PAST PROJECTS – NARRATIVE

Zoe is focused on exploring queer, indigenous or female-driven Hawai’i-set narratives.

RACKET | Narrative short | 2022 | festivals
written, directed

When professional circus clown Lo rage-dumps her performing partner moments before a packed show, she finds herself forced to improvise a solo act with a tennis racket.

Greenlight Award, ‘Ohina Film Lab, 2021
Project support, Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking / Wahine in Film lab, 2021

Premiere: Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2022

INHERITANCE | Narrative short | 2022 | festivals
Produced | Directed by Erin Lau

A struggling nature photographer is forced to confront the pain his family has carried for generations.

Premiere: Tribeca Film Festival, 2022

BURY IT | Narrative short | 2022 | festivals
Produced | Directed by Andrew Williamson

In 1970s Hawai’i, two young brothers head into the forest to bury a family secret. 

Premiere: Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2022

CASHBACK | Narrative short | 2021
Written, produced, directed

On her last night of work, a pregnant theater manager discovers a bag of cash under a seat and must decide what to do with it.

Official selections: Hawai’i International Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Arizona International Film Festival, Berlin Short Film Festival, Maui Film Festival, Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival, Detroit Women’s Film Festival, Seattle Asian American Film Festival, DC Asian Pacific Film Festival, Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival, Coven Film Festival, FIFO Tahiti, UpTilt Film Festival, and the CentreFilm Film Festival.

ALA MOANA BOYS | Narrative short | 2021
Produced | Directed by Keli’i Grace

Blamed for a crime they did not commit, five young men in 1930s Hawai’i must consider their futures and their families as they weigh the consequences of taking action.

Premiere: Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2021

STOKE | Narrative Feature | 2019
Written, produced, co-directed

A struggling tourist hires two wannabe tour guides to take her to an active volcano.

Winner, Best Hawai’i Film 2019, Hawai’i Film Critics Society
Best Narrative Feature, Women in Film, Austin Indie Fest
Premiere: Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2021

THROUPLE | Narrative Feature | 2016
Written, produced

A conflicted young couple, a polyamorous trio trying to dig a hole, and a mysterious recluse spin a tale of love, murder and madness.

Best Feature, Big Island Film Festival, 2016
Best Director, Cinema Diverse Film Festival 2016
Audience choice award, Cinema Diverse Film Festival 2016
Distributed by Screen Media Inc
Premiere: Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2019

ALOHA FROM LAVALAND | Documentary Feature | 2016
Written by, produced by

Following a volcanic eruption, a Hawaiian community under pressure shows its spirit and resilience.

Award of Merit, IMPACT DOC AWARDS 2016
Shown on Hawaiian Airlines, 2016-2017
Premiere: Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2016

THE BONE OF A WHALE | Narrative Short | 2017
Written, produced
Premiere: Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2017

The lives of two beach drifters are interrupted by the discovery of a mysterious bone.

Premiere: Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2016