A Paradise Lost
A PARADISE LOST is an animated, live-action documentary about the incredible true story of a small bird that sued to save its kind from extinction. In 1979, a stuffed Palila (an endangered Hawaiian finch) watches from the plaintiff’s table the federal court case Palila v. Hawaiʻi. The bird and its allies won, becoming a landmark case establishing habitat protection for endangered species. Today, the Palila struggles to survive; a native Hawaiian conservationist works to restore Palila’s habitat lost to climate change and human impact. The film ponders themes of loss, longing and belonging, painting a complex portrait of Hawaiian ecology, culture, people and place. 
We are not born to survive. Only to live.
– W. S. Merwin

LAURIE SUMIYE, Director / Animator

Laurie Sumiye is a Hawai‘i-born artist and documentary filmmaker who investigates environmental tensions between humans and nature. Her background in interactive media and design uniquely informs her drawings, animations, videos, and installations. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, Los Angeles, Hawai‘i and internationally, in the UK, South Africa and Brazil and screened her award-winning films at DOC NYC, BAM cinemaFest and PS1MoMA. She has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, BA & BS in Art and Communications from Bradley University, and studied art at Lorenzo De’ Medici in Florence and Pratt Institute. She spent 16 years working in creative and technology industries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London. She returned to Hawaii to work on her first long-form public television documentary, A PARADISE LOST. Laurie currently works and lives in Mililani, Hawai’i.

Amber is an independent documentary producer, filmmaker and entrepreneur from Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi. For 6 years, she served as Digital Engagement Manager and Program Manager for Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), supporting filmmakers with production and distribution of films for national broadcast. While at PIC, she worked on the first four seasons of the PACIFIC HEARTBEAT anthology public television series distributed by American Public Television. She received her BA in Cultural Anthropology/Japanese from Western Washington University and MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London.
MAKENA ONGOY, Associate Producer
Mākena was born in Hawai’i and began her educational career at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus and graduated in Sacramento, California. She recently received her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University in Journalism with a minor in Holistic Health. She specializes in integrated storytelling, creating content for various digital media outlets, and managing social media platforms. She has previously worked in production for films such as FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, and shoots and edits multimedia stories for her blog. She grew up dancing hula in the Namakaaloha Hula Studio in Hale’iwa, and is passionate about expanding her knowledge of, as well as conserving her Native Hawaiian culture.
We gratefully accept private donations to support A PARADISE LOST. All donations are tax-deductible.
Three ways to give:

2) Write a check to our fiscal sponsor, UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts, registered 501(c)3 organization.

Mailing address:
322 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
United States

3) Donate non-cash donations for raffles, silent auction and rewards for fundraising events. Email amber@worm-media.com to get in touch!

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