Talofa, Hafa Adai, and Aloha,

Included in this month's newsletter:
  • Wanted: 25 in 25 Nominees
  • Pacific Showcase at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival this November
  • Apply Now for Tribeca Hacks <NDN Identity> Hackathon December 3-6
  • In Football We Trust Screening and Workshop - Honolulu, November 16 & 17 
  • Distribution and Impact Tips from Firelight Media's Latest Retreat by Ciara Lacy
  • Pacific Worlds Exhibition and Skin Stories Screening at Oakland Museum of California - November 27
  • Skin Stories and Waiting for John Screenings at Deep Waters USF - San Francisco, November 11 & 12
  • Pacific Heartbeat Season 4 on PBS Guam November 6-20
  • A Place in the Middle on PBS Hawaii Thursday, November 12
  • PIC Monthly Calendar: Broadcasts, Deadlines, Events
  • Producers' Post: Announcements, Funding, Trainings
As part of this celebration, PIC is seeking nominations of 25 positive contributors - to PIC's foundation or future - to feature as honorees of the inaugural "25 in 25". Nomination questionnaires need to be completed and submitted via email to by Friday, December 4, 2015. Awardees will be selected by committee and announced in January 2016.  

Please nominate anyone that meets the nomination eligibility guidelines. All selected honorees will be showcased through various multi-media promotional platforms culminating in a gala celebration in November 2016. Click here for the nomination form.

Tribeca Hacks <NDN Identity> is a four-day hackathon for interactive storytellers offered in partnership with Vision Maker Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Pacific Islanders in Communications, OETA and Bacone College, Oklahoma. The hackathon will take place December 3-6 at Bacone's historic campus in Muskogee, Oklahoma. 

The event will feature creative talent from across the United States in a medium in which all filmmakers, designers, technologists, visual artists and storytellers will find inspiration.
Each team will select a project pertaining to "Identity in Indian Country" and expand it via interactive installation, live performance, web, or tablet-based platforms. No prior knowledge in programming or electronics is needed for storytellers. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 11:
Please join us for the In Football We Trust? Sport and Polynesian Communities event series presented by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Departments of Ethnic Studies and Sociology. On Monday, November 16, a free screening of In Football We Trust will be followed by a Q&A with directors Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn. On Tuesday, November 17, the film's directors will lead a filmmaking workshop sponsored by UH Mānoa's SAPFB, Dept of Ethnic Studies, Dept of Sociology, Native Hawaiian Student Services, and Pacific Islanders in Communications. Click here to RSVP for the workshop.

11/16 Screening
5:30 Pupus
6:00 Film Screening
UH Art Auditorium

11/17 Workshop
12:00 p.m. ʻAWAKea Brown Bag
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Filmmaking Workshop
Ethnic Studies Department - 301B George Hall

PIC-funded producer Ciara Lacy (Out of State - R&D, Production) shares distribution and impact tips gathered at last month's Firelight Media Producers' Lab Indie Documentary Distribution and Impact professional development retreat. Ciara reflects on how documentary can effectively create change -- whether emotional, political, or beyond -- and hopes this information can help empower you in the same way. Read Ciara's article here.
At the Oakland Museum of California, a new kind of Museum exhibition is celebrating the vibrant cultural practices of the Pacific Islands, and the historic relationships, past and present, between the Pacific Islands and California. Turning the familiar idea of California as the western frontier on its head and re-positioning the state as "the East Coast of the Pacific," Pacific Worlds weaves together never-before-seen pieces from the Oakland Museum of California's collections along with contemporary California Pacific Islander artwork and community voices. The exhibition examines the deep and many-layered histories and the on-going connections of Pacific Islanders to California - a place many Pacific Islander people call home. 

Programs and events throughout the run of the exhibition, such as the upcoming screening of PIC-funded film Skin Stories on November 27, bring more ways for visitors to connect to the exhibition's themes and stories. Learn more about Pacific Worlds, on view at OMCA through January 3, 2016.

On November 11 & 12, join us at University of San Francisco for two free nights of live music and food, along with two PIC-funded feature documentaries, Skin Stories and Waiting for John. Learn more.

The companion film to the award-winning PIC-funded film Kumu HinaA Place in the Middle encourages discussion with youth about diversity & inclusion and preventing bullying.
Broadcast details

Now you won't need to wait for the monthly Producers' Post to find out about upcoming PIC events, broadcasts, and funding deadlines! PIC's newest resource is a monthly calendar that lives on the PIC website. If there's an event or deadline you'd like us to share, please send details to:


We will continue to compile the Producers' Post every month, which you will find in our monthly newsletters and on our website.

The Producers' Post, a regular update for producers, is available on our website. Included in the latest update:

  • Announcements
  • Events
  • Festival Deadlines
  • Funding Deadlines
  • Job Opportunities 
  • Resources
  • Trainings
Read the most recent post here!

The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges.


Established in Honolulu in 1991 as a national nonprofit media arts corporation, PIC is a member of the National Minority Consortia, which collectively addresses the need for programming that reflects America's growing ethnic and cultural diversity. Primary funding for PIC and the Consortia is provided through an annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Visit for additional information.
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