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“Kumu Hina” Wins PBS / Independent Lens Audience Award

Film Explores the Beautiful Way Hawaiian Culture Embraces Trans Identity

San Francisco, Ca. - July 1, 2015: Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson’s Kumu Hina has received the Independent Lens Audience Award, recognizing its status as the highest-rated film of the 2014-2015 season on the acclaimed Emmy and Dupont Award-winning PBS documentary series.

The film tells the inspiring story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaii’s traditional embrace of mahu - those who embody both male and female spirit. Over the course of a momentous year, Hina empowers a young girl to lead the school’s all-male hula troupe, as she seeks love and a fulfilling romantic relationship in her own life.

“The national broadcast premiere of Kumu Hina happened just as the country was struggling to understand Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn,” said the filmmakers. “Kumu Hina introduced the American public, mired in the Western mind-set of gender as a simple male-female binary, to Hawaiian culture’s more inclusive and holistic philosophy, one that embraces rather than rejects those who, like Hina, inhabit a place in the middle of the gender spectrum.”

Recently Hamer and Wilson have launched an education campaign around a special children’s version of the film, called A Place in the Middle, that tells the story of the young student through her own words and colorful Polynesian-style animation. The filmmakers are distributing the short video and teaching guides for free on their website and in partnership with PBS Learning Media because “Young people deserve to see a school where everyone is accepted and included,” they said. “We hope this project will help spread Kumu Hina’s message of aloha - love, honor and respect for all - to schools and communities everywhere.”

Kumu Hina was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Pacific Islanders in Communications. Prior to its national PBS broadcast on May 4, it premiered as the closing night film at the Hawaii International Film Festival, and won numerous festival awards including the Frameline Jury Award for Achievement in Documentary.

Breezy Number From Sandy's

San Francisco based songwriter Alexi Glickman has long been in the music game, but mostly as a member of critically acclaimed group The Boticellis.  Since the disbanding of that group, Glickman has branched out on his own with a solo project going by the name Sandy’s.  Serving as a preview of his new material is this mesmerizing new single called “Consolidated Identity”.  It’s a lovely and breezy pop tune complete with jangly guitars and quiet vocals best suited for cool afternoons sitting on your front porch.

Sandy’s new Prom EP will drop on July 24th.

Breezy Number From Sandy’s was originally published on Austin Town Hall

Há alguns dias, abordamos em aula vários conceitos, como identidade, cultura, etc. e durante a discussão, levantou-se a questão do momento em que fomos felizes, onde o tempo parou por um instante e não queríamos que ele acabasse. Alguns falaram sobre esses momentos em sala, mas preferi reservar-me de expô-lo naquele momento e, após uma reflexão sobre um dos que eu considero como um dos momentos de plenitude máxima do meu ser.

“Terça-feira, 02 de junho de 2015.

Era a minha última semana de intercâmbio em San Francisco, na Califórnia e eu fui convidada por minha companheira de grupo e, coincidentemente, vizinha para ir com ela, com o Hostfather dela e a filha dele até a cidade vizinha a San Francisco, Sausalito e depois voltarmos pela tão famosa ponte Golden Gate, porque eu e ela ainda não havíamos ido até ela e como era nosso último dia, seria meio que nossa despedida daquele local. Eu topei e lá fomos nós pela auto-estrada no quase fim de tarde, até chegarmos em Salsalito, onde pegamos um trânsito complicado, por conta da volta do feriado de Thanksgiving, que ocorrera no dia anterior.

Quando conseguimos começar a atravessar a ponte, já estava escuro. Depois de alguns segundos, começamos a ver a linda San Francisco do outro lado totalmente iluminada em preparação para o natal daquele ano. Aquelas luzes, tradicionalmente acesas no feriado do dia anterior, começaram a brilhar tão intensamente que me encantaram de forma extremamente profunda. Coincidentemente, meu iPod começou a tocar a canção “We’ll be coming back”, de Calvin Harris. Meu mundo parou por alguns minutos, enquanto aquela música ressoava em meus ouvidos e aquelas luzes brilhavam em meus olhos, meu coração transbordando um sentimento que pouco senti nesses meus poucos anos de existência terrena. Na minha memória vieram todos os momentos especiais e altamente significativos que eu passara naquela cidade, com meus companheiros e que teriam fim na manhã seguinte, um misto de missão cumprida, saudade de casa, pertencimento e alta identificação com aquele lugar que eu deixaria em algumas poucas horas. E conforme a música findava, a linda paisagem que enchia meus olhos e meu coração se esvaia, eu sabia que ali, naquele instante, eu havia vivido um dos melhores momentos da minha vida e prometi pra mim mesma, com todas as minhas forças, que um dia voltaria naquela cidade para sentir tudo aquilo, e talvez até mais, outra vez.”

“We’ll be coming back for you one Day, San Francisco <3”

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This Is How Insane San Francisco’s Housing Bubble Really Is  

http://wolfstreet.com/2015/05/19/how-over-the-top-crazy-san-franciscos-home-price-and-construction-boom-really-is/

In San Francisco, a boom is always associated with its essential counterpart, the bust. They’re as typical to the city as sun and fog. And currently, the city is in one heck of a housing boom, but the national indices don’t quite do justice to how over-the-top mind-blowing crazy the situation has gotten.

For example, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home price index covers not just the city or county of San Francisco (identical) but includes four other Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo. There are more counties in the Bay Area, but they’re not included in the index. Two of the cities in these counties – Richmond and Oakland – have made the lists of the nation’s most dangerous cities, justified or not, and home prices in these cities and other cities too are much, much lower…

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