Joji Yoshida
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Friday - October 07, 2005
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Joanna Sotomura has her big screen debut in ‘Finding Leonardo’
Joanna Sotomura has her big screen debut
in ‘Finding Leonardo’

Joanna Sotomura attends Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as a freshman. Recently her headshot on the wall at Kathy Muller Agency caught my attention. Fast forward a month. I was casting a commercial and Joanna walks in. I knew then and there that I was looking at someone special. At Iolani School she won numerous acting awards and participated in many stage productions. Before heading out to college, she was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival. Honolulu Star-Bulletin writer John Berger gave a rave review of her performance as Helena. Joanna’s big screen debut comes at the Doris Duke Theatre in Finding Leonardo. Tai Sunnland wrote and directed the film. See it at the 2005 HIFF Student Showcase 4. Keep your eyes on this upcoming actress ...

Larry Wiss, who was in the premiere of ‘Lost,’ has a passion for skydiving
Larry Wiss, who was in the premiere of ‘Lost,’ has
a passion for skydiving

Larry Wiss began acting in the ‘70s in Kalamazoo, Mich. He earned a B.A. in theater performance from Western Michigan University and has directed and performed in more than 200 murder mystery productions. Larry also worked at The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago presenting live science shows for visitors. During his stay at MSI, he was assigned as the Illinois representative on NASA’s Space Science education program. Recent appearance was in the premiere episode of Lost as a doctor. Matthew Fox was in the emergency room scene with him. Larry’s most fun acting gig was playing Santa for Navy Pier and Marshall Field’s department stores. Larry will appear in Actors’ Showcase produced by Wayne Ward and hosted by the lovely Consulina Wong. Larry’s passion is skydiving, which he took up more than 30 years ago and, yes, that’s a photo of him jumping out of a plane ... The 2005 Children and Youth Day at the state Capitol was a rousing success! Hawaii Stunt Association put on a dazzling exhibition led by stunt coordinator Colin Fong under the watchful eye of HSA president John Nordlum. Colin explained the intricate details of how stunts are performed to the captivated audience.

The stunt team comprised of Herman Cobile, Vernon Rieta, Alan Tam and yours truly. The event was opened by Miss Hawaii Malika Dudley with her renditions of the National Anthem and Hawaii Pono’i. Other celebrities seen at the venue were newly crowned Miss Kahala Nicole Cabral, Alicia Michioka-Jones, Bobby Hamnett, Chaz Mann, Sean Jones and HSFF director Robert Olague. It was great to see thousands of happy kids in one place ... Jose Corpus appeared in Fifty First Dates, The Big Bounce and Windtalkers. Graduated from Kailua H.S. and currently attends UH-Manoa. He produced Piko, which will be screened at the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival. Hyun Shin makes his debut as director of the poignant film which stars Mariko Oshiro, Andrew Ma, Bill Carr, Meryle Carr, Harmony Pacheco and Louanna Look-Pacheco. Jose’s company Digital Underdogs Film Productions will produce House of Hope next. Jose and several filmmakers will be my guests at the Actors Workshop Sunday, Oct. 9 at noon. If you’re interested in attending, just shoot me an e-mail ...

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