Hawaii-born and raised actor/filmmaker, Dean Kaneshiro
, first heard of this incredible overcoming story in 2012, through the tears and laughter of Beth McLachlin
, the first University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team captain of the early 1970s. He had never heard of Title IX, Dr. Donnis Thompson
, nor the central role that she and Maui native Patsy Mink
played in both the passage of Title IX and its staying power throughout the decades.
He reached out to LA-based Producer, Tiffany Taylor, to pivot a project they were already working on to figure out how best to tell this story as a documentary. Dean then called on Co-Producer Ryan Kalei Tsuji, former UH Wahine volleyball Assistant Coach and UH Athletics commentator, to give him a hand. His next call was to an old classmate and friend who had already fallen in love with the story: Hawaii-born Hollywood actress, Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead," "Prison Break"), and he asked if she would narrate the film.