Hey, I'm Kanani!

Seattle, Washington

Kanani Koster is a Kanaka Maoli director and writer based in Portland, OR. She has spoken on numerous panels on race, diversity and representation in film. Kanani is the 2020 Oregon Made Film Grant winner for the docu-short, Any Oregon Sunday, and a 2020 Portland Arts Museum Re:Imagined Artist recipient. She is the Acquisitions & Impact Manager at Collective Eye Films but spends the off season working on set; be it as a director, producer or AD.

Kanani’s visual style and storytelling is focused on juxtaposing our past and present through reflection and echoes. The stories she strives to tell are not bound by genre but challenge nostalgia and tropes through inclusion and normalization of historically under-represented peoples on screen.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Undercard

Portland, Oregon Film Short
Action, Drama

A young college boxer is forced to make a crucial decision after an incident during a night practice.

107%

This project got the green light!

YAI NIN

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Documentary, Foreign Film

The owner of a sausage factory in Thailand, Ninlawan keeps in contact with her family in America while holding down the family business.

143%

This project got the green light!

Reflection

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

When the murders of unarmed African American men seem never-ending, the women in their community must search for strength.

100%

This project got the green light!

End of Summer

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Family, LGBTQ

En route to their daughter’s College Move-In Day, a family’s car ride takes an unexpected turn when the father is struck by a heart attack.

114%

This project got the green light!

FIRECRACKER

Santa Monica, California Film Short
Drama, War

Two veterans -- one at rock bottom and the other well into recovery -- meet at a crucial moment.

88%

This project got the green light!

First Position.

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

When a young dancer becomes infected with the AIDS virus, he must find a way to prove his talent to himself and the only man he loves.

80%

This project got the green light!

A Song to Pass the Time

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

A grieving woman retreats to a cabin in the hopes of seclusion, but finds it interrupted by entering an affair with a sincere young man.

103%

This project got the green light!

The New Frontier

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Western, Experimental

This isn't your classic TLC Western. A Western Film reclaiming People of Color's Forgotten History and Contributions to the United States

102%

This project got the green light!

People Will Not Believe

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Horror, Drama

Following a terrible and violent assault, a young woman works to make sense of her trauma in a modern reassessment of the vampire myth.

84%

This project got the green light!

No More Comics in L.A.

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

STRUGGLE. SISTERHOOD. STAND-UP

104%

This project got the green light!

The Seed - A Motion Picture Inspired By Actual Events

Austin, Texas Film Short
Drama, Family

A Texas corn farmer must suddenly make a stand against a powerful multi-national GMO seed and chemical corporation.

80%

This project got the green light!

Mira: Seeking A Presidential Pardon

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Film Feature
Documentary

A Korean Adoptee seeks a presidential pardon for his biological mother, who committed crimes in pursuit of the American Dream.

101%

This project got the green light!

I am Sophie.

Los Angeles, California Company
Experimental, Other

An identity adventure with a French twist. With humor & an aching heart, Sophie has us all wondering, "Who am I?" and "Who do I want to be?"

105%

This project got the green light!

Messy The Web Series

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Romance

A web series about love, marriage, separation, kids, and dating all under one happy roof! I swear this will not make you cry!

100%

This project got the green light!

Spot: A True Period Piece

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Shorts Program

Spot is a short film about a group of women who are fed up with being shamed for their periods and fight back for change in their law firm!

103%

This project got the green light!

What's in the Woods?

New York City, New York Film Short
Horror, Thriller

The night three best friends move to the woods a boy comes to them for help. Soon they are surrounded by forces coming for what's theirs.

101%

This project got the green light!

OBJECTS

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Shorts Program

A young actress seizes the opportunity (and the spotlight) to break the vicious circle of an abusive acting teacher.

105%

This project got the green light!

Deserters

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

At an engagement celebration, an ex-nihilo woman confronts the boundaries of loyalty when her affluent in-laws' secrets come to light.

118%

This project got the green light!

Urban Meals - featuring Donnie's Kitchen

Wilmington, New Hanover County Series
Family

A cooking show for the hungry - each meal serving the homeless & hungry in our community.

82%

This project got the green light!

Tell No Tales

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Thriller, Western

A train robber, a mercenary, and a Korean cowboy rendezvous in the desert to claim their last score.

117%

This project got the green light!

BIFL: The Series - Season 1

Los Angeles, California Series
LGBTQ, Comedy

BIFL is a series about twenty-somethings trying to live their best lives, and every single mistake they make along the way.

101%

This project got the green light!

Ipi

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

A filmmaker travels to South Africa, the birth-place of a musical her late father filmed decades ago in Jerusalem.

82%

This project got the green light!

Bitter Melons

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Drama, Family

Sophia, a line cook must confront her bitter past, in order to overcome self-doubt and cook a staff meal that heals broken hearts.

104%

This project got the green light!

OUR BODIES OUR DOCTORS

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Documentary

Abortion providers and the fight for the heart and soul of American medicine.

102%

This project got the green light!

Chrysalis

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

An astronaut trapped in cryo sleep on a damaged spacecraft uses a visceral childhood memory to break free from her coma and save her crew.

105%

This project got the green light!

The Battle for Ranked Choice Voting

Boston, Massachusetts Film Short
Documentary, News

From Maine to New Mexico, citizens rise for free and fair elections but face opposition from entrenched political interests.

86%

This project got the green light!

The NEW FREEDOM

Denver, Colorado Film Feature
Horror, Thriller

It's not just about survival. It's about a community.

124%

This project got the green light!

Retch

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Horror, Sci-Fi

An unseen force kills travelers stranded on a broken-down bus. Biases ratchet up the tension when they suspect the murders aren’t random.

85%

This project got the green light!

The Gift

San Francisco, California Film Short
Fantasy, Drama

In a parallel universe, an isolated girl who is bullied for her uncommonly large ears finds solace in an unusual friendship with a crow.

105%

This project got the green light!

A Place To Rest Your Feet

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Drama, Horror

A reticent Iraq veteran joins his sister and a few long-time friends on a weekend getaway where he is tormented by a malefic force.

86%

This project got the green light!

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