Joji Yoshida
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Friday - January 27, 2006
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Filmmaker George Russell (left) and yours truly with ‘Fishbowl’ star Mie Omori
Filmmaker George Russell (left) and yours truly with
‘Fishbowl’ star Mie Omori

After they turned up the lights inside the Dole Cannery Theatre, my thoughts turned to utter amazement. The movie I saw was Fishbowl, introducing Mie Omori who starred in the highly acclaimed film by the late Kayo Hatta. The movie also stars Billy Lam, Jordan Mukai and Bill Ogilvie. Mie’s incredible performance is what makes stars out of actors. She’s currently a junior at Iolani School, where she enjoys American history and literature. Her hobbies are watching Tom Hanks and Susan Sarandon movies and eating tonkatsu. Fishbowl won the Hawaii Film and Videomaker Award at the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival. I highly recommend this film to anyone, young or old. It truly has universal appeal. Thanks to producers Linda Barry, Eleanor Nakama-Mitsunaga and Kayo for making this wonderful film. Fishbowl will screen tonight at the ‘Ohana Film Festival at the Kamehameha Schools. Mie will be making an appearance, so get your paper and pen ready ...

The hits keep coming for ABC’s Lost. At the recent Golden Globe Awards, the hit series garnered the Best Television Series for Drama category. The show won several Emmys back in September including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for J.J. Abrams. The “shaka” sign is becoming a worldwide signature thanks to the producers and actors of Lost. Seen on the red carpet throwing it out was director Fernando Meirelles of Brazil and Kauai resident Pierce Brosnan. I’m still waiting for the call to be on the show ...

Filmmaking is a team sport, if you will. Most times the director will get all the attention, so I want to pay tribute to all the great cinematographers in town: Paul Atkins, Mark Ganialongo, Mark Gerasimenko, Shawn Hiatt, Bob Johnson, Don King, Vince Keala Lucero, Scott Mason, Mike Prickett, George Russell and Darrell Takara. I worked with most of them and they’re all well-respected in the industry. I’ll do a follow-up on their careers ...

Chuck Boller is getting ready for the Hawaii version of the Academy Awards evening on March 5. It’s the official party of the Oscars in the islands. For more info, check out the web-site at: www.hiff.org. Chuck is the executive director of the Hawaii International Film Festival. The Spring Film Festival will take place soon, so stay tuned ...

Talking about potential is one thing, but realizing it is another. The following young actors are making major moves in the local film industry. Here goes: Aiea: Dezmond Gilla; Castle: Laine Yoshioka; Hawaii Baptist Academy: Jarrett Walters; Iolani: Joanna Sotomura; Kaiser: Amy Yeh; Kailua-Chad Burch; Kalaheo: Melynn McWilliams; Kamehameha: Valen Ahlo; Kauai: Edison Erorita; Le Jardin Academy: B.K. Cannon, Jessica Shiarella; Maui:Zero; Mid-Pacific Institute: Maia Knudsen-Schule, Sean Jones; Mililani: Jeanette Roberts; Moanalua: Bryan Sato; Pearl City: Kuuipo Naehu, Jaeves Iha; Punahou: Nicole Pfeffer; Sacred Hearts: Kailey Kaneshiro; Waipahu: Malia Verdadero. You’ll be hearing more about them in the future ...

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