(L-R) Walea Constantinau, Honolulu film commissioner; Mary & Mike Wilkins, director of sales and marketing, Turtle Bay Resort; Kristen Bell, star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall which filmed at the Turtle Bay Resort and Mayor Mufi Hannemann



It may be old news since it happened in January but not many Hawaii folks know that Honolulu  mayor Mufi Hanemann who’s always been a major supporter of Hawaii’s production industry trekked to Hollywood to spread aloha and promote the Hawaii industry at the Critics Choice Award. The trip was a joint effort by the Honolulu Film Office, Oahu Visitors Bureau, and Turtle Bay Resort. The mayor did a lot of schmoozing and chatted up Oahu’s production industry with several actors and production executives who have filmed here and others he hoped would consider it…Ken Rose, president of AFM representing the BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards presented the sponsorship concept originally in the fall to Mike Wilkins at Turtle Bay Resort and to Teddi Anderson at The Limtiaco Company as a result of a relationship established with Ken and the GRAMMY Awards.  The relationship allowed Hawaii participants to “test market” the concept at a significantly reduced rate.


The concept called for this publicity mission was a  joint effort of the Oahu partners interested in promoting the island to the television, motion picture and advertising community in Hollywood and nationally. Partners included the Honolulu Film Office, the Mayor’s office, Hawaiian Airlines, Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu Visitors Bureau, and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau…The project was turned over the Walea Constantinau, Honolulu film commissioner for implementation and coordination. Constantinau assembled a team of interested and committed partners including Mayor Hanneman to travel to Santa Monica for the Awards event on Thursday, January 8, 2009.



Mayor Hannemann with:




Taraji P. Henson                        Brendan Frazier



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Ron Howard                           _z8o666113Richard Gere









          Hawaii dignitaries and friends



SO YOU WANNA BE A FILMMAKER? Anyone interested in how big screen feature films and network television shows are produced will not want miss the full day seminar “How Professionals Make Movies,” sponsored by the Big Island Film Office and the Parker School Fine Arts Department at the Parker School Theatre in Waimea on Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m. Feature film director and Big Island resident David Cunningham will deliver the keynote address. Cunningham’s directing credits in feature film and television, including the features Beyond Paradise and To End All Wars and two mini series for ABC, Little House on the Prairie and The Path to 9/11


Cunningham’s talk will be followed by sessions on financing, producing, development, production management, location producing, and physical aspects of production. Experts leading these sessions include the Waimea husband and wife team Jane Sibbett and Karl Fink. Sibbett, an actress and producer, and Fink, a producer, will talk about their experiences in Hollywood and their many network television and feature credits…Dana Hankins, one of the Hawaii’s premier location producers, will discuss location challenges and production management for the Miramax independent feature, The Tempest, which shot recently on Lanai and the Big Island and stars Helen Mirren…Small group breakout sessions in the afternoon will focus on directing and producing with Karl Fink and Kohala’s Keith Nealy of Keith Nealy Productions, and acting with Jane Sibbett and Maren Oom, director of fine arts at the Parker School…Below the Line production sessions will be conducted by Hankins and Tom Penny, a member of IATSE Local 665…



A screenwriting session will feature WGA member Stephen Peters of Waimea and Bob Duerr of Kappa Productions of Hilo, who will take pitches on “shows from Hawaii Island that can go”…  



Teaching Film in the Classroom will be co-led by Ari Bernstein, Director of Digital Media at HPA and Gloria Baraquio, a writer, producer, and teacher at charter school HAAS in Pahoa…A panel discussion and short film festival will conclude the day…



The program is FREE to secondary and college level students serious about film and digital media, and $10 for adults…“This program is a must for those seeking to take their production skills and knowledge to a higher level, and to students serious about making career choices in production,” said John Mason, Big Island Film Commissioner…


RSVP at 327-3663…







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