As rising sea levels threaten the loss of their motherland in Hawai’i , the philippines, China and North America, four women fight to preserve the volcano, ocean, land and air for future generations.
AFTEREARTH IS AN IMMERSIVE 3-CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Director & Cinematographer: Jess X. Snow
Produced and Written by: Kit Yan
Co-Produced by: Adriel Luis
Executive Producers: Andreas Nicholas, SJ Murray
Story by: Kit Yan and Jess X. Snow
Production Design: Peter Pa
Starring: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Kayla Briët, Isa Borgeson, Wang-Ping Oshiro
Original Music: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu and Kayla Briët
Sound Design and Mix: Anders Link
CREATED WITH SUPPORT FROM
She was a founder of the Kulia Na Mamo transgender health project, cultural director of a Hawaiian public charter school, and candidate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. She also served as the Chair of the O'ahu Island Burial Council, which oversees the management of Native Hawaiian burial sites and ancestral remains.
Wong-Kalu was the subject of the feature documentary film Kumu Hina, which premiered as the closing night film in the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2014 and won several awards including best documentary at the Frameline Film Festival and the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary. It was nationally broadcast on PBS in 2015 where it won the Independent Lens Audience Award
KAYLA BRIET is a 20 year old mixed-race filmmaker, musician and artist. Briët's short documentary, Smoke That Travels, immerses viewers in her native Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation heritage and explores fears that her culture may someday be forgotten. This film has screened and won awards at over 45 festivals internationally, including MoMA in NYC, and has been archived in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. The film also earned her a year-long fellowship with Sundance Film Festival in 2016.
As a multi-instrumentalist and self-taught composer, Briët also scores her own films and creates music in styles ranging from cinematic to alternative pop to electronic. She performs live as a one-woman band, with her keyboard, guitar, loop pedal and guzheng zither, a traditional Chinese instrument. Currently, she is creating and directing documentary and experimental film as well as immersive experiences in the virtual reality space.
Isabella “Isa” Borgeson is a queer, multiracial Filipina American artist, international slam poet, and educator from Oakland, California who views her poetry as an artistic extension of her activism and community organizing.
In December 2015, she was selected as one of four poets in the world to perform at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Paris for COP21, where she spoke to global leaders about the impact of climate change on her Philippines homeland. Her poetry is influenced by the two years she spent organizing rehabilitation projects after super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda devastated her mother's hometown.
She has been featured on CNN, the Inquirer, Guardian, and Berkeley News. Her passion and commitment toward social justice issues and teaching poetry as a tool for resistance, empowerment, and healing keeps her grounded in her communities across the Pacific Ocean – a homeland from Oakland to Tanauan.
WAN PING OSHIRO is a Chinese American immigrant from Yenping, China and mother of Kit Yan.
She immigrated to Oahu at the age of 25, teaching herself english and survival in America, bringing with her ancestral knowledge of planting, healing, and farming.
She has since then sponsored her entire extended family to immigrate to Hawaii.
Ping is the proud mother of three children and has been a McDonalds worker, hotel maid, and currently a massage therapist at the Stadium Swap Meet.
DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHER & EDITOR
Jess X. Snow is a queer asian-canadian immigrant director, public artist, and poet. She is studying directing in the MFA program for film at the NYU Tisch School of The Arts. Her public art and murals have been featured in the The LA Times, PBS Newshour, Adobe, NBC Asian America, The UN Human Rights Council and on indoor and outdoor walls throughout the US. Her film work have been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center, and the Visual Communications Armed with a Camera Fellowship. Through film, large-scale murals, street art interventions, poetry and youth art education, she is working toward a future where queer, migrant youth of color may see themselves heroic on the big screen and the city walls & then can face the possibility to grow up and create their own. @jessxsnow
Adriel Luis is a self-taught musician, poet, curator, coder, and visual artist who believes imagination is key to transforming cultural paradigms. As the Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, he is focused on exploring intersectional identities in the U.S. and contemporary Asian diasporic art. He is also a part of the iLL-Literacy arts collective, and sometimes moonlights on design projects with various artists and non-profits. Adriel frequently travels to different parts of Asia with particular interest in how digital space shapes global communities, and how varying levels of freedom of expression channel artistic political imagination. Adriel can be found across online platforms as @DRZZL.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER & DRONE OPERATOR
Peter Pa is a queer Cambodian American illustrator and artist based in New York. Peter earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design where he received the Kira M. Fischer Scholarship for excellence in film. He has received grants and fellowships from USAID Global Development Lab, in which he was an exhibiting artist at the 2014 Frontiers and Development forum in Washington D.C. As the youngest child of a family of Cambodian refugees, Peter believes in the transformative power of art to rise beyond ones’ violent history. Peter's work has been featured at the SFMOMA, The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and USAID.
PRODUCER & WRITER
Kit Yan (Playwright/Poet/Performer/Lyricist) is a transgender Yellow-American New York based artist, born in Enping, China and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii. Kit's award-winning work has been awarded Spirit of The Fringe and Best of Fringe, and residencies at the Musical Theater Factory, The Civilians R & D Group, and performed at the American Reportory Theater.
Kit’s work is a dreamspace where queer and transgender subjects can time travel in order to witness, remember, and heal our herstories. They hold writing as a portal into the borderless ancestral past, the puzzle pieces of an imagined future, and a lifeline back onto this earth. Here, we can ground, explore, and discover stories on our own terms—messy, ugly, and wholly beautiful. @kityanpoet
Sarah Jane (SJ) Murray is an Irish-born academic and EMMY-nominated and award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker. She is also known for researching how story design principles apply to corporate and not-for-profit brand and impact strategy, and has won numerous creative awards for story-driven content and video-based impact campaigns, including bronze and silver TELLY awards, communicator awards of excellence, and the communicator award of distinction. In recent years, Murray's research has focused on the art of storytelling and the importance of story in shaping culture. Murray's interest in storytelling spans from the films and VR experiences of the 21st century all the way back to the origins.
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center tells Asian Pacific American stories through innovative museum experiences. We believe the soul of a museum lies not in its brick-and-mortar walls but in what happens inside those walls — the experiential friction between guests and hosts, history and future. We believe that curation can be a form of community organizing; that art can be collaborative, participatory, and socially responsible; that those who have historically been pushed to the margins hold the stories that will center our future.
With these beliefs, we introduce the Culture Lab into the fold of museum practice. Culture Labs are fleeting, site-specific happenings that recognize art and culture as vehicles that can bring artists, scholars, curators, and the public together in creative and ambitious ways.
AFTEREARTH was developed as a part Ae'Kai, the 2017 Culture Lab in Honolulu, Hawaii.