Melodie Turori, Director/Producer
Melodie 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.
Apii Napa, Cook Islands Field Producer
I have always had a passion to work in the Media field. I worked at our local TV station as writer for the local herald and anchor to present our local news every night. This passion eventually helped me two years ago to make on behalf of the Cook Islands National Council for Women my first short film and the Cook Islands first ever short film made locally. The short film “The Island Night” depicts the story of a young girl’s reality when faced with illness of a parent and the decisions she has to make.
I believe that film making is an important means to share stories. To raise the capacity of Cook Islands story tellers to tell their own digital stories to the world.
Read more about Apii
Ani O’Neill, Cook Islands Field Producer
Arerangi “Sammy” Tongia, Cultural Advisor
Former Director/Curator, National Museum of the Cook Islands, Ministry of Cultural Development, Government of the Cook Islands.
Behind the scenes photos
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