Help Maui youth make films about our island's environment and share their message with the world!

Our Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club uses the art of filmmaking as a way for Maui youth to investigate a local environmental issue and share their story with audiences around the world! The program started in 2010 with a few volunteers, 12 students and a few $80 camcorders. Since then we have involved more than 50 students from nearly every Maui school in producing 12 films ranging from documentaries, to PSAs, to stop motion films.

Each June, our students share their films with the Maui community at our student-run film festival. Their films are then shared with thousands more people via other festivals and our YouTube channel. In just two years, our student films have been selected 26 times for 7 national and international film festivals! These films have also helped over 30 community groups and government agencies to raise awareness about the important work they are doing for Maui's environment.

By helping us continue this truly unique program, you are helping Maui's youth learn filmmaking, writing, and social skills, while also helping raise awareness about a range of environmental issues that impact our island home!

Our goal:

The funds raised here will be used to help continue this program in 2013 along with grant funding, and film team sponsorships. You can use this page to donate any amount and help us reach our $2,000.00 goal for community donations. For more information on becoming a film team sponsor with a donation of $1,000.00 or more, visit this page on our website: http://www.mauihuliaufoundation.org/archives/1029

More about this program:

The Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club (HEFC) is a semester-long after school club program for students ages 12-18 from all Maui schools. Maui Huliau Foundation staff, volunteers and advisors from the community assist students in investigating environmental issues affecting their community. The students conduct research, interview community members, and turn what they learn into a short film. In June of each year, students organize the annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival in which their films are shown.

Each film is planned, filmed, and edited by a film team of 3 to 4 students. MHF provides students with filmmaking and editing equipment, and other materials needed to complete their film. We guide them through the process of conducting research, creating a script, storyboard and shot list, filming, and editing. We also assist them in connecting with organizations and community members with expertise relevant to their film topic.

Each semester, the HEFC students produce films between 3 and 20 minutes in length to help raise awareness about environmental issues and the sustainable use of local natural resources. So far film topics have included marine debris, invasive species, fresh water resources, eco-tourism, electric vehicles, buying local produce, threats to our marine ecosystems, use of bottled versus tap water, and biofuels. These films eventually reach thousands of residents and visitors via festivals, DVDs and the internet. The diversity of film genres-- including documentaries, PSAs, comedies, and stop motion films-- also means that these films reach out to a more diverse audience, including a larger number of youth.

We depend on community donors like you to help us make our students dreams a reality and to keep our programs affordable to students of all income levels. We work hard to recruit a diverse group of students, the majority of which are from low-income families. We are also proud to have involved students from nearly every Maui school in our programs! Please donate what you can and join us in celebrating your generous support and our students’ hard work at our annual student film festival!

For more program information and to sign-up, please visit:

http://www.mauihuliaufoundation.org/hefc

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