On December 9th I wrote an article about O Films and their exciting new project, a documentary feature about a truly amazing family. http://www.examiner.com/article/q-films-launches-documentary-project-the-amazing-akanas. The following adds some very important information to that article. Please enjoy this update.
Burbank based independent film production company Q Films has launched a new project; a feature length documentary about one of the most fascinating families in America today, the Akana family. The family patriarch Stacy Akana hails from Hawaii. Over the years he and his wife Roni have brought ten children into the world of which eight remain extremely active in the highly competitive sport of inline speed skating. The current group of eight skaters range in age from five years to nineteen years and all of them perform at the pinnacle of the sport.
They have competed in three different cities in France and numerous cities around the U.S.A. They are superb competitors but they always maintain an air of humbleness and decency that keeps them beloved by almost all they meet. One of their driving forces is a concerted effort to get the sport of competitive inline speed skating into the Olympic Games.
The family spends most of each year traveling the country in their motor home. Mommy Akana, Roni is the home school teacher and she is doing that task extremely well. Each child routinely tests above grade level. But just imagine ten people sharing the very limited space of a motor home.
It is precisely that combination of circumstances that has captured the full attention of Q Films. Most of the principal photography is already “in the can.” The expectation is for the entire film to be complete and ready for release early in 2014. But well beyond the film, the goal is to get the positive attention of one or more reality television producers. Q Films is convinced that this story, this amazing family will make deeply compelling television.
Currently Q Films is using a crowd funding platform, Go Fund Me to secure the final $5000 needed to finish this film project so that it will be ready for distribution and for presentation to the television world. All who may wish to contribute may do so at http://www.gofundme.com/amazingakana. A donation as modest as only $10 will earn the contributor a place on the news distribution list for the continuing developments of the film project and the Akana family. That way when they pass through your town you will be able to go and watch them perform.
This is not at all likely to be a huge Hollywood block buster But it is one heck of a story and Q Films of Burbank, California is totally committed to get it told.