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Beau Basset is an award winning native Hawaiian filmmaker and attorney whose GOOD TALKS focus on the intersections of Hawai`i’s justice system, storytelling, and native Hawaiian culture. Beau recently produced OUT OF STATE, a film that follows two native Hawaiian inmates who have been shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert where they learn 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? In 2006, Beau created his first short film, TEWETEWE, for PBS broadcast. TEWETEWE quickly gained the interested of the Sundance Institute, leading to Beau’s acceptance as a 2008 Sundance Institute NativeLab Producing Fellow. Beau has practiced law as a Deputy Public Defender, representing a wide array of clients in Honolulu's criminal courts. An active member of the native Hawaiian community, Beau is a graduate of the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, is fluent in the Hawaiian language, and is an experienced Hawaiian language translator. He is also certified in ho`oponopono, a native Hawaiian form of dispute resolution, by the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center.