March 31 deadline for Creative Lab Hawaii program for writers, producers and web-series creatives

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The state is offering a program for aspiring writers, directors, actors and fashion designers.     

Creative Lab Hawaii will allow people the chance to network and be guided by professionals.
     
Applications are being accepted for this year’s series for programs on Oahu and Kauai.
     
If you’re interested, you must take part in an information session first.
     
The deadline to apply is March 31st.

“Creative Lab Hawaii offers invaluable opportunities for entrepreneurs to hone their craft while forming meaningful connections to the entertainment industry-positioning them to better monetize their work and further contribute to our creative economy,” said Georja Skinner, division chief, DBEDT’s Creative Industries Division and founder of CLH. “Our programs are unique in that they provide progressive mentoring to equip participants with the tools necessary to enter the year-long accelerated program.”

CLH tailors its programs to the individual entrepreneurs who’ve been accepted to each Immersive. 

Once all participants have been chosen, CLH then selects the appropriate mentors to best shape and nurture the emerging talent and their projects. 

Previous mentors include Bernie Su, two-time Primetime Emmy Award winning, multi-platform series creator of Artificial, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and Emma Approved; Bobby Moresco, Oscar-winning writer and producer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby; Jesse Nickson-Lopez, writer of Stranger Things and Narcos: Mexico; and Pamela Ribon, writer of Moana, and Ralph Breaks the Internet. 

Leading industry partners and supporters who further help to provide mentorship for the CLH programs include Writers Guild of America, West, Producers Guild of America, Independent Features Project, International Game Developers Association, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Screen Actors Guild and SAG Indie.

“All of our programs are designed to empower Hawaii’s creative talent with the right connections and skills, transforming ideas into products and creative content that can thrive in the marketplace,” said Michael Palmieri, executive director of CLH, who is also instrumental in the selection process of the participants and mentors. “We’re especially grateful to the industry leaders who donate their time and talents to mentor these amazing emerging storytellers.” 

Illustrating the powerful, real-world impact of CLH’s Media Immersive Programs, CLH Fellows and their projects from previous cohorts are making waves across the entertainment industry. 

To spotlight a few such examples, six television series have been optioned, six web-series (many award-winning) have been created and three feature films have been produced-with two additional features currently in pre-production.

Writer/Director/Producer Brian Kohne has garnered acclaim throughout prestigious film festivals with his CLH motion picture project, Kuleana-and recently licensed the film internationally under the title Maui, reaching audiences across the globe. Kohne has come full circle through the CLH program, from starting as a participant in the Writers Immersive, to being invited back for a mentorship role at a Producers Immersive.

“Being connected to other high-level creatives statewide who are investing in their craft, along with mentors helping you to elevate projects both on paper and in the business world, is a game changer,” said Kohne. “After years of being away from Maui thinking I couldn’t return home and still pursue my career as a filmmaker, it took a program like Creative Lab Hawaii to make me see that I could indeed stay in Hawaii, make a living at my work, contribute to the local ecomony and be a part of this vibrant community.” 

Details on the upcoming programs are as follows:

CLH Web-Series Immersive (June 3-7, 2019; Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach)
The popular Web-Series Immersive returns to Oahu and caters to creative entrepreneurs interested in producing narrative fiction short-form stories whose first distribution window is the web, including channels such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitch. Throughout the program, participants will receive valuable support in developing their storylines and creating a one-year plan from which to execute next steps to realize their projects. The program consists of an immersive week, followed by a 12-month coaching program.

CLH Writers Immersive (June 10-14, 2019; Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club)
In partnership with the Kauai Economic Development Board, Kauai Visitors Bureau, Kauai Film Commission, Office of the Mayor – County of Kauai, and Ho?ike Community Television, the CLH Writers Immersive is designed for screenwriters writing half-hour television shows, one-hour television shows, limited series, and motion pictures under $2 million. Like the Web-Series Immersive, the Writers Immersive will support participants with storyline development and project management. The program consists of an immersive week, followed by a 12-month coaching program.

CLH Motion Picture Producers Immersive (June 17-21, 2019; Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club)
In partnership with the Kauai Economic Development Board, Kauai Visitors Bureau, Kauai Film Commission, Office of the Mayor – County of Kauai, and Ho?ike Community Television, the CLH Motion Picture Producers Immersive targets producers of motion pictures with a budget under $2 million. The program consists of an immersive week, followed by a 12-month coaching program. 
 
Admittance to the CLH Immersive Programs is competitive. Eligibility for all 2019 programs is contingent upon participation in an hour-long information session.

These important information sessions are offered both in-person across the state featuring knowledgeable speakers (many of them past CLH Fellows), as well as online:  

Oahu (Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone No. 9) 
Monday, March 4, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Speakers: Georja Skinner, Michael Andres Palmieri, Jeff Orig, Stacy Fukuhara-Barclay, Sean Verhaagen
RSVP Link: http://bit.ly/CLH19ISO
 
Hawaii Island (Palace Theater – Hilo)
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Speakers: Georja Skinner, Michael Andres Palmieri, Charles Brotman, Amy Bircher, GB Hajim
RSVP Link: http://bit.ly/CLH19ISH
 
Kauai (Kauai Community College)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Speakers: Georja Skinner, Michael Andres Palmieri, Serge Marcil, Nadya Wynd
RSVP Link: http://bit.ly/CLH19ISK
 
Maui (Akaku Television)
Thursday, March 7, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Speakers: Georja Skinner, Michael Andres Palmieri, Brian Kohne, Spencer Hyde, Jonathan Melikidse
RSVP Link: http://bit.ly/CLH19ISM
 
Online sessions are available every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. HST until the end of March, 2019. Those interested are asked to RSVP at http://bit.ly/CLH2019ISHNL

For more information and to apply, please visit www.creativelab.hawaii.gov/apply. To connect to Creative Lab Hawaii via social media on Facebook Creative Lab Hawaii, Instagram and Twitter CreativeLabHI. 

About DBEDT (Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism)
DBEDT is Hawaii’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages. DBEDT’s mission is to achieve a Hawaii economy that embraces innovation and is globally competitive, dynamic and productive, providing opportunities for all Hawaii’s citizens. Through its attached agencies, the department fosters planned community development, creates affordable workforce housing units in high-quality living environments, and promotes innovation sector job growth.

About CID (Creative Industries Division)
CID, a division within DBEDT, is the state’s lead agency dedicated to advocating for and accelerating the growth of Hawaii’s Creative Economy.  Through initiatives, program development, and strategic partnerships, the division and its branches implements activities to expand the business development, global export and investment capacity of Hawaii’s arts, culture, music, film, literary, publishing, digital and new media industries.  

About the Creative Lab Hawaii Program
The Creative Lab Hawaii (CLH) Program was founded in 2012 by the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic, Development and Tourism (DBEDT)’s Creative Industries Division to accelerate the growth of Hawaii’s creative entrepreneurs through immersive, hands-on training in broadband/new media, producing, screenwriting, interactive media, music and design/fashion.  The CLH Program, a key facet of Hawaii’s creative economy, is developing an ecosystem to increase export, attract investment and build the State’s creative entrepreneurial capacity in media, music and fashion/design. The CLH Program features three program components: 1) Immersive Programs; 2) Ideation Workshops; and 3) Public Keynotes.
Website:  creativelab.hawaii.gov

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