Filmmakers

The crew of Ola

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matthew nagato

WRITER / PRODUCER / DIRECTOR

Born and raised in rural Waimanalo on the island of O‘ahu, Matthew spent many years dreaming of ways to escape small town hardship, only to realize that he’d spend the rest of his life trying to recapture the magic of his wonder years. He’s worked in Hawai‘i’s healthcare industry since 1987, most recently devoting his energies to creating thriving, healthy communities.

He speaks regularly at health care conferences and to medical organizations on system transformation, health care reform, and innovation. In 2013, he was an invited speaker at the TEDx Honolulu event "Cultivating Community."

Ola is Matthew’s first film.

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JEREMY SNELL

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / EDITOR

Jeremy is a devoted cinephile whose photography, cinematography, and filmmaking have been recognized and praised worldwide. He was born in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, and spent his childhood living and traveling throughout Asia.

Jeremy’s cinematography work includes numerous commercial, nonprofit, and personal projects. His most recent projects for Charity Water and Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org project have taken him to Nepal, India, and Kenya. 

When he’s not working, Jeremy travels the world with his camera, capturing humanity through portraiture.

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kara henderson

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Kara is a proud member of the Hāna community whose directing, cinematography, producing, and editing work demonstrate her diverse skills as a passionate filmmaker. Her powerful and emotional work includes films from The Life I Choose series on addiction, and short films about the Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike program.