SEATTLE — Christen Marquez spent her adolescence in Seattle and got the film making “bug” shooting videos with a community group called “Reel Grrls.”
Keo Woolford is an actor who says the lack of roles for Pacific Islanders forced him to make his own work opportunities for himself and others.
Their films are making their Northwest premiere this weekend as part of the NW Film Forum’s “Indigenous Showcase” co presented by Longhouse Media. It’s the first time Native Hawaiian filmmakers are being highlighted.
Marquez’ “E Haku Inoa—To Weave a Name” is an autobiographical documentary about her search for the meaning of her name, which can only be explained by the woman who gave it to her, her estranged mother. It’s opened to sold out audiences at several film festivals. “There is such a great diaspora that is hungry and wants to reconnect,” explains Marquez. “Once I started this film, I had to see it to its conclusion.”
Woolford’s fictional “The Haumana (Student)” tells the story of a cheesy Waikiki nightclub singer who is challenged to prepare a male hula troupe for a big competition. Woolford, who is also trained in hula, says he himself is haumana , still learning about film and his culture. “I really really love the fact that we can tell our stories from our perspective.”
Screenings for “E Haku Inoa” Sat. Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. Sun. Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.
Screenings for “The Haumana” Sat. Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
More information: www.nwfilmforum.org