Maui filmmaker, Susan Kucera will headline an Akaku Media Salon in person at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at 6pm at Akaku where she will show highlights from her movie, Breath of Life and talk about the film. The event is free and open to the public.
Susan has been working in film since she was nine years old, first as a camera assistant creating science films with her father for Britannica Films, then as a screenwriter and commercial director. She currently films on the Red Epic Dragon camera.
Shot in locations all over the planet, Breath of Life is full of breathtaking images and stunning revelations about what we actually know about the near future of the world. Although there are quite a few world class thinkers and scientists in the movie, it is the straight talk of native Hawaiians right here on Maui that brings this amazingly timely message home to where the heart is.
The film is dedicated to Maui’s own Kimokeo Kapahulehua and features Ulalena star, Vene Chun who is helping to rebuild Maui Fishponds. It is one of the first feature documentaries released in the 4K ultra high definition format and apart from being hugely informative, is mesmerizing to watch. Currently in wide release, the film sold out at the Maui Film Festival last year where it won an audience favorite award. It screened at the BBC in London last month to much acclaim and will be featured at the 2015 World Leaders Forum in Dubai.
It’s LA premiere will take place at Universal Studios/IMAX Theater on May 27. The film will also screen at the Royal Maui Mall Megaplex 12 on May 6 at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at Akaku for $12 but hurry, they will sell out fast. Other Mauians who worked on Breath of Life include Jay April, Stephen Lucsik and Eric Gilliom.
You can view the trailer and the film at akaku.org or mauifishponds.org or learn more at breathoflifefilm.com. If you rent the film from the Akaku or fishpond site 20% of the proceeds will go to support these worthy non-profits.