Hawaii Island writer’s holiday movie premieres tonight

HONOLULU — Hawaii Island resident, Amy Bircher, has a special reason to be cheery this Christmas. Her screenplay, “Rebuilding a Dream Christmas” will premiere Dec. 23 on Lifetime.

What You Need To Know

  • “Rebuilding a Dream Christmas” will premiere Dec. 23 on Lifetime, featuring a screenplay by Hawaii Island resident Amy Bircher.
  • Bircher  has two other titles to her credit and just completed another movie set in Hawaii with a fellow writer/producer she met through the CLH programs.
  • The Creative Lab Hawaii program is a multi-tiered workforce development program operated by the State of Hawaii’s Creative Industries Division. Visit creativelab.hawaii.gov for more information.

 

The made-for-television Christmas movie, which is produced by American Cinema International, is part of the network’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” slate of holiday movies.

The movie follows successful real estate broker Abbey (Meggan Kaiser), who heads back to her hometown to repair a Victorian house she’s inherited from her grandmother. When Abbey decides to sell the house, she hires single dad, Josh (Zane Stephens) to help with repairs.

In 2017, Bircher, a graduate fellow of the State of Hawaii’s Creative Lab Hawaii Screenwriting Immersive program workshopped her holiday-inspired screenplay under the direction of Michael Palmieri, executive director and lead mentor for the CLH Media programs.

“The confidence, skills and business knowledge I learned from Michael and the CLH program has provided me an incredible opportunity to stay in Hawaii while pursuing my passion as a screenwriter” says Bircher who was born and raised on Hawaii Island in Kona. “CLH connected me to like-minded entrepreneurs, understanding how the business works, protecting my IP and networking opportunities through major media markets like American Film Market. From business plan and pitch to eventually the acquisition of my work, I was able to become the writer I wanted to be.”

Bircher is no newcomer to Lifetime movies. She has two other titles to her credit and just completed another movie set in Hawaii with a fellow writer/producer she met through the CLH programs. “At the end of my writer’s immersive presentation in 2017 I had promised that I would make a Christmas in Hawaii movie so it will be amazing to deliver on that promise.” I have one script under review by a major network, and I’m about to start writing a family movie that’s set in Hawaii” Bircher said.

The Creative Lab Hawaii program is a multi-tiered workforce development program operated by the State of Hawaii’s Creative Industries Division. A part of the Department of Business, Economic and Tourism, it was launched in 2012 to address a gap in business skills training for creative entrepreneurs. Visit creativelab.hawaii.gov for more information.

“We are proud of the trajectory Amy has taken on her path and her commitment to writing while balancing her home life” says Georja Skinner, chief officer, Creative Industries. “It is possible in today’s remote-work world to connect our creative to the mainstream music and entertainment industries globally, creating new revenue streams which were out of reach before.”