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WINNING GIRL wins Best Film

January 10, 2017

Waimea Ocean Film FestivalWINNING GIRL won Best Film – Island Culture at the 2017 Waimea Ocean Film Festival. Also playing at the festival were two of our other films: PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY and LOTUS ROOT: A GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER’S JOURNEY.

PIC publishes article in newsletter

November 30, 2016
Pacific Islander LogoKimberlee Bassford wrote a post for Pacific Islanders in Communications‘ e-newsletter on fundraising and knowing your audience.

PACIFIC WALKING WARRIORS receives R&D funding

October 15, 2016

Pacific Islander LogoWe were awarded R&D funding from Pacific Islanders in Communications for our new project PACIFIC WALKING WARRIORS, which follows the journey of Samoan novelist Sia Figiel as she walks across America to raise awareness of the alarming rate of obesity and diabetes among Pacific Islanders.

Digital series gets seed funding

September 15, 2016

With seed funding from the ITVS Digital Open Call, we launched production of a pilot episode for our new digital series WOMAN 2.0, which explores the intersections of women’s health and technology.


PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY re-airs on Comcast

August 1, 2016


PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY re-airs all month on Comcast’s Cinema Asian America. The film is part of a collection of films that explore politics and the presidential election.

DRIVEN MIND receives seed funding

July 1, 2016

The Asian Women Giving Circle awarded us seed funding for our new project DRIVEN MIND, about the late Chinese American author/historian Iris Chang. Filming begins next month.

WINNING GIRL re-airs nationally

April 29, 2016

WINNING GIRL will have a repeat national broadcast on the WORLD CHANNEL’s flagship documentary series America ReFramed. The film will air Tuesday, May 3 at 8pm Eastern Time. Check your local listings for exact times in your area.

WINNING GIRL to air on PBS Hawaii in April

March 8, 2016

Our “winning girl” Teshya Alo is one step closer to her Olympic dream. She won her first senior national wrestling tournament last December, which qualified her to compete at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials next month in Iowa City. If she wins there, she’ll be going to Rio de Janeiro to compete at the Summer Olympics!


To celebrate her and Hawai‘i’s other female Olympic wrestling hopeful–2012 bronze medalist Clarissa Chun–PBS Hawaii will air WINNING GIRL on Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

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PATSY MINK and WINNING GIRL to screen at Windward Community College

We are proud to be part of Windward Community College’s annual Women’s Film Festival, which celebrates Women’s History Month. This year, the festival features documentaries about Hawai‘i’s women and girls. Our two films PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY and WINNING GIRL will screen back-to-back on Tuesday, March 15 starting at 10 a.m. Director Kimberlee Bassford, who is the new journalism instructor at Windward Community College, will be in attendance for Q&A after each screening.

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WINNING GIRL to air in Hawaii

September 7, 2015

WINNING GIRL will have its Hawai‘i television broadcast premiere on OC16 on Sunday, September 20 at 7pm. The film will repeat on the following dates/times. Check OC16’s schedule for more information.


Sun. 9/20 at 7pm (Hawaii broadcast premiere!)
Tues. 9/22 at 6:30am
Wed. 9/23 at 3pm
Fri. 9/25 at 10am
Sat. 9/26 at 6pm
Sun. 9/27 at 6am
Mon. 9/28 at 1pm
Wed. 9/30 at 9pm
Thurs. 10/1 at 6:30am
Sun. 10/4 at 7pm

WINNING GIRL secures international distribution

June 5, 2015

WINNING GIRL has been acquired for international distribution by Java Films. Founded in 2005, Java Films rapidly established itself as one of Europe’s leading independent documentary distributors, providing production support and distribution to both finished films and projects in development. It will handle all sales of WINNING GIRL outside of North America.


For sales within North America, see Women Make Movies.

WINNING GIRL secures national distribution

The exclusive distributor of the film in North America is Women Make Movies, the premier distributor of films by, about and for women. Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. Women Make Movies is also the distributor of our film PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY.


For sales outside of North America, go to Java Films.

WINNING GIRL now streaming!

June 4, 2015

WINNING GIRL is now streaming online (in the U.S.) for free through the beginning of August at PBS.org. You can also watch an interview with director Kimberlee Bassford here. Happy viewing!

WINNING GIRL premieres internationally

May 21, 2015

WINNING GIRL has been selected to screen at the 2015 Canadian Sport Film Festival in Toronto on June 6. This will be the film’s international debut. We’re honored to be part of this unique festival, which brings together the theatre of sport and the medium of film to tell unique, provocative and passionate human stories from around the world.


WINNING GIRL wins Special Jury Award

May 5, 2015

WINNING GIRL won a Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature at the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Festival Senior Programmer Abe Ferrer called the film “truly exceptional.”

WINNING GIRL receives another outreach grant

May 1, 2015

WINNING GIRL has received a grant from the Open Meadows Foundation to support our outreach and distribution efforts, including screening the film with youth groups in Hawai‘i. We’re so honored by the Foundation’s support. Open Meadows is a national grant-making organization that funds projects led by and benefitting girls and women and that promote gender, racial and economic justice.

WINNING GIRL slated for a national broadcast

March 30, 2015

WINNING GIRL has been acquired by public television’s WORLD CHANNEL for its flagship documentary series America ReFramed. The film will premiere on Tuesday, May 12 at 8pm Eastern Time. Check your local listings for exact times in your area.

WINNING GIRL nominated for Grand Jury Award at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

WINNING GIRL has been nominated for the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature-Length Film at the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film screens at the festival on Saturday, April 25 at 5:30pm at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

WINNING GIRL receives outreach grant

January 24, 2015

WINNING GIRL has received a grant from the Women’s Fund of Hawaii to take the film out to girls groups in the state of Hawai‘i, pairing screenings with activities/discussions about goal setting and career preparation. We’re so thrilled to have the Fund’s support and to be able to use Teshya’s inspiring story to help girls achieve their goals, whatever they may be!

Patsy Mink receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 21, 2014

We’re so pleased that the late U.S. Representative Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawai‘i, who was the subject of our documentary PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY, will be posthumously receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 24. The medal is America’s highest civilian honor. For more information, click here. Also, as part of the celebration, the Hawai‘i State Bar Association Civic Education Committee and the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center will be screening our film on December 11 at the Judiciary History Center. Go to our screenings page for more information.

World Premiere of WINNING GIRL

October 5, 2014

Our new film WINNING GIRL has been accepted to the Hawaii International Film Festival, where it will be having its world premiere on Sunday, November 2 at 5:15pm at Dole Theatres in Honolulu. An encore screening will take place on Saturday, November 8 at 12:30pm at Koko Marina Theatres in Hawaii Kai.

Joining the team of HEADHUNT REVISITED

January 21, 2014

Kimberlee Bassford is hired as a producer on the Mytinger Project’s documentary in production HEADHUNT REVISITED about American artist Caroline Mytinger who in the 1920s spent four years living and painting in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and whose work now inspires two contemporary artists:  American photographer and adventurer Michele Westmorland, who goes on an expedition to retrace Caroline’s original journey, and Papua New Guinea painter Jeffry Feeger. Kimberlee will be overseeing the film’s funding and distribution strategy.

PATSY MINK streaming online through March

March 2, 2013

PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY is streaming live at PBS.org now through the end of March as part of ITVS’ Women and Girls Lead #SheDocs Online Film Festival.  The festival celebrates Women’s History Month by bringing the best independent documentaries that tell the stories of women and girls defying odds and rising to leadership positions throughout history.  We’re honored to be part of such an important initiative.

Joining the team of FALLOUT

November 19, 2012

Kimberlee Bassford is joining Te Maka Productions’ producing team on its narrative feature film in development FALLOUT, based on the novel Melal by Robert Barclay and set in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The film follows the character of Rujen, an honest and hardworking Marshallese man forced by his American military superiors to choose either his cultural beliefs or the economic survival of his family.  The film is directed by Vilsoni Hereniko, whose previous feature THE LAND HAS EYES (2004) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS.

