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Marie Flanary makes films in New
York City and beyond. She is a founder of Bluestocking Films and
a board member of the Hawai'i Cultural Foundation, which organizes
cultural programs including dance and language workshops, performances,
and the annual Pacifika: New York Hawaiian Film Festival. Flanary
dances with hula master Michelle Akina and and directed a documentary about hula dancer Robert Cazimero entitled Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula. She was awarded
a CPB Travel Fellowship to the international television gathering
INPUT 2004 in Barcelona, Spain and a 1996 Excellence in Cinematography
Award from New York University's First Run Festival. In 2000 Flanary
received an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School University.
"As a filmmaker, I am dedicated to telling stories that
challenges we face today in perpetuating Hawaiian culture and
traditions for future generations. Being born and raised on the
mainland, "American Aloha" was a testament to the growing
number of Hawaiians who are now living away from the islands yet
still continue to dance the hula to stay connected to home. For
Hawaiians, hula is life and I hope to reflect that philosophy
in my films."
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