OUT OF STATE I 2017
79 min | Director + Producer
Out of State premiered at the LA Film Festival in June 2017, and is now touring the festival circuit. Supporters of the project include the MacArthur Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation, Tribeca All Access, ITVS, Firelight Media's Next Step Fund, the Hawaii People's Fund, and Pacific Islanders in Communication.
Distribution: Independent Lens broadcast, GoodDOCS educational
Ciara Lacy (Director + Producer)
Notable Film Festivals: Berlinale, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Thin Line Festival, Maoriland Film Festival, Vision Maker Film Festival, Smithsonian Mother Tongue Film Festival, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, CAAMFest
The themes that this powerful, poetic film explores are specifically grounded in a uniquely Hawaiian experience — exploring the struggles of contemporary Hawaiians through an intimate, honest, and empathetic lens,” the jury said.
They learn ancient Hawaiian traditions behind bars, including dance routines, chants, and other rituals that they had previously disregarded for a life of crime and substance abuse.
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