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Baseball Behind Barbed Wire

Survivors of Japanese incarceration during World War 2 recount how baseball kept hope alive in the camps. 

Director: Yuriko Gamo Romer

Editor: Shirley Thompson

Facing the Wind

Fundraising reel for documentary to raise awareness about Lewy body dementia.

Director: Deirdre Fishel

Producer: Tony Heriza

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

The ‘Ilima Lady

Hawai‘i Floral designer Debbi Barrett creates unique works rooted in traditional culture. A health crisis renews her connection to Hawaiian plants and practices.

Director: Kyeng McGuirk

Editor: Shirley Thompson

Traces of Brilliant Spirit

Acclaimed Korean artist Yun Suknam dedicates her life to painting 100 life-sized portraits of women freedom fighters who defied Japanese Occupation. This is a sample reel for a work in progress.

Director: Kyeng McGuirk

Editor: Shirley Thompson

Finding Lucinda

Aspiring singer songwriter ISMAY (Avery Hellman) embarks on a journey of creative self discovery while exploring the trail blazed by music icon Lucinda Williams. 

Director: Joel Fendelman

Producer: Liz McBee

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Split UP: The Teen Years

12 teens look back at childhoods marked by divorce.

Director: Ellen Bruno

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

The Last Rodeo

THE LAST RODEO profiles a high school rodeo athlete as she must choose between maintaining her Hawaiian Paniolo family traditions, or leave Hawai‘i and move to the continental United States for college. Currently in post production.

Directors: Liz Barney & Alison Week

Editor: Shirley Thompson


$avvy explores why it’s critical for women to understand and take control of their personal finances. $avvy investigates the historical, cultural and societal norms around women and money. With incisive humor and captivating honesty, $avvy questions why women often take a backseat to their finances and why it’s so important now more than ever for women to take control of their financial futures.

Director: Robin Hauser

Editor: Shirley Thompson


Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i 3

REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI‘I short film series chronicles the lives of trailblazing and emerging women filmmakers who tell uniquely Hawai‘i stories through the lens of a camera. These six new films take a behind the scenes look at the careers and creative processes of these outstanding Hawai‘i women filmmakers: Meleanna Aluli Meyer, Joy Chong-Stannard, Joan Lander, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Kimberlee Bassford and Zoë Eisenberg. Each film is a collaboration between a working female Hawai‘i director and an aspiring young woman filmmaker which she mentors through the creative process. The series is produced by Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking with major funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.

2023 Emmy™ Award, Award of Merit, Special Mention, The IndieFest 2022. Official Selection, Hawai‘i International Film Festival 2021, Melbourne Women in Film Festival, Made in Hawai‘i Festival.

Series producers: Shirley Thompson & Vera Zambonelli

Directors: Heather H. Giugni, Erin Lau, Anne Misawa, Shirley Thompson & Vera Zambonelli

Embers of Awakening: From Firestorms to Climate Healing

Sixty mile an hour winds, tinder dry hills, firestorm tornadoes that melted cars while traveling the length of a football field every three seconds—in October 2017, Sonoma County lost 22 lives, 5200 structures, and awoke to the deep pain of climate change. Embers of Awakening blends the powerful personal stories of fire survivors with interviews from scientists, activists, politicians, and other community members to inspire each viewer toward positive engagement and action.

Award of Merit for Editing The IndieFest 2022, Official selection AV Fest 2022.

Director: Phyllis Ann Rosenfield

Editor: Shirley Thompson