Friday - January 19, 2007
Rogue City Productions was started by Titus Chong to develop and produce local TV and film projects. He studied at UCLA and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii. Titus is the executive producer of the feature All For Melissa by Gerard Elmore. The movie stars Jane Benney, Andy Bumatai, Milan Tresnak, Lew Lappert, Nicholas Gianforti, Larry Wiss, Scott Francis Russell, and Kimberly Estrada as “Melissa.” Titus recently organized a fundraiser for the film at the K.K. Kaminaka‘s ArtZone Hawaii, and what a beautiful venue it is.
‘All for Melissa’ film fundraiser at ArtZone Hawaii
with (center) K.K. Kaminaka and Titus Chong
Titus has interests other than movies. Culinary-themed events or just restaurant hopping are his favorite things to do. He’s known to frequent The Plumeria Cafe at The Kahala. Titus worked for Fox, Disney, HBO and Warner Bros. before he moved back to Hawaii. Another of his talents is playing the piano, and he trained with Ellen Masaki. Next up is a script he wrote together with Suzi Shimoyama titled The Art of Wedding. Titus definitely has a running start for 2007 ...
Sharon “Shay” Fukayama was born and raised in Honolulu and recently received her master’s degree from Chaminade University. She graduated from high school in White Plains, N.Y., followed by earning her bachelor’s from Keio University in Tokyo. Shay is a well-rounded talent who mixes artistic, athletic and scholastic endeavors. She won the Miss Hawaii Teen America Pageant back in 2000. Her focus now is on her acting career, but she makes time to practice dance, golf, gymnastics, judo and karate. Her credits are Local Bruisers, Lost, and Hawaiian Humane Society and HMAA commercials. Down time is spent watching Sean Penn movies and going to California Pizza Kitchen. Keep an eye on this up-and-coming actress ...
(front, from left) Danielle Foster, acting coach Wayne Ward,
Karina Abrams, Dezmond Gilla, Jennifer Roberts (back)
Sean Jones, Kula Barbieto and me in acting class
So long Honolulu, hello Hollywood! Dezmond Gilla is relocating to Los Angeles to make waves in acting. He’s one of the most talented young actors to emerge from the local ranks. I have no doubt that he’ll be appearing on the silver screen this year. He’s an alumnus of Aiea High School and the UH-Manoa. Dezmond became a household face when he was cast as “Interisland Steve” in the Island Air commercial. He achieved celeb status in the indie scene and starred in many award-winning films. His recent appearance was in Criminally Inept, directed by Ryan Ishii and produced by Nelson Quan. Both filmmakers are Iolani school graduates. Dezmond’s breakthrough role was in the The Orb by Scott Lee Mason. Blue Crush, Kava Kultcha, Lessons Learned, Lost, Seeking Rainbows and The Stevens Get Even are some of his credits. I’ll keep you informed on Dez’s booming career ...
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