In “Livin’ on a Rock,” some of Hawai‘i Island’s best musicians tell the story of Hawaii’s music scene in their own words. Filmmaker Steve Roby, Snap Judgement Films, interviewed 25 musicians and industry professionals for the new documentary, including North Kohala slack key master John Keawe, Grammy winner Charles Michael Brotman and 40-year director of Honoka‘a Jazz Band, Gary Washburn.
Also featured are the one-man band Bosco, Brad Bordessa, Dagan Bernstein, Mikey Fiyah, Chuck Gessert, Tomi Isobe, Hannah Kaplan, Lifeinpursuit, Bub Pratt, Lopaka Rootz, Ronnie V, Russell Ruderman, Richard Russell, Scott Reagan, Rachael Scott, and Greg Shirley, co-owner of Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kailua-Kona.
Roby began production in January 2017, gathering interviews from Kona, Waimea, North Kohala, Ahualoa, Honoka‘a and Hilo. Many of the concert performances in the film come from the three-day ‘Ohana Fest in Waikoloa last August. He curated the interviews with archival photos from North Hawaii Education and Research Center and spectacular drone videos from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau.