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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - April 01, 2005
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Sacred Hearts Academy seventh-grader
Kailey Kaneshiro is an all-around talent
with a bright future in film

Kailey Kaneshiro landed her first leading role in To Kill One Mole. The film recently got accepted into the 2005 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Kailey earned the leading role of Lacey. She won the part over 70 other young actors. Kailey is Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. She must get her great looks from her mom Sharon. The film was directed by Imelda Betiong and produced by Lena Kaneshiro and Titus Chong. I was invited to the premiere last November and became a huge fan after the lights came on in the theatre. She’s a seventh- grader at Sacred Hearts Academy in Kaimuki, and a forward in soccer for her Diamond Head team. She studied improv acting with filmmaker Sherrie Robertson. Named Jennifer Garner and Adam Sandler as her favorite actors. And 50 First Dates is her choice for best movie. This all-around talent also plays the drums and writes poetry in her free time. Kailey is a rare find and I only see success in her future. You read it here first …

Hawaii Kai resident Shawn Hiatt is an award-winning cinematographer. He’s a University of Hawaii graduate where he earned a B.A. in communications. His most recent work was seen on ESPN in Polynesian Power: Islanders in the NFL, a documentary about Polynesians in football. The film is narrated by The Rock and directed and produced by Robert Pennington and Jeremy Spear. The film follows former UH athletes Pisa Tinoisamoa and Isaac Sopoaga through their journey. Shawn’s work as a director is the parody on biker movies, The Procrastinators, starring Andy Bumatai and Ray Bumatai. Most recently shot the funny trailer for Ohina Short Film Showcase. The spot is based on the Kikaida series …

Actress Sanoe Lake wrapped on film Cruel World with costars Edward Furlong, Jaime Pressly and Nicole Bilderback. The movie is about a crazy contestant who harbors ill will from being rejected from a reality show. Sanoe is English, Hawaiian and Japanese in ethnicity. She was born and raised on beautiful Kauai. Sanoe’s mother Laola Lake is a champion surfer and has a makeup and skin-care products in her own name. Sanoe is currently filming Half-Life by Jennifer Phang in San Francisco. The film stars Leonardo Nam, who was in The Perfect Score with my fave actress Erika Christensen. Those of you not familiar with Sanoe, she played Lena in her breaktrough role in Blue Crush


Hawaii stuntman Jeff Ferris is
performing at the Mountain Dew
Stunt Festival in Jamaica

Stuntman Jeff Ferris says aloha from Kingston, Jamaica. He’s performing at the Mountain Dew Stunt Festival. His Pro-Impact Stunt Team was created by Jeff in 1996 and has performed well over 700 shows to date. Wow! I first saw him in a movie called Men of Action by filmmaker Todd Grossman at a film festival. His portrayal of the comic lead of Jerry Urbetski aka Lance Faberge was the best performance I saw. The movie is a parody on action films. Jeff is hosting a new sports action TV show Smash Brain that’s exclusively available on Verizon Wireless V Cast network. He has over 20 film, TV, theatre and commercial credits. Check out his neat website at www.jeff-ferris.com Jeff’s been hounding me about putting on a big-time skate stunt show in Hawaii. I may have to, just to get him off my back. But joking aside, Jeff is one of the best in the world. Be on the lookout for a guy flying over a car on a skateboard …

Hit TV series Lost gets the green light for a second season, hooray! Producer J.J. Abrams is responsible for another hit called Alias. My friends working on the show are grateful for the opportunity. Meilinda Soerjoko, Tess Yong and Joy Minaai all landed guest roles. Former DJ Sean D Hoban doubling for Dominic Monaghan. Working behind the scene is visual effects supervisor Ivan Hayden. Please support the show by watching it. It’s the best TV series on the small screen right now. No doubt about it. Those of you who haven’t seen it, where have you been?

By the way, Mr. Abrams, can I get a small speaking part? …

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