The Hawaiians – Reflecting Spirit
2006, USA Color, English w/ some subtitles for Hawaiian language TRT 58 Min.
The Hawaiians – Reflecting Spirit
2006, USA Color, Japanese language & Japanese subtitles TRT 30 min.

A film by noted Hawaii filmmaker Edgy Lee, an early version opened the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. The film offers important cultural insights into who the Hawaiians are as a people, their origins, historical challenges and current social conditions, and the revival of spirit of a native people whose identity is intrinsically tied to their Hawaiian homelands. Rave review by veteran critic, Army Archerd (Variety), Lee's film is also covered in the book "Progressive Hollywood, A People's Film History of the United States," by Ed Rampell. He places Edgy alongside leading doc filmmakers such as Oscar winners Errol Morris ("Fog of War"), Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"), Robert Greenwald ("Outfoxed") and Michael Moore ("Fahrenheit 9/11"). Rampell writes, "a film by Hawaii's greatest local filmmaker... The Hawaiians is a film of transcendent splendor that defends Native rights and culture."

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Paniolo O Hawai'i - Cowboys of the Far West
2000, USA Color, English TRT 59 Min.

"Lee has illuminated a little known facet of the Old West, Pacific Rim style", – San Francisco Examiner.

This award winning feature documentary film redefines our childhood notions of cowboys and indians and the Great American West. In this beautifully crafted movie, Cowboys are the Indians. Hawaii's Paniolo preceded the American Cowboy but their story remains virtually unheralded in frontier history. The film is a tribute to the men and women who learned much of their riding, roping, and saddle making from the great vaqueros of Alta California. Rare footage, clips of "shipping cattle" in the 1920s, Will Rogers with paniolo, Willie Nelson and cowboy songsters Kindy Sproat, and Grammy winning composer, Michael Martin Murphey. Chicago FIlm Festival (Best Doc - History and Doc Screenplay), CINE Golden Eagle, highest award (Kahili Award) from the state of Hawaii visitor industry, among other national awards. Color, TRT 58:30, english

A companion Warner Reprise soundtrack is available (see Music).

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Waikiki - In the Wake of Dreams
2001 USA Color, English TRT 78 Min.
Waikiki - In the Wake of Dreams
2001 USA Color, Japanese TRT 78 Min.

" Waikiki's charming past is unfolded through re-enactments, film and TV clips..." – Variety

This edited version of the full-length documentary film chronicles the evolution of a small beachside community from ancient spiritual haven, to playground for Hawaii’s royalty, to the world’s most famous beach and visitor destination. The first comprehensive chronicle of Waikiki’s 500-year history brought to life with historical photographs and moving footage, Hollywood clips, and rare oral histories told by the people who made Waikiki, Waikiki.

Previewed in Washington D.C. at the National Geographic Society, it premiered in Hawaii on Waikiki beach, under a full moon to an audience of 5,000 viewers, setting the precedent for what became the City of Honoulu’s, “Sunset on the Beach” public movie screenings held monthly on Kuhio Beach.

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A Tribute to Hawaii's Fire Fighters
2002 USA Color English TRT 56 Min.
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Enjoy this unique tribute to Hawaii's fire fighters, a group of highly trained men and women, many of whom are native Hawaiian. The story begins with Alexander Cartwright, Honolulu's first Fire Chief (and father of American baseball), a little known history ensues. From mid-19th century to present day, the film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the danger and dedication of these courageous men and women. Interviews with old timers, female fire fighters, and spouses shed rare insights into the job and the people. A companion cookbook, "Hawaii's Fire Fighters’ Favorite Recipes" is available. (see Books).

A companion cookbook, "Hawaii's Fire Fighters Favorite Recipes" is available (see Books).

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Papakolea - A Story of Hawaiian Land
1998 USA Color English TRT 56 Min.

