After a few years, 8TB of interviews, more than 500 photos and newspaper clippings, marathon editing and Skype musical-score sessions, and travel from Hawai'i to DC, we're extremely excited to announce the premiere and celebration of Rise of the Wahine.
Join us for the premiere of Rise of the Wahine: Monday, November 3, 7pm at the Hawai'i Theater. Tickets can be purchased at HIFF.org. Be sure to use code "myhiff" for a discount.
Then, join us for a night of dancing and mack-diggity celebration. Fans of all ages are welcome. Tickets are limited so get yours now.
Rise After Party
1144 Bethel St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(Across the street from the Hawai'i Theater.)
Fans of all ages are invited (we know Dean's 5 kids will be there!).
Order tickets online.
We're excited to announce that we can now receive tax-deductible donations. Through our fiscal sponsor, From the Heart Productions, Inc., you may donate online or via mail. Learn more...
Any donations received now will help not only with finishing the film, but also with marketing and distribution. You can help us spread the word across the nation about these incredible women and about the Rise of the Wahine that changed the landscape of female athletics in this country.
We've wrapped up the interviews (we think!) and have moved into acting! We've been filming re-enactments of key moments in the story to help create strong visuals so you can really experience the story. In above left shot, Director Dean Kaneshiro is filming actress Serena Michel, who is portraying our leading lady, Dr. Donnis Thompson.
Donnis was the first Women's Athletic Director at the University of Hawai'i and a woman truly ahead of her time. An incredibly gifted athlete in her own right, she grew up in Chicago. There she was denied access to coaching, because of her skin color and gender, that would possibly have taken her to an elite level of play. (This is part of the shot above.) Instead of getting angry and bitter, she vowed to break down barriers so a future generation of women could have opportunities she never did. We think you'll fall in love with her in the film.
The above right shot is "The Belly Button Scene" in our script. You'll have to watch the film to learn more, but let's just say it was a pivotal moment that turned Donnis into a lion.
Welcome to the Editing Suite! The editing is cranking now (we're on revision 6) and this is the place where the magic is now happening (along with tears, lack of sleep, moldy archives, and excitement).
Thanks again for all your support. We're seeing life come to the vision we've only imagined right before our eyes. It's a pretty amazing experience, and you've helped make it all possible. We truly can't thank you enough.
Mahalo Nui Loa!
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