PRINCESS KAIULANI’S WORLD PREMIER AT HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER

PRINCESS KAIULANI’S WORLD PREMIER AT HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER

 

Q’Orianka Kilcher portrays Princess Kaiulani

 

CONGRATULATIONS: Brett Wagner, who wrote and directed the Oahu-based film Chief, has won best-dramatic-short laurels at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. The festival is an Academy Award-accredited film festival which means that winners are eligible for Oscar nominations in their respective categories. According to Wagner, jurors included actress Sandra Oh, HBO executive producer Andrew Reimer, and L.A. Weekly film critic Ernest HardyChief premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film has won a British Academy of Film and Television Certificate of Excellence and the Audience Award for best narrative short at the Maui Film Festival. Chief will be shown at the Hawaii International Film Festival in October…

 

Update: Princess Kaiulani is the title listed on the film’s website about Hawaii’s Princess Kaiulani but it may not be the one used when the film is actually released. According to production executives, the film’s title and the poster “is still being discussed.”  The film’s title has been a lightning rod of controversy with its tentative titles of The Barbarian Princess and then The Last Princess. The title Princess Kaiulani and a poster which is being shown on the film’s website at www.matadorpictures.com was decided on soon after the movie wrapped Hawaii filming in spring.

 

“The film right now is being marketed as Princess Kaiulani including the promo shown at the Cannes film Festival,” producer Ric Galindez said earlier this year. “We’ve already gotten some sales there based on the promo.” But he warned then that the title “may not stick” depending in part on what the domestic distributor wants. “If a (domestic) distributor picks up (PK) and puts in $30 million, $40 million, or $50 million it will be their call. It’s however they want to promote the film” …

 

The $9-million film written and directed by Marc Forby appropriately will have its world premier at the Hawaii International Film Festival in October though discussions continue whether it will be an opening night or center piece screening. Hawaii Theatre and other venues are being considered. The film won’t be shown in a free screening like Sunset on the Beach because that could disallow it for award consideration at some film festivals like Sundance, Cannes and Berlin…

 

Screening Princess Kaiulani during HIFF means dozens of media and film reviewers here for the fest will see it and the publicity generated likely will make it easier for producers to sell the film to a distributor at the American Film Market in November in Santa Monica. Neither HIFF, Matador Picturea, nor Island Film Group’s producers Rick Galindez and Roy Tjioe were immediately available for comment….

 

                Roy Tjioe (l) and Rick Galindez, producers, Island Film Group

 

Q’Orianka Kilcher, who portrays Kaiulani, and the film’s co stars Barry Pepper, Shaun Evans, Jimmy Yuill, Julian Glover and Will Patton likely will be invited to attend the HIFF premier…In a brilliant move to make the film even more Hawaii based, producers hope to have the Honolulu Symphony record the film’s soundtrack rather than have it done in England...

 

 Actor Barry Pepper 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Patton (Below center)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      Banquet Scene at Moanalua Gardens

 


A playful Q’Orianka Kilcher after a scene well done

 

Here’s Matador Pictures synopsis of the story: 

“1888, the Kingdom of Hawaii is divided by a bitter civil war. Princess Ka’iulani, the young heir to the throne, is suddenly forced to flee the home she adores and move to England where she finds an altogether different life – one where she is not considered royalty. As she grows up and adapts to her new life there, she falls in love with the rebellious but sweet-natured Clive. At the tender age of 17 she receives the devastating news that the Monarchy has been overthrown and her aunt, the Queen, arrested. The young Princess must choose between her true love and the responsibility that comes with her title. Learning what it truly means to be a nation’s Princess, Ka’iulani makes it her mission to restore her kingdom and travels to America to win the hearts and minds of the people”…

 

The film is a co production of Matador Pictures, Trailblazer Films and Island Film Productions…Scheduled general release is 2009…

 

Banquet guests arrive

 

Here’s some of the Hawaii crew who helped create Princess KaiulaniLotus Benedix, hairstylist; Angie Laprete, unit production manager; Darrell Tachibana, greens foreman, Liloa Wong, green coordinator; John Reynolds, sound; Serena Flores, assistant production and travel coordinator; Scott Rogers, acting coach; and Ashley C. Smith, production coordinator…

 

 
 

 

 

 

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