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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - October 14, 2005
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Filmmaker Blane Dydasco
Filmmaker Blane Dydasco

Blane Dydasco graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor’s degree in film production. He’s a Saint Louis High School alum, and excelled in football playing wide receiver for coach Cal Lee. His team-mate was Tim Chang, who is the NCAA’s career leader in passing yards. In six years, Blane worked on more than 20 productions and directed four films. He enjoys movies by directors Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino. His faves include eating teriyaki and rice at L&L Drive-Inn. Blane was born in Newport News, Va., and raised in Hawaii. He currently resides in Orange, Calif. His latest film, Nate Washington, features Adrian Flowers and Kevin Nichols as leads, and is produced by Blane’s parents, Lori and Vince Dydasco. Another film on the horizon is based on a Kauai legend, titled The Perfect Spear. Blane’s intent to become a film-maker came at 8 years old. His future is now, and I definitely see more success from this talented filmmaker ...


Update on actor Ron Lake, whom I featured earlier in the year. He’s Italian and Native American in ethnicity, and a former detective for the Phoenix Police Department. His wife, Debi Lake, makes her film debut in Grandma’s Recipe. Ron is featured in the same movie by Imelda Betiong, starring Charlotte Dias, Mane, Laine Yoshioka, Suzanne Sorenson and Kailey Kaneshiro. You can catch it at the Hawaii International Film Festival, Hawaii Panorama 4 segment next week. I’ll feature future star Kailey in another column soon ... Danielle Foster was born and raised in Hawaii Kai, and recently participated in the IMTA modeling and talent competition in New York. She graduated from Kaiser High High School where she was active in the Leo Club. Her classmates include talented actresses Alison Gano, Tiffany Tudor and Amy Yeh. Kaiser is becoming the school of local actors making a mark in the industry. Danielle studied acting with Margaret Doversola, Wayne Ward and Paul Weber. She respects Julie Andrews as an actress for her talent and dedication in her work. Knowing Danielle, I’m sure she’ll reach her goals ... After graduating from Michigan State University, James Hadde travelled to Japan to teach, and mastered the language in several years. He relocated to Hawaii and was bit hard by the acting bug. He’s pursuing it full on now. Worked on North Shore, Hawaii, Rocky Point, Lost and now Boarding School. He works as a PADI master diving instructor, where his Japanese language skills are utilized. His favorite movie is Once Were Warriors, starring Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Cliff Curtis, Julian Arahanga and Taungaroa Emile. What an incredibly moving film this was. James met Rena when she was teaching a class in the islands. Next goal for James is landing a lead in a local indie film. Stay tuned ...


Samuel Chang is a 2005 Castle High honor graduate. He was the president of the Key Club, where he developed his leadership skills. Sam also is a well-known instrumentalist, playing both the trumpet and the French horn in the wind ensemble. He currently attends Windward Community College to earn his liberal arts degree. He’s learning Hawaiian slack key to add to his musical talent. Sam plans to pursue a career as a massage therapist at Honolulu Healing Arts College. He’s appearing as an alien in Valtor the Great vs. The Universe at HIFF. Fellow aliens are Lew Lappert, Clint Scofield and comedian Shannon Crivello aka “The Hawaiian Guy from Molokai” ... The amazing saga of Lost continues as new characters are slowly revealed. The addition of Michelle Rodriguez will obviously throw a wrench into the relationship between the characters played by Josh Holloway, Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly. The new cast members introduced at the Season 2 premiere at Sunset on the Beach were Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Cynthia Watros. Other notables at the screening were Moon Yun Choi, actress Maggie Grace, Rachael Austin-Harmes and Aria Arari. Designer Takeo saw his beautiful gown on producer Jean Higgins at the Emmy Awards. She looked fantastic as she did a double shaka sign onstage next to Daniel Dae Kim. I’m going to say it again, Lost is the best show on TV! Now all I want is a shot at a speaking part ...

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