PRODUCER CHRIS LEE TO SPEAK ON WEST OAHU PRODUCTION FUTURE

PRODUCER CHRIS LEE TO SPEAK ON WEST OAHU PRODUCTION FUTURE

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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Imagine the West Oahu plain transformed into a film production and creative media center with businesses that produce high tech computer generated special effects for movies that are being made around the world.  Then imagine a new film production studio and a thriving hotel and restaurant industry to support that trade…Producer Chris Lee sees the future there as a place where film students can pursue their passions for the visual arts at the UH West Oahu campus…He believes that a development could bring hundreds of high paying, high quality jobs to West Oahu for those  born and bred in Hawaii, including for video game production, computer animation and digital media….This is just part of Lee’s vision to transform West Oahu into the creative media hub of the Pacific Rim…

Lee has served in various capacities in the motion picture, television and video industries, including president of production at TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures, where he oversaw Academy Award-winning films as Jerry Maguire, Philadelphia, and As Good As It Gets.  He executive produced Superman Returns for Warner Brothers and Valkyrie for United Artists, and raised production funding for Batman Begins, Superman Returns, 300, and The Dark Knight. He also worked on numerous other hits such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Legends of the Fall, The Fisher King, The Mask of Zorro, Godzilla, and The Patriot…Lee grew up on Oahu and recently founded the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media…

The West Oahu Economic Development Association is presenting Lee in a discussion and luncheon on Wednesday, July 29 at the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, Ocean Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to discuss his vision…

For further information or to place a reservation, contact Barbie Rosario at 842-1600 * Fax:  847-6575 or via Email at bkcorp2@hawaiiantel.net…WOEDA Members are  $40; non members/Guests, $50; at the door $60; special student rate with ID  is $15…

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VALLEY ISLAND PRODUCTION NEWS:

Finding Gauguin, a low-budget feature film directed by Maui resident Lee Don Taicher, also the lead actor, is filming for about 22 days on Maui…Stephane Gauger and Elizabeth Ai are producers; Gauger wrote the script and also is DP; Ai is casting director…Budget is under $500,000…

The story takes place in 1903 when a young American seeks out reclusive artist Paul Gauguin on the Marquesas Islands, where he becomes an apprentice to the master painter in the last few months of his life…Maui stands in for Tahiti…

Preproduction begin in mid June. The feature, which will wrap mid to late August, is shooting in the Haiku-Keanae area. A Haiku quonset hut is being used as a sound stage…

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Former Lost co-star Dominic Monaghan is joining the cast of ABC’s new fall drama, FlashForward. Based on Robert J. Sawyer‘s novel, the series stars Joseph Fiennes. The story chronicles the aftermath of a global event in which everyone blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds and has mysterious visions of six months into the future. Co-stars are John Cho, Jack Davenport, Courtney B. Vance, Sonya Walger , Brian F. O’Byrne, Christine Woods, Zachary Knighton and Peyton List.

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