documentary

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS - The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific

 

Directed by Sam Low and Boyd Estus, this documentary explores the heritage of Polynesian wayfinding, and how indigenous Pacific societies sustained their navigational practices and practitioners. The film features Mau Piailug, who was at that point the last known navigator to be ceremonially initiated on Satawal, an atoll in Micronesia’s remote Caroline Islands.

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES
In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

 

Before Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and starred in the Broadway musical In the Heights, which went on to win five Tony Awards. This documentary follows the cast and creative team as they embark on the greatest adventure of their young careers.

 

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
The Hawaiian Room

PBS Hawai‘i Presents: The Hawaiian Room

 

The Hawaiian Room, located in the famed Lexington Hotel, was an oasis of Hawaiian culture and entertainment in the heart of New York City. Between 1937 and 1966, hundreds of dancers, singers and musicians from Hawai‘i were recruited to perform at the entertainment venue. In this documentary, filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk shares interviews with over 20 former performers who speak candidly and fondly of their experience at the historic nightclub, and the culture shock of going from Hawai‘i to New York City.

 

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A CHEF’S LIFE:
The Final Harvest

A CHEF'S LIFE: Harvest Special

 

After five momentous seasons of A CHEF’S LIFE, Vivian hosts Harvest Special, a farewell feast of epic proportions. This series finale begins as a tractor pushes through her family’s cornfield to carve out the open-air dining room of Vivian’s dreams. She gathers Summer’s last vegetables from Warren Brothers’ farm for a batch of chow-chow.

 
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Indie Lens Pop-Up: Free film screenings at Impact Hub HNL

You’re invited to our next season of Indie Lens Pop-Up, a series of free screenings featuring upcoming Independent Lens documentaries.

 

LOCATION:

Impact Hub HNL

1050 Queen Street, Suite 100

(across from Whole Foods Market in Kakaʻako)

 

Community-driven conversations after each film spark discussions about issues rarely seen on the big screen, and connect people to resources in our community.

 

PBS Hawaiʻi co-presents Indie Lens Pop-Up alongside Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking, Hawaiʻi People’s Fund and Impact Hub HNL.

 

Dawnland
By Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Impact Hub, 1050 Queen Street, #100, Honolulu HI 96813

Dawnland tells the story of the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., investigating the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With intimate access to this groundbreaking process, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

 

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
By Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Impact Hub, 1050 Queen Street, #100, Honolulu HI 96813

Rumble brings to light a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and Taboo, Rumble shows how these pioneering Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

 

The Providers
By Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin

Wednesday March 13, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Impact Hub, 1050 Queen Street, #100, Honolulu HI 96813

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three “country doctors” in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.

 

Charm City
By Marilyn Ness

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Impact Hub, 1050 Queen Street, #100, Honolulu HI 96813

Filmed during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, Charm City delivers a powerfully candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, community leaders, and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their city’s future.

 

Wrestle
By Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer

Wednesday May 8, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Impact Hub, 1050 Queen Street, #100, Honolulu HI 96813

Wrestle is an intimate, inspiring coming of age portrait of the wrestling team at a struggling high school in Huntsville, Alabama. As they fight towards the state championship, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan face injustices and challenges on and off the mat, grappling with obstacles that jeopardize their success, while their coach wades into the complexities of class and race in the South.

 

 

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
Tibetan Illusion Destroyer

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS: Tibetan Illusion Destroyer

 

This film by Maui filmmaker Tom Vendetti documents the Mani Rimdu Festival in Nepal, which originated in Tibet and is still performed in an authentic colorful ceremony in the shadow of Mount Everest. The title refers to the Buddhist concept of destroying man-made illusions that lead to human suffering. Vendetti and renowned Hawaiian musician Keola Beamer were part of a Hawai‘i contingent that journeyed to Nepal to attend the festival. Beamer worked with musicians in Nepal to create the film’s original music.

 

 

Finding Kukan

 

Hawai‘i filmmaker Robin Lung turns detective to uncover the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of Kukan, an Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.

 

Check out the interview with the filmmaker, Robin Lung

 

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Tyrus Wong

 

Discover the art, life and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong, the renowned Chinese American painter behind Walt Disney’s Bambi. The film features interviews with Wong’s daughters and fellow artists and designers, along with never-before-seen film clips and artwork.

 

 

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.

 

 

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