The Story of Everything Film: 2023 Wrap-up

Celebrating our Cast, Audiences, and Opportunities to Share and Grow Together!

Engaging the Senses Foundation is delighted to reflect back on a year 2023 full of beautiful, lively, and well-attended showings ofThe Story of Everything, a film produced and directed by Engaging the Senses Foundation based on a theater performance written and conceived by Hawai’i Poet Laureate Emeritus Kealoha, which illuminates the intersection between science, the environment, the arts, and mindfulness. 

TSOE powerfully explores humanity’s rich and diverse explanations for the origins of life. It also presents hope, encouragement, and powerful solutions for the healing of Mother Earth in an era of devastating climate change and catastrophes. It was a joy to share the film in partnership with, among others, UC Berkeley, MIT, CUNY Graduate Center, Skirball Cultural Center, Kaua’i Writer’s Conference, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Amongst the enthusiastic crowds, teaching moments, and warm responses to TSOE throughout the country, we are honored to have received the Special Jury Acting Award for Kealoha’s performance from the Awareness Film Festival; an Honorable Mention Selection from the Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival; Best Original Score, Best Documentary Film, and Best Male Actor Awards from the Golden Gate Film Festival; and Winner of Best Feature Documentary, Mediterranean Film Festival, Cannes-Milan-Athens

ETSF was also honored to support TSOE poetry workshops and readings for UC Berkeley, CUNY, Kaua’i Writers Conference in conjunction with screenings of the film, and with Kau’i Kanaka’ole at Mālama Honua Charter School.

About the run of showings this year, which began at UC Berkeley’s Arts Research Center in April in conjunction with the ARC-led, EFSF-supported Poetry and the Senses initiative, and culminated at The Kaua’i Writers Conference and Mediterranean Film Festival, both in November, Kealoha writes: 

“It has been a true joy to share The Story of Everything film in venues around the continental United States and Hawaiʻi. During our recent tour, we were amazed at the wide variety of responses, comments, and questions that we received.

When we went to my alma mater of MIT, the students and faculty were fascinated at the integration of science with art. They wanted to know more about the creative process and how they could weave more of it into their own lives. 

When we brought the film to CUNY in New York City, we had extensive dialogue after the film about climate change and innovative energy solutions for the future. 

At UC Berkeley, the community wanted to know more about our process of integrating dance, visual art, and traditional knowledge into our film. 

At the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the attendees were excited about the filmmaking process and how we were able to make a live theatrical performance seem intimate. 

And when we brought the film back home to the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Kauaʻi Writers Conference, our audiences wanted to take a deeper dive into the humanitarian implications that the film touched on. They spoke with a sense of urgency to make a difference in this world.

We are grateful to all the people who came out to see The Story of Everything. We look forward to seeing the impact that the film will have as more audiences are able to experience it!”

Engaging the Senses Foundation echoes Kealoha’s excitement about bringing TSOE to more audiences in the future, and will let you know when and where it will be showing, how you might request a showing, and additional information that will ensure more of you have the opportunity to share in the experience that Kealoha and his remarkable cast of musicians, dancers, and creators brought to life to give us all more hope and clarity for our future life on Mother Earth.

We wish you, your families and friends a joyful, peaceful holiday season.