MEET THE CREW

CHRISTOPHER KAHUNAHANA   WRITER DIRECTOR Christopher is a visionary Hawaiian filmmaker and a Sundance Institute Native Lab fellow. As founder of 4th World Film, he wrote Karaoke Kings, a feature film in development. He also directed LĀHAINĀ NOON, a narrative short that premiered at HIFF 2014.  Christopher also directed a pseudo-documentary for the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American "A Day in the Life" project. In 2015, his HIFF trailer MOMENTS won 4 PELE awards from the American Advertising Awards.  

CHRISTOPHER KAHUNAHANA  
WRITER DIRECTOR

Christopher is a visionary Hawaiian filmmaker and a Sundance Institute Native Lab fellow. As founder of 4th World Film, he wrote Karaoke Kings, a feature film in development. He also directed LĀHAINĀ NOON, a narrative short that premiered at HIFF 2014.  Christopher also directed a pseudo-documentary for the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American "A Day in the Life" project. In 2015, his HIFF trailer MOMENTS won 4 PELE awards from the American Advertising Awards.  

JASON CUTINELLA   EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Jason got his start in the media world at McCann Erickson Worldwide as a media buyer for Sony Pictures and then Sony Music International. In 2004, Jason relocated to Hawaii. With a passion for marketing and brand development, he launched Nella Media Group in 2009. In his capacity as CEO, he continues to push the boundaries of innovation in today's media market. Jason currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii International Film Festival.

JASON CUTINELLA  
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Jason got his start in the media world at McCann Erickson Worldwide as a media buyer for Sony Pictures and then Sony Music International. In 2004, Jason relocated to Hawaii. With a passion for marketing and brand development, he launched Nella Media Group in 2009. In his capacity as CEO, he continues to push the boundaries of innovation in today's media market. Jason currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii International Film Festival.

JOSH STRICKLAND   EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Josh is a father, entrepreneur, traveler and team builder. As of 2Q2017, Josh has five independent film projects in play, ranging from preproduction to making the festival rounds. His successful 20 year career encompasses the creation, management or consultation of businesses in film production, information technology, mortgage banking, franchise retail, manufacturing and the equipment rental space. Josh's unique experience and opportunistic drive provides him an ability to successfully execute diverse projects of many sizes.

JOSH STRICKLAND  
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Josh is a father, entrepreneur, traveler and team builder. As of 2Q2017, Josh has five independent film projects in play, ranging from preproduction to making the festival rounds. His successful 20 year career encompasses the creation, management or consultation of businesses in film production, information technology, mortgage banking, franchise retail, manufacturing and the equipment rental space. Josh's unique experience and opportunistic drive provides him an ability to successfully execute diverse projects of many sizes.

 
CONNIE M FLOREZ   PRODUCER / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Connie M. Florez is an educator, producer, writer, and director.  She is the founder of Hula Girl Productions LLC and has worked on numerous award winning internationally recognized projects including Kumu Hina (2012), State of Aloha (2009) and The Killing of a John Lennon (2006).  She is the recipient of the CINE Golden Eagle Award (2009) as well as The Emerging Women Filmmakers Grant from General Motors Alliance (2007). She has taught film studies at the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media since 2006 and has been the honored Director Of Programming for the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival since 2003.

CONNIE M FLOREZ  
PRODUCER / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Connie M. Florez is an educator, producer, writer, and director.  She is the founder of Hula Girl Productions LLC and has worked on numerous award winning internationally recognized projects including Kumu Hina (2012), State of Aloha (2009) and The Killing of a John Lennon (2006).  She is the recipient of the CINE Golden Eagle Award (2009) as well as The Emerging Women Filmmakers Grant from General Motors Alliance (2007). She has taught film studies at the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media since 2006 and has been the honored Director Of Programming for the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival since 2003.

VINCE KEALA LUCERO   PRODUCER Now in its ninth year, Vince’s company Co-Creative takes on TV, commercial, and film project for organizations like The Kamehameha Schools, Showtime Networks, and Hawaii Pacific Health. A Co Creative collaboration with Rising Sons, short film "Ho'omau" took the Audience Award at HIFF 2016. Co Creative's feature doc "Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson" was honored as the Closing Night Film at HIFF 2015. It is scheduled for PBS Nationwide broadcast later this year.  Vince is also a producer of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival and collaborates as camera operator on CBS’ TV series Hawaii Five-O.

