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.