Hawaii Film Partners will begin principal photography on Monday, March 16, on its first motion picture You May Not Kiss the Bride directed by Rob Hedden from his original screenplay. The film’s producers are Rann and Gina Watumull and David Jackson and Shauna Shapiro Jackson, also co-founders of Hawaii Film Partners…
You May Not Kiss the Bride is a romantic adventure comedy set in Chicago and Tahiti and filmed entirely on location in Hawaii.
Starring are Dave Annable, star of the ABC series Brothers and Sisters and in Nora Ephron’s upcoming feature for Columbia Pictures Julie & Julia;
Mena Suvari (below), who starred in the American Pie movies and in American Beauty; singer Katharine McPhee, first runner-up in American Idol and a star in The House Bunny; Vinnie Jones (above), who’s starred in more than 40 movies including X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Snatch and Gone in Sixty Seconds; Grammy Award winner Tia Carrere (above), a star in the Wayne’s World movies, True Lies and the voice of Nani in Lilo & Sitch; and Ken Davitian, best known for his role of Azamat Bagatov in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Additional casting is underway in Los Angeles and Hawaii.
Director of photography is Russ T. Alsobrook (Paul Bart: Mall Cop, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Superbad); costume designer Robert Moore (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Marathon Man, Ordinary People and Absence of Malice); and production designer Scott Meehan (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Lost and the upcoming feature film “Fame”).
Director/screenwriter Hedden previously wrote the original script for the action film The Condemned released in 2007 by Lionsgate Films. He also co-wrote the story and screenplay and co-produced Nickelodeon Films’ Clockstoppers released by Paramount Pictures. He directed and wrote Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan for release by Paramount Pictures.
The film’s producers said they were looking for just the right screenplay for Hawaii Film Partners’ next project, and when they could not find it, they decided to help create it. They met Rob Hedden and believe his writing style was unique and fit with what they wanted to create. The producers spent almost a year working with Hedden on the story premise and drafts of the script.
Dave Annable (l) plays Bryan Lighthouse, a Chicago pet photographer who accidentally maims the cat of a Croatian mobster’s wife, and, as an alternative to swimming with the fishes, is forced to marry their daughter Masha to keep her in the country. Mr. Annable currently can be seen in the ABC series “Brothers and Sisters.” Prior, he starred in Fox’s critically acclaimed television drama “Reunion.” Mr. Annable also was seen as Beam in Nick Hurran’s film “Little Black Book,” and is appearing in Nora Ephron’s latest film “Julie & Julia” starring Meryl Streep.
Mena Suvari plays Tonya, Bryan’s quirky pet photography assistant. Katharine McPhee plays Masha Nikitin, the beautiful daughter of Vlatko, the Croatian mobster who is forced to marry to stay in the country. McPhee soon will be making her TV action debut in an April episode of the CBS crime drama “CSI: NY.” Vinnie Jones plays Brick, the Croatian mobster’s right hand man. Tia Carrere plays Lani, a beautiful and engaging cocktail waitress in Tahiti who can serve up a lot more than tropical drinks. Ken Davitian plays Vladko Nikitin, the Croatian mobster who offers a do-or-die proposition on marrying his daughter. He perhaps is best known for wrestling his way into the Hollywood spotlight as Azamat Bagatov in the critically-acclaimed box-office hit “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” With a career in acting for over 15 years, he has guest-starred in “The Closer,” “Boston Legal,” “Six Feet Under,” “Gillmore Girls” and “Becker,” as well as appearing in the film “S.W.A.T” and Disney’s “Holes.”
Producers Rann and Gina Watumull, co-founders and senior executives at Hawaii Film Partners based in Honolulu, strive to help build a valuable and indigenous film industry in Hawaii, producing motion pictures and television productions in the Hawaiian Islands using location services and personnel. Producers David Jackson and Shauna Shapiro Jackson are president and executive vice president respectively of Showcase Entertainment, a worldwide film distribution company, and are co-owners and senior executives of Hawaii Film Partners along with Rann and Gina Watumull. Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel, Hawaii’s largest law firm also is a minority owner of Hawaii Film Partners.
Hawaii Film Partners first project was the award-winning international hit television show for Discovery Kids, “Flight 29 Down” that is still airing in over 100 countries. Also for television, Hawaii Film Partners has produced 38 two-minute animated episodes of “Ape Escape” for airing this year on Nickelodeon’s NickToons™ Network. Rounding Hawaii Film Partners ambitious slate is the original animated television series “Guardians of the Power Masks” which marked an historic international partnership with the City of Changzhou in China and the Gagwon Information Multi-Media Corporation (GIMC) in South Korea. Production of the series is on-going in Hawaii Film Partners’ animation studio in Honolulu.
Act 221 UPDATE: The state House of Representatives voted to extend high-technology tax credits another three years until Dec. 31, 2011. The move extends the availability of high technology business investment, research activities, and technology infrastructure. Starting in January 1, 2010, the measure caps aggregate high-tech business investment credits for a year to $50,000,000. The proposal also caps aggregate high tech business investment credits in a year for investments in a single qualified high tech business to $10,000,000 and strengthens administrative oversight of tax credits, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.
The Act 221 tax credits provides a 100-percent tax credit to Hawaii residents investing in local technology companies and another 20 percent tax research credit for companies. The measure now goes to the Senate.