FILM BIOS

Stephanie is a former Hawaii newspaper journalist and an EMMY Award-winning independent filmmaker. She has been developing television documentaries full-time since 1989. Her film awards are many, including a 1993 EMMY. Her Hawaii-based production company, 'Olena Productions, is her vehicle for expressing her film ideas. This documentary project, THOMAS CHAPIN, NIGHT BIRD SONG, is her 10th documentary film. She has an Executive MBA (2000) from the University of Hawaii and was a 1999 Selected Professions Fellow with the American Association of University Women.

Her1993 EMMY-winning film was her first documentary, co-produced with Hawaii Public Television. SIMPLE COURAGE told the tragic story of Hawaii's leprosy epidemic and Father Damien's courageous intervention. The film drew parallels with how the AIDS epidemic was being handled at the time of that epidemic's height.

Three of her other documentaries were aired by PBS, including AN UNTOLD TRIUMPH, a WWII story that she co-wrote/associate produced and which aired for four-straight years in PBS national prime time. For more information on her work, go to www.olenamedia.com

Noel “Sonny” Izon is a veteran filmmaker with over four decades of film and television experience. His films have won nearly every national and international film and video awards. More recently, he has concentrated on feature length historical documentaries involving World War II. His trilogy of Forgotten WWII Stories is two- thirds complete. The first, An Untold Triumph, a multiple award winner narrated by actor Lou Diamond Philipps premiered on prime time national PBS in May of 2005. The second, Choc’late Soldiers from the USA narrated by actor Shemar Moore. The third, An Open Door:Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines, is slated for completion in 2018. It is the story of how the Philippines was able to provide refuge for 1,305 Jewish souls between 1935 and 1941. The prestigious Jewish Eye International Film Festival in Ashkelon, Israel screened it as a work-in progress at the November 2013 Festival.

Stephanie J. Castillo  Director/Producer/Writer/Editor
Noel M. Izon
Co-Producer/Co-Writer

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