πŸŽ₯ Film Heroes 🎬

September 14, 2017 Lacee A.C. Martinez

Check your pulse because if the shorts produced by Mighty Island don't move you, then you're probably dead.

Among the emerging market of young Guam filmmakers, the tiny team of four stand out with breathtaking cinematography and careful edits.

Take a gander at their glance back at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts and you'll fall right back into that moment when the hearts of Guam and other Pacific cultures beat as one.

12th Festival of the Pacific Arts from MIGHTY ISLAND on Vimeo.

Mighty Island is anchored by best friends Nico Serneo and Kyle Perron whose bond over movies stretches back to their days at Father Duenas Memorial School.

Trained in filmmaking, the pair flew between Guam and California for work and recently decided to plant their feet firmly on island.

"The main reason we came back is because there's more work and more opportunity to do the work we want to do, rather than being on someone's set and being a camera operator," Kyle says. "Now we have full control over our work."

They're busy with corporate projects including making commercials, but there's one other main reason they're home.

"It's the passion stuff," Nico adds.

Mighty Island's strength is in its rich, cinematic look. They've captured gorgeous frames of Guam life and culture with their short films "Paradise - Tales of a Mighty Island" and "I Matai," which is currently touring the film festival circuit.

The team is also keen on current happenings of the island, showing up at events, including the women's march and decolonization events to gather footage.

"We're trying to capture the humanistic side of the island and we'd much rather inject a lot of positivity and a lot of hope out there," Nia Serneo, big sister to Nico, says. "There are great, powerful moments that we think people need to see."


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