WFF 2017 Inspirational Filmmaker Award to Director Tadashi Nakamura
Co-Sponsored by Watsonville Japanese American Citizens League & UCSC Alumni
Mele Murals documents the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - along with a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.
Director Tadashi Nakamura receives the 2017 WFF Inspirational Filmmaker Award for his growing body of powerful documentarywork focusing on the Hawaiian & Japanese-American communities. His films include Jake Shimakuburo: Life on Four Strings, A Song for Ourselves, Pilgrimage, and his newest, Mele Murals. Tadashi is a multi award-winning documentary filmmaker, named one of CNN’s Young People Who Rock for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and his films have been broadcast nationally by PBS. He is a graduate of the UCSC Social Documentation MFA Program.