Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events.

← Return to News List


Pacific Islanders in Communications Announces Six Newly-Funded Film Projects

Posted on July 18, 2022

We are proud to announce our financial support for this pool of six talented media makers committed to sharing untold stories and fresh perspectives on the Pacific Islander experience. PIC's newly-funded Media Fund projects include:

  • Tail Twister by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Robert Rooy profiles John Godinet, an ultra-marathoner originally from American Samoa, and the Maryland community that rallies around him as he battles ALS and difficult memories from the past.

  • The Glades Project by indigenous filmmaker Connie Florez reveals the untold story of Honolulu's Glades Show Lounge. It's been 40 years since it closed - is life any easier for the current generation of Hawai'i female impersonators?

​PIC's newly-funded Shorts Fund projects include:

  • The Last Rodeo by Alison Week and Liz Barney tells the story of two paniolo wahine (Hawaiian cowgirls) who struggle to preserve their family's legacy and create a more environmentally sustainable model for Hawaiʻi.

  • Essential Islanders by Nathan Fitch is a short documentary exploring the experience of Micronesian migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the struggle to gain access to Medicare.

  • After the Endling by Daniel Kelin tells the story of a lonely pupu kani oe snuggled amongst the lehua, who struggles to survive multiple invasive threats as the "endling" (last) of his once vibrant species.

  • Polihale - Close to The Heart by Trevor Wallace tells the story of the Kilauano family and their ongoing struggle to stop the desecration of their ancestral burial grounds and the unique archaeology at Polihale. 

Keep an eye out for these films, and join us in congratulating the newest members of our PIC filmmaking ʻohana.


Categories: Funding, In Production, Projects