The Moon and The Night

Ka Mahina a me Ka Pō




Set in rural Hawaiʻi, a Native Hawaiian girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight. The film explores the cultural and socio-economic strife that burdens many communities in Hawaiʻi, but at its heart, it is a coming-of-age tale of a young woman who must make the difficult realization that to save her family, she must stand on her own.


Mahina - Bella Shepard

David - Jason Quinn

Po - Big Louie

Bryce - Eric Lee

Teacher - Nikol Luoma

Waitress - Tira Akina


Director - Erin Lau
Writers - Justin Omori & Erin Lau
Producer - Olivia Gray
Cinematographer - Anton Jiracek
Production Designer - Alana Bombino
Editor - Yurim Han
Sound Designer - Rachel Bassett
Composer - Jesi Nelson
Hair, Make-up, & Wardrobe - Kelsey Duvauchelle


Supported by Sundance Indigenous Lab 2017 Fellowship
Semifinalist - Student BAFTA Awards 2018
2nd Place Best Hawaii Short - Hawaii International Film Festival 2018
Best Short Film Award - Ozark Foothills Film Festival 2019
Best Student Short Film Award - Oxford Film Festival 2019
Best Short Finalist - USA Film Festival 2019
Best Short Finalist - Columbus International Film Festival 2019
Best Short Semifinalist - KCET Fine Cut Film Festival 2019

Supported by the 2017 ʻOhina Writerʻs Lab with Joe Robert Cole


2018 Ohina Film Showcase
2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival
2018 Norman Film Festival
2019 Maoriland Film Festival
2019 Capital City Film Festival
2019 Wairoa Maori Film Festival
2019 Cinequest Film Festival
2019 Nantucket Film Festival
2019 Crested Butte Film Festival
2019 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
2019 42nd Asian American International Film Festival
2019 PBS Online Film Festival

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