Private Project


Ami stands in front of her mothers grave and recounts her mother’s cries, desperate struggle, and physical abuse at the hands of her father. Uproot is a short animated art film that recounts a mother’s mortality and encourages survivors of tragedies to find the closure and courage to move forward.

  • Kalilinoe Detwiler
  • Kalilinoe Detwiler
  • Kalilinoe Detwiler
  • Annastasia Fiala-Watkin
    Key Cast
  • Lawrence DiBlasio
    Key Cast
    Return to Life (2018), Hae Hawaii (2018)
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Short, Art
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Siggraph 2019
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 28, 2019
    Association for Computing Machinery Siggraph 8th Annual Faculty Submitted Student Work Exhibit
Director Biography - Kalilinoe Detwiler

Kalilinoe Detwiler is the creator and animator for the film Uproot. She is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Academy of Creative Media with a focus in Animation. She is also studying English with a minor in music. She is highly invested in combining different cultural values and concepts, as well as animation and film techniques to make something modern and impactful.

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Director Statement

While the film tells a story about abuse and painful memories, whispered below the surface is a message of hope. The story and animation both possess a duality that I tackled with much enjoyment. I am happy to present my first film, the result of many long nights surrounded by people whose love and support helped overcome all obstacles.