(Brian Kohne is the director of “Kuleana”, a GIFF Grand Jury Award Nominee for Best Narrative Feature and Achievement in Acting Award Nominee for the performance of actor Moronai Kanekoa.) TICKET INFO
In 2005 I returned to Maui after playing competitive soccer and working in Silicon Valley, and fully committed to creating music, live events, and ultimately motion pictures, beginning with a screwball comedy GET A JOB staring many beloved island entertainers. Our team’s newest work is set on Maui in 1971: KULEANA, a unique mystery/drama which some are calling ‘tropical noir.’ The ambitious motion picture illuminates much of what I experienced starting with my family’s arrival to the islands from Detroit, Michigan in 1969.
KULEANA explores attitudes and issues which precede the Hawaiian renaissance of the 1970s, with a talented all-Hawai’i cast. Our timely, provocative picture boasts an original score by legendary recording artist Willie K and island newcomer Johnny Wilson, with a hypnotic soundtrack featuring Hawai’i classics of the late sixties from artists like the Sons of Hawaii, Sunday Manoa, and Marlene Sai, along with hits from Procol Harum, Joni Mitchell, Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Platters, Dinah Washington, Climax, and many more.
The KULEANA World Premiere was held outdoors at the prestigious Maui Film Festival’s Celestial Cinema venue in Wailea for 3,100 people in June, and was honored as Audience Choice Feature. At our North American Premiere in the San Antonio Film Festival we were also selected as Audience Choice Narrative Feature, an honor for which I remain greatly humbled. Soon we will screen in the Tribal Film Festival in Oklahoma, the Louisville International Film Festival in Kentucky, the Guam International Film Festival (as a finalist for Grand Jury and Acting Achievement awards), the Santa Cruz Film Festival, and the Hawaii International Film Festival as we march towards a likely Hawai‘i statewide Theatrical release in November.
We are pleased to be working with a respected sales agent, Strath Hamilton and TriCoast Worldwide, in pursuit of both International and Domestic distribution agreements, and
KULEANA will be showcased at a buyers reception in the upcoming American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California.