Industry hasn’t destroyed all the sacred spaces in the world. In Hawai'i pockets of magic still exist. And so do those that protect them.
GREEN LAKE draws inspiration not only from the beauty and mysticism of Hawaii, but also from B-horror/monster movies, The Twilight Zone and The X-Files. It's a micro-budget Creature from the Black Lagoon meets Picnic at Hanging Rock.
I am fascinated with the supernatural aspect to Hawai’i and the tales found in Glen Grant’s Obake Files. I also love horror films and in 2010 created a short on the Big Island: The Curse of the Sacred Stone. It was a horror/comedy that lightly depicted the implications of disturbing sacred land when an unsuspecting tourist removes a lava rock from a sacred site.
I still felt the impulse to create more of a straightforward horror film on the Big Island. Since my first visit to Hawai'i in 2001, I had heard about Green Lake, an unspoiled fresh body of water located in a crater within a mountainous rainforest in Kapoho. Green Lake is the larger of only two lakes in Hawaii. Allegedly Jacques Cousteau conducted a diving expedition in the 1970’s and couldn’t find the bottom. We don’t know if this is true, but one thing is certain, the towering walls of the crater make the lake seem bottomless. Discussion of Green Lake is almost one of urban legend. The fact is many people who live in Hawai’i have never visited the lake, though the land manager is very inviting and enthusiastic about the lake and its surrounding land.
My first visit to Green Lake, a few years ago, was incredibly inspiring. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Accompanying that beauty is a deep and powerful mystical vibe. This place demands that you respect it and it feels like there are protective energies present. During that initial visit a group of us ventured onto the lake via a small paddleboat and our first jump into the water was met with excitement, exhilaration and downright fear. The water is dark and though we know there are no snakes or predators to fear in Hawai’i it certainly feels as though something lurks below.
From that visit the seed for a film was firmly established and I returned the next year with the Green Lake script in hand. Thus began a grueling 9 day shoot, pulling upon friends from the Big Island to play the roles and double as crew. Our core group of 6 played multiple roles in front of and behind the camera, weathering the elements, without sleep to the point of exhaustion and mental breakdown - all for the sake of creating. Green Lake was my mini-Apocalypse Now. It was the most challenging shoot I’ve ever been part of but also the most rewarding and I’m so proud of the result. Green Lake is more than your typical horror film, it’s a warning to everyone that we must maintain our balance with and respect nature or face the consequences.
A special mention must be expressed to the wonderful music that accompanies the film. Big Island bands Technical Difficulties and Delight Talkies provide songs written specifically for the film. Matthew Reid’s terrific original score is more than I could have ever hoped for.
Enjoy the swim and remember “Horror Dwells Deep”!
BEST CULT CREATURE
Nom: Short, Director
Dazed 4 Horror
Nom: Best Short
Hollywood & Beyond
BEST SHORT FILM
Hollywood Intl Moving Pictures
BEST DIRECTOR, SHORT, SCORE, EDITING, SOUND
Honolulu Film Awards
GOLD KAHUNA: BEST SHORT
BEST SHORT, SCORE, SOUND, EDITING, ACTRESS, SONG, MAKEUP, CINEMATOGRAPHY
Lake View Intl
LA Shorts Awards
BEST OF THE FEST, DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHY, ACTRESS, MAKEUP, SCREENPLAY, LIGHTING
Nom: Score, Song
LA Horror Comp
BEST SHORT, DIRECTOR, SCORE, ACTRESS, LIGHTING, CINEMATOGRAPHY
LA Independent FF Awards
BEST HORROR, ORIGINAL SONG
NYC Indie Film Awards
BEST SHORT, DIRECTOR, ACTRESS, CINEMATOGRAPHY, SCORE, EDITING
Nom: Short, Horror
Nom: Short, Cinematography, Score
BEST CULT/WEIRD/EXPERIMENTAL FILM, CREATURE
Spotlight Horror Film Awards
Nom: Score, Editing, Screenplay
AWARD OF MERIT
Virgin Spring Cinefest
BEST SHORT FILM, EDITING, CINEMATOGRAPHY, ACTRESS
Big Island FF
Hollywood Horror Fest
Hot Springs Intl Horror
Made In Hawaii FF
Motor City Nightmares Intl
Russian Intl Horror Film Awards
StarGate Galactic Intl Sci-Fi Fantasy & Horror