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In rural Hawaii, a teenage girl must confront her father
after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight.

Shot on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

The Moon and The Night is a dramatic short film from writer Justin Omori and writer/director Erin Lau, who has been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s 2017 Native Lab.

As a Chapman University Dodge College graduate thesis project, it is also supported by the university. Dodge College is recognized as one of the top ten film schools in the world, ranked #6 by The Hollywood Reporter.

The island of O‘ahu has become the production center of the tropics. Beyond the universally tropical locations which have attracted producers and directors for decades, Honolulu has developed a film infrastructure of exceptional strength.

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Director's Note
The film is ultimately a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl, MAHINA, who must accept the fact that her father, DAVID, an ex-con, will never truly be the dad she needs.

This script is an exploration of my own emotional and personal experiences. It is also a reflection of the struggle and illusion of Hawaiʻi, which is often viewed as simply a paradise, but it is not perfect…and neither is family. Like my island home, family is often messy, complex, and sometimes heart-breaking. This story is a glimpse into the struggles the people of Hawaii can face–in particular, the financial struggles of local families as the cost of living skyrockets and how this indirectly affects our life choices and relationships.

-Erin Lau