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Hamilton’s America

 

Go behind the scenes into the creation of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton. This documentary includes excerpts from the New York production with its original cast, and trips to Mount Vernon and Valley Forge with Miranda and other cast members.

 

Pacific Heartbeat

Pacific Heartbeat, now in its sixth season, is an anthology series that provides viewers with a glimpse of the real Pacific – its people, cultures and contemporary issues.  The series features a diverse array of programs that will draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.

 

Pacific Heartbeat Season 6 airs Saturdays in May 2017 on PBS Hawaiʻi.

 

A co-presentation of Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaiʻi

 

Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8 pm

Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson is a Hawaiian story of pain and promise, of challenge and triumph and a story of leadership.  Sustaining a serious eye wound in Normandy during WWII that left him in the dark for two years, Myron “Pinky” Thompson emerged with a clear vision of his purpose in life.  Thompson would go on to be a social worker, mentor and revered leader in the Native Hawaiian community who left a legacy of positive social change, pride in Pacific heritage and a strong sense of native identity among Hawaiians that flourishes today.

 

Ever the Land

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8 pm

Ever The Land explores the sublime bond between people and their land.  For the past 150 years, longstanding grievances over extreme colonization tactics have defined the Ngāi (tribe) Tūhoe and New Zealand government’s relationship.  In 2014, history was made when the Tūhoe’s ancestral homelands were returned, the New Zealand government gave a official apology, and Tūhoe built the first-ever “Living Building” in Aotearoa (New Zealand) as a testament to their values and vision of self-governance.

 

Mele Murals

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8 pm

Mele Murals is a documentary about the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture.  At the center of the story are two renowned street artists – Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) – a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.  Through their stories, Mele Murals shows how public art and Native Hawaiian traditions transforms the artists, students and community.

Next Goal Wins

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8 pm

In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football (soccer) team on the planet. Next Goal Wins is an inspirational story about the power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life.

 

 

Public is invited to free preview of ‘Jackie Robinson’

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NEW KEN BURNS DOCUMENTARY AIRS APRIL 11-12 ON PBS HAWAII

 

This photo from the Palama Settlement Archives was taken when a young Jackie Robinson played for the Honolulu Bears, a semi-professional football team.

HONOLULU, HI – PBS Hawaii and Palama Settlement are co-hosting a free 40-minute sneak preview of Jackie Robinson, the latest documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns.

 

Sneak Preview: Jackie Robinson
Wednesday, April 6 at 6PM
Palama Settlement
810 N Vineyard Blvd, Honolulu
RSVP: pbshawaii.org/jackie-robinson-event

 

This photo (left) from the Palama Settlement Archives was taken when a young Jackie Robinson played for the Honolulu Bears, a semi-professional football team.

 

The two-part documentary follows the story of the first African American to play in baseball’s major leagues. It makes its broadcast premiere April 11 (part one) and April 12 (part two) at 9:00 pm.

 

Jackie Robinson Day is on Friday, April 15.

 

Before the screening, Paula Rath, Palama Settlement Board of Trustees Emeritus, is scheduled to discuss Robinson’s ties to Hawaii. In 1941, Robinson stayed at Palama Settlement, when Waikiki hotels barred him entry because of the color of his skin.

 

“I’m very proud of Palama’s legacy of acceptance of all people,” Rath said in a statement.

 

The public can RSVP online at pbshawaii.org/jackie-robinson-event. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Free parking is available on-site at Palama Settlement. For questions, please contact Liberty Peralta at 973-1383, or lperalta@pbshawaii.org.

 

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Contact: Liberty Peralta
Email: lperalta@pbshawaii.org
Phone: 808.973.1383

 

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Free Independent Lens Screening: Autism in Love

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You’re invited to a free public, advanced screening of Independent Lens: Autism in Love.

Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00 pm

The Hawaii Filmmakers Collective

3167 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu 96816

 

 

Summary: Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romantic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way. Premieres on PBS Hawai‘i Monday, January 11 at 10:00 pm.

 

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This film will include open captioning and will be followed by a talk-story conversation. Seating is limited, so come early!

For questions about accommodation and accessibility, please contact Vera Zambonelli: 808.206.0848

This presentation is made possible by Hawaii Women in Filmmaking, in collaboration with the UH Center on Disabilities Studies, UH College of Education, Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and PBS Hawai‘i.

FRONTLINE

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VOCES ON PBS
Children of Giant

 

This documentary explores how the making of a classic Hollywood movie transformed the lives of the residents of the small Texas town of Marfa. Giant (1955) starred a legendary trio – Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean – along with the young actor Earl Holliman and 16-year-old Elsa Cardenas, who portrayed Juana, the Mexican American girl who marries into the powerful Benedict ranching dynasty. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, Giant was a different kind of western, one that took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and one of the first films to explore the racial divide in the Southwest. Giant earned 10 Academy Award nominations, with a win for George Stevens as Best Director.

 

Now, 60 years later, return to Marfa and explore the dramatic story behind the making of the film and its enduring legacy. The program combines interviews with the surviving cast and crew of Giant –including George Stevens Jr., Earl Holliman and Elsa Cardenas – with the recollections of residents who participated in the production, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of racism and segregation explored in the film.

 

FRONTLINE
Memory of the Camps

 

A landmark historical film discovered by FRONTLINE in a museum vault decades ago has been called “Hitchcock’s lost Holocaust film.” First broadcast by FRONTLINE in 1985, the documentary shows the first horrifying footage shot as Allied troops entered the Nazi death camps. Drawing on initial editing done by famed director Alfred Hitchcock before the film was shelved 70 years ago, FRONTLINE reconstituted the forgotten reels and script and showed them in public for the first time 30 years ago.

 

The Road to Fame

 

This is a unique coming-of-age story with Chinese characteristics. The film chronicles the staging of the American musical Fame – China’s first official collaboration with Broadway – by the senior class of the country’s top drama academy. During the eight-month process, five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into a cut-throat and corrupt entertainment industry. They must confront complex social realities and their own anxieties, and, in the process of staging Fame, negotiate their own definitions of and paths to success in today’s China.

 

POV
Koch

 

New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 to 1989. As Neil Barsky’s Koch recounts, Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated. Elected in the 1970s during the city’s fiscal crisis, he was a new Democrat for the dawning Reagan era—fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Koch finds the former mayor politically active to the end (he died in 2013)—still winning the affection of many New Yorkers while driving others to distraction.