PATSY MINK featured in new Apple app

September 28, 2012

PATSY MINK:  AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY is one of six films in AsiaPacificFilms.com’s new Hawai’i Filmmaker App, designed by Tapiki Lmt.  The app is now available for download for free from the Apple iTunes Store, and films can then be streamed on Apple products, such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  Plus, with the right cables, the iPad2 is capable of streaming these films to a television set in high-definition, allowing for a true “living room” experience.  Check it out on iTunes!

PATSY MINK now streaming at PBS.org

June 22, 2012

PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY is streaming live at PBS.org now through July 31 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.  The film was selected to be part of ITVS’ Women and Girls Lead Initiative, an innovative public media campaign designed to celebrate, educate, and activate women, girls and their allies across the globe to address the challenges of the 21st century.

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Speaker at the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands

May 31, 2012

Director Kimberlee Bassford was a featured speaker at the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands’ annual meeting on May 30, 2012, at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu.  She spoke about the use of film as a tool for social change and also shared clips from the PBS documentary series UNNATURAL CAUSES: IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK (2008), which she worked on as a co-producer on the segment about health in the Marshall Islands and in the U.S. Marshallese diaspora.

Featured speaker at Community Cinema

May 16, 2012

Director Kimberlee Bassford is the featured speaker following the Community Cinema in Honolulu screening of Strong! presented by Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking & The ARTS at Marks Garage and taking place Sunday, May 20 from 6-8pm at The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Avenue.  Strong!  is a one-hour documentary about Cheryl Haworth, a young woman with a big dream:  to be the strongest woman in the world.  As the 300-pound U.S. Olympic weightlifter prepares for Beijing 2008, she struggles with injury, confidence, and her place in a world where larger women are not readily accepted.  To download the flier, click here.  The screening is free and open to the public.

IndieGoGo campaign for JUDO GIRL hits the half-way mark

April 10, 2012

Our IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign for THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL is underway!  So far, we’ve raised $11,675 in online and off-line contributions, but we need more help to reach our $20,000 goal.  There are some awesome perks PLUS all donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, Women Make Movies.  So join us on this exciting adventure and help us reach and empower girls through Teshya’s story!   The campaign ends May 4.

MY WAVE awarded ITVS Diversity Development Fund

Our newest project, MY WAVE, MY LIFE was awarded funding through the ITVS Diversity Development Fund, an initiative that provides up to $15,000 in research and development monies to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television.  MY WAVE, MY LIFE, a half-hour documentary that follows an at-risk Native Hawaiian teen through a court-mandated surfing program, will begin filming in May.  Stay tuned!

JUDO GIRL draws global interest at Asian Side

March 20, 2012

THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL director Kimberlee Bassford met with seven international broadcasters at the 3rd annual Asian Side of the Doc. The interested companies were:  NHK (Japan), KBS (Korea), France Télévisions, Knowledge Network (Canada), YES (Israel), ABC (Australia) and Sony Pictures Networks Asia (Singapore) .


JUDO GIRL to pitch at Asian Side of the Doc

March 13, 2012

THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL is one of 10 Western projects selected to pitch at the 3rd annual Asian Side of the Doc, an international co-production rendezvous taking place in Tokyo, Japan, from March 19-22, 2012.  It’s a chance to get the project in front of Asian and European commissioning editors and distributors.

JUDO GIRL wins $1,000 at Ready, Set, Pitch

March 12, 2012


THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL won a $1,000 prize at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)’s 1st ever Ready, Set, Pitch competition on March 11, at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown, as part of the 30th annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.  In addition, CAAM will continue promoting the project and its IndieGoGo campaign to its network.


