“Through the Doggy Door”

Shows…this Thursday and Saturday at HSFF

Part of the Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2023

Venue: The Doris Duke Theater on Kinau

Dates and Times

Thursday 27th July, 2023


Through the Doggy Door


Saturday 29th July, 2023


Through the Doggy Door


Through The Doggy Door revolves around the story of Sheldon Paishon, a talented surfer who was born and raised on the rugged shores of O‘ahu’s Westside.
Far from an idyllic Hawaiian paradise, the community has been ravaged by drugs, poverty and the long reverberations of colonialism.
At the age of 12, Sheldon’s parents lost their house, and the family was homeless, living out of a tent for the remainder of Sheldon’s adolescence.

With a deep drive to overcome all odds and live out his dream of professional surfing, Sheldon battles through the harsh realities of houselessness.

Eventually he is taken under the wing of pro surfer Mason Ho, who recognized Sheldon’s immense talent and helps guide him through a world he’s seen very little of.

Can Sheldon capitalize on the opportunities afforded him and become a pro surfer or will the relentless pull of poverty be too much to overcome?

The film aims to inspire and ignite a deeper conversation about the realities of homelessness, the struggle of poverty in Hawai‘i and the importance of self-belief.

Directed by Joe Alani. 2022. Hawai‘i.

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