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The Conversation: We Shine the Spotlight on the Film Industry

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One industry has blossomed during the pandemic: film production. We're joined by Donne Dawson, the State Film Commissioner, and Irish Barber, Business Representative for the Local 665 Chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, to get the behind-the-scenes rundown on the State's showbiz. We talk inclusion in cast and crew, the nitty-gritty of movie-making, and what this industry can offer the islands.

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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