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 The Moon and the night

saturday, September 28, 2019 at 6:15pm

Program #14

Set in rural Hawaiʻi, a Native Hawaiian teenage girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight. Through the journey the film explores undercurrents of personal, cultural, and socio-economic strife in Hawaiʻi, but at it’s heart, it is a coming-of-age tale of a young woman who must make the difficult realization that to save her family, she must stand on her own.

Meet the filmmakers

WRITER - Erin Lau and Justin Omori


PRODUCER - Olivia Gray


EDITOR - Yurim Han



Erin Lau

Raised in the quiet valley of Kahaluʻu on Oʻahu, Native Hawaiian filmmaker Erin Lau has shaped her career around projects inspired by her heritage, the female perspective, and the Asian Pacific community. Originally a documentary filmmaker, Erin transitioned to scripted after her screenplay Little Girl’s War Cry, which focused on domestic violence and cultural identity, was selected out of 2,000+ submissions by the Film Raro Competition to receive funding. After completing her Bachelors at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaiʻi, Erin worked as a videographer and editor for a Hawaiian grass-roots news and documentary company, ʻŌiwi TV. She later moved to Los Angeles after receiving a full-ride merit scholarship from Chapman University, where she completed her MFA in Directing in 2018. Over the course of her education, Erin has written and directed multiple award-winning shorts and was selected as a Sundance Native Lab fellow in 2017. She is now working in Los Angeles and is currently represented by the United Talent Agency. Her ultimate dream is that her work will help to empower and inspire minority and female voices.