VINCE KEALA LUCERO  
PRODUCER

Now in its ninth year, Vince’s company Co-Creative takes on TV, commercial, and film project for organizations like The Kamehameha Schools, Showtime Networks, and Hawaii Pacific Health. A Co Creative collaboration with Rising Sons, short film "Ho'omau" took the Audience Award at HIFF 2016. Co Creative's feature doc "Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson" was honored as the Closing Night Film at HIFF 2015. It is scheduled for PBS Nationwide broadcast later this year.  Vince is also a producer of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival and collaborates as camera operator on CBS’ TV series Hawaii Five-O.

GREG DOI   PRODUCER As the owner and founder of Greg Doi productions, Greg has been working for feature film and commercial productions for more than 15 years, both within and outside Hawai‘i. Notable projects include Kong:Skull Island, Lost, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Godzilla.  Most recently, Greg’s The Land was accepted into the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

GREG DOI  
PRODUCER

As the owner and founder of Greg Doi productions, Greg has been working for feature film and commercial productions for more than 15 years, both within and outside Hawai‘i. Notable projects include Kong:Skull Island, Lost, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Godzilla.  Most recently, Greg’s The Land was accepted into the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

 
RYAN MIYAMOTO    CINEMATOGRAPHER Ryan Miyamoto is a an accomplished cinematographer, director, and producer based in Los Angeles, California. Miyamoto’s work can be seen on National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Sports, ESPN, Disney and Red Bull Productions. His directorial debut, TWINSTERS, premiered at SXSW 2015 and received the “Special Jury Recognition for Editing.” Current work includes NBC Sports’ Spartan Race 2016, Fox Sports’ Titans of Mavericks 2016, and ESPN's NBA Eastern Conference Finals. 

RYAN MIYAMOTO   
CINEMATOGRAPHER

Ryan Miyamoto is a an accomplished cinematographer, director, and producer based in Los Angeles, California. Miyamoto’s work can be seen on National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Sports, ESPN, Disney and Red Bull Productions. His directorial debut, TWINSTERS, premiered at SXSW 2015 and received the “Special Jury Recognition for Editing.” Current work includes NBC Sports’ Spartan Race 2016, Fox Sports’ Titans of Mavericks 2016, and ESPN's NBA Eastern Conference Finals. 

KELII GRACE ASSISTANT CAMERA Award Winning Director of Photography Kelii Grace has been dubbed a “Visual Translator” by his colleagues and clients. Keenly intuitive of clients goals and Directors vision, Kelii crafts his work with intention, substance and collaboration. Kelii has over a decade of experience shooting + editing commercial motion and still photo projects in North America and Japan. Experienced in all things RED and Arri, Kelii is also a capable drone pilot and operator

KELII GRACE

ASSISTANT CAMERA

Award Winning Director of Photography Kelii Grace has been dubbed a “Visual Translator” by his colleagues and clients. Keenly intuitive of clients goals and Directors vision, Kelii crafts his work with intention, substance and collaboration. Kelii has over a decade of experience shooting + editing commercial motion and still photo projects in North America and Japan. Experienced in all things RED and Arri, Kelii is also a capable drone pilot and operator

NICOLE NAONE    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER As founder of PointHawaii.com - the official media sponsor of the 2016 Hawai‘i International Film Festival, Naone brings her esteemed marketing knowledge, and experience to the forefront of Hawai‘i’s creative community. She was the 2013 recipient of the David H. and Doris C. Cromwell Award of Excellence and has held speaking engagements on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i as an Alumni Expert of its Arts and Culture program. Naone is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Hawai‘i Manoa.

NICOLE NAONE   
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

As founder of PointHawaii.com - the official media sponsor of the 2016 Hawai‘i International Film Festival, Naone brings her esteemed marketing knowledge, and experience to the forefront of Hawai‘i’s creative community. She was the 2013 recipient of the David H. and Doris C. Cromwell Award of Excellence and has held speaking engagements on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i as an Alumni Expert of its Arts and Culture program. Naone is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Hawai‘i Manoa.

CIARA LACY    PRODUCER Ciara’s background is in managing and supervising independent features, producing documentary content for film and television as well as coordinating product placement for a variety of platforms. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sundance Institute's Merata Mita Fellowship (2016) in addition to currently being a Firelight Documentary Lab Fellow and benefiting from a Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress residency. Ciara holds a BA in psychology from Yale University and is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools.

CIARA LACY   
PRODUCER

Ciara’s background is in managing and supervising independent features, producing documentary content for film and television as well as coordinating product placement for a variety of platforms. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sundance Institute's Merata Mita Fellowship (2016) in addition to currently being a Firelight Documentary Lab Fellow and benefiting from a Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress residency. Ciara holds a BA in psychology from Yale University and is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools.