Following a limited theatrical tour across the Pacific Northwest, Hawai’i road film Stoke heads to Amazon starting Tuesday, August 6. The film follows Jane, an entitled mainland tourist who hires two wannabe guides to take her to the Kilauea volcano.
One of the film’s stand-out elements is its all Hawai’i based soundtrack, including music from Hilo musicians Bub Pratt, Michael Surprenant, Ku’ulei Perreira-Keawekane, Damon Williams and Sarah Bethany Huali, as well as Hawaiian artists like Willie K, Keali’i Reichel and Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu.
“When developing our soundtrack, we tried to feature as many Hawai’i artists as possible,” says Stoke’s co-director Zoe Eisenberg. “Bub Pratt and his team of artists at Kukuau Studio created several original tracks for us, and we also licensed a lot of existing music from local artists.”
Eisenberg notes that the only track in Stoke pulled from outside the state is one from Scottish steam punk rock band Celtica–Pipes Rock!, whom the Stoke team met while the band was touring Hawai’i. “For the scene featuring Celtica Pipes Rock!, we knew we needed something really different, and were excited when we connected with Celtica, who tour Hawai’i every year. Their track ‘Deus Ex Machina‘ was really fun to incorporate into the film.”
The film’s trailer, featured below, highlights the track “Tumble Down” from Tavana.
Shot on Hawai’i island, the road-trip style drama was partially filmed in front of Kilauea volcano’s famous 2017 “lava hose,” and features many iconic Hawai’i island landscapes that were covered in lava during the summer of 2018. Heralded as “somber visual poetry” and “downright surreal” by the Hawai’i Film Critics Society, Stoke explores themes of grief and impermanence, dipping from playful to dark as the characters journey from one end of Hawai’i island to the other en route to the volcano.
The film Stoke will be available for rent or purchase on Amazon beginning Tuesday, August 6.