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Month: September 2009



Island FilmGroup and MarVista Entertainment’s film THE HONEYMOON needs background actors for an upscale wedding scene to be shot next week at the Kahala Resort and later “Luxury Cruiseliner Scenes.”

Here are the details: Age range: 20 years – 40 years; Caucasion and Mixed Ethnicities. The scenes also require  experienced bartenders, waiters, waitresses, and
card dealers for blackjack, roulette, craps table in a casino scene. Filming is Sept. 30 through Oct. 21…

The OPEN CALL signup is  Saturday, Sept./26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Halawa Valley Studios at Hawaii Media Inc., 99-1245 Halawa Valley Road in Aiea.




In one of the most anticipated events in the 29 years of the Hawaii International Film Festival with the cooperation of ABC/Disney, the organizations have designed for  next month several LOST galas that include cast, crew, the show’s main creative team, and a special awards ceremony.


HIFF will present a special “Evening with Carlton Cuse (left) and Damon Lindelof  (right),” the creative team behind LOST, in an exclusive Hawaii appearance prior to the final season debut  of the multiple award-winning series in January 2010. The event  is being held during the 2009 HIFF festival on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Royal Hawaiian Theater at the Royal Hawaiian Center – formerly known as Waikiki Nei – from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Brian Lowry, TV critic for Variety and co-host of the popular weekly TV program Square Off, will emcee the event.

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LOST‘S Josh Holloway (above)

The evening is part of HIFF’s one-day celebration of LOST, which also includes select LOST “Master Class” seminars at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas on Saturday, Oct. 17th. Tickets are available for purchase: online at, in person from the HIFF Box Office, or by phone by calling(808) 548-5905.

Tickets to an “Evening with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse” are $50 general public or $35 HIFF Ohana members, plus special VIP preferred seating will be available. “Master Class” tickets are $10 general public, $9 for students, seniors, children and military or $8 for HIFF Ohana members. Tickets go on sale to HIFF Ohana members Thursday, Oct. 1 and Monday, Oct. 5th to the general public.

“The brilliance of LOST has forever raised the bar for future television projects,” said Chuck Boller, HIFF executive director. “We want to celebrate this partnership and what better way than to bring the show’s creators, producers, cast and crew together with their biggest fans. HIFF’s celebration of LOST will give the public a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interface with the incredible people behind this award-winning series.”

Fans will have the opportunity to pick the brains of the show’s creative masterminds, discuss the last 5 1/2 years of the show with special guest appearances from cast and crew members and perhaps find out a bit about the upcoming final season. Lindelof and Cuse will receive the Hawaii International Film Festival’s “Vision in Film Award,” presented by Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. The City and County of Honolulu sponsors the “Vision in Film Award” at HIFF.


Angie Laprete, HIFF board member with HIFF honoree and LOST executive producer/director Jack Bender


Jean Higgins, LOST co executive producer and HIFF honoree

HIFF will also honor Hawaii-based executive producer and director Jack Bender and co-executive producer Jean Higgins with the Hawaii International Film Festival’s inaugural Mahalo Nui Loa Award, created especially for Bender and Higgins.

Earlier in the day, fans will have the opportunity to delve into the world of LOST through three distinct “Master Class” seminars entitled: Producing and Directing a Hit Show, Bringing the Design of Each Episode Together and Costume & Props.

LOST is one of the most seminal and groundbreaking dramatic series in television history. Premiering on Sept. 24, 2004, the show has entered the global zeitgeist for its cross-textual and complex story structure of plane crash survivors on a mysterious and mystical island in the middle of the South Pacific. The epitome of post modernism, the fabric of LOST and its antecedents derive from action, science fiction, adventure, romance, comedy, fantasy and many other genres. Building fervor beyond the television screen, ranging from audience experiences online and beyond, the show has leapt into other platforms to create a unique experience for fans like no other television series before.

The masterminds behind LOST, Lindelof and Cuse, have steered the show from the beginning, creating an elaborate world that has superseded any television experience. Ever since setting an end date in the middle of the third season, easing the anxieties of its rabid fan base and putting an end to the debate of them “making it up as they went along,” LOST is, like other revered properties such as THE LORD OF THE RINGS and HARRY POTTER, a succinct and elegant world that is self contained and focused. Lindelof and Cuse unravel the show like a novel, with each season representing a different feel and chapter to the overall story of the survivors of Oceanic 815. These masterminds, who have a unique bond with their fan base, are revered as much as the stars of the show.

Here’s the Mast Class Seminars schedule:


Co-Executive Producer Jean Higgins; Executive Producer/Director Jack Bender

2 p.m-3:30 p.m. 

