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Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai

PRESS RELEASE

Film Arts and the Yerba Buena Center Present:

Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai (New Day Films)

FROM THE WITHITGIRL ARCHIVE Story By Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker


Heart of the Sea is a documentary about Hawai’ian legend Rell "Kapolioka'ehukai" Sunn who died in January 1998 of breast cancer at the age of 47. Known worldwide as a pioneer of women's professional surfing, in the Islands Rell Sunn achieved the stature of an icon - not only for her physical power, grace, and luminous beauty but also for her high-profile community activism. Named one of Hawaii's most influential women by ABC, Sunn - whose Hawai’ian name means "Heart of the Sea" - was eulogized in the New York Times for having "captured the heart of Hawai’ during a 14-year battle with cancer." Right up to her death, she continued to surf, educate, and act as a grassroots ambassador of the aloha spirit. This is the story of an American legend with a Hawaiian face.


Charlotte Lagarde, Director & Producer, has won awards from many festivals around the world. Her documentaries Swell and Zeuf have both been broadcast on PBS and Sundance Channel. Juvenile Justice Unplugged was screened at the White House for public policymakers responsible for the treatment of children in the justice system. Lagarde holds an MA in Communication from Stanford University.


Lisa Denker, Director & Cinematographer, has worked in the film industry for over a decade as art director on numerous projects, including the independent features Gas, Food and Lodging by Alison Anders and Citizen Ruth by Alexander Payne and was assistant director of Juvenile Justice: Unplugged. Denker studied film at the Art Center College of Design and at Los Angeles City College.


Wednesday, July 17th 7:30pm Screening/ 6:30pm Reception Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room 701 Mission Street @ 3rd St. $7/general $6/ Film Arts and YBCA Members For advance tickets, call 415-978-ARTS


For those of you non-SFers who can't make the screening, check withitgirl for an update on when you can see it on PBS! Don't miss this important film!


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