Green Island Films is a Honolulu-based TV and film company that has swiftly earned a reputation as the leading producer of documentaries focused on the most controversial social and political issues in the state of Hawaii.
Founded in 2012 by partners Anthony Aalto and Mike Hinchey, the company’s first production looked at the controversy over a proposed 20-mile long, $8 billion elevated railway system that some believe will destroy the landscape of one of the most beautiful and idyllic islands in the world.
The justification for the rail project offered by advocates is the need to build apartments for a growing population that has so far outstripped the housing supply that Hawaii now has the highest per capita rate of homelessness in America. But where to build the new houses? Oahu has already lost 50% of its best farmland to suburban sprawl in the last 50 years, undermining efforts to boost food production and make the island more self-sufficient. To protect the remaining countryside, planners want the new housing to stay on the island’s already urbanized leeward coast. But the car-centric suburban model has turned the island’s freeways on that leeward coast into some of the most congested in the nation and made the island more dependent on imported oil than any other city on the planet. The costs of importation in turn have made Hawaii one of the most expensive places in the nation to live, with severe impacts on those at the bottom end of the socio-economic scale including the worst crystal meth crisis and some of the highest teen-suicide rates in the USA…
Everything is connected: food, housing, transportation, energy, wages, health, an environment under ever more pressure. These are the themes that animate us and that provide the grist for our films.
We are not interested in simply documenting problems, we want to explore solutions and the films go to great lengths to explore the views of top experts and people who live the issues every day.
While our films have found a ready audience in Hawaii – the trailer for No Room In Paradise scored 650,000 views in the first 24 hours after it was posted- we are now looking to expand our reach with stories that will find a national and international audience.