Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking’s first Summer Reel Camp for Girls

ACM Faculty & Students in Filmmaking Outreach

Academy for Creative Media faculty and students brought filmmaking to the community as instructors and mentors for 11 teenagers in the Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking’s first Summer Reel Camp for Girls. The free week-long pilot workshop brought together the girls ranging in age from 13-17 to work with professional women filmmakers and student mentors.

The Reel Camp participants produced four short films, two of which were screened at the 2012 Hawai‘i International Film Festival.

ACM faculty members Lisette Marie Flanary and Marlene Booth, and student mentors Gabrielle Fa’ai’uaso, Samantha Sakamoto, and Kalā Crowell took the girls through sessions on the craft and power of film, time management, communication and interpersonal skills.

Student Mentor Garbielle Fa’ai’uaso said of the filmmaking experience, “I cannot express how much I love the idea of making a story come to life that guides a person through a mystical journey. You can make one feel a certain way by showing them what you see, and without much effort, you can tug their little heartstrings by changing something as simple as music or lighting. Inspiring people to sigh, hold their chest breathless, cry, laugh, to get them on the edge of their seat gripping the seams until the next revealing shot – it’s an amazing feeling.”

ACM Student Samantha Sakamoto echoed,  “I’d love the chance to teach/guide, share my knowledge, and hopefully make a difference in someone’s life.”

The camp was hosted by ARTS at Marks Garage in downtown Honolulu.