HEART OF THE SEA; KAPOLIOKA'EHUKAI
a film by Lisa Denker and Charlotte Lagarde
documentary film - 54:00 - 2003
broadcast on PBS/ Independent Lens, Planete, HBO Latin America, Canal +
Winner of the PBS Independent Lens Audience Award, HEART OF THE SEA: KAPOLIOKA’EHUKAI is a breathtaking portrait of surf legend Rell “Kapolioka’ehukai” Sunn, founding member of the Women’s Professional Surfing Association and beloved breast cancer activist. With exhilarating water scenes and captivating archival footage of surf culture, HEART OF THE SEA is an important look at Hawai’i’s integral part of America’s rich cultural heritage, a stirring portrait of a courageous legend.
"Luminous, amazingly brave, Sunn is one of the most heroic documentary subject in memory."
- San Francisco Chronicle
"Brilliant and moving"
- Outside Magazine
"A love poem to Hawaii's matriarchal heritage"
- Bay Area Reporter
AWARDS & HONORS
Ashland Independent Film Festival
PBS Independent Lens
San Francisco International Film Festival
Special Jury Prize/Aloha Spirit Award
Hawaii International Film Festival
Best Documentary & Audience Awards
Orinda Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Best of Fest
Women Film Festival, VT
Craigen Weston Bowen Award
Women In Adventure Sports Film
Pacific Islanders in Communications
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
The Gerbode Foundation
James and Abigail Campbell Family Foundation
Atherton Family Foundation
Women's Fund of Hawaii
The Tides Foundation