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.
Our work with Paulette Wooten, composer for the film, is going really well. Paulette is a gifted and creative musician and producer. We've just listened to round #2 and are hearing rich and diverse sounds of cello, bass, ukes, slide/petal guitars, Hawai'ian drums, and more.
Another accomplished songwriter and musician, Leonard Jones, is also writing and recording a song for Rise using a "Tipple" (10-string Hawai'ian uke). We recently heard the song for the first time and it is amazing! It's called Aloha Leilani (Heavenly Lei of Love).