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”…

John Mason pic

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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