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Hippie Family Values

An intimate chronicle of hippie elders and their adult children, filmed over a 10-year period at a communal ranch in New Mexico. The founders of this back-to-the-land experiment are slowing down and facing declining health. Will the next generation be able to sustain the community?

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Beverly Seckinger


We want our loved ones to age gracefully at home. But who will pay for it? And who will care for the caregivers?

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Deirdre Fishel

Producer: Tony Heriza


Just One Drop

Just One Drop tells the little known story of homeopathy: the highly controversial system of medicine. Homeopathy is a specific form of medicine that uses minute doses of a highly diluted substance that stimulates the body to cure itself. The film explores the controversy, dispels myths and misconceptions, and asks whether or not homeopathy been given a fair shake.

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Laurel Chiten

Out of State

Shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. It’s from this unlikely setting that David and Hale finish their terms and return to Hawaii, hoping for a fresh start. Eager to prove to themselves and to their families that this experience has changed them forever, David and Hale struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, asking the question: can you really go home again?

Trailer editor & editor of PBS version: Shirley Thompson

Director: Ciara Lacy

Let the Mountain Speak

A visual poem that pays tribute to Maunakea, a mountain on the island of Hawai`i. There is also an English version.

Editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Vilsoni Hereniko

Producer: Jeannette Paulson Hereniko

Music: Taimane

Kū Kanaka: Stand Tall

An intimate portrait of Native Hawaiian activist George Terry Kanalu Young told through the stories of those who knew and loved him. National broadcast on PBS in 2018. Official selection Hawai‘i International Film Festival, CAAMfest, Superfest International Disability Film Festival.

Editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Marlene Booth

Finding Kukan

A sweeping history detective story that spans decades, filmmaker Robin Lung investigates the story of an unsung film heroine, Li Ling-Ai, who along with Rey Scott, made a documentary about World War 2 China in 1939 that won an Academy Award. But the film has been lost and no one has seen it for over 60 years…until Lung uncovers what may be the last remaining print. Why was the film lost? And why has no one ever heard the story of film pioneer Li Ling-Ai? Official selection DOCNYC, Special Jury Award Hawai‘i International Film Festival, CAAMFest Special Jury Award.

Film editor, producer, trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director, producer: Robin Lung

Ghost Town to Havana

Trailer for GHOST TOWN TO HAVANA documentary about boys growing up in a tough Oakland, CA neighborhood and also in poverty-stricken Havana, Cuba and the two inspiring little league baseball coaches who mentor them and bring them together for one incredible week.

Director: Eugene Corr

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

A Chance to Dress

Trailer for A CHANCE TO DRESS documentary about world renown geologist and MIT professor John Southard who talks about his life as a cross-dresser.

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Alice Bouvrie


Winning Girl

Feature documentary. Twelve year old wrestling and judo champion Teshya Alo dreams of becoming world champion in both her sports. From age 12 to 16, this film chronicles her challenges and triumphs as she grows from child phenom to staunch competitor against women twice her age and black belts, all the way to the world stage. Official selection Hawai‘i International Film Festival.

Editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Kimberlee Bassford