'Daddy's Girl' is short film project produced as a
result of the FRESH30 program with the New Zealand Film Commission.
We are fundraising to cover APRA licensing fees for the Music we
have used in this short film and festival submission
Production, editing and grading of this short film is
complete and almost ready to submit to international festivals,
however the music licensing fees are preventing the film from being
released. Your contribution will mean this project can be
officially signed off and available for the world to see.
A BIT ABOUT THE SHORT
Daddy's Girl is a short film written and directed by
Cian Elyse White of Waiti Productions and produced by Tweedie
Waititi of Kokko Media.
Te Puhi prepares herself for the toughest day of her
life. Her father, Tui prepares a kai for his girl. The two share a
traditional meal when the harsh reality of her fathers dementia
forces Te Puhi to face the painful truth that she must let go of
the most important person in her life- her daddy.
Daddy's Girl is a story about the powerful love between a father
and his daughter and the ability for that love to remain, even when
all else seems lost.
WHO MADE IT
Cian Elyse White - Waitī Productions | Writer &
Cian Elyse is an award winning Writer and Director who hails
from the tribe most famous for storytelling, Te Arawa. As a speaker
of Te Reo, Cian's vision is to share the beauty of the Māori
language and the principles of the culture to the world.
DADDY'S GIRL is Cian's debut as a Director for screen, however
she has been involved in the theatre, film and television world
professionally for a decade. A graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama
School, Cian's awareness of character arch, emotional journey and
story trajectory is strong therefore 'directing' is yet another
step in her love for storytelling.
Tweedie Waititi - Kokko Media | Producer
Tweedie is most well known for producing the first ever Reo
Māori Disney film in 2017, 'Moana Reo Māori', however she has
worked on many projects whose core focus is the celebration of Te
Reo Māori. Her motivation is to take Te Reo Māori into homes, and
into the hearts and minds of our tamariki mokopuna.
Fred Renata | Director of Photography
Fred is one of New Zealand's most distinguished
cinematographers. His work as a director of photography has taken
him to all corners of the globe. After a career in electrical
engineering, he moved into filmmaking, joining the lighting
department on Merata Mita's 1987 feature, Mauri. He has since shot
some of New Zealand's most important Māori-centric films: Herbs -
Songs of Freedom (2019), Poi E: The Story of our Song (2016), Mt
Zion (2012), Let My Whakapapa Speak (2008), Hīkoi (1994) Hotere
(2001) and many more.
Annie Collins | Editor
Annie Collins has been editing film since 1975 and was the first
independently trained editor in the country. Annie worked on the
Lord of the Rings trilogy, and won awards for her editing work on
Scarfies, Out of the Blue and Two Little Boys. More recently, she
cut Tusi Tamasese's Academy Award nominated feature One Thousand
Ropes. Annie also has an extensive resume of documentaries, having
edited such landmark productions as Patu! and The Neglected