It’s a Wrap with Lauren Hutton

I’m not sure how to begin this newsletter with so many fabulous things happening!

The number one exciting event was to record Lauren Hutton’s voice-over as our heroine, Caroline Mytinger. I was hooked in via Skype because I could not fly to Los Angeles to personally participate. John and Nick of Atlantis Group recording studio took charge of the important recording. Also there to assist was Eddie Freeman of Icarus Music. Eddie provided much needed help with communicating correct Melanesian name pronunciations. How would you say Ahuia? Yes, it can be a challenge but Lauren moved through the process – because she’s a pro.


There were stories that Caroline wrote in her books that also brought out emotions. The death of two subjects from one of her paintings titled Sarli and Wife, had everyone feeling the sadness as Lauren personally expressed it through her voice. Then there are the happy moments that only Lauren could bring out. She calls our intrepid artist “The Great Caroline” and we truly believe that she channeled Caroline with her magical voice.

Three hours is a long session to record and Lauren’s generosity to play the role of Caroline is so greatly appreciated. There really are no words to express our thanks.


We’ve had two focus groups to screen and provide feedback.  It was exciting and the constructive comments invaluable.  The editing continues!!!

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Who is “The Voy”?

As we just celebrated Valentine’s Day, it had me thinking about Caroline and Margaret spending 4 years together in such remote locations. I thought of how, with the exception of an occasional plantation owner’s wife, there were few other women Caroline and Margaret could share their journey with. Certainly, many of the lone – and lonely – men must have been smitten by the beauty of both Caroline and Margaret but as Caroline joked after Margaret received a proposal from a gentleman, he would never see the same affection from Margaret that she demonstrated with her friendship with Caroline.  I did find one man who Margaret developed a long-time friendship with and that was Captain William Voy, who mastered the vessel Mataram in the Solomon Islands.  What a lovely discovery when I was able to find and purchase Caroline’s first book Headhunting in the Solomon Islands, only to find within it a personalized inscription from Margaret to, as she called him, “The Voy”.

The Voy

Captain William Voy of the SS Mataram


Margaret Warner on board Mataram with Harold Markham

So what has the team been doing?  Sandy has  been working hard on fine-tuning the rough cut with historic footage and ideas for graphics and animation.  Our first focus group will be held on February 25th, where our guests are from the local film industry will view the rough cut and provide valuable feedback for the continued editing.  We are planning on two additional focus groups – one for the education community and another for general audience types.  

Feedback comments from all three focus groups, be it positive or critical observations, are all essential to bringing a concise and compelling film to a variety of audiences.  When we have achieved the desired flow of the movie, our voice recordings will placed and then we will move on the the next step. Our animator will provide ideas and inspiration to complete segments that could only be visualized in animation.

As the process continues to bring this film to completion, I would like to reach out to our valued supporters for ideas and venues where I can give lectures or host small fundraising events.  Every additional dollar raised with help pay for animation, graphics and other items that will bring this film to the screen.

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A Wonderful Endorsement

This will be a pivotal year for Headhunt Revisited. Thanks to the help of our scriptwriter, Elle Russ, the narration is ready and we are on to the next phase of editing the film! This month we will be working to finalize all the visuals, from the footage to the archival photos, photographs and paintings. We have a wealth of content!

Receiving endorsements like the one below fuel me as we continue on.

When Michele and I were inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame on the same year, we discovered we had more in common than just diving. Our interest in cultures, the arts, and sharing stories push us to deepen our own and other people’s knowledge and understanding of places, people, and ecosystems. Michele’s passion for Caroline Mytinger’s story fuels her energy for this project and is the driving force that will bring this story to light. Papua New Guinea is a country still very much unknown to many people despite generations of explorers bringing images and stories to the world. In my own family, three generations have traveled to PNG, from my grandfather and father’s expedition in the mid 1980’s, to my own in 2010. By sharing Caroline’s story as a 1920s western woman painting portraits of the people of Melanesia, Michele is not just creating a bridge across time and culture, she is using layers of storytelling, painting and film, to convey a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary story that evades all notion of time and place.


Photo by Çapkin van Alphen

Celine comes from a family that exposed the world to the magic of the ocean.  From her grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, her father, Jean-Michel to the next generation of Cousteau’s, Celine has demonstrated what that legacy means.  What I am thankful for, in addition to her wonderful endorsement, is her commitment to connect her own stories of indigenous communities.

Learn more about Celine on her website here:

It is the support of my community that has gotten us this far. A finished film is just around the corner! Your continued support through the finishing stretch means more than ever. Please consider making your tax-deductible donation. Every bit will help this project through completion!

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A Caroline Christmas Story

Each holiday season I am reminded of how Caroline spent her Christmas.  Last year I shared with you Caroline and Margaret’s Christmas in the Fly River with a palmetto Christmas tree lit by fireflies.  This year I would like to share with you their Christmas spent in Morovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands.

Margaret Warner's scrapbook held by Andrew Phillips.  Port Angeles, WA

“That Christmas Day with its enforced idleness was as long as a selfish life.  We spent some of it up on the temple hill trying desperately to remember what snow looked like, and to recall the sound of church bells and crowds laughing.”

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“When we stopped talking all we could hear was the bump of blood in our own veins.  Vainly we tried to visualize a familiar face.  What a Christmas present it would be to see one suddenly, when we had been meeting only strange faces for almost two years!  What did turkey taste like? with cranberry sauce? and even spinach?  We drew up a menu and, like natives, discussed it in detail from every angle; but in the end we could still taste only tinned fish and tinned mutton and tinned beef; and they all tasted alike.  What did it feel like to be cool? cold? even frozen stiff?  Wonderful!  We were getting bogged down by the steady heat.  It was intensified to steam now by the intermittent rains.  And there was the unadmitted weariness of our own unrelieved company, something few expeditions will confess in print but which nevertheless does enter the picture.”

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Unlike Caroline and Margaret, we will be able to enjoy time with friends and family sharing a fabulous meal, hearing laughter and acknowledging all with a good glass of wine.  This year I am thankful for everyone who has supported HEADHUNT REVISITED through Kickstarter donations, my team who worked hard to submit to four large grants, and my colleagues who have set up speaking engagements.  And, of course, there is someone who has offered endless moral support and held my hand when I was nervous and anxious.  My special guy, George, whom I will spend some quiet time with this Christmas reflecting on all that is good in life.

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Partnership Announcement: Documentary Educational Resources


Founded in 1968, Documentary Educational Resources (DER) provides distribution,  support, and promotion for quality ethnographic, documentary film and media.

AliceApleyWe are pleased to announce that DER and Executive Director, Alice Apley are now part of the Headhunt Revisited team. DER will be providing creative, administrative and distribution consultation for the documentary film.

DER distributes numerous films focused on the Melanesia region and culture, including the Academy Award Nominated First Contact. We are honored to have the experience of Alice and the entire DER staff behind Headhunt Revisited.

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Elevala Woman Discovery

For years, I have titled this image “Elevala Woman”.  


I was incorrect!

The power of social media and Kickstarter is amazing.  During the expedition some 9 years ago, I had the privilege of photographing a special celebration (sing-sing) celebrating the 25th anniversary of Father Michael Igo’s ordination.  It was held in the area of Hanuabada and Elevala, two distinct stilt villages just outside of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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For three days, people from all over came to sing, dance and celebrate.  I saw this stunning woman from a distance and photographed her as she stopped and looked directly into my camera.  I was able to quickly share the image with her on the back of my camera but then she vanished into the crowd — never to be seen again.  I did not know her name nor where she was from.  She was titled “Elevala Woman” because that is where I photographed her.

Mytinger Project Expedition

Through all the publicity during Kickstarter, I was contacted by a woman who said “This is my aunt!”  How exciting for me to now know her name, Leontine Taita Veata, and that she has 4 children.  It was explained to me that when a woman marries into another clan, they become a part of it and she is part of the Upi Kupuna clan from the village of Kairuku.

Leontine is now “Kairuku Woman”, the village where she is from.

As I think about the new discovery, I remember the thrill of meeting descendants of Caroline’s paintings.  Now I celebrate finding the person in my photo and her children and look forward to a day I hand them all prints as tribute to a beautiful woman.  Leontine’s portrait is has also become art that spans oceans and decades.

For all of my Kickstarter Backers receiving a print of Leontine, I will also include a printed caption of who this stunning woman really is — a PERSON, not just a subject.

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Headhunt Revisited Raises over $37,000 on Kickstarter!

Our Backers are global – Australia, United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, North America, the Caribbean and even Africa. Thanks to this campaign, Caroline’s story now has a world stage.

I seriously cannot express how thankful I am to each and every one of you for sticking by us during this campaign.


It truly takes a village to make a documentary film. Our first priority is to edit a work-in-progress, prepare detailed proposals for upcoming grants and plan for pick-up shoots with our experts, like Dr. Joshua Bell of Smithsonian Institute, and Jeffry during the “One World, Two Visions” exhibition.

If it wasn’t for the kind and generous support of our backers, the goal could not have been reached. I am honored to have you with me on this journey.

As they say in Papua New Guinea – TENKYU TRU!


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