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A seasoned documentary producer, writer and editor, and a passionate storyteller, Shirley Thompson is best known for the  documentaries she has edited and/or produced, including Baseball Behind Barbed Wire (2023), The ‘Ilima Lady (2023), The Last Rodeo (2022), Embers of Awakening (2021), Finding Kukan (2016), Pidgin: the Voice of Hawai‘i (2008), Special Circumstances (2006), Surfing for Life (2000) & It’s Elementary (1996). 

Many of the films she has worked on have received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting National Multicultural Alliance. These films have garnered major awards, have screened at film festivals around the world and have broadcast nationally on public television. 

She co-produces Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i, a series of short films portraying top women filmmakers. She directed five of the 24 films, produced in collaboration with Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking.

A New Orleans native who lived and worked in San Francisco and Dallas, she is based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i since 2010. Shirley is a member of the New Day Films collective since 1993. As a Latina and a daughter of immigrants, she is committed to filmmaking that builds bridges across cultures and communities. 

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