Mary Lauati as Little Maria with Leiataua Afega “Ma” Si’ulepa as Nan Maria

MARIA premieres at Pollywood Pasifika Film festival in Auckland in a programme of short films by Pacific Islander filmmakers. Now in its 14th year, Pollywood 2016 includes eight Pasifika films in an eclectic mix of multi-genre work with a family theme.

MARIA tells the story of an ailing Polynesian matriarch who must find the strength to unite her fractured family. The film stars Leiataua “Ma” Si’uelpa, 82, as Nan Maria and introduces 8 year-old Mary Lauati  in a compelling role as Little Maria.

MARIA is written by Taofia Pelesasa, directed by Jeremiah Tauamiti and produced by Karin Williams of Multinesia Productions, with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission’s Fresh Shorts fund.

MARIA at Pollywood:
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery – Weds 2 Nov @ 6pm
Mangere Arts Centre – Sat Nov 5 @ 5pm
Auckland Art Gallery – Sat Nov 12 @ 2pm

Irene Bedard in American Indian Actors. Photo: Anthony Thosh Collins.

American Indian Actors screens at the 36th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. The film is a 2011 award nominee for “Best Industrial”.

The short film presents a spectrum of Native American performers including Irene Bedard, Atticus Todd, Kimberly Norris Guerrero and Zahn McClarnon, who share true stories from the front lines of the entertainment industry. Their experiences reveal American Indian actors to be vibrant, modern, complex, and funny.

American Indian Actors is an educational video commissioned by Screen Actors Guild President’s National Task Force for American Indians and funded by the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund. The film was directed by Sterlin Harjo and produced by Karin Williams.

American Indian Actors
Thurs 10 Nov 7pm
Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyons Street
San Francisco CA

Originally shown at the 2010 LA Skins Fest, this pairing of the the short film American Indian Actors and the Peabody award-winning feature documentary Reel Injun offers a fascinating look at the traditional and contemporary roles of Native Americans in Hollywood film and television from the perspective of native filmmakers and actors.

American Indian Actors was produced by Multinesia Productions Inc. for the Screen Actors Guild President’s National Task Force for American Indians . The film features a diverse group of native actors including Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Zahn McClarnon (Into the West) and Kimberly Norris Guerrero (Hidalgo).

Producer: Karin Williams. Director: Sterlin Harjo. Stills: Thosh Collins.

June 23 7pm
Wells Fargo Theater
Autry National Center
Los Angeles

We Live by the River/Vivimos Junto al Rio screens at Cinema Planeta Festival Internationale de Cine y Medio Ambiente de Mexico in Cuernavaca, Mexico, March 11 – 19 2011.

The film is one of 15 selections from around the world in competition at the 3rd edition of the festival, including documentaries from Belgium, France, Canada, Italy and Brazil.

Director Karin Williams is honored to represent the We Live by the River in Cuernavaca.

New public service announcement for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council premiers in Super Bowl XLV across Alaska on Sunday 6 Feb.

Cinematographer/editor: Diana Wilmar, super-designer Greg Kupiec of The Ether, composer Kurt Felhun, “Voice of the Yukon” Princess Lucaj, Producer/director Karin Williams.

We’re headed to historic Nevada City in California’s Gold Country for the Wild & Scenic Festival, the biggest and best environmental film festival in the nation.

Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

We Live by the River
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Nevada City CA
14-16 Jan 2011
Vets Hall, Sat afternoon
Vets Hall, Sun morning
Filmmaker Karin Williams in person.

We Live by the River screens at the Planet in Focus International Film & Video Festival in Toronto on Sat 16 October.

Planet in Focus is Canada’s largest and longest running environmental media arts film festival. The screening is co-presented with imagineNATIVE, celebrating works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media.

The 2010 Festival runs October 13-17 across the City of Toronto, screening 100+ films about social justice, energy, health, water, food and species conservation.

We Live by the River
Planet in Focus: International Environmental Film & Video Festival
Saturday, October 16, 5:45pm
Al Green Theatre at Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON

The Healing Journey on the Andreafsky River in Alaska

Multinesia is honored to be screening We Live by the River at the 2010 National Geographic All Roads Film Festival in Washington D.C. on October 3rd.

The National Geographic All Roads Film Project supports and showcases breakthrough film and photography from indigenous and underrepresented minority cultures around the globe.

This year’s program includes:

  • Samson & Delilah, Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed drama about love in an Australian aboriginal community; winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes
  • Oscar nominee Taika Waititi’s Boy, a coming-of-age drama set in a rural Maori community in the 1980s; winner at Sundance and Berlin
  • Canadian director Neil Diamond’s  Reel Injun, deconstructing Hollywood stereotypes of Native Americans
  • Desert Flower, biography of supermodel turned human rights activist Waris Dirie
  • CBQM, portrait of a native radio station in the Arctic.

We Live by the River screens with three short films:

  • The Forgotten Place —An engaging set of visual images creates a metaphor for the cycle of life.
  • Tribal Journeys of the Pacific Northwest —An amazing annual gathering that honors the ancestral modes of travel and commerce culminates in powerful song and ceremony.
  • The Cave —A woman accidentally travels to a mystical, fantasy otherworld.

This year’s event features a special tribute to pioneering Maori filmmaker Merata Mita, a founding All Roads advisor, who passed away this year.

We Live by the River
National Geographic All Roads Film Festival
3:30 pm
Sat 3 Oct
1600 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Skin Stories on PBS World

Skin Stories airs on PBS World channel and is featured on PBS World Compass.

Skin Stories features indigenous Pacific Islands tattoo practitioners from Samoa, Hawai’i and Aotearoa (New Zealand). The film premiered on national PBS prime time in 2003 and is the centerpiece of World Compass’s July theme The Skin You’re In.’s web and television platforms offer curated non-fiction content. Organized around themes, the site showcases documentaries, short videos, video blogs, podcasts, audio slideshows, stories of the day, works-in-progress and other innovative content.

World TV is a 24-hour digital PBS channel featuring news/current events, science, investigative reports, history, nature, environment, social documentaries and programming supporting the website’s themes. Skin Stories screens July 24 alongside Nova and Faces of America.

Skin Stories was created by Karin Williams, who produced and directed stories in Samoa and Los Angeles. It was directed by Emiko Omori and produced by Lisa Altieri with cinematography by Diana Wilmar. Executive Producer: Pacific Islanders in Communications.

Skin Stories
PBS World
Sat. 24 July
9:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 9:00 PM EDT