Kayo Hatta, the Hawaiian independent filmmaker behind the documentary Picture Bride, died in a drowning accident near San Diego on July 20. She was forty-seven. Hatta was well-known in her native Hawaii for making films based on the history and people of the state. Picture Bride focused on a Japanese woman who entered into a marriage with a Hawaiian man via exchange of photos. The film went on to win the audience award at Sundance in 1995. Her latest work was a thirty-minute film titled Fishbowl, based on the writings of Hawaiian author Lois-Ann Yamanaka.