Directed and co-written by Edgy Lee, with Emmy Award winning writer, Saul Landau, two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer, Haskell Wexler (Executive Producer for The Institute of Cinema Studies), the film received the prestigious Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award for Independent Programming, the National Education Silver Apple; the International CINE Golden Eagle; and other awards for writing and directing.

Under constant threat of losing their land to corporate agriculture and federal government control, Native Hawaiians in Papakolea petitioned Congress to protect their land under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (1920). Their appeal, initiated by the women of this small squatters community struggled against poverty and racism to win the support of FDR and the U.S. Congress. Their 1930s victory continues to affect the lives of Native Hawaiians to this day. Their determination to keep their culture alive is told by a few surviving elders. We see the crucial thread that connects events of the past with the political and social conflicts of today’s Native Hawaiians who continue to struggle for rights to the islands. Edited by Sandi Guthrie, Sound design by Kent Gibson, original music composed by Joseph Vitarelli.

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The Levi Report
USA Color, English TRT 60 Min.

The Levi Report is a one hour investigative report produced in and about Hawaii by Matt Levi, former Honolulu television journalist turned private investigator; and Edgy Lee, award winning documentary filmmaker. The program covers controversial issues of local and national interest such as Internet crimes against children and the theft of native Hawaiian artifacts and the connection to meth trafficking. Hidden cameras take you behind the scenes, in drive alongs with US Marshals, and undercover to witness the capture of two child predators.  This film is not for sale but can be made available for educational use.

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Unpresecribed - Prescription for Addiction
TRT 58 mins. Color, English

This one hour documentary film received a national 2015 Telly Award for its straightforward overview of the burgeoning American epidemic of prescription drug abuse, misuse, and poisoning — the #1 cause of accidental death in America.  Then U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder introduces this compelling documentary film, with appearances by White House Drug Czar (Director of ONDCP) Michael Botticelli, other experts in the field of health care, drug intervention, international drug trafficking and law enforcement; with interviews with real victims, real families.

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ICE - Hawaii's Crystal Meth Epidemic
USA Color, English TRT 60 Min.

This documentary film reveals how methamphetamine addiction affects the community at large, how addiction is linked directly to increase in violent crime; child abuse, elder and spousal abuse; theft and rising insurance rates, social services, medical costs; and human costs that transcend the financial ruin that meth has had in the State of Hawaii and the nation. Candid stories of ice addicts, children of addicts, and young mothers in their 20s who have given birth to meth addicted infants share authentic stories in this special presentation that also includes foster parents who care for children born into meth addiction.

The film initiated an historical statewide simulcast in Hawaii, and was broadcast on all television stations, commercial free in September 2003. A companion film viewers guide is available to encourage use of the film as a teaching tool for educators, community leaders, and families.

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Life or Meth - Hawaii's Youth
USA Color, English TRT 60 Min.

This one hour documentary film was simulcast on all major television stations in the state of Hawaii. Since then, Mueller & Lee have co-produced a series of short drug education and prevention videos used in schools, the work place, and communities where addiction to methamphetamine ranks highest in the nation. Included are unscripted interviews with teenage runaways in Waikiki, to kids who choose a clean and sober life having come from homes where their parents and siblings were addicts. A former Miss Hawaii and other courageous people speak honestly and frankly.

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It's Your Choice
2006, USA Color, TRT 30 min.

FIt's Your Choice is a 30 minute drug education and prevention video featuring teens talking to teens -- some come from families pained by drug addiction, others determined never to fall into the cycle of abuse that haunts all too many Americans.

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Elderly Abuse - Breaking the Cycle of Shame
USA Color, English TRT 30 Min.

There are elders who experience abuse in their families -- behind closed doors.
This video addresses an issue that is difficult to discuss openly but it is a growing problem in our communities. Often caused by children or spouses who are substance abusers, the pain and shame of abuse often remain an unspoken tragedy. There is fear of retribution and embarrassment. Interviews with elders and experts who share general legal and practical advice make this program applicable to any elder living in the United States. Narrater: Frank B. Shaner.

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