HONOKAA MEETS HOLLYWOOD (AND JAPAN)

HONOKAA MEETS HOLLYWOOD (AND JAPAN)

 

                  Honokaa People’s Theater

 

PRODUCTION UPDATE: Right on the heels of the Wheel of Fortune filming, the Big Island scores again with the independent feature Honokaa Boy slated to shoot  Oct. 5- Nov. 15 in quaint Honokaa… 

The film is “loosely based” on the book by Leo Yoshida
Here’s the story: In 1999 a young Yoshida visits Honokaa and falls in love with the town. He meets Dr. Kinney who owns the Honoka’a People’s Theater and asks if he could train to become the projectionist. The doctor welcomed the idea. While working at the theater, Leo befriends a seamstress named Beatrice Okamoto and the pair become very close. Almost nightly she cooks dinner for him and they would talk about Japan, Hawaii and life in general. This is a very special period in their lives. 
Leo returns to Tokyo and writes a book called Honakaa Boy that becomes a hit because it’s a true story about a little town in Hawaii that talk about real people…
Producers are Gary Basson (L.A.) and Keishi Kuroki (Japan). Three well known Japanese actors are expected to play the lead roles. The real Leo Yoshida will have a cameo role…Local Hawaiian casting is by Laurie Foi on Oahu and Laura Bollinger of the Big Island. This is director Atsushi Sanada‘s first feature film.
Honokaa Boy, which is scheduled for a spring release in Japan, will mostly be in the Japanese language. No international release is scheduled. The production compny is Robot Communications (Japan) and Twin Planet Films (U.S.)…

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATES: While it seems like the final edit oF the much anticipated film Princess Kaiulani will not be completed in time to premier at the Hawaii International Film Festival next month, co producers Island Film Group has provided Reel Hawaii with the link to the film’s remarkable trailer. Take time to enjoy it a few times at www.islandfilmgroup.com/trailers/PK%20Trailer.wmv

Mahalos to producers Rick Galindez and Roy Tjioe, and the film’s publicist Kristen Jackson. Next stop for the film likely will be the Sundance Film Festival in January…

 

Will Ben Stiller surf Big Wave pic in Hawaii? Stiller and his Red Hour productions plan to produce the film Big Wave at Twentieth Century Fox with the directing team of Brendan and Emmett Malloy. Story – based on an idea by Stiller – is a sports comedy about a big-wave surfer who, after being sidelined for years following a traumatic wipeout, decides to surf again in order to raise money to save a convalescent home for old surfers. The Malloy brothers directed the surf pic Thicker Than Water, They’ve also directed music videos for the White StripesMetallica and the Black Eyed Peas. After Stiller wrapped Tropic Thunder on Kauai he told several crew he wants to film in Hawaii again. Big Wave release date is supposed to be 2010. Keep your fingers crossed…

 

Soul Surfer, the feature film about Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton’s “comeback” after her left arm was bitten off in a shark attack on the Garden Isle, was supposed to begin a Sept. 15-Oct. 15 pre production and filming on Oahu but apparently has been delayed, Oahu sources said. The film is described as Blue Crush meets Rocky meets Chariots of Fire. According to Hamilton’s website  www.bethanyhamilton.com/ casting for the film has begun. No other details were provided. The production will be based on the Oahu’s North Shore apparently in time for the fabled winter surf season…   

 

The indie Lost Medallion slated for six weeks of filming on Kauai next month has been delayed until January. The $3 million film will now will shot on Oahu to save money and because of several “design elements that still need to be created,” a production executive said. Since much of the story takes place in jungle, several Oahu rainforest locations will be used…

 

Hawaii Film Partners which co produced the acclaimed kid’s show Flight 29 Down is looking for a storyboard artist to work in its Hawaii Kai offices on an international TV animation series project. You must have storyboard experience and be an Oahu resident. If interested Email your resume and art portfolio and/or Demo Reel with a storyboard sample to Cameron Nitta at Cameron@hawaiifilmpartners.com or call 808-447-7529.

 

 

SHOOT Magazine will publish it’s first ever Hawaii Regional Feature in their upcoming ssue to be relersed tomorrow Sept. 26. Check it out…

 

 

 

Wedding Day, a new documentary-reality series from Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television, wraps five days of filming on Friday with locations including Lahaina and Paia. Casting was done in Los Angeles. The show revolves around people who “deserve” a dream wedding, including teachers, volunteers, military personnel, police, community leaders, cancer survivors, firefighters, and others. Burnett also produced Survivor and The Apprentice. Originally, the show sought engaged social workers not able to plan that special day because they’re putting the needs of others before their own…Wedding Day will air on TNT…

 

Regarding recent Reel Hawaii information about the SAG contract issue, a reader and SAG member writes: “Your website is portraying SAG as the bad guy in negotiations for a new contract. Nothing could be further from the truth.” He goes on to say that producers are unwilling to budge…in negotiations. “The agreement they made earlier with AFTRA has not even been offered to SAG…I don’t believe that the majority of actors voted in favor of the new AFTRA conract either. SAG contract negotiations are still ongoing despite reports to the contrary. I’ve got this information first hand from SAG HQ. A few things I have heard that have been agreed to already are: 1. 10% pay increase over 3 years. 3.5 percent, then 3 percent, then 3.5 percent; and 
2. Expanding the Las Vegas zone from just the Strip to a new 15 mile radius…Yes, we would all like to see a contract soon. But things move slowly when one side just won’t compromise”…

 

HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UPDATE: Actor Tia Carrere will attend the HIFF opening night film as well as Andre and Maria Jacquemetton who just won an Emmy for Mad Men, where they’re supervising producers/writers. 

The couple also wrote for Baywatch Hawaii.  HIFF’s opening night film will not be Princess Kaiulani as itemed here earlier but the Korea picture The Divine Weapon at Regal Dole Cannery…

 

 

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INDIE BEAT: Hawaii filmmaker Susanna Lo hopes to get her Big Island-based film BEYOND THE VOLCANO into production by November but she’s still working to get funding. The film as in the tradition of Double Indemnity and Body HeatBeyond the Volcano tells the story of Primo Owens, a talented piano player who dreams of leaving Hawaii for the jazz music scene of Paris. His responsibility to his handicap father keeps him rooted yet frustrated, until one day he meets the mysterious Misty Blake, a married woman he once had a crush on as a teenager. She’s in a loveless marriage to the richest man on the island. Her beautiful singing voice brings them together in a steamy lounge act that carries them into an affair that drives Primo to the brink of sanity. His obsession with Misty makes him willing to do anything to have her, maybe even kill. The production will be based in Kailua-Kona. Proposed budget is $580,000. Pre-pre-production is Oct. 13-27 with a limited first team; pre-production, Oct. 27 – Nov. 10; production is Nov. 10-23; and post production is Nov. 24 – Feb. 13, 2009. Lo is the film’s writer/director/producer; Jamie Luner – producer/actress; Brett Cranford – UPM; Joe D’Agosta – casting…For more information contact Keith D. Jones at 808-385-1793 or 702-884-0932…

 

BAD NEWS: NBC’s Knight Rider which had hoped to film on Oahu for about three days this fall apparently has decided to shoot elsewhere… 

 

 

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