Hawai’i hosts U.S. premiere of new American Samoa film 'Fatu O Le Alofa'

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Weinberg Hall at Ke'ehi Lagoon Memorial, N. Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Iese owns Navigator Island Pictures, a motion picture production and distribution agency based in American Samoa. His crew is comprised of Ararat Afalava, Raymond Tasi, Alex Zodiacal Jr. and Julian Dominic Taylor-Fahey, 21-year-old aspiring artists, musicians, and photographers.

Fatu O Le Alofa was shot all around Tutuila island – at businesses and restaurants from Leone to Nu’uuli, to Malaeloa to Ili’ili, to Tafuna to Utulei. Filming took place over a month and several days, said Iese.

Production – which had to be scheduled around cast/ crew member work schedules and of course, fa’alavelave – began April 13, 2013 and was completed July 6, 2013.

Iese also runs Leone High School’s media lab as informational technology manager, teaching students how to use the internet for educational purposes and to develop skills such as event recording, journalism and photography.

After Hawai’i, Iese says they are looking to have the film show on the West Coast U.S. in places like California, Washington state and Alaska.

Following the premiere, Wednesday, July 24, showings are scheduled for Thursday, July 25 at Foster Village and Aloha Friday, July 26 at the Brigham Young University of Hawai’i campus. Organizers in Hawai’i say a venue is being sought for a fourth showing on O’ahu.

Non-Samoan speakers, there are English subtitles.

Ticket prices: Adult $15 (18 years of age and up); Teen $10 (12 to 17 years of age); Child $5 (5 to 11 years of age).

For tickets and more information on the premiere and Hawai’i showings of Fatu O Le Alofa, contact Pulefano Galea’i at (808) 375-7624 or pulefano158@yahoo.com.

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