About this project
Makai Studios, George Kahumoku Jr. and The Slack Key Show are proud to announce the continuation of the acclaimed “Masters of Hawaiian Music Film Series” with the creation of two new films in 2016.
Aloha, my name is David Barry. I am the director of The Masters of Hawaiian Music Film Series whose films include the documentaries Seeds Of Aloha, Richard Ho’opi’i The Timeless Voice, Dennis Kamakahi The Legend of Grey Wolf, Martin Pahinui The Golden Voice and Brother Noland 'Auana. Continuing our desire to document the lives and musical careers of the master’s of Hawaiian music, it is our goal to create two new films from the unique perspective of the artists themselves. George and I both feel that these stories are an important step in carrying Hawaiian music and culture forward to future generations. These films can be a bridge to the past for tomorrow's children of Hawaii.
Building upon our success in 2014 and 2015, George and I want to ask you to support us in making two more films about Kawika Kahiapo and Jeff Peterson. To make these films we need to raise $51,000. These films will target PBS broadcasting, educational use, online distribution, and traditional DVD releases.
The films will each explore one individual musician: to document their biography, their musical career, and their influence in both Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian community. George Kahumoku Jr. will serve as the host for each film, introducing each film's subject. Interviews with the featured artist and others will then tell the story.
Why $51,000? Well let me tell you. Since the series inception we have successfully crowd-funded 4 films and along the way we have built relationships with individuals and companies that wish to match the funds we can raise through Kickstarter. This means that we can do more than we ever have before! Our budget for 2016 includes adding our entire film series to Netflix and increasing our production quality by filming and editing the films in 4K. If we can raise $51,000 with you guys here on Kickstarter, then we have additional backing that will add to what we raise here to get us to our larger goal!
The films will be created at no cost to the artist, but will instead be funded by you right here on Kickstarter. This method was used successfully to fund George Kahumoku Jr.’s documentary “Seeds Of Aloha” as well as our previous four Masters of Hawaiian Music Series films.
Kawika Kahiapo started playing music professionally when he was just 17 years old. Since those early beginnings, he has been on 86 recordings, won numerous Hoku Awards, and his list of accolades keeps growing.
Like George, Kawika is also a steward of the aina, putting action behind his words as he sets an example in caring for our land here in Hawaii. Always present in his community, he is on the board of directors for Sustain Hawaii, The Kokua Hawaii Foundation, and the North Shore Community Land Trust.
Serving Ke Akua and others are a priority, and is reflected in Kawika's lifestyle and music. "Love for the islands, it's people, `ohana, and Ke Akua (God), are what inspires him, while staying committed to perpetuating Hawaiian music, the culture, and the the art of ki ho`alu".
For his unmistakable voice, and nahenahe slack key playing that carries the traditions of slack key forward, Kawika is a true Master of Hawaiian Music.
Born on the Island of Maui, Jeff Peterson grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, on the Haleakala Ranch.
Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today, and he has grown to be recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile guitarists. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and his deep knowledge of multiple open tunings has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of solo artists, groups, and orchestras that include Eric Clapton, Aaron Neville, The Honolulu Symphony, Dennis Kamakahi and many others.
With his music he has traveled to Europe, Asia, Africa, India, Australia, and across the US. Everywhere he goes he brings his aloha, and when he leaves he carries with him the musical influences he has discovered along the way. Jeff is also a regular instructor at George Kahumoku’s yearly workshop, and is eager to share his knowledge of ki ho'alu guitar.
WHY WE NEED TO RAISE FUNDS:
To tell these stories we need to visit many locations to bring to life where these artists live and created music. Principal photography for these films will take place on Maui and Oahu as we film our artists and catch up with some of their contemporaries for additional insight. Through visiting some of these places with these artists, as a fly on the wall, we will get their unique perspective and put an image to the music.
We estimate principal photography will take 14 days on each film and the filming will be spread out to best match each artist's busy schedule.
Once the filming is done we will do the editing in our own studio, but the editing process will be lengthy. From our past experiences we know that it will take 60 days of editing on each film. Once the films are edited, a final color enhancement and audio enhancement session will need to be done in a finishing facility to make the film ready for broadcast and film festivals.
With this in mind, our goal is to raise $51,000 here on Kickstarter so we can tell both stories with feature length documentaries that we plan on submitting to PBS, and to Hawaiian networks, as well as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. We need your help. We are asking you to please be a part of preserving the legacy of the Masters of Hawaiian music by financially backing our campaign.
By contributing you help share the values that these musicians and Uncle George have displayed to all of us, through the telling of these important stories which can inspire future generations with the knowledge of where their music and culture came from.
We have great incentives and rewards for anyone that can give to our campaign, and if you want to get involved but do not have the money, then please help out by SPREADING THE WORD. By working together we will be able to tell the stories of Kawika Kahiapo and Jeff Peterson in continuation of the Master’s of Hawaiian Music film series. Uncle George has taught me that the Hawaiian term for this is Laulima, many hands working together, and together we can achieve great things!
Don't pass up this opportunity to be a part of this exciting film series hosted by George Kahumoku Jr. as these films will be the source of information about Hawaii’s rich history of music for generations to come, and one of the best ways to ensure that the legacy of Hawaiian music lives on. Mahalo nui for your time and support!
Risks and challenges
The challenges in creating a film of historic and cultural value are found in placing the subjects of the film in the environment that re creates the subject or topic. We will achieve this by traveling to the places that inspired Jeff and Kawika.
Another challenge in film making is creating a budget that you can work within. We overcome this challenge through years of experience in film and television production and raising enough money to not just shoot a film, but to finish each film through to distribution.
A final challenge is in the fulfillment. We have found that our projects are backed by people all over the world, and the mailing out of DVDs becomes a large job. We have made this simpler by mailing our incentives out directly from the disc manufacturer, saving time and money.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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