Director’s Notes: The decision to make a Hawaii version of Ingredients came after a pretty good twist of the arm by Ed Kenney and Gary Maunakea Forth. It also began with the help of our initial sponsors, Whole Foods, and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture; and subsequently the support of Kamehameha Schools and the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.
A documentary film is not necessarily planned, but discovered. My intention was to let the people who work in the new food system tell their story and my part of it would be to give them a voice in the noisy media marketplace. But it wasn’t until I stood thigh deep in mud at Mahuahua Ai o Hoi on a community workday that I knew what the film was all about. Being a resident of Hawaii means being connected to land and all the people we share Hawaii with, especially the Native Hawaiian community whose ancestors invented complex and extensive food producing systems that worked in concert with the environment.
An enhanced local food community in Hawaii has many tangible results – improved community relations, environment preservation, healthier food on the table – but it also has the possibility to serve as a model of culturally-based food production that we can share with the world.
Enjoy the film!
Robert Bates, Film Director and Executive Producer
Robert Bates is the creator and director of The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter, for which he received the James Beard award, Best National Television Program. Since 1993, Robert has produced and directed more than five-dozen commercials and public relations films for clients in North America, and Hawaii. Robert has directed three award-winning films about the history and culture of Hawaii, and is the writer and director of Ingredients (2009), and Ingredients Hawaii (2012) which premieres this spring in Honolulu.
Over an extensive creative career, Tim helped shape brands from United Airlines to Tostitos, from Heinz new products to the State of Hawaii. He was Managing Director /Creative Director of Ogilvy-Hawaii before founding Genesis Pacific, a creative consulting ﬁrm in 2005. He has won national recognitions including Clios and National Addys, was selected to Adweek’s All Star Team for TV writing, and received a Special Jury Award from the Houston International Film Festival. A recovering Madman, he now uses his powers for good.
Brian Kimmel is the principal, producer and director of photography for Optic Nerve Productions. Most recently he has completed “After The Harvest,” a documentary about seasonal hunger in coffee communities. Prior to that he produced a series of 10 short films for Travel Oregon for the state’s “Oregon Bounty” campaign. Brian created and produced Ingredients, a feature-length documentary film about the local food movement. Other past work includes documentary programs, television commercials, travel programs, corporate promotional films and television cooking shows.