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10 - 11:30 am, June 2, 2019
Hilo Palace Theater

Community-Based Filmmaking: The Importance of Collaboration

with the Hawai’i Filmmaker’s Collective (HFC)

In this 90 minute panel, Hawaii-based filmmakers will discuss the importance of community support when getting a project off the ground, how to find your core collaborators amongst your peers, and how working together can help build our local industry.

Vera Zambonelli

Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking (HWF)

Vera Zambonelli is an academic, artist, and activist who focuses on issues of diversity, social justice and inclusion, community building, and feminist filmmaking. In 2011, Vera founded Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking (HWF) with the mission of using filmmaking to amplify women and girls' voices and share their own compelling stories. She has been teaching at the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the Academy for Creative Media at West Oʻahu. Recently, Vera has produced Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi, a series of short docs about the history and accomplishments of Hawaiʻi women filmmakers, distributed by Alexander Street Press. Thanks to a recent NEA grant, Vera is currently co-producing Season II of Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi.


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Jeff Orig

Orig Media

Jeff Orig is a writer, director, producer who owns and runs Orig Media, a boutique Honolulu-based production company. The creator of award-winning comedy series Waikiki P.D., Jeff and his team have been honored with several awards for their commercial and creative work, including official selection at the 2018 ITVFest, finalist in the 2018 Sundance Youtube New Voices Lab and Finalist in the 2018 Sundance Feature Development track. He is also a two-time Creative Lab Hawaii Graduate Fellow for Web Series and Producing. In his free time, he hikes and barbecues at the beach with his wife and plays with their two cats. Plus, he geeks out a lot on camera gear.  His latest obsession is vintage lenses.

Moderated by


Alexander Deedy

Hawai’i Filmmakers Collective (HFC)

Alexander Deedy is an Oahu-based journalist and filmmaker. Originally from Alaska, he started making films after moving to Hawaii and received support through programs like Creative Lab Hawaii and the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective. He now sits on the board of the Hawai’i Filmmakers Collective and helps filmmakers hone their craft as the nonprofit's Head of Fostering. He recently wrote, directed and produced the short film Teammates.

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