HEART OF THE SEA; KAPOLIOKA'EHUKAI

Director/Producer

a film by Lisa Denker and Charlotte Lagarde

documentary film - 54:00 - 2003

broadcast on PBS/ Independent Lens, Planete, HBO Latin America, Canal +

official website - Stream - DVD

DESCRIPTION

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.

PRESS

"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

Best Documentary

Ashland Independent Film Festival


Audience Award

PBS Independent Lens


Audience Award

San Francisco International Film Festival


Special Jury Prize/Aloha Spirit Award

Hawaii International Film Festival


Best Documentary & Audience Awards

Orinda Film Festival


Audience Award

Newport Beach Film Festival


Best of Fest

Women Film Festival, VT


Craigen Weston Bowen Award

Women In Adventure Sports Film

FUNDERS

ITVS

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