Out of State

Exiled to a private prison deep in the Arizona desert, native Hawaiian inmates discover culture and community behind bars.

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    2017 Cayman International Film Festival-Best Documentary Feature Film
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    2017 Hawaii State Bar Association-Liberty Bell Award
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    2017 Portland Film Festival: The Storytellers’ Festival & Conference-Grand Jury Awards - Jury Prize for Artistic Vision
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    2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival-Best Feature Documentary
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    2017 Hawaii International Film Festival-Made in Hawaii Best Feature Film & Audience Choice for Documentary Feature
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    Ciara Lacy

    Ciara Lacy has produced, directed, or written non-fiction TV for PBS, ABC, TLC, Discovery, Bravo, and A&E, as well as produced rock-documentaries with theatrical distribution for Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, and O.A.R. Lacy is a 2014 Firelight Media Producing Fellow, a 2014 Tribeca All Access Awardee, a 2013 Princess Grace Foundation Show more Awardee, and a 2012 Sundance Institute NativeLab Director Fellow. A graduate of Yale University and the Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii, Lacy is proficient in the Hawaiian language and grew up dancing hula. Show less

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    Beau Bassett

    Filmmaker Beau Bassett's experience represents the intersection of Hawaii’s justice system, filmmaking, and native Hawaiian culture. Having practiced law as a Deputy Public Defender for over six years, Bassett has counseled innumerable clients in Honolulu's criminal courts. An active member of the Hawaiian community, he is a graduate of the Show more Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is fluent in the Hawaiian language. As a filmmaker, Bassett created his first short, TEWETEWE, in 2006 for PBS broadcast, and was accepted as a 2008 producing fellow to the Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program. He currently practices law in Honolulu.     Show less

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    The Film

    In 2007, the state of Hawaii –– short on funds and space –– outsourced the care of roughly two thousand of its male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison on the continental U.S. Now, deep in the desert of Arizona, exiled thousands of miles across the ocean from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances while behind bars.

    As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate back home in Hawaii. Out of State explores complex questions of cultural and religious identity; the over abundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement.