Executive Producer/Director: Patricia Gillespie
After 28 years at Kamehameha Schools, Patricia Gillespie recently retired as the video production teacher. At Kamehameha, she developed a media program unique for most secondary schools anywhere in the world. It provided her and her students the opportunity to travel to Asia and throughout the Pacific and produce national award-winning cultural documentaries.
Her documentary “They Call Her Lady Fingers,” the story of Island jazz pianist Betty Loo Taylor, won the Audience Award as Best Documentary at the 2003 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and later was named 2006’s Best Music DVD at the Hawaii Music Awards. An earlier documentary, “It Happened In Greenford,” won a first place award in the National Council on Family Relations’ 32nd annual Media Awards. It also received honorable mention in the national CINDY competition and was chosen as best short at the New York Independent Film Festival. Both of her documentaries received multiple airings on PBS Hawaii.
Associate Producer/Writer/Narrator: Samuel E. Polson
Sam is a veteran writer with more than 40 years’ experience in newspaper, magazine and freelance photojournalism work. He is also a professional actor with more than 40 stage productions under his belt as well as stints in feature movies, TV commercials and voice-over work. He is a recent Po’okela honoree for featured male actor in the play, Shadowlands.
Following retirement as a photojournalist from the U.S. Air Force, he held positions as diverse as Editor-in-Chief of Cars &Trucks magazine, Associate Editor for the Kiplinger Editors’ Changing Times magazine, writer-editor-photographer on the staff of the Catholic University of America, and Senior Editor of Recreation News, a monthly publication for the 300,000 Federal Government employees in the middle-Atlantic area. He has garnered numerous editorial laurels including national awards from the Easter Seal Society and the American Dental Association. Now in semi-retirement in Hawaii, Sam still writes jazz CD reviews for a Washington, DC publication. Sam and Patricia Gillespie are married to each other.