Maui Filmmaker Directs & Produces National TV Special

Maui’s Ken Martinez Burgmaier with Herbie Hancock and Joe Louis Walker.

Photo credit: HawaiiONTV.com

Filmmaker and Emmy winner Ken Martinez Burgmaier was on location in Washington, D.C. with his Maui-based Jazz Alley TV & HawaiiONTV.com film crews for a new film project and national TV special at the Smithsonian Institute and Kennedy Center for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

The special, a tribute to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, featured appearances by and interviews with Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, 20-time Grammy winner and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, actor Billy Dee Williams, Academy and Grammy legend Herbie Hancock, and blues legend Joe Louis Walker.

Martinez Burgmaier interviews Helen Mirren.

Amazing that a Maui filmmaker and Maui production company was selected for such a high-profile and epic film project,” said Martinez Burgmaier. “It is very humbling, of all the directors and production companies in America, that I was selected and based so far away here in the Hawaiian islands.”

The exclusive HawaiiONTV.com footage aired on CNN International to 265 million homes.

Aretha Franklin and Martinez Burgmaier.

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