Born from a 1995 magazine article and created over the span of 15 years, Voices in the Clouds is the inspiring story of Tony Coolidge, an Asian-American who journeys to discover the spirit and heritage of his deceased mother, uncovering the wonders of an ancient tribal culture in Taiwan… a culture on the verge of vanishing forever.  

 

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Director: Aaron Hosé 
Producers: Chris Bremer, Aaron Hosé, John Schaub, Derek Bedini (Assoc.) 
Writers: Tony Coolidge, Aaron Hosé (adaptation) 
Directors of Photography: Aaron Hosé, Chris Bremer 
Editors: Aaron Hosé, John Schaub 
Original Score: Stella Sung 
Featuring: Tony Coolidge, Shu-min Coolidge, Steven Coolidge, Alice Takewatan, Su-chen Wang, Tien Guie-Shih 

 

Director’s Statement 

Having been raised in Aruba in a diverse, multicultural environment, I immediately connected to Tony’s desire to preserve the culture he so deeply fell in love with. I value greatly that Tony returned to Taiwan as a way to honor his late mother’s memory. Little did Tony know that honoring his mother was only the beginning of his journey. By making this film, I hope it will help shed light on a disappearing culture that may otherwise not reach the eyes of the Western world. I also want to show the meaning of “family” from more than one perspective. Your family is your mother, father, wife, husband, children and siblings. But it can also be something greater: your “tribal” family. Like Tony, who aims to keep his indigenous culture alive for future generations, I too hope to inspire viewers to look deeper into their own familial roots.  

 

SCREENINGS/OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: 

  • Aruba International Film Festival (2010)
  • Native Spirit Festival London (United Kingdom, 2010)
  • San Diego Asian Film Festival (USA, 2010)
  • Alexandria Film Festival (USA, 2010)
  • OLA Fest: Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (USA, 2011)
  • Gasparilla International Film Festival (USA, 2011)
  • Riverside International Film Festival (USA, 2011)
  • DisOrient Asian American Film Festival (USA, 2011) 
  • Urban Nomad Film Festival (Taiwan, 2011)
  • Dreamspeakers Film Festival (Canada, 2011) 
  • Biindigaate Film Festival (Canada, 2011) 
  • Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (2011)
  • Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (Canada, 2011)
  • Cape Winelands Film Festival (South Africa, 2012)
  • Wairoa Maori Film Festival (New Zealand, 2012)
  • Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (2012)
  • Culture Unplugged “We Speak, Here” Online Film Festival (2012)

AWARDS & HONORS: 

  • Best of Category Award for “Indigenous & Native Peoples Film” – Montana CINE International Film Festival (USA, 2010)
  • Closing Film – Urban Nomad Film Festival (Taiwan, 2011)
  • Spirit of Place Award for “Best Use of Traditional Music” – Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (USA, 2011)
  • Spirit of Place Award for “Best Cultural Awareness Message” – Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (USA, 2011)
  • Spirit of Place Award for “Best Human Rights Message” – Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (USA, 2011)
  • Best International Indigenous Film – Wairoa Maori Film Festival (New Zealand, 2012)
  • Golden Drum for “Best Film” – Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (2012)
  • Honorable Mention – Indigenous Filmmakers Showcase – Social Change Film Festival (USA, 2012)

 

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