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C3: Cultural Preservation in Media

In a time where information can be readily available and shared across media, this is the time to capture our stories. Industry visionaries discuss utilizing filmmaking as a way to preserve the cultural tradition and stories of Oceania, and passing it onto the next generation.

C3 programs on Saturday, May 4th are not individually sold. The admission fee for the All-Day Pass will include all the panels on May 4th.


Ianeta Le’i
Ianeta Le’i joined Sundance Institute in 2019 as Senior Manager of the Indigenous Program. Under the Director, Bird Runningwater, she helps to identify and support emerging Indigenous filmmakers and their stories from across the U.S., and globally. Ianeta also manages the implementation of Program labs, fellowships, and screenings, and is a pre-screener for POV. Before Sundance Institute, Le’i worked at Pacific Islanders in Communications, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, managing film projects and non-fiction content intended for public television.

Chelsea Winstanley
Chelsea Winstanley is an award-winning filmmaker who has been a producer, writer and director for over a decade. In 2014 she produced the hit vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, now a TV show for FX. This year she produced the acclaimed feature Documentary MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, which was picked up for distribution by Ava DuVernay’s company ARRAY. She was one of nine women who made the anthology feature WARU which won a Grand Jury Award at the 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Nāʻālehu Anthony
Nāʻālehu Anthony is a Native Hawaiian from Kaʻaʻawa, O’ahu and is the founder of Palikū Documentary Films – a production company that focuses on documentaries and oral histories with a special emphasis on Hawaiʻi and its people. Anthony has a vast array of experience in the film industry and has been immersed in the Hawaiian community throughout his life. His desire to give voice to Hawaiʻi’s stories as told by Hawaiians from our perspective is the very reason Nāʻālehu pursued a career in film and television.

Sergio Mata’u Rapu
Sergio Mata’u Rapu has spent the last 15 years producing documentaries specials and series that have aired on History Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, and PBS. As one of the only native Rapanui working in production in an English speaking country, he seeks to foster indigenous producers throughout the West. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the complexity of life through thought-provoking media in order to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.

Vea Mafile’o
Vea Mafile’o is a film & television director and practicing artist who holds a bachelor’s degree and a post-graduate diploma in Fine Arts. She co-founded the production company, Malosi Pictures, producing and co-directing short films in Nuie & Tonga,  including AHO`EITU, which won the Breakthrough Award at the Pasifika Film Festival in 2015. Her debut feature film FOR MY FATHER’S KINGDOM will be screening at the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

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Dates & Times


Aratani Central Hall @ JANM

Sat, May 4
6:00 pm