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Save the native Hawaiian culture! Final cut of Catherine Bauknight’s award-winning “Best Environmental” documentary film.

What We're Doing

When we learned the native Hawaiian wisdom of survival and culture was on the verge of extinction, we knew we had to do something. “Hawaii - A Voice For Sovereignty” is a documentary with an important mission based on the voice of the native Hawaiian people. This documentary raises awareness with their message of "What happens to the land happens to the people."

We’re raising $87,000 for a final shoot, editing, and release to the world. The pre-release edit has already won 7 film awards at film festivals in Maui, New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco, and New Zealand. Hey, maybe this final version will win an Academy award.

The final release version will be for a summer 2011 premiere at the Hollywood Gower Studios, as part of "Kat Kramer's Films That Change the World" series. Kat Kramer is daughter of Academy Award-winning director Stanley Kramer. This special screening with the press, Academy members, and celebrity guests will be sure to raise awareness to help save the Native Hawaiian culture.

-- FAQs

What awards has the documentary film won?

The preliminary cut of the documentary has won the following film festival awards:

  • Best Environmental Film - New York International Independent Video and Film Festival
  • Best Environmental Film - Red Nation Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
  • Best Hawai’i Film - Maui Film Festival
  • Best Documentary - American Indian Movement (AIM-West), San Francisco, CA
  • Mana Wairoa Award - The Maori Film Festival, New Zealand
  • The Allen Willis Documentary Award - Berkeley Video and Film Festival
  • Is Best Documentary Film at the 2012 Academy Awards next?

The preliminary cut of the movie has already won a lot of film awards. Doesn’t that mean it has been "released"?

No. The money we are raising here is to do the final cut of the movie for worldwide release.

What does the money go to?

The money will go toward a final shoot in the Hawaiian Islands, (Oahu, Big Island, and Maui), final editing, and the Academy Awards film entry fees.

When the final cut is finished, when will it be released?

After the summer 2011 Hollywood screening and Academy Awards 2012 (according to Academy Awards entry guidelines).

Can you tell me more about the summer 2011 Hollywood screening?

The exclusive 2011 Hollywood screening will be the private premiere in advance of the 2012 worldwide release. A limited number of Kickstarter backers will be able to attend this big night in Hollywood.This final release version of the film will be a summer 2011 premiere as a part of the "Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World" series, to be held at the historic Hollywood Sunset-Gower Studios.

Kat Kramer is the daughter of Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kramer, the Godfather of socially-conscious films. Through her screening series, she raises awareness of important subject matter by screening feature films and documentaries that focus on current social-issues. The premiere will be a high-profile event, with celebrity guests, international press, and Academy members.

What is in the digital download package?

Everyone who donates at least $10 will receive our official digital download package, which will include the official "Hawaii - A Voice for Sovereignty" promotional materials, including digital posters, desktop wallpapers, etc.

Can we exceed the goal?

Yes! Kickstarter allows as much money as is given before the deadline to go to the film.

FAQ

  • The preliminary cut of the documentary has won the following film festival awards:
    * Best Environmental Film - New York International Independent Video and Film Festival
    * Best Environmental Film - Red Nation Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
    * Best Hawai’i Film - Maui Film Festival
    * Is Best Documentary Film at the 2012 Academy Awards next?
    * Best Documentary - American Indian Movement (AIM-West), San Francisco, CA
    * Mana Wairoa Award - The Maori Film Festival, New Zealand
    * Best Documentary Film” New York International Independent Video and Film Festival
    * The Allen Willis Documentary Award - Berkeley Video and Film Festival

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  • No. The money we are raising here is to do the final cut of the movie for worldwide release.

    Last updated:
  • The money will go toward a final shoot in the Hawaiian
    Islands, (Oahu, Big Island, and Maui,), final editing, and the Academy Awards film entry fees.

    Last updated:
  • After the summer 2011 Hollywood screening and Academy Awards 2012 (according to
    Academy Awards entry guidelines).

    Last updated:
  • The exclusive 2011 Hollywood screening will be the private premiere in advance of the 2012 worldwide release. A limited number of Kickstarter backers will be able to attend this big night in Hollywood.

    This final release version of the film will be a summer 2011 premiere as a part of the "Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World" series, to be held at the historic Hollywood Sunset-Gower Studios. Kat Kramer is the daughter of Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kramer, the Godfather of socially-conscious films. Kat Kramer is founder and producer of the popular film screening series.

    Through her screening series, she raises awareness of important subject matter by screening feature films and documentaries that focus on current social-issues. The premiere will be a high-profile event, with, celebrity guests, international press, and Academy members.

    Last updated:
  • Everyone who donates at least $10 will receive our official digital
    download package, which will include the official "Hawaii - A Voice for
    Sovereignty" promotional materials, including digital posters, desktop
    wallpapers, etc.

    Last updated:
  • Yes! Kickstarter allows as much money as is given before the deadline to go to the film.

    Last updated:
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    "Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty" soundtrack CD autographed by the producer Catherine Bauknight and select musician plus official poster.

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    Limited edition "Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty" movie poster signed by Catherine Bauknight , and Co-Producers Sandy Fox and Mark Alexander plus soundtrack CD.

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    A pledge in the name of someone or an organization that is important to you and include a few sentences or paragraph of description. It will be placed on the official film website and facebook - Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty.

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    The first "Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty" T-shirt made "Hawaiian Style" (plus poster, phone call and download package).

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    Congratulations you've just become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, and will be credited as such in the end title crawl of the movie! You'll also receive a special edition "Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty" Associate Producer" T-shirt (and the poster, phone call, & digital download package). Your name will appear alphabetically during the end title crawl under the heading "Associate Producers," and will run on the left side of the screen alongside the traditional credits on the right. This way, you can spread your aloha to the world when your name rolls on the movie screen.

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    Your very own "Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty" the documentary film coffee mug (along with the Associate Producer package).

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    Have Catherine Bauknight record your personal voicemail greeting (along with the Associate Producer package). We'll have original Hawaiian Music in the background!

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    HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE AND RED CARPET! Two invitations for you and a guest to attend private the Premiere screening in Hollywood in July, with Catherine, Co-Producers Sandy Fox and Mark Alexander, Native Hawaiians on panel, Academy members, and celebrities. Red carpet included (comes with Associate Producer package – transportation not included).

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    A 30 min Skype session with Director Catherine Bauknight and Hawaiian cast on location (along with the Associate Producer package), Q&A with Hawaiian cast, Director commentary, on location of in the beauty of Hawaii… Mahalo nui.

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    A 30 minute Skype session with Catherine Bauknight (along with the Associate Producer package). Whatever you want... connecting with the culture, thoughts on how to shoot a documentary, where the best luaus are... how to travel around Big Island and shoot Hawaiian style.. all good!

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    Appear as an extra in the documentary (on location in Hawaii) and join the cast and crew for luau (comes with Associate Producer package – transportation not included).

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    Bring a guest and share a meal with Catherine Bauknight and crew in Hawaii or Hollywood, your choice. You pick the cuisine, they’ll pick the restaurant and take care of the tab (comes with Associate Producer package -- transportation not included).

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    Spend the day as Director Catherine Bauknight's personal assistant in Los Angeles, and be credited as such in the end title crawl! (Comes with the Associate Producer package – hotel and transportation not included).

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    Director Catherine Bauknight will fly to your city and do a pre-release screening of the documentary in your home or your facitity with live director's commentary! Limited to within the United States (comes with the Associate Producer package).

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    A native Hawaiian musician will fly to your city and do a concert at your home for you and your friends! Limited to within the United States (comes with the Associate Producer package).

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