In 1994, Shane Stant, a man of Hawaiian descent, swung the baton that famously took out figure-skater Nancy Kerrigan in “the whack heard around the world.”
While much of the world only knew Shane’s violent past, his sister, Maile Stant, who was two-years old at the time of the event, grew up only knowing a compassionate and caring older half-brother.
The feature documentary “My Hero’s Shadow: From Hitman to Hero” looks at Shane’s life through Maile’s eyes and sheds new light on the man beyond the act of violence that has defined him for the past 24 years.
“My Hero’s Shadow: From Hitman to Hero” marks the feature directorial debut of Hawaii born singer Justin Young.
“I’ve always had passion for documentary films and a growing desire for a longer format of storytelling than music”, explains Young, “A couple of years ago I enrolled in a summer long documentary filmmaking course at The New York Film Academy and realized that I was really good at editing and storytelling. After completing school, my teachers referred me for freelance editing jobs.”
As a musician and songwriter, Justin Young has accumulated 12 number-one hits in Hawaii and since relocating to LA, has been touring the world playing his own music.
The film is up for consideration in the MADE IN HAWAII Features Competition at HIFF.
The film’s next screening on Oahu will be on Wednesday, November 14th at 3:30 p.m. at Dole Cannery Theatres.
The 38th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival, or “HIFF38”, will screen 187 films from 35 countries — ranging from festival favorites such as the Spotlight on Japan and Spotlight on Korea programs, annual program such as Spotlight on Taiwan and Spotlight on India, and films from Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto (Awards Buzz), special sidebars on the environment (Green Screen), culinary cinema (Eat.Drink.Film.), Asian genre cinema (Extreme Asia), and a special program around renowned filmmaker Wong Kar-wai.