HAWAI‘I INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HONORS TWO PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN COMMUNICATIONS-FUNDED PROGRAMS

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PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN COMMUNICATIONS Honolulu, Hawaii

News Release December 9, 2002

HAWAI‘I INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HONORS TWO PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN COMMUNICATIONS-FUNDED PROGRAMS

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The 2002 Hawai‘i International Film Festival has awarded top honors to two films funded by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC). They were among the nine chosen for recognition from the festival’s 212 features, short films and documentaries. The two PIC-funded programs that received distinction are:

· "Heart of the Sea," honored with the Spirit of Hawai‘i Award for exhibiting unique artistry and technical excellence in addition to promoting cultural understanding. Produced and directed by Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker, "Heart of the Sea" documents the life of Native Hawaiian Rell Sunn, one of the pioneers of women’s surfing, and her 14-year battle with breast cancer. The documentary will be aired nationally on PBS May 6, 2003.

· "i scream, floats, & sundays" was privileged with the Aloha Airlines Film &Videomaker Award, presented annually to give local filmmakers deserved recognition and to help further encourage the state film industry’s growth. In three short pieces, the film presents a visual meditation on the tensions facing Hawaiian women in a westernized society. The 11-minute film was written and directed by Hawaii’s Leah Kihara. "i scream" airs nationally on public television in June 2003 as a part of COLORVISION, a short film showcase.

"We’re thrilled that the Hawai‘i International Film Festival recognized the originality, quality and content of these programs," said Carlyn Tani, Pacific Islanders in Communications Executive Director. "We also hope that these awards will be a stepping stone to generate even more exposure for the two films," she continued.

"Heart of the Sea" is a production of Swell Cinema in association with PIC, KHET and ITVS, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by The James and Abigail Campbell Foundation, The Atherton Foundation, the Women's Fund of Hawai‘i, the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, the Pohaku Foundation, Watergirls, Inc., The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. J. Growney.

COLORVISION is a production of Johnsonworks in association with the National Minority Consortia, American Public Television, and ITVS with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Ford Foundation.

Pacific Islanders in Communications is a national nonprofit media organization based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. It was created to support and increase the development of national public broadcast programming by and about Pacific Islanders - programming which fosters a deeper understanding of Pacific Islander cultures and which enhances public recognition of and appreciation for Pacific Islanders. They are descendants of the first peoples of Hawai‘i, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and other Pacific Islands. Major funding for PIC is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Visit the organization's web site at www.piccom.org

Contact: Annie Moriyasu (808) 591-0059 x15

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