On June 27 2014, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted and lava began flowing directly toward the center of Pahoa, a small seaside town on the big island of Hawai’i. Hard to predict and impossible to stop, the flow threatened to cut off the town’s main access road, which would leave the residents of this already isolated community to rely solely on one another.
Aloha from Lavaland tells the story of one Hawaiian town coming together with strength and resilience. The film explores what it really means to live in such an unpredictable paradise, and what the incident can teach the rest of the world about community, sustainability, harmony, and aloha.
The film is finished!...but we still need your help.
In order to get our film out into the world, we need a few final things, like E&O insurance, a title search, DVDs, and the funds to submit to film festivals.
In exchange for support, we're offering digital and hard copies of the film, and our eternal gratitude.
Here is where our goal of $3,000 will go:
What happens if we make more than our goal? We're so glad you asked. If so many people want to purchase the film that we go over our goal of $3,000, then we aim to hit our stretch goal.
Let us take the film on tour! We plan to submit to over a dozen film festivals across the country. If we get in, we would like to attend some of the festivals to represent our film, and our community. At the festivals, we will speak to an audience about topics touched on in the film: the importance of community, sustainability, and what it's like to live in such an unpredictable place.
Attending festivals means sending a team of four filmmakers to a film festival (plane tickets), where we will need to stay (housing), and feed ourselves (food). We will also use a portion of our stretch goal to reimburse the investors who believed in us from the beginning.
Co-director and cinematographer Suzenne “Zenne” Seradwyn is a video creatrix currently based on The Big Island of Hawaii. An independent filmmaker on over 100 short films and documentaries, she has worked professionally in academia and non-profits, as well as for a diverse group of artists, dancers and musicians. View her work at www.puremotherlove.com.
Co-director, editor and cinematographer Phillips Payson is an award-winning filmmaker and the Technical Director for the Hawaii International Film Festival. A graduate of the Transmedia Film program at Syracuse University, Payson has directed and edited his own narrative feature film, as well as several short films. Payson spent several years working with Deluxe New York, a full service post production house in New York City. He is co-founder of the award-winningBig Island based production company Larkin Pictures. View his work at www.LarkinPictures.com.
Writer and producer Zoe Eisenberg has written and produced several feature and short films. A published author, she is co-founder of the award-winning Big Island-based production company Larkin Pictures. View her work at www.ZoeEisenberg.com.
Executive Producer Robert Kent is an award-winning photographer based on the Big Island of Hawaii. The founder of Gift Culture Media, Kent has over three decades of experience in high-quality production work for clients including Union Bank. Kent is also the founder of Compassionate Eye Foundation, a non-profit that empowers developing nations in order to expand educational opportunities, basic health services and tools for economic success. In the past decade, Compassionate Eye Foundation has raised over $3 million for projects in developing nations. View his work at http://www.compassionateeye.org.
Spanning 55 minutes, this documentary offers an inside-out view of the 2014 lava flow, showcasing what mainstream news and media missed: the heart. The documentary interviews dozens of Pahoa residents, with key interviews from notable community members and experts including:
Thank you for the support! Find more information at www.AlohaFromLavaland.com.
Risks and challenges
Independent filmmaking by nature is both risky and challenging. However, because our film is already finished, backing this project is risk-free for you. If we meet our goal, we can guarantee that you will receive your digital or DVD copy of the film by the end of 2016.
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