E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name
A young multiracial Kanaka Maoli woman sets out to discover the meaning of her lengthy, 63-letter Hawaiian name from her estranged schizophrenic mother.
- 60 Minutes
A young multi-racial Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) woman, filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez, sets out to discover the meaning of her incredibly lengthy Hawaiian name from her estranged mother whose diagnosis as schizophrenic in the 80′s caused their family separation. Christen discovers not only herself within the name, but gains a whole new perspective on the idea of sanity and how cultural differences can sometimes muddle its definition.
Christen Hepuakoa Marquez holds a BFA in Film and Video Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts her work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival’s Gen-Y Studio, The Media That Matters Festival, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name is Christen’s first hour-long documentary.
In 2010 she Produced Two Shadows with Director Greg Cahill which went on to win the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and Best Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film tells the story of a young Cambodian-American woman who returns to her home country looking for her siblings who were assumed to have been killed by the Khmer Rouge. Two Shadows is available on Blu-ray and DVD at www.twoshadowsmovie.com
Christen also shoots and produces video content for online web outlets and works a communications and new media consultant for small businesses and non-profit organizations. When she is not busy with work Christen trains muay thai kickboxing and sings sappy love songs at karaoke in Los Angeles where she is currently living.
You can see her company website at www.paradocsproductions.com and her portfolio site at www.christenm.com
September 24-29th 2013
Guam International Film Festival
October 10-20th 2013
Hawaii International Film Festival
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Hawaii Television Premiere
9:00 pm HST
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Los Angeles Screening
Saturday November 16, 2013
NW Film Forum
There will also be a filmmaker pre-party at the forum beforehand. More details to come.