Melodie Turori, Director/Producer

Melodie TuroriMelodie was the co-producer of OC Crime Catchers, a 3-part television series that aired on PBS OC and was nominated for Best Documentary/Reality at ITVFest 2011. She also served as an assistant editor on several award-winning programs at Garden Grove Channel 3. Born in New Zealand to a Cook Islander father and American mother, Melodie was raised in the United States. Her family background gives her a unique perspective on being a Pacific Islander raised outside her culture. It has also created a strong desire to create authentic Pacific Island films. Melodie is the Cook Islands representative on the Pacific Island Community Council (PICC) and an active member of PACCC.

Arerangi “Sammy” Tongia, Cultural Advisor

Former Director/Curator, National Museum of the Cook Islands, Ministry of Cultural Development, Government of the Cook Islands.