Green Island Films is an award winning Honolulu-based film production company that specializes in documentaries on hot-button social and political issues.

 
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Pilikia – A Climate for Change, is a series of three one-hour films about climate change in Hawai‘i that are currently in production and due to be released in April, May and June of 2020. 

The films are being made in collaboration with Hawaii News Now (HNN), a subsidiary of Gray Television which operates three TV stations in Hawaii: KGMB (CBS), KHNL (NBC), K5 (Ind). 

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Here are a few edited clips from our scouting material:

 

Pilikia will draw on the words, work and experiences of real people who live in Hawaii, in order to:  

·     Show how badly Hawai‘i is already being impacted by climate change & why.

·      Show how much worse it could get - but there’s still time to avert the worst.

·      Show actions that government, private sector, communities and individuals are already taking.

·      Show how Hawai‘i can become a national model of climate response while creating new jobs and businesses.

·      Show what you as an individual can do to help drive an agenda of change.

The local footage will be augmented by stories from the US mainland and Europe that are directly relatable to Hawaii – either as warnings or as inspiration.

The idea is to motivate the audience by showing the gravity of the problem and providing a set of tools to become engaged.  

We want to give people hope based on real actions that they can take themselves, as individuals and as a members of the community, as consumers with enormous power to influence our consumption habits, and as voters with the power to demand action from elected officials at all levels.


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The Whole Patient is a feature length film that will document Integrated Medicine in action, through interviews with patients and practitioners and footage of the treatment process.   We will follow patients as they struggle to recover from such conditions as opioid addiction, anorexia and PTSD.  The drama of their journey to wellness will be intercut by interviews with top researchers, insurers and policy-makers across the country who will discuss the latest science and the need to fully integrate American healthcare.

  • Heart disease & cancer account for almost half of all deaths in America. Fueled by obesity, diabetes is fast catching up.

  • These diseases are all behaviorally linked – poor nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol & drugs.

  • A growing body of scientific research from prestigious institutions shows the efficacy of Integrated Medicine in addressing these lifestyle issues, typically at significantly less cost than drugs or surgery.

  • Patients are voting with their feet. In huge numbers they are embracing integrative therapies -acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic, nutrition, massage etc.

  • This integrated approach to healthcare addresses all elements of wellness -mind, body, spirit and emotion. In other words it treats the Whole Patient.

 
 
 

No Room in Paradise is an intimate and moving portrait of life on the streets of Honolulu - home to the worst homeless crisis in America. The film follows two homeless families for more than a year as they struggle from sidewalk tents to subsidized housing, allowing them to tell their own stories of how and why they became homeless. Along the way we learn the impact of addiction and mental illness, the huge cost of maintaining the status quo and what can be done to fix it.

No Room in Paradise  has been selected for broadcast by public television and will air on PBS stations across the country during the first quarter of2018.  Join our email list to be notified of broadcast dates in your area.

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For a $15 tax-deductible donation to IHS, receive a DVD or stream copy of No Room in Paradise.
 


 
 

Hindu USA follows three young Hindu-Americans on a cross-country quest for their religious roots.  At a time of mounting inequality, racism and violence they hope to discover that Hinduism’s message of tolerance and harmony has the power to help meet the challenges America faces and to reverse the bigotry that increasingly impacts their community.


 
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Can the pearl of the Pacific really adopt the Manhattan development model as a strategy to both preserve its beauty and meet the demands of a huge housing crisis? That's the question at the heart of The Third City, the nickname for the last undeveloped oceanfront neighborhood in Honolulu.  Stuart Coleman -an environmental leader opposed to what he fears is fast becoming a millionaires' playground- and Dane Wicker -a young professional searching for a new life in what he believes will be a trend-setting,  mixed-income urban village- grill experts, residents, politicians and developers, while sharing their dreams for the future of O‘ahu.  Can they find common ground?                                                               

The Third City is currently in post-production and will premiere in the spring of 2018.


 
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Railroading Paradise chronicles the biggest development battle in Hawaii's history against the backdrop of a bitter mayoral election and a controversial $8 billion elevated rail project. Based on interviews with top politicians, national planning experts and environmental leaders, the film confronts the question: can anything be done to protect the beauty of the last undeveloped places on Oahu - or is the island doomed to be swamped by the pressures of a growing population and booming tourist industry?

Railroading Paradise premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival in October 2013 and enjoyed a run of prime time broadcasts in 2014 on the local affiliates of CBS and NBC.

 

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Only six other states in the nation have worse teen suicide rates than Hawai'i.  The crisis hits all ethnic and income groups -from wealthy kids at fancy academies confronting unreasonable expectations to working class Native Hawaiians facing huge obstacles to climbing out of poverty. Hawai'i consistently rates as one of the happiest states in America, so what explains this dichotomy? Hurting in Hawai'i  looks at the causes of the teen suicide epidemic and at ways to provide teens with the social, cultural and emotional tools to deal with this issue.

Hurting in Hawai'i is currently in pre-production.

 
 

For decades suburban sprawl has gobbled up the O‘ahu countryside. Now those pressures threaten the most rural part of the island where the fabled North Shore meets the majestic Windward coast.   O‘ahu’s Master Plan aims to keep major development out of these areas.  But these communities of Native Hawaiian and long-time immigrant families need housing and jobs.  Can their needs be met while keeping the area Forever Country?  

Forever Country is currently in the research phase.