Films Crew: Raven director + camera; Makena producer + camera; Maile editor + sound + camera;
Talissa editor + camera; Kristina producer. Mentor: Mayling
Through a first-hand perspective of female youth incarceration the The Pathway lends insight into the experience of Girls Court and the outcome of one participant.
While making the film we wanted to focus on Girls Court as a whole, but then our focus shifted and we were concerned with Kai and her story and experience within Girls Court. It became about Kai and Girls Court instead of Girls Court and Kai. We wanted to show her personal story.
Girls Court Crew (GCC): Kai camera + editor; Julia director + producer; Honu sound + editor. Mentor: Sam M.
Prisoners of Perspectives
A previously incarcerated woman, Kimmy shares some of her story which contrasts the perspectives of local high school students who share their knowledge of incarcerated women. It also presents scenarios which evoke reactions out of the students. This defies the social fabrics in society that state that every incarcerated individual is bad, when really they are just “Prisoners of Perspective.”
In this film, we wanted somehow show how open the views of today’s youth on the topic are but also show that there are still stereotypical views on incarcerated women.
Crew: Paʻa Director/Producer; Crystal Interviewer/Co-Director; Shylar
Sound/Main Editor. Mentor: Sam S.