A dramatic short film, The Pit Where We Were Born is a cautionary tale and meditation on drug abuse, familial control, and the sometimes destructive nature of healing.
World Premiere - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2019
Official Selection - CAAMFest 2019
An ancient Sri Lankan tradition, the padayatra (foot journey) is a sacred event venerated each year by thousands who walk for more than forty days to the fabulous temple at Kataragama. In this deeply immersive documentary short, we trace the journey of pilgrims on a spiritual awakening to find the nature of their true selves.
Pā‘ū, follows a multigenerational horse-riding unit as it embarks on a year-long preparation to represent the island of Ni‘ihau during the 100th anniversary of the King Kamehameha floral parade celebration.
Their effort, set against the backdrop of this important milestone, is interwoven with historical wisdom and recollections from previous pā‘ū riders and paniolo, all of whom guide this cultural practice into its next century.
Learn how you can support this film by visiting the Project Website → Pau Rider
Writer / Director Matthew Nagato’s first two films were documentaries in the broadest sense but they were also inspirational calls to action, showcasing the power of individuals and their communities to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.
After exploring the ways in which health and education are integral to the future of Hawaii, his final documentary on social determinants will focus on the most perilous challenge Hawaii faces as an island community: affordable housing and homelessness.
Minding Jane (2020)
This intimate documentary short explores the complicated, often devastating toll that caring for elderly parents can have on a family, and presages the sacrifices caregivers will have to endure in a rapidly aging society.
Ke Kohola no ma Maluhia Honua (2020)
This documentary chronicles the Ke Kohola no ma Maluhia Honua (Whale for World Peace) project, undertaken by the Mouna Farm Arts & Cultural Village Foundation. Working with the greater community of Hawai'i and the world, its creator Sooriya hopes to bring aloha, unity, peace, harmony, compassion, and planetary healing through the creation of his art: the world's largest whale sculpture, brought to life by the hands of Wai'anae's children and the support of the multinational community in Hawai'i, exemplifying the Aloha spirit and humanity's cooperative nature.
For information on how you can support the project, visit Kohola Ola
Summers Matter (2021)
EXPLORING THE MOST PIVOTAL TIME IN A CHILD'S EDUCATION
Nearly half of America's children, particularly those in lower-income families, spend their summers inactive and uninspired. Already suffering from a variety of educational disadvantages, these children fall even further behind during the three months that school is out. The cumulative effect of this 'summer slide' over the years of a child's schooling is devastating, but not inevitable.
Lumos Media provided consulting services in the collateral development, website design, and logo / branding modernization for a number of nonprofit organizations including HepFree Hawaii, the Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center, HomeAid Hawaii, and the Hawaii State Rural Health Association.