Maori man with full moko tattoo
Maori man with full moko tattoo
Role of Tattoo
Tattoo Stories

Skin Stories: The Art and Culture of Polynesian Tattoo

Man standing for tattoo application

Emiko Omori
Director and Co-Producer

Emiko Omori has traveled the globe for more than 30 years as a cinematographer for many award-winning documentaries. Omori taught filmmaking in California and Hawai'i and was the San Francisco Bay Area's first Asian American female news cameraperson.

As Director and Co-Producer for Skin Stories, Omori was able to explore her personal interest in tattooing, which dates back to the 1970s. It was then that she received her first design illustrating the Japanese myth of a pearl-diver. The design took several years off and on to complete.

Omori has produced several nationally acclaimed documentaries including: Tattoo City, a documentary about the art of Japanese-style full body tattooing by artist D.E. Hardy; Hot Summer Winds, a drama based on two short stories by Nisei writer Hisaye Yamamoto that was showcased on American Playhouse; Rabbit in the Moon, a feature-length documentary that combines the internees' powerful stories with evocative images resulting in a film that is part documentary, part memoir and part essay. Rabbit in the Moon was broadcast on P.O.V. and received the Best Documentary Cinematography Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and won an Emmy.

Emiko's talent has not gone unnoticed, as she is the recent recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship.

Lisa Kealohilani Altieri
Co-Producer and Editor

Lisa Kealohilani Altieri has nearly two decades of television and video production credits. Altieri's work focuses on documentaries that educate audiences about environmental and social issues.

Recent projects include editing Kamehamehameha, A Legacy Renewed, an ITVS funded and distributed project, and Arirang, The Korean American Journey, a series of two, one-hour documentaries about the history of Korean Americans. Both are scheduled to broadcast on KHET, PBS Hawai'i.

Altieri also produced, directed and edited two specials that aired on KHET called Hawaii's Humpback Whales, and Hawaii's Threatened Sea Turtles, documentaries about endangered wildlife in Hawai'i. Her work includes dozens of programs seen on the Hawai'i affiliates of four major commercial networks as well as international networks.

For three years Altieri produced educational programs on environmental issues for Earthtrust, an international, Hawaii-based, non-profit organization. In 1995, she completed an internship on the series Chicano, the History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement produced by Hector Galan, which aired on PBS.

She began her career working in Hollywood as an editor, script supervisor and associate producer for commercials, corporate and educational videos. Altieri was born and raised in Hawai'i and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Hawai'i.

Diana Wilmar
Director of Photography

Diana Wilmar has worked around the world for every major US television network, including ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. She has also worked as a principal photographer with CNNís Environment Unit. Diana has won five Emmy awards and a Silver Medal from the New York Film Festival for her work in news, documentaries and features. Special assignments have taken her to the Seoul Olympics, the civil war in El Salvador, the earthquake in San Francisco as well as documentaries in Russia, Mexico and Peru. Currently she is producing a documentary about a nuclear artist entitled The Promise and the Peril, and continues her work with CNN Productions.