PRINCESS KA’IULANI PRIVATE SCREENING DRAWS HUNDREDS

PRINCESS KA’IULANI PRIVATE SCREENING DRAWS HUNDREDS

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Q’Orianka Kilcher as Princess Ka’iulani.

The private screening of the long-awaited feature film Princess Ka’iulani shot in Hawaii and England attracted hundreds of Hawaii crew, film executives, state legislators and supporters to Ward 16 on Wednesday night. No news media attended…Attendees included the film’s co producers  Ric Galindez and Roy Tjioe of Island Film Group and director-writer Marc Forby who traveled from Los Angeles for the event…Forby thanked the Iolani Palace executive board and the Hawaii Film Office for their assistance in getting some of the locations needed for the film to be made accurately. Forby said a Universal Studio executive told him if that studio had made PK it would have cost closer to $30 million and $10 million…Island Film Group hopes Forby will write a screenplay for a King Kamehameha feature…

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“This has been a tremendously long journey,” Galindez said. “We wanted to show Hawaii as a real place. Most people see (Hawaii) on postcards”…Partner Tjoe who usually remains behind the scenes was a bit more outspoken: “This film pulls no punches in showing exactly how the overthrow occurred. I think this may be the  first film to do so”…

Tjioe told the crowd how important Hawaii’s investment credit Act 221 was in getting PK made…”This film was not possible without Act 221 (investments),” he said. Princess Ka’iulani is a 110-minute advertisement for Hawaii that will be shown around the world. How much advertising value is that to the state?”…Then Tjioe emphatically told the agreeing crowd that Hawaii legislators cannot “not mess with Act 221″…The state is considering dropping film and television productions from Act 221’s provisions in part saying the production community work it provides aren’t “real jobs,” Tjioe said. “Don’t tell me these are real jobs. The money our staff was paid was used for mortgages, food, education for their kids”…

Writer-director Forby said that “this film is finally finished for me is unbelievable for me”…Forby said he made the overnight trip from Los Angeles because he wanted to be with “the crew that made this film happen and who all supported me”…Forby was referring to some Hawaiian protests about the production being allowed to film in Iolani Palace…(Reel News was invited not as media but because I did a few days of set still photography for the production.)…

All in attendance agreed that the original music composed by Stephen Warbeck and performed by the Honolulu Symphony is nothing short of incredible as are the period costumes and production values…

PK is co-produced by Matador Pictures, Trailblazer Films and Island Film Group. Princess Ka’iulani is portrayed by former Hawaii resident Q’Orianka Kilcher, best known for her role as Pocahontas in the 2005 film The New World starring Colin FarrellPK, which employed 300 locals for the Hawaii shoot, will be shown this weekend in Berlin to potential distributors then be shown at the Cannes, Toronto, and Hawaii International film festivals…

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VH1’s reality series My Antonio starring Anthony Sabato wraps Sunday with filming at the Hilton Waikoloa where the $4 million production to air this summer has been based for about four weeks….It was quite a scene Friday on the My Antonio set where the five female competitors vying for soap star Sabato’s affection had to do a fire walk scene set at the hotel’s Buddha Point. Coals were set ablaze with wood in a fire pit with two women grooming the coals until it burned down to be able to walk on. mfire9

“It started out looking like a bonfire,” a crew member said….The five contestants, Sabato and his mother, Yvonne Kabouchy, arrived at the set at the same time. A handler instructed the women how to walk across the glowing coals. The women, all in fancy cocktail dresses and, of course, bare foot, walked over the coals one at a time taking about three long steps…Sabato and his mother were the first to walk over the coals…Afterwards Sabato and mom huddled to select the four winning contestants of this event cutting the group to four…All the filming for the show has been done either at the hotel or on private property…Crew will begin removing the set and production equipment at Buddha Point on Monday…

ALERT: Discovery’s Uniform Justice – The Real NCIS will film at your house. If you would like to have your house in the Pearl City / Aiea area filmed for the Discovery Channels show Uniform Justice – The Real NCIS, send information including name and telephone, and pictures of your home will be needed but are not necessary. Two houses will be chosen including one house with tree(s) in the back yard. Compensation is $100 for 2-5 hours. Shoot Dates TBD but between Feb 13-25. If interested contact via Email at job-1023000418@craigslist.org

VH1 also is pumping up Maui County’s economy a little with a few days of filming of Rock of Love 2  which arrived Wednesday to film through Saturday. At least two reality show “stars” are on Maui for the filming including Rock of Love actor Brandi M. (below) and a guy named Six Pack

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