About this project
Makai Studios, George Kahumoku Jr. and The Slack Key Show are proud to announce the last chapter of the acclaimed “Masters of Hawaiian Music Film Series” with the our final film of the series and an exciting website to distribute the films.
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, Kawika Kahiapo Ke Kani Mo’olelo and Jeff Peterson Wahi Pana.
Continuing our desire to document the lives and musical careers of the master’s of Hawaiian music, it is our goal to create one final film 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 previous success, George and I want to ask you to support us in making a very special final film about the continued growth of slack key music after the Hawaiian Renaissance. Additionally we want to make an interactive website to house our series, that will allow users to add additional video and audio content ensuring that the perpetuation of Hawaiian music and culture can continue on.
To make this film and website we need to raise $50,000. As in the past, the film will target traditional broadcasting, educational use, online distribution, and DVD releases. As always, Uncle 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.
Since the series inception we have successfully crowd-funded 7 films and with each film we have maximized our budgets by harnessing all of my production relationships and abilities. The result is our ability to produce professional broadcast films with smaller budgets than normally would be possible.
Our budget for 2017 includes launching an exciting educational website that will further distribute our films while creating a dynamic and constantly growing online source for audio visual content pertaining to Hawaiian music and culture!
As always, the films will be created at no cost to the artists, but will instead be funded by you right here on Kickstarter.
Share the Music
This is a film I have wanted to make since first working on Seeds of Aloha. With this film we will focus on the continuing history of Kī Hō'alu, or Hawaiian Slack Key guitar, but in this film we will focus on the period after the Hawaiian Renaissance.
Picking up the story in the late 1980s and shedding light on the development and contributions of many artists including George Kahumoku Jr., Moses Kahumoku, George Kuo, Cindy Combs, and Keola Beamer just to name a few. We will also look at the contributions of Dancing Cat Records and see how they influenced an entire generation of players, along with the rise in popularity of Slack Key workshops as the artists toured the world and brought Slack Key music to a whole new audience.
During this period of time Slack Key grew from the Hawaiian Islands where tunings were once treated as a family secret, to being spread around the globe. This is truly an exciting story that needs to be documented and told.
The Series Website
We want everyone to have the opportunity to see our films, and to have the opportunity to learn more about these wonderful artists. With this in mind our budget for 2017 includes launching an exciting educational website that will further distribute our films while creating a dynamic and constantly growing online source for audio visual content pertaining to Hawaiian music and culture. Everyone will be able to enjoy the site, and users will have the opportunity to share their own content, music, photos and videos within the site as well, ensuring that the library of content will continue to grow.
WHY WE NEED TO RAISE FUNDS
To tell this story 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, Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu and the mainland United States. 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 a total of 30 days and the filming will be spread out to best match the artist's busy schedule. Once the filming is done we will do the editing in our own studio, but the editing process as always will be lengthy. From our past experiences we know that it will take 60 days of editing.
Once the film is 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.
The website will be constructed as the film is being produced.
GET INVOLVED!With this in mind, our goal is to raise $50,000 here on Kickstarter so we can tell this important story with a feature length documentary 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 shown 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.
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We have great incentives and rewards for anyone that can give to our campaign, and you can also get involved by helping to SPREADING THE WORD through your social media networks. By working together we will be able to tell the stories of Share The Music and create this exciting website 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 and website 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
Making a film of cultural or historic value requires removing any pre conceived notions from the story telling process. This kind of documentary making is a bit like exploring, and we need to let the story lead us where it will. We achieve this by listening to the artists as we interview them. They know the stories, they lived them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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