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Local artist Kat Reeder shares how she was tapped to create artwork for new film 'Licorice Pizza'

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Oʻahu-based artist Kat Reeder stands in front of her poster for "Licorice Pizza."

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has a new coming-of-age film opening in theaters this holiday season called "Licorice Pizza" — and the poster may look familiar.

That’s because it was done by Kat Reeder, an Oʻahu-based artist known for featuring vibrant colors, flowy hair, and rosy cheeks.

Reeder grew up in Miami and moved to Honolulu in 2009. Since then, her island-themed artwork has been commissioned by the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Sheraton Waikiki, and the Westin Kaʻanapali, to name a few.

So how was this Hawaiʻi artist chosen to design a poster for a major Hollywood film? And what was it like attending a Hollywood premiere? The Conversation sat down with Reeder to find out.

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Artist Kat Reeder (R) and The Conversation producer Russell Subiono (L) at Hawaiʻi Public Radio in December 2021.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Dec. 23, 2021. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

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