Big Island film shot with ‘a kind eye and a warm soul’

Photo by Dustin McWethy/ Dances With Films Festival The two leads of "Mermaids' Lament," Justina Taft Mattos, left, and Dayva Summer Escobar, pose June 25 on the red carpet of the Dances With Films Festival at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

In this still from “Mermaids’ Lament,” Oee (Dayva Summer Escobar), who believes she’s a mermaid, momentarily exults in the freedom she finds beneath the water’s surface. (courtesy photo/ special to west hawaii today)

“Mermaids’ Lament” has had only one public screening — its world premiere June 25 in the Dances With Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood — and reviews are uniformly positive.