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Lisette Marie Flanary
As a filmmaker and a hula dancer, Lisette Marie Flanary creates documentary films about the hula dance that celebrate a renaissance of Hawaiian culture. She is the writer, producer and director of Lehua Films and recently completed “Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula” which premiered at the Hawai’i International Film Festival’s Sunset on the Beach screening in October 2006 and was awarded the Hawai’i Filmmaker Award and an Audience Award for Best Documentary.
In 2007, “Na Kamalei” screened in numerous film festivals and received the Audience Award at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, the VCFILMFEST Special Jury Award for Best Non-Fiction Feature, the Emerging Director Award at the New York Asian American International Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the San Diego Asian American Film Festival. The film will broadcast on the 2007-2008 Independent Lens series on PBS in May 2008.
Lisette’s first feature, “AMERICAN ALOHA: Hula Beyond Hawai’i”, was an hour-long documentary that broadcast nationally on the award winning non-fiction showcase P.O.V. on PBS in 2003. Winner of the CINE Golden Eagle Award, the film screened in numerous film festivals and is now available on NetFlix.com. “American Aloha” broadcast internationally on ITVS’ TRUE STORIES series in 2007.
Since graduating from NYU’s film school in 1995, Lisette has worked on many independent productions both in the US and abroad, as well as well as her own 16mm short film entitled “Kill Kimono”. She received her MFA in creative writing at the New School in 2000 and continued her traditional hula studies under master hula teacher, Patrick Makuakane, in San Francisco, California. In 2006, she formally graduated as an ‘olapa (dancer) in the Papa ‘Üniki Lehua class. She continues to dance hula in New York City as a part of a hui, or a group, called Nä Lehua Melemele.
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