Contact: Teri L Skillman, (808) 956-8688 Events & Communications Coordinator, University of Hawaii at Manoa
The second lecture in the Spring 2013 Faculty Lecture Series, Hawai'i on Film: Storytelling on Screen Beyond Stereotypes, by Lisette Marie Flanary from the Academy of Creative Media, will be held on on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in Hamilton 301. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.
There have been many films shot in and about Hawaiʻi, but few have been stories that are told from the point of view of the “inside out” rather than the outside looking in. The diversity and individuality of Indigenous films made in Hawaiʻi challenge stereotypical understandings of Native Hawaiians and are important tools for cultural expression. Through her documentary films about hula and Hawaiian culture, filmmaker Flanary offers windows into our community, culture, beliefs, traditions and history with emphasis on issues of representation, protocols, and cultural integrity for a global audience. Her films American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaiʻi, Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula, ONE VOICE, and her current film project entitled Tokyo Hula will be used to illustrate contemporary storytelling in Hawaiʻi.
As an independent filmmaker and a hula dancer, 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.
Flanary 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, Flanary recently joined the faculty at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa as the Assistant Professor of Indigenous/Native Creative Media at the Academy for Creative Media in the Fall of 2011.
The Faculty Lecture Series is presented by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education, the Office of Research Relations and UH Mānoa Library.