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Hailed as “remarkable” by Teacher Librarian and “enthusiastically recommended” by Video Librarian, HEART OF THE SEA is a breathtaking portrait of surf legend Rell "Kapolioka'ehukai" Sunn, founding member of the Women's Professional Surfing Association and beloved breast cancer activist. With exhilarating water scenes and captivating archival footage of surf culture, HEART OF THE SEA is an important look at Hawai’i’s integral part of America’s rich cultural heritage.
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AWARDS & SCREENINGS:
Special Jury Prize/ Aloha Spirit Award, Hawaii International Film Festival 2002
Audience Award, PBS/Independent Lens 2003
Audience Award for Best Documentary, San Francisco International Film Festival 2003
Best Documentary, Ashland Independent Film Festival 2003
Best Documentary & Audience Award, Orinda Film Festival 2003
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Newport Beach Film Festival 2003
Broadcast : PBS/Independent Lens, HBO Latin America, Canal + Scandinavia, La Cinq, France
Charlotte Lagarde Charlotte Lagarde has over fifteen years experience working in development, production and distribution of educational and public television programming. Lagarde is the award-winning Producer/Director of Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka’ehukai (2002), a documentary about the Hawaiian surfing legend, Rell Sunn, which won numerous awards including the 2003 PBS/Independent Lens Audience Award, Best Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Lagarde was the executive producer of Academy award-winning Reporter Zero (2006), which premiered at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. Her award winning films Beautiful Son (2008), Voting in America (2004), Swell (1996) and Zeuf (1994) were broadcast on PBS stations and/or the Sundance Channel. She produced along with Deann Borshay Liem the award winning PBS/POV documentary In The Matter Of Cha Jung Hee (2010) and is currently directing a documentary on poet, activist June Jordan. In 1998, Lagarde founded and became Executive Director of Swell Cinema, a non-profit production company, where she oversees the financing, production and distribution of documentary films. She has been teaching film history and production at the Lycée Français in San Francisco since 2002.
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