Out of State

Out of State

  • BY Ciara Lacy | IN Civil Rights
    Premiered May 6, 2019

About the Film

Out of State is an inside look at the lives of two native Hawaiians sent thousands of miles away from the tropical islands to a private prison in the Arizona desert. In this unlikely setting, David and Hale find a community of other native Hawaiians and discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence.

Hoping for a fresh start and eager to prove that the experience has changed them forever, the two men finish their terms and return to Hawai’i. But once on the outside, they struggle with life’s hurdles and wonder if it’s possible to ever go home again. MORE

The Filmmaker

Ciara Lacy is a native Hawaiian filmmaker whose interest lies in crafting films that use strong characters and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. She has produced documentary content for film and television, managed independent features, as well as coordinated product placement and clearances for various platforms. Her work has shown in theaters and has aired on PBS, ABC, TLC, Discovery, Bravo and A&E. Lacy is honored to be the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow and a current Princess Grace Awards Special Project grantee. She has also benefited from fellowships with Firelight Media's Documentary Lab, the Sundance Institute, NATIVe at Berlinale, the Princess Grace Foundation, and IFP. Ciara holds a BA from Yale University, and graduated from Hawai`i's Kamehameha Schools. LESS

Film Credits

Directed by
Ciara Lacy

Produced by
Beau Bassett
Ciara Lacy

Executive Producers
Terry Leonard
Leanne K. Ferrer
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen

Jeff Consiglio
Justin Williams

Supervising Producer
Michael Ehrenzweig

Chapin Hall

Jeff Consiglio
Sara Booth
Jason Zeldes

Tyler Strickland

Music Supervisor
Jonathan Zalben

Cultural Advisors
Ka`iana Haili
Kini Burke

Additional Camera Operators
Hiroshi Hara
Vince Keala Lucero
Sam Kapoi
Gregory Doi, Jr.

Location Sound
Tyrone Chu
James Baldwin
Brett Van Deusen
John McFadden
Nevada Jones
Tom Visser

Claire Miyamoto
Slanted Studios

Additional Editor
Shirley Thompson
David Tillman

Assistant Editors
Remberto Ramos
Samantha Sakamoto

Digital Intermediate by
Different By Design

Digital Intermediate Colorist
Luke Cahill

Andrew Macfarlane

Sound Designer & Re-Recording Mixer
Joe Milner

Foley Artist
Miguel Barbosa

Foley Mixer
Diego Suárez Staub

Mix Facility
Smart Post West

Associate Producers
Alorah Kwock
Ianeta Lei
Christopher Kwock
Matt Goldstein

Erin Lau
Keao Dang
Dana Tanigawa
Marshall Comstock
Rebecca Tilman

Production Counsel
Fernando Ramirez, Esq.
Cindy A. Villanueva
Jonathan Gray
University of California Irvine Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic

Production Bookkeeping & Accounting
Richard Prinzi, Jr. CPA
USA Tax Prep

Production Equipment
Hawai`i Camera

Special Thanks
Princess Grace Foundation - USA
Ford Foundation
William and Melicent Lacy
Ho`omau Ke Ola
Hawai`i Department of Public Safety
Hawai`i Film Office
Hawai`i Theater Center
Donalyn Dela Cruz
Ty Sanga
Holo Ho`opai
Chris Yogi
Sarah Kim
Akiko Masuda
Claire Apana
Heather Giugni
Anderson Le
Lindsey Leonard
Jessie Creel
Anderson Hinsch
Firelight Media
Surdna Foundation
Sabine Hoffman
Bird Runningwater
Fenton Bailey
Billy Luther
Jesse Moss
Jacob Krueger Studio
Sam Erickson
Galea McGregor
Wyatt Smith
Alison Wilmore
Matthew Cushing
Danielle Muniz
Robert Edridge-Wax

Travel Furnished by
Lilian Izawa
Shanon Makanui

In Loving Memory of
Ka`iana Haili
Sara Booth

Fiscal Sponsor
Independent Filmmaker Project

Funding Provided by
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Sundance Institute - Native American and Indigenous Program
Tribeca Film Institute - Tribeca All Access
Richard Gushman
Hawai`i People’s Fund

Original Series Funding Provided by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

Out of State is a co-production of OUT OF STATE LLC, Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

This program was produced by OUT OF STATE LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2017 OUT OF STATE LLC. All rights reserved.

Have you ever felt a fish out of water far from home? How do you find your roots when you're not in your element? How can our system better help exiting inmates find life after incarceration?


  • Portland Film Festival
    Special Jury Award for Artistic Vision
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
    Made in Hawaii Best Feature Film & Audience Choice for Documentary Feature
  • San Diego Asian Film Festival
    Best Feature Documentary
  • Independent Lens Audience Award
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Have you ever felt a fish out of water far from home? How do you find your roots when you're not in your element? How can our system better help exiting inmates find life after incarceration?