“There’s a word in Hawaiian, ‘kuleana,’ which can interchangeably mean privilege, responsibility and passion. The earth and taking care of it is everyone’s kuleana,” said Shelia Laffey, award-winning producer and director of documentaries and short dramatic films, “It’s also my ‘ kuleana’ (passion).”
Although Laffey hails from New England, and received her BA in English from Tufts University and her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from N.Y.U., she lived in Hawaii for ten years post- college where she worked as a Program Coordinator for the National Audubon Society.
“It’s vital that we understand how intertwined we are with nature, if we forget that fact, and aren’t conscious of how we treat our planet and our limited natural resources, we risk extinction.”
Laffey exclaims that she has always been “a passionate environmentalist.” Growing up on the East Coast, she spent much of her youth outdoors and the appreciation and care for the land she learned has stayed with her.
“Love Thy Nature,” a film on which Laffey is Associate Producer, is a multi-award winning documentary filmed in five countries and narrated by Liam Neeson. The film takes a “cinematic look into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world” by exploring how nature nourishes us.