The explosive popularity of the hula dance in Japan begs the question: what is the line between sharing and selling culture?
- Lisette Marie Flanary
- Full-Length Film
- Subject Matter
- Arts & Music
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Documentary about the explosive popularity of hula dancing in Japan. The final documentary in a trilogy of hula films, R & D funding was awarded by the Diversity Development Fund at ITVS and PIC in 2009. Recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Travel and Study Grant 2010. Nominated for USA Fellowship 2009
Lisette Marie Flanary
As an independent filmmaker and a hula dancer, Lisette Marie Flanary creates documentary films that celebrate a modern renaissance of the hula dance and Hawaiian culture. She is the writer, producer and director of Lehua Films and her award-winning documentaries, “AMERICAN ALOHA: Hula Beyond Hawai’i”, “Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula”, and “ONE VOICE” have broadcast nationally on public television and shown in film festivals around the world. Lisette is currently directing and producing a documentary entitled “Tokyo Hula” which explores the explosive popularity of hula in Japan. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the New School University. Having lived in New York City for over twenty years, Lisette recently joined the faculty at the University of Hawai’i as the Assistant Professor of Indigenous/Native Creative Media at the Academy for Creative Media in the fall of 2011.