Ever since I was a little kid, I've loved stories. I've loved discovering them. I've loved sharing them. That's a big part of why I do what I do. But it wasn't until I started working on this project and meeting the folks in Kona that I began to feel as though I'd finally found a story that was truly worth telling.
Born in Honolulu, Walter Dods is an award winning writer and director specializing in the production of commercials and documentary films.
Having worked in Hollywood’s motion picture, music video and commercial industries, Walter returned to Hawaii in 2002, where he was tapped to create an in-house video production department for the state’s largest health insurer, HMSA. After helming several successful commercial campaigns, he left HMSA in 2007 to form his own production company, Saturation Point, where he continues to produce award-winning work including the internationally recognized short film Kahea, as well as The Aina—a TV series co-written with novelist Chris McKinney which won the Hawaii International Film Festival’s writing competition and was marketed to several television networks and studios in Hollywood.
Deborah Miller is an editor and motion graphics artist at Montaj 9. She was named 2013 Ad Woman of the Year by the American Advertising Federation, Hawaii Chapter and edited the Best-in-Show winners in 2015 and 2008 that went on to compete in the national Addy Awards.
Twenty years of observing the subtleties and incredible power of visual communication have refined her ability to reveal those invisible truths that help us connect the dots. Her lifelong passion for documentary filmmaking, which has taken her to Bolivia, West Africa and New Caledonia, affirms her belief that storytelling is a fundamental human need that transcends language and culture.