Mārama Productions

My Brother Mitchell

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MY BROTHER MITCHELL, a short film written and directed by Todd Karehana, is inspired by real people, memories and dreams. Join us on this journey as we celebrate Matariki/the Māori New Year, honouring the dead and celebrating new life. Help to breathe life into this short film about new beginnings.

Set in rural Aotearoa/New Zealand, MY BROTHER MITCHELL follows 8 year-old Todd as he takes his 9 year-old brother Mitchell's tūpāpaku (dead body) from the tangi (funeral) to the top of their maunga (mountain). Their grieving mother Alma is left clues by the spirit of her son Mitchell, which leads her on a mystical journey in search of the boys.

MY BROTHER MITCHELL is a semi-autobiographical short drama by Todd Karehana that incorporates mystical elements of the divine and explores universal themes around loss, grief, spirituality, the strength of aroha (love) and whanaungatanga (family connection) through tragedy. All set against beautiful landscapes in Aotearoa.

In order for us to make the best film possible, we are campaigning to raise $7,000, which will comprise part of our production budget. This will enable us to pay for props and costumes, location and accommodation fees, equipment, a small koha (monetary gift) to our cast and crew, and contributions to catering.

We'd love for you to join us on this journey to bring this beautiful story to life. Your contributions will allow us to commence production in August, with our shoot currently scheduled for early September.

We would greatly appreciate your support by donating to our campaign! All donors will be kept up to date on the project throughout development and production. Additionally, in recognition of your valued support, donors will be acknowledged in the films closing credits. Donations made by NZ income earners qualify for a 33% tax credit from the IRD with a receipt provided by The Arts Foundation. That means if you donate $100 that you earnt in NZ, you can claim $33 back from IRD. 

Boosted is an all or nothing crowdfunding platform, which means that if we don't reach our target, the donations are returned to the donors. Please support us in reaching our goal so we can make a beautiful and meaningful film that we'll all be proud of.

Nō reira, he mihi maioha, he mihi mahana, he mihi aroha ki ā tātou katoa.

Tihei mauri ora!



Todd Karehana (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ruapani, Te Arawa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) is a filmmaker from Kawerau. He has written, directed and produced three short films; E OHO; THE KWEENZ OF KELSTON; and most recently THE SPECTACULAR IMAGINATION OF THE POHARA BROTHERS which won multiple awards at the 2016 Wairoa Maori Film Festival. The film, shot in Kawerau, features Whirimako Black and follows two brothers as they try to raise money for their mother's power bill. Todd graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), specialising in Screen production, and is currently undertaking a Master of Arts, specialising in Drama Directing.

Mia-Mārama Henry-Teirney (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Te Rārawa, Ngāti Kuri) is an emerging female Producer. Most recently, Mia worked as the intern Producer on Lee Tamahori's MAHANA, and was involved throughout production from final contracting, to the distribution and release of the film, and attended the world premiere at Berlinale Film Festival in February 2016. Mia graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business in Management, and has previously worked as the Fresh Shorts Assistant at the New Zealand Film Commission.


  • First Update


    Kia ora whanau!

    This is our first update since the launch of our campaign last Friday, and what an amazing 5 days it has been. We are so incredibly grateful for all of your support so far, in your valued donation, but also for sharing the love on social media! Both word of mouth and social media promotion are a powerful tools in our digital age, and since our campaign went live we've had a massive increase in Facebook activity - so thank you all!

    We are currently sitting at 34% of our target, so we've still got a way to go, but we wanted to keep you all informed on what we are focusing on for the project. 

    Over the next week, we will continue to promote the campaign (so aroha mai for the flood of posts you will see!). Todd will also be doing a radio interview to discuss MY BROTHER MITCHELL, and there may also be some other media appearances.... WATCH THIS SPACE 

    We'll be meeting with potential Head of Departments over the coming weeks, which will include meetings with Cinematographers, Designers, Casting Directors and other key team members who will help us make MY BROTHER MITCHELL. 

    To keep updated on the mahi (work) check out our Facebook page: 


    We regularly post images, videos and status updates to keep our extended 'My Brother Mitchell' whanau informed.

    A HUGE thank you again for your support, and please feel free to share this page with your networks. We've got another 25 days to go and appreciate all the help we can get in hitting our target!

    Nga mihi nunui,


    First Update