Laurie Sumiye (Director)

Laurie Sumiye is a Hawai‘i-born artist and documentary filmmaker who investigates environmental tensions between humans and nature. Her background in interactive media and design uniquely informs her drawings, animations, videos, and installations. She has exhibited her artwork 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, BA & BS in Art and Communications from Bradley University, and studied art at Lorenzo De’ Medici in Florence and Pratt Institute. She spent 16 years working in creative and technology industries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London. She returned to Hawaii to work on her first long-form public television documentary, A PARADISE LOST. Laurie currently works and lives in Mililani, Hawai’i.

Amber McClure (Producer)

Amber is an independent documentary producer, filmmaker and entrepreneur from Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi. For 6 years, she served as Digital Engagement Manager and Program Manager for Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), supporting filmmakers with production and distribution of films for national broadcast. While at PIC, she worked on the first four seasons of the PACIFIC HEARTBEAT anthology public television series distributed by American Public Television. She received her BA in Cultural Anthropology/Japanese from Western Washington University and MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Mākena Ongoy (Associate Producer)

Mākena was born in Hawai’i and began her educational career at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus and graduated in Sacramento, California. She recently received her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University in Journalism with a minor in Holistic Health. She specializes in integrated storytelling, creating content for various digital media outlets, and managing social media platforms. She has previously worked in production for films such as FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, and shoots and edits multimedia stories for her blog. She grew up dancing hula in the Namakaaloha Hula Studio in Hale’iwa, and is passionate about expanding her knowledge of, as well as conserving her Native Hawaiian culture.