Tauihu Media’s latest short film Weaving Texas Bread is now in post production.
It stars rising Māori actors Ngahuia Piripi and Rawiri Pene.
Helmed by Poata Eruera and produced by Tauihu Media principal Tui Ruwhiu and Eruera, Weaving Texas Bread is an Aho Shorts film via the guild for Māori in film and TV, Ngā Aho Whakaari, funded by the New Zealand Film Commission.
The story orignates from Hokianga writers Marie Thompson and Wayne Te Tai. It tells the tale of a young woman who must choose between her traditional spiritual beliefs and her love and his devout Christian faith.
The film was shot across three days by two DPs, Dave Garbett and Andrew McGeorge, using Sony’s latest 4K camera, the F65.
Post production is being handled by post house RPM Pictures with Peter Roberts as editor.
Delivery is end of May with a distribution focus on national and international film festivals.
Aho Shorts is a strategy to grow film story telling talent in the regions. This initiative was developed by the guild for Māori in film and television – Ngā Aho Whakaari – and funded through them by the New Zealand Film Commission. Over a two year period, writing workshops were held in the Hokianga, Waiariki and Waikaremoana. Four films have been selected for production through Aho Shorts, with a separate contract for each one.
Ngā Aho Whakaari
Ngā Aho Whakaari was established in 1996, after a series of hui called by Māori film and television practitioners concerned that Māori should be accurately represented in the development of Māori broadcasting by Government.
Many of the originators of Ngā Aho Whakaari were earlier involved with Te Manu Aute, which was an informal collective of Māori filmmakers that actively lobbied for stronger Māori representation in Government decision-making about Māori film making and broadcasting in the 1980’s.
Ngā Aho Whakaari has over recent years been primarily occupied with developments in the television sector and the structure of the board has reflected this. Tui was brought in to help bolster film experience and knowledge as well as take advantage of his marketing and communications background.
Learn more about Ngā Aho Whakaari here.