Brown Bag Biography: Laurie Sumiye

March 14, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Kuykendall 410

“Documenting Extinction: The Making of A Paradise Lost” by Laurie Sumiye, Hawaiʻi-based artist and documentary filmmaker.

A PARADISE LOST is the story of a bird who sued to prevent its extinction in 1979. Today its survival still hangs in the balance; a Native Hawaiian man strives to save Palila and heal his community after years of conflict between hunters and scientists. Laurie will speak about her unique style of documentary filmmaking, fusing animation and archival material with live action video, and how her artistic practice intersects with her research about endangered Hawaiian flora and fauna. A PARADISE LOST is currently in production.

Laurie is a Hawaii-based Japanese American artist, animator and filmmaker born and raised in Mililani, Hawaiʻi. Her short documentaries have won awards and screened at DOCNYC, BAMcinemaFest, and PS1MoMA. Laurie was selected as a Firelight Media Documentary Lab Fellow in 2018-19 and UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow in 2010. Laurie has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from CUNY Hunter College and a BA in Art and BS in Communications from Bradley University. Laurie currently serves as Assistant Professor of Creative Media at the University of Hawaiʻi-West O‘ahu and lives in Mililani, Hawai‘i.

Ticket Information
Free and Open to the Public

Event Sponsor
Center for Biographical Research, Mānoa Campus

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