Aloha Got Soul Documentary Film Sneak Peak (in 2019)


It's been 2 years since we started making a documentary about forgotten and obscure music from Hawaii.

This month, director Filipe Zapelini has returned to Honolulu in conjunction with TRADES Artist in Residence to work with Aloha Got Soul's Roger Bong in finishing production of the film. We've spent April 2019 filming the rest of the scenes, interviews, and spaces needed to complete the film (at least we hope!).

On Friday, April 26 we'll share clips of our recent progress as well as insights into the music and musicians featured in the Aloha Got Soul documentary.

Join us at Aupuni Space (729 Auahi Street) for exclusive updates, a panel discussion with local musicians and industry vets, and live music from Maryanne Ito.

The event is free and open to the public.

6PM - 9PM
729 Auahi Street
free & open to the public


7:00pm – panel discussion
7:45pm – live music
8:30pm – DJ selections


Brazilian filmmaker Filipe Zapelini is currently in residence with TRADES A.i.R. working on a film about local record label Aloha Got Soul. This residency arose from our ongoing collaboration with local artists Roger Bong and Leimomi Bong. A documentary project begun spontaneously in December 2016 by 3 filmmakers from Brazil (Pedro Ramos, Pedru Carvalho, and New York-based Zapelini), the film explores their interest in the genres Aloha Got Soul highlights—70’s and 80’s Hawai‘i-made funk and soul.

Roger proposed bringing Filipe Zapelini back to Hawai‘i as a TRADES resident to complete filming—adding missing narratives and rounding out the story. A labor of love between all participants, thus far the project had progressed without outside support or funding. We felt this was an ideal opportunity to support our local community by furthering the production through Filipe’s residency.

In Roger’s words, the documentary “will make the world aware of the diversity of music made and still being made in Hawai‘i, and in ways that can’t be expressed … in words. A lot of the story is going to revolve around the musicians, their experiences, and ultimately, their life’s purpose. It talks about life, spirit, aloha, and it talks about the music, too.” (Halekulani Living, Vol. 9-1)


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