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A Feature Film Scheduled For Departure 2021...

SYNOPSIS

Explore the mystery and adventure of Meli the movie! Our film, set in 1977, follows the story of a passionate pilot (Jo), who must return home to Hawaii to care for her ailing grandmother (Meli). Although fiesty and spry, Meli continues to get lost in her visions, struggling to put the pieces of her life’s puzzle together. As her Gran’s fragmented memories blur the lines of past & present, real & wondrous, Jo begins to suspect that Meli might actually be history’s most celebrated aviatrix.

Armed with new inspiration of her grandmother’s mysterious legacy, Jo rediscovers her destiny to defy gravity. With the guidance of her ohana (family), Jo must decide what is more important, protecting the innocence of those you love or famed success.

Meli helps propel women to dream beyond all societal limitations, motivating us to push the boundaries and break through glass clouds.

 
 

Meet The Crew

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Alixzandra Dove Rothschild - Lead Actor / Producer

Alixzandra came into this world in sunny southern California. Starting at a very young age, she wanted to bring stories to life in unique and different ways. She began her acting training at South Coast Repertory, where she starred in the BFG, as Sophie: her most treasured role. 

Alixzandra eagerly plunged into USC’s prestigious School of Theatre, where she blossomed as an actor with many performances including “Don Juan Comes Back from the War” and “The Importance of Being Ernest.” Minoring in Film Studies at the School of Cinematic Arts gave her the chance to explore the business and nuances of Motion Picture Producing. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude, Alixzandra took off for Hawaii to combine her passions of Acting and Producing, while close to her family on Oahu and Big Island. 

In 2016, Alixzandra founded Platinum Dove Pictures, to produce short films like Amazon’s Lights Out, for which she won many acting awards and film accolades for her leading role. Her short films have been screened in official selection at dozens of international festivals including Dances with Films, Sunscreen Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortsfest, Cannes Court Métrage, Carmel Film Festival, and at the Egyptian Theatre during Sundance. Alixzandra can be seen in many tv shows and films including 2 Broke Girls, Aquarius, Unfriended, & Miles Underwater. Alixzandra has dreamed of this film and of bringing the role of Jo to life for years.

Amy Glazer - Director

Amy Glazer is an award-winning theater and film director known for telling female-centered, character-driven stories for both stage and screen. She has directed dozens of plays at prominent Bay Area theaters and was the Associate Artistic Director of the SF Playhouse, as well as an Associate Artist at Magic Theatre and Marin Theatre Company. She is also a professor in the Department of Film & Theater at San Jose State University. 

Expanding her portfolio, she began adapting plays into films. Beautiful Dreamer, her fourth such adaptation, is an homage to the Bay Area, her home for the past 30 years. Her film, Kepler's Dream, starring Holland Taylor and Kelly Lynch, received the Silver Award for Family Favorite: at the Mill Valley International Film Festival. Hollywood Reporter called it a "diverting family film charmer." Her 2010 film, Seducing Charlie Barker, (Theresa Rebeck), went on to win numerous awards, including the Grand Prize Award at the Canada International Film Festival, Best American Indie Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, and Best Filmmaker Award at the Jersey Shore Film Festival. Other films include Drifting Elegant (Steven Belber) and a short, Ball Lightning (Barry Gifford) which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. 

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Colette Freedman - Screenwriter

Colette is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Her plays and musicals have been done all over the world, including Serial Killer Barbie and Sister Cities, which is on Netflix (Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Stana Katic, Jess Weixler).  She has produced a number of films and written several indie gems including And Then There Was Eve which won The Los Angeles Film Festival and is distributed with Breaking Glass Pictures. She co-produced the film Quality Problems. Currently, she is in post production for her coming of age film Miles Underwater. Colette is also a faculty member  at NYFAAntioch University and Studio Arts where she teaches screenwriting, playwriting and novel writing.

Connie Florez - Line Producer

Founder of Hula Girl Productions LLC in 2003. As an indigenous filmmaker, Connie’s projects have included award winning documentaries and narrative feature film projects such as Waikiki (Sundance Native Lab), Stoke, Kumu Hina (PBS Independent Lens), Princess Kaiulani, and many more. Along with narratives, Connie has produced and directed dozens of Hawaii based projects with distribution by Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, Music Gate, Warner Music Group, Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix.  

 

Member of the Creative Lab Hawaii Fellowship since 2018. Recipient of the Women in Film/General Motors Alliance Award 2010 for Emerging Filmmakers and from 2006-2011, adjunct lecturer for film studies at the Academy for Creative Media- University of Hawaii at Manoa. Currently a mentor for Hawaii Women in Filmmaking Labs supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). For more than 15 years, Connie has served as Director of Film Programming and Executive Director at the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival sponsored by the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation.  

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Deborah Glazier - Producer

Deborah is a regional Emmy® award-winning producer/writer/director whose passion for filmmaking started as an actor. That experience was integral in developing her skills and has led to an eclectic career that has spanned two continents and includes working for Tokyo Disneyland, Landmark Entertainment and Toyota Motor Company, Japan.

 

She has also produced several award-winning shorts that have appeared in festivals nationally and internationally, including the short film “Extra” winning Best Director at the Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta and Best Ensemble in Houston.  Although Deborah has her feet permanently planted on the island of Oahu, she is a former private pilot earning her long-distance cross-country solo wings on a flight to Kitty Hawk!

Raymond Wood - Post Production Supervisor

Raymond is a film and commercial director with a lengthy background in post-production and visual effects. His latest film “1st Summoning” was released theatrically in 2019. His recent co-producing credits include Joseph Cross’s directorial debut “Summer Night” and the award-winning and highly-acclaimed independent film “Holden On.”

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Morgan Jackson - Aviation Consultant

Morgan, or Captain Coconuts as he’s playfully referred, is a Medevac Pilot in Kailua, Hawaii and flight instructor at South Pacific Flying Club. He has accrued over 1400 flying hours and lives by the moto “life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." He continues to support women in aviation and inspires his daughter to fly the skies as well. 

Supporting Crew

- Special Thanks -

Simon Morton
Linda Rothschild

Ryker Wells

Daniel Quiros
Cassie Greer
Olivia Laciste

Meg Holsten

Robert Herrick

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