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Colleen Fujioka

Actress Colleen Fujioka is an alumni of Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai. I know many excel- lent actors who came from that school. Other schools that come to my attention are Mililani, Castle, Mid-Pacific and Le Jardin Academy in Kailua. Sorry I got a little sidetracked there. Colleen is English, French, Japanese and Irish in ethnicity. Earned both bachelor’s and master’s in education degrees from UH-Manoa. Currently teaches for the Department of Education. Faves are Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp for actors. Japanese, Thai and spinach and garlic pizza from Boston’s North End Pizza for good eats. Yo, Colleen, making me hungry or what? Acting, singing, the beach, gardening, spending time with family and friends are her pastimes. Colleen’s film debut was in Blood of the Samurai - The Movie by director Aaron Yamasato. Reprised her role as Brooke in Blood of the Samurai-The Series. You’ve seen her in the current Homeworld and HECO spots, too. Her talent is also known for her great voice, and she did voiceovers for KIKU-TV shows Ai, Ori No Shiki and Kikaida Brothers Live...

Jean Simon made an appearance on the season ending cliffhanger episode of Lost. She played a hotel employee who cleaned up after Evangeline Lilly, who plays the sultry moll Kate. Jean’s originally from Chicago, but lived in Hawaii since the ‘70s. She’s a licensed massage therapist and famous for great massages on the sets for weary actors. She broke into acting in an episode of Hawaii 5- 0 and been working ever since. Studies with Wayne Ward in his Masters class with actors Michael Lanzo, Christine Doo, Mardene Baker and Mary Ann Taheny. Trained as a synchronized swimmer,Jean performs in Waikiki hotels in the mermaid shows. Check out her show ...


Spent her childhood in peaceful Niu Valley before taking off to Lalaland (another term for Hollywood). Filmmaker Sherrie Robertson started her production company Isle Groove Entertainment. When she returned to Hawaii she was already a seasoned director and producer in Los Angeles. Her last film, Symphony Of One, premiered at the 2003 Hawaii International Film Festival. Her current project is a Broadway-style variety show, Postcards to Tutu. The entire cast is comprised of young local actors,including 7-year-old Christian Gutierrez,who co-starred in 50 First Dates with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. The show is to promote her next film, Have a Nice Death, a narrative movie about dying with dignity which will be performed as a staged reading. Showtime is 7 p.m.,June 9 at the Kaimuki Center for the Performing Arts. Don’t miss this show ...

Originally from New York City, Chris McDonough has been capturing images of celebs like Pamela Anderson, Mikhael Baryshnikov, Dennis Hopper and former Vice President Al Gore. Chris was born on Coronado Island in San Diego Bay. Nearby was the Miramar Naval Air Station that made Tom Cruise a star in Top Gun. Chris graduated from the prestigious School of Visual Arts. He’s been a photographer for the past 15 years. He lensed the great headshot of local actress Maia Knudsen-Schule, who I featured few months ago. Maia beat out Hawaii’s best young actress to land the role of Alison in Valtor the Great vs. The Universe. Chris is a totally supportive of actors and independent films. A model’s most important thing is great pics,if you need his services log on to chrismcdonough-photography.com ...


Maia Knudsen-Schule

Punahou School alum Yuri Biersach is currently producing the aforementioned comedy film Valtor the Greatby Gerard Elmore. Yuri received his BA degree in film production from USC’s School of Cinema- Television, where he also earned a master’s degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program. A few years after working at Disney and Paramount Studios, he made the move as an indie filmmaker, writing and directing the romantic comedy Long Lost Love. Also produced the supernatural thriller Inner Shadow. Recently moved back to Hawaii with his wife and daughter. Names favorite actor as John Cazale and film is The Conformist by legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci. Favorite ride is a Radio Flyer wagon - his daughter’s, of course. He executive produced Silent Years, which won the the Hawaii Filmmaker Award at the 2004 Hawaii International Film Festival. The film was directed by James Sereno and stars newcomer Julie Nagata. Next up for Yuri is producing more locally based films ...


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