Announcing PIC Media Fund Recipients
Three times a year, PIC invites independent producers to apply to the PIC Media Fund Open Call, PIC's standing funding initiative. The Media Fund provides funds for single non-fiction Pacific Islander-themed programs for three critical phases of production: Research and Development (R&D), Production and Completion. For more information, visit piccom.org/pages/get-funded.
In PIC's last Media Fund Open Call, six projects were awarded R&D, Production, and Completion funding.
Gemma Cubero, R&D
Homecoming tells the intergenerational story of two women who bond as they cross the Pacific to return to the remote island where they grew up. Homecoming captures the vibrant if endangered Pukapukan community on the threshold of change, offering a poetic meditation on memory, loss, and the abiding power of our deepest attachments to place and loved ones.
Learn more at www.talcualfilms.com/estudio.
Tadashi Nakamura, R&D
While Hawaiʻi is known for many things, street art has not been one of them, but this is changing with the homecoming of Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) - one of the biggest international names in graffiti murals. Mele Murals is a documentary on a youth-driven community-building project depicting visual interpretations of mele (songs/lyrics) that are moʻolelo (stories) of that 'āina (land/place).
Learn more at www.estria.org/melemurals.
OUT OF STATE
Ciara Leinaʻala Lacy & Beau Bassett, Production
Out of State follows native Hawaiian male inmates who are sent to a private prison in Arizona. The film also follows the experiences of their families back home in Hawaii, thousands of miles away. In response to their displacement, a group of over 100 native Hawaiian male inmates practice hula, a means of maintaining their cultural heritage.
Learn more at www.ciaralacy.com/projects.
Teresa Tico, Completion
Fishing Pono: Living In Harmony With the Sea is an important story about the decline of fisheries in Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific, and how some Native Hawaiian fishermen have succeeded in restoring their fishing grounds through traditional fishing practices.
Learn more at www.imdb.com/title/tt2925974.
Erika Cohn & Tony Vainuku, Completion
In Football We Trust is an All-American Story that intimately portrays four young Polynesian football players struggling to overcome gang violence and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of recruiting, competitive athletics, and family pressures.
Learn more at www.infootballwetrustmovie.com.
Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, Completion
Kumu Hina is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the westernized society of modern day Hawaiʻi. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.
Learn more at kumuhina.tumblr.com.