Honolulu, HI, July 18, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Multi-award winning documentary One Voice is set to make its worldwide theatrical release in Japan on August 6th and will open in Hawaii at Consolidated Theaters on August 26th.
"Hawaii is a Mecca for talented producers, directors, writers and actors and we hope One Voice's worldwide distribution brings much needed attention to the accomplished artists working today in the film industry here in Hawaii," said Ruth Bolan, President of Pacific Islanders in Communications.
The locally produced film about ten Kamehameha Schools student song leaders on their journey to Song Contest won the Audience Choice Award last year at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). Fully funded by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), One Voice also won the 2011 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and the 2010 San Diego Asian Film Festival Overall Audience Award.
The story One Voice tells is unique to the islands of Hawaii. Every year, Kamehameha Schools holds a Song Contest where 2,000 high school students compete and young leaders direct their peers in singing Hawaiian music in four-part harmony. One Voice shares the thrill of the competition via the personal stories of the student song directors as they experience the trials and tribulations of competition in this high school event.
"The Kamehameha Schools Song Contest is a unique tradition of cultural celebration. The film gives viewers a front row seat into Hawaii's heritage, demonstrating our love for community, passion for Hawaiian music, and the story of a people who nearly lost their language and culture," said Bolan.
Following the elected student song directors, the audience sees how the tradition creates an unforgettable experience that builds class unity, instills cultural pride, and builds character. The film also explores their world outside of school by meeting their families, or ohana, and revealing their hopes and dreams for the future. Through the stories and lives of these contemporary high school students, the audience experiences Hawaiian culture as it has survived, flourished, and grown through the universal power of music and song.
About Pacific Islanders in Communications:
The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support, advance,and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. Established in Honolulu in 1991 as a national nonprofit media arts corporation, PIC is a member of the National Minority Consortia, which collectively addresses the need form programming that reflects America's growing ethnic and cultural diversity. Primary funding for PIC and the Consortia is provided through an annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Visit www.piccom.org for additional information.