Production Designer, Director of Photography, Construction Coordinator, and Location Manger/Associate Producer Jim Triplett

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Costume Designer and Propmaster




Island Film Group continues living up to its mission statement to produce locally made and crewed features as well as using current or former Hawaii writers. The production company headed by Roy Tjioe and Ric Galindez will executive produce the independent feature film KNOTS produced by veteran Hawaii filmmaker Dana Satler Hankins….KNOTS is a co production of Hankin’s Redhead Productions LLC and Island Film Group…

The  $400,000 feature begins 10 days production on Oahu in October. Hankins’ theatrical credits include The Tempest (production supervisor), the critically acclaimed Picture Bride, and short film, CHIEF, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival…The story came to Hankins several years ago and has been in development…Casting is going on now in Hawaii and Los Angeles. Anna Fishburne is doing local casting…The union film will use about 40 mostly local crew though not full time…Shawn Hiatt is director of photography…

KNOTS is about a local mom and her three daughters who own a wedding/bridal consultant business, helping brides and grooms from all over the world express their love and commitment on that special wedding day, but unfortunately can’t keep their own kapakahi love lives in order…


Former Hawaii resident Kimberly-Rose Wolter (above) is screenwriter/producer…Wolter is the co-artistic director and producer of VS. Theatre Company, a Los Angeles-based theatre company dedicated to premiering new productions in L.A. As a writer Wolter’s first feature film, TRE, in which she also starred, won the Special Jury Prize at San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival….


Director Michael Kang (above) is an independent filmmaker whose feature film directorial debut The Motel premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is the recipient of the Humanitas Prize as well as top jury prizes from numerous festivals. The Motel was also nominated for Best First Feature Film by The Independent Spirit Awards. Kang’s second feature film WEST 32nd premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival…

The film could see a limited release in the first quarter of 2010…


The Predators feature film sequel is on for 18 days of filming on the Big Island beginning Oct. 12, confirmed Ron Schmidt, the production’s UPM….

Predators‘ production offices are at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel since several jungle locations will be used all along the Hamakua Coast and many on private property. The 20th Century Fox production’s budget is about $40 million. Big Island officials so far have been unable to estimate how much the film will spend in Hawaii thought other sources said it will be in the millions of dollars and possibly as much as $10 million…

Final casting has not been completed for the nine main characters who will be filmed trying to escape the rainforest from the marauding predator.

“A large chunk” of the 150 crew will be from Hawaii, and include those from Austin and Los Angeles. The production is renting more than 100 rooms at the Hilo Hawaiian for the production.


Big Island casting veteran Laura Bollinger of Big Island Casting  is doing Hawaii casting. Honolulu’s John Reed is the production’s transportation coordinator…

Schmidt wanted to publicly thank the Big Island FIlm Office and commissioner John Mason for his continued assistance in helping Predators…”They’ve done everything they can to make it easier for us to be here,” the UPM said. “It is much appreciated”…

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Commissioner Mason (above) was ecstatic that another high budget  feature  – Predators is costing $40 million- is filming on the Big Island after the Indian Jones sequel shot there in the summer of 2006…”This is a huge shot in the arm for the Big Island in general and the production community in particular not to mention the positive publicity going back to Hollywood about us as a location”…

Sara Nicole Powell is the film’s assistant production coordinator for the Hawaii shoot. Producer Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn Planet Terror) was hired 15 years ago to write a new Predator film, but the technology wasn’t available to shoot it the way he wrote it. That’s changed.

The script he originally wrote in 1994 is the one he’s now producing, sources said.

At least 60-percent of Predators will be filmed in Austin, Texas at Rodriguez’s studios to take advantage of the state’s production tax incentives.

In this recent version of Predators, the story takes place on the predator planet. In a recent newspaper interview, Rodriguez discussing the storyline said “if there were no predators (in the film), the humans in this story would probably kill each other.”

“We’re still scouting Big Island locations now,” Schmidt said.  “What we need are rain forests.”


Tia Carrere (above) will star in and produce the $10-million Wave Dancer, a biopic to be directed by Martha Coolidge about Hawaiian surfing legend Rell Sunn (below), known as “Queen of Makaha.” Filming is expected to begin next spring…Sunn died in 1998 of breast cancer at age 47…


Carrere and her husband Simon Wakelin wrote the screenplay. Carrere, Wakelin and J. Todd Harris will produce. Marc Marcum is an executive producer, and Michael Levine is a co-producer. A portion of the film’s proceeds will go to the Rell Sunn Education Fund….

Carrere earlier this year co-starred in Hawaii Film Partners’ featureYou May Not Kiss the Bride on Oahu.

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