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The Tiny Tree

Travel to a distant galaxy aboard Roger Rocketship with intrepid space explorers, Matt and his Dad. When their spaceship malfunctions and Dad comes close to floating off, they land on the nearest planet to safely assess the problem. Here on this seemingly lifeless planet, Matt stumbles upon a magical blue seed, and wants to keep it. But this planet and its inhabitants have other ideas - they need the blue seed to heal the planet, as it’s their last chance for survival. They cannot let Matt take the seed with him on Roger Rocketship. Through upbeat songs, scrapes and adventures with tiny fluffy Curio creatures, a two headed Caterpillar, and a one-legged purple Bird, Matt and Dad get caught up in a galactic wind storm, stuck in an underground cave, and discover the true potential of this tiny seed. With the help of their newfound friends, they learn the value of looking after the planet and each other, and embrace how each of us grow - just like the tiny seed - in our own time.

  • Annie Cusick Wood
    Co-producer on Hawaii made short films Red House (2020) and Dress ( 2015)
  • Annie Cusick Wood
    TV show The HI Way
  • Honolulu Theatre for Youth
    TV show The Hi Way
  • Serina Dunham
    Key Cast
    TV show - The Hi Way
  • Junior Tesoro
    Key Cast
    TV show - The Hi Way; Dress short film 2015
  • Karen Kiefer
    Art Department assistant short film "Dress" and " Red House"
  • Matthew Mazella
    TV show - The Hi Way
  • Honolulu Theatre for Youth
    TV show - The Hi Way
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Kids, family, live puppet animation, made in hawaii
  • Runtime:
    35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
    United States
  • San Diego International Kids Festival
    San Diegp
    United States
    Best fantasy short film
  • Kids First Film Festival

    United States
Director Biography - Annie Cusick Wood

Annie Cusick Wood, born and raised in Scotland was the Artistic Director of POLKA Theatre in London for 5 years before becoming a resident of Hawaii and a collaborator with Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) in 2006 as a director and playwright. Annie's other theatre work with many leading UK companies traveled to four continents touring major festivals around the world and is translated into several languages. Her awards include best show for children at the Shanghai International Children’s Festival and three Regional Emmys for being one of the co-creators for HTYs TV show for kids The Hi Way, 2021. She is also a co-producer of the Hawaii short films “Dress” (2015) and “Red House” (2020). This is her first film.

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Director Statement

The Tiny Tree is a reimagined version of our successful 2015 stage play at Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY). Over five days during lockdown our Covid bubble, masked up team of five made our first film. Filmed on the HTY stage with live puppeteering, original songs and score by Matthew Mazella.