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Best of 2017 according to me

January 22nd, 2018 · 3 Comments

It’s difficult to be as thorough with my “Best Of” post this year because I spent much of it hunkered down working to stay healthy. That’s actually a good thing because IT WORKED!

I’m still here!!

It’s also hard to write a Best of 2017 post after such a disastrous political year and everyone in such a bad mood. It made me never want to leave my house even when I was healthy enough to leave my house.

However, there is a beautiful thing I saw in 2017. These public scandals, natural disasters, mass murders, political nightmares are bringing people closer together. Tragedy is causing more and more humans to understand how fleeting life really is. More and more people are waking up to what is truly important in life: love and compassion. It’s been raising the frequency of our whole planet

I saw something else: business owners are getting younger. Kids are coming up saying
“I refuse to be chained to a desk.” Or
“If I’m going to work my ass off it’s going to be for something that makes me passionate.”
They are taking huge risks and living their dream. Investing in their dream. I feel that! At least here in our little big city I do.

With that, I think there are enough things I did experience in 2017 to make this list. Before I begin may I just say a huge thank you to all of you out there working so hard. Sacrificing comfort to launch your dream, working hard to thrive, investing in new business, or just making that extra effort to really provide something good. Sorry if I missed you but these are the BESTs that I have seen for 2017.

So without further ado…

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[video] CHRISTA-mas! Recap

December 24th, 2017 · No Comments

I am still having trouble believing Joshua Bowlin is real. He is a passionate, talented artist that is motivated purely by creating stunning photography. You can see from his work how much heart he puts into it. You will see a lot of his work in my documentary and lately most of my videos on YouTube are from him.

This video is what he made me for my birthday, literally hours after the event. You can spot his tiny cameo at 1:34 of this video. What a magical night! So many people contributed raffle prizes, their time, their love and support for me. The vibe was intoxicating. I couldn’t have asked for a better evening spent with others.
You are keeping me going, all of you.

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Merry CHRISTA-mas!

December 4th, 2017 · No Comments

 

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Hawai’i International Film Festival 2017

November 11th, 2017 · No Comments


It’s my favorite time of year, and not just because my birthday is coming up! The fall HIFF is like my decadent dessert after a year of soda cracker dinners. This year was particularly special having wonder-woman Beckie Stocchetti step up as the new Executive Director of the festival. While young, she is richly experienced in film (and had a great run curating this films at Doris Duke back when I was going 2-3 times a week). Good on ya sis! I was particularly pleased with the representation of women in film this year, with such great programming and events. I can’t wait till the Spring festival!

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[video] kickstarter project? funded! here’s a teaser:

July 24th, 2017 · No Comments

WOW that was a serious hurdle you all helped me jump. Now I have some actual money to pay these people who have already been donating their time and equipment for my project. While they were happy to do it there’s nothing like cold hard cash to keep them motivated as we enter the critical time crunch that is the SXSW film entry deadline (October 20th).
My heart goes out to Gerard and Nick. Kyle too! They have been working tirelessly to organize and tag two years worth of footage. Every day I am praying for their strength. They have told me the story inspires them which is so important. Please say a prayer for them that we can hit this deadline.

Hugh mahalo Gerard for taking time to cut this teaser. Kyle helped a lot with organizing. It’s simply incredible.

Christa Teaser from Gerard Elmore on Vimeo.

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[video] Art Car for Cancer

May 25th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Music: The World is Ours – Jai Wolf
Shoot/Edit: Josuha Bowlin

Mahalo to Aaron De La Cruz, one of my favorite artists period, for flying to Oahu courtesy of my POW! WOW! Hawaii family to resurrect the art car!!!! WOW! What an amazing birthday gift!! For the birthday the doctors didn’t think I would see!!!

Search the hashtag #CWBMW on Instagram to see what Aaron did four years ago to my car as a part of his Long Walk Home solo exhibition in Hawaii. And make sure to check out the crazy-epic murals and other works he has produced (prepare to be blown away).

The pink tells a different story – one that will hopefully inspire others when they see that yes, even with stage iv breast cancer that’s spread all over my brain and other organs… YES I am still here.

Now whenever you see this beauty on the road you know that

1. CW is alive!
2. You can CHOOSE HOPE!
3. Life is a gift! Use it wisely!

Mahalo to Joshua Bowlin at Creative Timing Images for this beautiful shooting and editing.

If you or anyone close to you has been diagnosed at late stage for breast cancer know it is NOT a death sentence! You can take control of your own health!

Please read more under “cancer resources” here:

#CWSTRONG

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