IndieGoGo campaign launched for JUDO GIRL

March 7, 2012

We’ve launched an IndieGoGo online crowdfunding campaign for THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL to raise money for an interactive website and mobile site related to the film.  Please help us reach our $20,000 goal by contributing the campaign.  There are some awesome perks like Judo Girl stickers, posters and t-shirts, dinner with the director and even a 20-minute judo or wrestling lesson with Teshya Alo.  PLUS all donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, Women Make Movies.  So join us on this exciting adventure and help us reach and empower girls through Teshya’s story!

JUDO GIRL to pitch at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival

March 3, 2012

THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL is one of 5 projects selected to participate in the Center for Asian American Media’s 1st ever Ready, Set, Pitch! on Sunday, March 11 at 10am at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown, as part of the 30th annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival.  The winning pitch, selected by the jury with audience feedback, will receive $5,000.  If you’re in the Bay Area, come down, watch and be part of our debut pitch experience!

Producing the Documentary

November 18, 2011

For the second time, Kimberlee Bassford will be teaching a six-hour workshop on documentary filmmaking at the University of Hawai‘i Pacific New Media program on November 19-20, 2011.  The workshop provides an overview of the art, craft, and business of producing a documentary film from concept to completion.  The workshop was first held in August 2011.  No experience necessary.

Academy for Creative Media

August 25, 2011

Kimberlee Bassford will be teaching this fall at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media.  This will be her 2nd term as an Adjunct Lecturer, teaching the department’s mandatory introductory course, ACM255:  Cinema & Digital Media.

PATSY MINK on Comcast VOD in May

May 1, 2011

In December 2010, Comcast launched Cinema Asian America, a ground-breaking new video-on demand offering, featuring Asian American films and videos. For the first time, millions of viewers across the nation are able to watch a monthly-curated series of Asian American and Asian films, including award-winning films fresh from the film festival circuit and classics which beg to be revisited.
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Hawaii Women Lawyers President’s Award

April 6, 2011

Kimberlee Bassford will be presented with the Hawai‘i Women Lawyers President’s Award on April 15 at the organization’s annual Awards Reception in Honolulu.  The President’s Award is presented by HWL President Ruth Oh in recognition of Kimberlee’s ascent as an emerging national artist and filmmaker and her effective storytelling of social and legal challenges faced by women of all backgrounds in the Hawai‘i Pacific region, advancing the reach and mission of Hawai‘i Women Lawyers, which is to improve the lives and careers of women in all aspects of the legal profession, to influence the future of the legal profession and to enhance the status of women and promote equal opportunities for all people.

UNNATURAL CAUSES rebroadcast on PBS Hawaii

February 26, 2011


On Thursday, March 3 at 7:30pm, PBS Hawaii is re-airing the episode of UNNATURAL CAUSES: IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK? that includes the story “Collateral Damage” that Kimberlee Bassford produced about the relationship between American colonialism (including militarism and nuclear testing), poverty and tuberculosis in the Marshall Islands and in the Marshallese diaspora in Hawai‘i and Springdale, Arkansas.

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Women in Filmmaking

February 11, 2011

Kimberlee Bassford will be one of two filmmakers featured at the inaugural “Women in Filmmaking” gathering on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 6:30pm at The ARTS at Marks Garage in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.  Using a screening and discussion format, the series meets on the last Wednesday of each month and invites local Hawai‘i female filmmakers to discuss their work, exchange experience and share their expertise and personal reflections about the making of films and the workings of the movie industry.

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Pacific Islanders in Communications production grant

January 11, 2011

Pacific Islanders in Communications awarded Making Waves Films a production grant for THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL.

JUDO GIRL now on Facebook

December 14, 2010

THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL is now on Facebook. Check out the page, like it and keep up to date with the film and all of Teshya’s latest adventures.

JUDO GIRL seeks your support

December 10, 2010

THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL secures fiscal sponsorship from Women Make Movies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the nation’s premier source for the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films by and about women.  Donations to the film are now tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and can be made via check or credit card (Visa or Mastercard).  For more information on how to give to the project, click here.  Or you can make your online credit card donations directly at Women Make Moves.  Thank you for your support!

