Synopsis

A PARADISE LOST is an animated/live-action documentary about how a little Hawaiian bird in 1979 successfully sued the State of Hawai‘i to save its kind, but is still on the verge of extinction.

A PARADISE LOST

by UnionDocs Team

  • $50,000.00

    Funding Goal
  • $2,820.00

    Funds Raised
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States (US)
UnionDocs Team

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A PARADISE LOST is an animated/live-action documentary about how a little Hawaiian bird in 1979 successfully sued the State of Hawai‘i to save its kind, but is still on the verge of extinction. A stuffed Palila, an endangered yellow finch found only on Mauna Kea volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, tells the story of Palila v. Hawaii, the landmark court case which protected critical habitat for endangered species. Palila’s future dangles in the balance as a native Hawaiian man strives to restore native forest lost to climate change, cattle ranching and sheep grazing, while a sheep hunter laments the losing his connection to nature and the land. A PARADISE LOST is important because we as a planet and people are losing diversity of all kinds, most of all in Hawai‘i, the Extinction Capital of the World. A small Hawaiian voice is being silenced. This incredible story needs to be told, to be shared, to be taught in schools. Palila v. Hawaii has prevented the extinction of hundreds of American species, yet, its namesake is not yet out of the woods.

Laurie Sumiye is a Hawai’i-based artist and documentary filmmaker who investigates environmental tensions between humans and nature, and UnDo Colab alumna. Her background in interactive media and design informs her drawings, paintings, animations, sculptures and installations. She has exhibited her work in New York, Los Angeles, Hawai’i and internationally, in the UK, South Africa and Brazil and screened her award-winning films at DOC NYC, BAM cinemaFest and PS1MoMA. She has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in NY, BA & BS in Art and Communications from Bradley University, and studied art at Lorenzo De’ Medici in Florence and Pratt Institute. She returned to Hawaii to work on her first long-form documentary for PBS, A PARADISE LOST.

Laurie currently works and lives in Mililani, Hawaiʻi.

 

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Name Donate Amount Date
Bret Mossman $25.00 August 28, 2018
Derek Chung $75.00 September 14, 2018
Mike Green $50.00 September 14, 2018
Anonymous Donation $10.00 September 15, 2018
Stephanie Levins $35.00 September 15, 2018
Anonymous Donation $35.00 September 15, 2018
Ania Dunn $35.00 September 15, 2018
Daniel Lewis $50.00 September 22, 2018
Sylvia Pearson $35.00 September 22, 2018
Wayne Tanaka $75.00 October 02, 2018
Kevin Landers $50.00 October 02, 2018
Koalani Kaulukukui-Barbee $100.00 October 02, 2018
Anna Kaohelaulii $25.00 October 02, 2018
Jamie Allen $20.00 October 02, 2018
Ruth Canham $75.00 October 02, 2018
Marjorie Ziegler $150.00 October 02, 2018
Anonymous Donation $100.00 October 02, 2018
Anonymous Donation $75.00 October 03, 2018
Debbie Uwaine $100.00 October 03, 2018
Debbie Ward $25.00 October 04, 2018
Anonymous Donation $50.00 October 05, 2018
Alvin Fong $50.00 October 09, 2018
Anonymous Donation $25.00 October 12, 2018
Ciara Leinaala Kwock $25.00 October 26, 2018
Jamie Gruenwald $100.00 November 14, 2018
Kiele Gonzalez $100.00 November 27, 2018
Gwenn Kearns $25.00 November 27, 2018
Molly Hagemann $100.00 November 27, 2018
Clyde Imada $100.00 November 28, 2018
Cynthia Quisenberry $100.00 November 30, 2018
Colleen Heyer $50.00 December 18, 2018
Stephanie Tom $50.00 March 01, 2019
Narrissa Spies $35.00 March 01, 2019
Diana Marie Palila BERGER $150.00 March 02, 2019
Kyle Dahlin $20.00 April 18, 2019
Asta $20.00 August 24, 2019
Hunter Schultz $75.00 August 26, 2019
Stephanie Tom $100.00 November 06, 2019
Anonymous Donation $500.00 December 01, 2019

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