Directors James Sereno and Alex Munoz work with incarcerated youth at Hawai’i Youth Correctional Facility to create original films (faces are blurred to protect the kids’ indentities).
Photo: Liza Simon for Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Chamorro filmmaker Alex Munoz brings his pioneering program, Films by Youth Inside (FYI), to Hawai’i. Twelve teens made two movies in two weeks. The films will screen in Honolulu in early March.
Incarcerated youth get new focus on life through ﬁlm
Ka Wai Ola, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Troubled teens make movies
Mud: Should’ve Known
The video was made by a Pacific Islander team – director Alex Munoz (Chamorro) and producer Karin Williams (Aotearoa/Cook Is) – with a mostly Guahan/Pinoy posse including editor AJ Calomay (editor: Black Eyed Peas, Native Guns).
Mud is Nikki Aclaro (vocals, guitar), Alan Kao (guitar), Ralph Blas (bass), Jared Cruz (drums) and Aris Nicholas (keyboard).
The Guam band, now San Francisco residents, signed with Talking House Productions.
Their new album Yearbook launches April 15.
Nine movies by Nesians and one Chamorro screen at Pollywood Six08 at various venues across Auckland through 20 March 08.
Craig Fasi curates the world’s only current festival devoted soley to Pacific Islander films – this year featuring drama, comedy, experimental and documentary.
Films include Nice Jacket by Mishelle Muagututi’a and Pos Mavaega about Pacific artists, plus Pollywood’s first piece by an overseas director, Alex Munoz’s Hurao, a one-minute experimental art film shot on Guahan/Guam.
Short Word with Craig Fasi at NZ Film & TV Blog
TV3’s Pacific Beat Street hits up Pollywood 08 Premier
Report from Cerisse Palalgi at Otara screening:
These films really stood out for me:
Love Struck by Jane Akamoeau, a love story that ended in tragedy but with a unique twist. I was trying to hold back the tears at the very end.
Tau’olunga by Evanjica Isoa-Pau’u. A young half-caste Tongan girl, learning a traditional Tongan dance, encounters racial abuse towards herself & her palagi mother from her father’s Tongan family.”
Films by Youth Inside in LA Times
Munoz’s FYI: Films by Youth Inside teaches filmmaking to youth incarcerated in California corrections camps. He plans to expand the program to Hawai’i and Guam in 2008.
Read the full article: Life Has Its Own Storyline
“Munoz has developed a reputation as a talented and innovative writer and film director whose work reflects his advocacy for social change … stylish, provocative and edgy … ”