One Voice local documentary film at Hawaii International Film Festival about ten singers from Kamehameha Schools in contest

HONOLULU, HI, September 20, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) As Hawaii celebrates a record setting year for film and TV productions in the state, it is important to note local films such as ONE VOICE that are 100% produced and funded here in the islands.

Presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), ONE VOICE, a
documentary about ten Kamehameha Schools student song leaders and their
journey to Song Contest, will make its Hawaii premiere at the Hawaii
International Film Festival (HIFF) on October 15th at Dole Cannery Stadium
18 Theaters.

We are excited to showcase this film because it demonstrates the talent and
experience of filmmakers that exist here in Hawaii both in front of the
screen and behind-the-scenes,² says PIC president, Ruth Bolan.

ONE VOICE follows the students as they prepare for the Song Contest,
detailing their contributions to preserving and perpetuating the Hawaiian
culture. Through the stories and the lives of these contemporary high school
students, the audience will experience Hawaiian culture as it has survived,
flourished and grown through the universal power of music and song.

Bolan says the film allows everyone to experience this extraordinary
competition. ³The Kamehameha School Song Contest is a unique tradition of
cultural celebration. The film gives viewers a front row seat into Hawaii¹s
heritage, demonstrating our love for community, passion for Hawaiian music,
and the story of a people who nearly lost their language and culture.²

Preparations for filming begin months before the contest. The film follows
the song leaders for an entire year as they prepare for the March 2008
competition. The theme for that year was Ola ka ŒOlelo Oiwi o ka ŒAina ­
celebrating Hawaiian language revitalization.

The annual competition involves tremendous amounts of preparation and
rehearsal. Following the elected student song directors, we see how the
tradition creates an indelible experience that builds class unity, instills
cultural pride, and builds character. Song Contest is the event students
anticipate all year long, and each year the competition among the classes is
intense. While the film follows the lives of several song directors as they
prepare for the Song Contest, it also explores their world outside of school
by meeting their families, or Œohana, and revealing their hopes and dreams
for the future.

ONE VOICE embodies the aloha spirit that is at the center of a dynamic and
thriving Hawaiian society in the 21st century, while paying tribute to the
long and glorious history of Hawaiian music and culture. For the students,
it all culminates in one night of competition, when they sing with one
voice. The documentary is a testament to their song, a film that is a
living, breathing, singing celebration of the Hawaiian people.


As a filmmaker and hula dancer, One Voice director Lisette Marie Flanary
creates documentary films that celebrate a renaissance of traditional
Hawaiian culture in the modern world. A graduate of New York University¹s
Tisch School of the Arts, Flanary is the writer, producer and director of
Lehua Films based in New York City. Her award- winning movie ²Na Kamalei:
The Men of Hula,² was part of the Independent Lens series on PBS in 2008,
and screened in numerous film festivals both in the U-S and abroad. The film
premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival¹s Sunset on the Beach
event in 2006, where Flanary received the Hawaii Filmmaker Award and an
Audience Award for Best Documentary. In 2007, ³Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula²
garnered an Emerging Director Award at the New York Asian American
International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the San Francisco Asian
American Film Festival, Best Non-Fiction Feature at the VCFilmFest and Best
Documentary at the San Diego Asian American Film Festival.

Currently, Flanary is in pre-production on the final film of her trilogy
entitled ³Tokyo Hula,² which focuses on the intense popularity of hula
dancing in Japan. And, One Voice won her a nomination for Best Director of a
Documentary at the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Rim Festival

Executive Director of Pacific Islanders in Communications and film producer,
Ruth Bolan graduated with Honors from Harvard University, where she ran the
Experimental Theater at the Loeb Drama Center. Her first job was at the
John. F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. working with Artistic Director
Peter Sellars. She then produced theater on and off Broadway. While in New
York, she was Spalding Gray's manager and produced works for American
Playhouse and HBO. In Hollywood, she ran the Film Division of Overland
Entertainment and founded her own Media Development Company. Recently, in
Honolulu, she was the Executive Director of the children¹s theater Lisa
Mastumoto¹s Ohia Productions. She has been the Executive Director of
Pacific Islanders in Communications since April 1, 2005.

Co-producer Heather Haunani Giugni is a passionate Hawaiian media content
collector who celebrates her community through the lens of a camera. For
more than 25 years, Giugni has been the guiding force behind Juniroa
Productions, which has produced hundreds of short and long programs about
Hawaii and its native people. Giugni also mentors, produces, directs, writes
and connects the Hawaiian dots that help tell the story of Native Hawaiians,
to a global audience. Since 2006, she has produced the Kamehameha Schools
Song Contest¹s live broadcast. She also produces the highly acclaimed Merrie
Monarch Festival, broadcast locally and viewed worldwide, via the Internet.
Most recently, Giugni established a digital film and video archive for the
State of Hawaii. Her success can be attributed to great collaborations,
including a partnership with PIC on One Voice.


PIC is sponsoring an online contest asking participants to answer weekly
questions about the movie, the Song Contest tradition, and fun, local facts.
The winners will receive prizes and gift certificates from local businesses,
and will qualify to win the grand prize, which is a two-night stay at the
Waikiki Beach Hotel during the HIFF Sunset on the Beach screening of ONE
VOICE (for residents) and two roundtrip plane tickets from the Continental
U.S., American Samoa and Guam to attend HIFF in October (non-Hawaii
residents). The contest goes until October 10th.

Major supporters of the film include the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting, PIC, and Juniroa Productions. There has also been an
outpouring of support and cooperation from the Kamehameha Œohana.


ONE VOICE is slated to debut on Opening Weekend of HIFF on Friday, October
15, 2010 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters. Additional screenings may be
added during the festival from October 14-24 at Dole Cannery, as well as a
screening at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki on October 23.