A Hawaiian road dramedy featuring authentic Hawaiian characters.

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Moontunia - a Hawaiian Road Dramedy A Project of Feature Films

A grieving woman heads to Hawaii to visit an active volcano. Upon arrival, she enlists the help of two Hawaiian brothers pretending to run an adventure tour company, but their journey doesn't go as planned.

The story
A year after the sudden death of her fiance, Jane, a fiery Los Angeles attorney, finds herself stuck, unable to let go and move forward. Searching for clarity and closure, Jane makes a spontaneous trip to the Big Island of Hawaii to visit an active volcano.

Upon arrival on the island, Jane runs into Dusty and Po, two brothers who run a small house cleaning business. By a stroke of confused comedy, Jane mistakes them for tour guides, and hires them to help her hunt down the lava.

As the trio drives across the island en route to the volcano, Jane's instability surfaces as her self destructive behavior spirals out of control. A stop along their journey takes them in a new direction as the story explores love, loss, and the difficulties of embracing change.

Why we're raising funds
Currently, we have raised enough funds through private donations for pre-production and principal photography. Moontunia is set to shoot on the Big Island of Hawaii February 4th-20th, 2017. However, our wrap date marks only one portion of the film's journey, and we're currently raising additional funds for post production. This year-long process requires funds for editing, music, color correction and a marketing budget so that once the film is complete, we can make sure it gets seen.

A few more reasons to donate:
- All donations made to this page are 100 percent tax deductible for the donor (that's you!).
- Whatever funds we raise by January 8th, 2017 will be matched by a private donor.
- 15 percent of all profits made by the film upon its release will be donated to the non-profit SmileTrain, in memory Tom Thelen, a friend, actor, and fan of independent film.
- There are very few authentic portrayals of Hawaiians in cinema today; most films set in Hawaii white wash their casts or showcase tired stereotypes. To combat this, Moontunia features authentic modern Hawaiian characters, including our two lead protagonists, to be played by local Hawaiian actors.

About the production company

Founded in 2013, Larkin Pictures is a small independent film production company focused on enriching Hawaii's creative culture. Our films are produced exclusively in Hawaii and feature the Hawaiian landscape and lifestyle.

Our previous narrative feature film, Throuple, premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Its awards include Best Hawaii Feature at the Big Island Film Festival, Best Director at the Cinema Diverse Festival, and Audience Choice Award at the Cinema Diverse Festival. It secured a digital distribution deal through Candy Factory Films. Moontunia is Larkin Pictures' fourth film, and the second that focuses heavily on portraying authentic modern Hawaiian characters.

The crew

Director, Phil Payson
Phillips Payson is an award-winning Big Island-based filmmaker. His previous work includes Throuple (2015) and Aloha From Lavaland (2016). Before moving to Hawaii, Payson worked with Deluxe New York, a full service post house in New York City. He is co-founder of the Big Island based production company Larkin Pictures.

Cinematographer, Taylor Powell
Taylor Powell is renowned, an award-winning director of photography, camera operator and photographer specializing in jaw-dropping pieces in the most demanding natural environments. His previous work includes everything from short and feature films to branded content. Powell has shot all over the world, from New York and Los Angeles to Hawaii and Brazil.

Producer, Zoe Eisenberg
A published author and award-winning filmmaker,
Zoe Eisenberg has written and produced several feature and short films. Her 2015 narrative feature Throuple premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival and won "Best Hawaii Feature" at the Big Island Film Festival. Eisenberg is co-founder of the Big Island-based production company Larkin Pictures.

Producer, Jordan Turchin
Jordan Turchin is a Los Angeles based writer, producer and actor. His previous works include Progress (and Unrelated Things) (2014), Alien Abduction (2014), The Father's Love (2014) and Throuple (2015). He is currently producing the upcoming film "Miss Cannabis" starring Melanie Griffith.

$6,310 Raised
31% towards $20,000 Goal

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