JUDO GIRL featured in TeamUSA article

THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL is featured in an article about Teshya Alo at TeamUSA.org, the official website of the United States Olympic Committee.  The article follows Teshya’s, and her younger sister Teniya’s, gold medal wins at the 2010 Infantil Pan American Judo Championships in Panama City, Panama, this past October.  It was the girls’ first international competition and first time competing for the USA National Team.

PATSY MINK to screen in Los Angeles

October 25, 2010

PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY screens in Los Angeles at the Japanese American National Museum at 2pm on Saturday, October 30.  The museum is located in downtown LA at 369 East First Street.  Admission is free for museum members and free with admission for non-members.

JUDO GIRL featured at Peggy Chun Gallery

October 19, 2010

THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL is featured in the new exhibit “The Art of Cinema Locally” at the Peggy Chun Gallery in downtown Honolulu now through November 13.  The exhibit provides visitors with an interactive experience in the creative and anatomical process of building a film, showing them the myriad elements that go into a single film scene. The gallery is located at 1161 Nuuanu Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.  Admission is free.

PATSY MINK featured on KPFA

September 23, 2010

PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY will be featured this week on Apex Express on Berkeley, California’s popular radio station KPFA 94.1.  The program airs at 7pm Pacific on Thursday, September 23 and will include a live interview with director Kimberlee Bassford.  Apex Express is a weekly show that brings an array of news, cultural events and issues by and about the Asian and Pacific Islander communities locally and abroad.

JUDO GIRL trailer completed

September 10, 2010

The fundraising trailer for THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL is now streaming on our website and youTube.  The trailer was produced through a R&D grant from Pacific Islanders in Communications. Directed by Kimberlee Bassford and produced by Making Waves Films LLC. Director of Photography: Henry Mochida. Animation: Hawaii Animation Studios. Music courtesy of MusicBox.

Filmmaking for Change

August 19, 2010

Kimberlee Bassford will be co-teaching a class on filmmaking and social media at the University of Hawai‘i Pacific New Media program on Saturday, August 28.  The course is geared toward educators wanting to incorporate filmmaking in the classroom and non-profits and business owners eager to get their message out to the community.  No experience necessary.  The course is also featured in co-instructor George del Barrio’s blog, Social Media 4 Life.  It will be offered again on Saturday, November 13.

Finalist for Emerging Artist Award

April 7, 2010

Kimberlee Bassford was named one of the top four finalists for the The White House Project’s inaugural Emerging Artist Award for her documentary PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY.  As a finalist, she attended the 2010 EPIC Awards Gala at New York City’s IAC Building, which celebrates women’s leadership in the media and popular culture.  See Jane Do covered the event in this YouTube video.

Nominated for Emerging Artist Award

March 15, 2010

Kimberlee Bassford was nominated for The White House Project’s Emerging Artist Award for her recent documentary PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY. The winner will be decided by an online vote, going on now through March 31.  The White House Project is a national, nonpartisan non-profit organization that aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency.

San Diego Asian Film Foundation blog

March 11, 2010

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation featured Kimberlee Bassford in its blog celebrating women in film for Women’s History Month.

Honolulu Magazine

March 1, 2010

Honolulu Magazine featured Kimberlee Bassford in its March 2010 issue.

Premiere of LOTUS ROOT

February 13, 2010

Making Waves Films completed the short documentary LOTUS ROOT: A GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER’S JOURNEY about filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford’s journey discovering her Chinese great grandfather and her Chinese heritage. The film premiered at the C.Q. Yee Hop Chinese New Year banquet.

Pacific Islanders in Communications R&D grant

January 28, 2010

Pacific Islanders in Communications awarded Making Waves Films a R&D grant for THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL, a new documentary about a young female judoka from Hawai‘i with Olympic aspirations.