Out of State

A film by Ciara Lacy

This film was screened as a part of the 2018 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF21)

This feature was preceded by the short film Merê

This film was co-presented with Austin Asian American Film Festival



Out of State


USA, Documentary, 2017
82 min, Color
English, Hawaiian with English subtitles

Shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. It’s from this unlikely setting that David and Hale finish their terms and return to Hawaii, hoping for a fresh start. Eager to prove to themselves and to their families that this experience has changed them forever, David and Hale struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, asking the question: can you really go home again?

Austin Premiere


Ciara LacyCiara 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. Her work has shown in theaters and has aired on PBS, ABC, TLC, Discovery, Bravo and A&E. Ciara is honored to be the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow and a current Princess Grace Awards Special Project grantee. She has also won fellowships with Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab, the Sundance Institute, the Sundance Institute’s NativeLab, and IFP.



Producer: Beau Bassett
Production Companies: Out of State, ITVS, Pacific Islanders in Communications, CPB
Cinematographer: Chapin Hall
Editor: Jeff Consiglio, Sara Booth, Jason Zeldes
Sound Design: Joe Milner
Music: Tyler Strickland

Print Source: Ciara Lacy,