Filmmaker brings the history of Kilauea Volcano to lifeUPDATED 7:13 PM HST Apr 18, 2014Video Transcript
He's been documenting the ebb and flow of Kilauea Volcano for the past 30 years, and now his life's work is about to play on the big screen. Mick Kalber's new movie is a personal story as told by those who know Kilauea best. KITV4's Andrew Pereira spent the day with Kalber, and shows us why his film gives a new perspective on the world- famous volcano. Andrew? Kenny, Paula... Kalber began working on the project seven years ago. The film makes its debut next week at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Hilo. 21-26 "MOVIE MUSIC - OPENING SCENES" From the very start, "VolcanoScapes ... Dancing with the Goddess" hits you with an eclectic collage of images that give you a taste of filmmaker Mick Kalber's love affair with Kilauea. It began soon after the volcano started its current eruption in 1983, and he's got the video library to prove it. "MICK LOOKING THROUGH TAPES" MICK KALBER: "THE FIRST TIME I EVER SHOT IT WAS JUST STUNNING, I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE BEAUTY AND THE POWER AND THE ENORMITY." From the spectacular sight of Kilauea creating its own weather, to tantalizing sounds... "MOVIE: VOLCANO" ...the story of the volcano is told by those with a personal connection, from divers who capture lava oozing beneath the ocean, to a glass blower who creates amazing art. However hula and the goddess Pele are the clear stars of the movie. "BEST HULA" MICK KALBER: "MY CONCEPT, HULA DANCERS DANCE WITH THE GODDESS LITERALLY, AND THEN OTHER PEOPLE LIKE ME AND BRAD LEWIS, SCIENTISTS AND TOUR GUILDS AND GLASS BLOWERS AND POETS, WE DO IT IN A MORE IT IN A MORE FIGURATIVE FASHION." From the destruction of Kalapana to the area's re-birth, the film tells the story of Kilauea without narration, which any filmmaker will tell you is no easy task. MICK KALBER: "I'M NOT A RELIGIOUS PERSON, BUT I'M A SPIRITUAL PERSON. I DID A LOT OF PRAYING ON THIS SHOW. I ASKED FOR SOME GUIDANCE; I ASKED FOR SOME HELP AND I GOT IT, YOU KNOW? IT REALLY CAME TOGETHER." You could say the movie reflects Kalber's own 30-year dance with the volcano ... At times, a tango that takes him to the edge of danger... Then a slow, seductive waltz that continues to mesmerize the Emmy award winning videographer. MICK KALBER: "I NEVER INTENDED TO MAKE THE VOLCANO MY LIFE, BUT IT'S BECOME MY LIFE." IT'S DYNAMIC, IT'S OTHER WORDLY... IT'S REALLY AN AMAZING, AMAZING THING." You can catch "VolcanoScapes ... Dancing with the Goddess" this Monday and Tuesday at the Palace Theatre in Downtown Hilo. Both shows start at 7 p-m. The movie is also being sold on DVD and Blu-Ray.