Joji Yoshida
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Friday - October 28, 2005
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Filmmaker Brianne Castillo-Huang and George Russell at the premiere of 'The Bracelet'
Filmmaker Brianne Castillo-Huang and George
Russell at the premiere of ‘The Bracelet’

I went to the Hawaii International Film Festival premiere of The Bracelet by Brianne Castillo-Huang. The film is a poignant story of a mother and daughter; the elder character suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. This filmmaker is currently a senior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She was raised in Hawaii Kai and graduated from Iolani, where she excelled in water polo. One of the first places she went after getting off the plane was Kahala Zippy’s for chicken katsu. This upcoming auteur is a gorgeous blend of Chinese-Swiss ethnicity. Brianne is following the lead of former LMU film school graduates Nathan Kurosawa/Kaiser, George Russell/Damien and Vince Keala Lucero/Kamehameha. Brianne likes watching movies with Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix and Hawaii’s own Jason Scott Lee. She’ll be producing three film projects with LMU film graduate students when she returns to Tinseltown. One of her goals is to come home and work on mega-hit series Lost after graduation. Knowing Brianne, I know she’ll be successful in any endeavor ...

Newcomer Jarrett Walters is making his move in the local indie scene. I recently saw him perform in an acting seminar and was very impressed. His versatility was apparent - he can do comedic and dramatic roles.

Since graduating from Princeton University, he’s been in Tides of War, North Shore, Street Wars, Hawaii and The Orb. Jarrett is a Hawaii Baptist Academy alumnus and played Varsity volleyball for Princeton. His faves are the Boston Red Sox, Tom Cruise, Mexican food and rocky road ice cream. Looking forward to seeing more excellent work from this actor ...

Producer Yuri Biersach, me, actress Chanelle Kukona and filmmaker Keala Lucero at the HIFF opening night party
Producer Yuri Biersach, me, actress Chanelle
Kukona and filmmaker Keala Lucero at the HIFF
opening night party

Relocated to Tinseltown recently to test the acting waters is actress Kyra Poppler. So far so good. Getting a callback on her very first Hollywood audition - now that’s awesome. She starred in the film Silent Love by Ken Sato, which won the Best College Short Film award at the 2002 HSFF. Her co-stars included Olive Zanakis and George Russell. Her TV credits include spots in commercials for Bank of Hawaii, Cold Stone Creamery and Pizza Hut. Kyra enjoys classic movies from the ‘40s and ‘50s, particularly the ones with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Her recent tastes in movies are Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Kung Fu Hustle and Napoleon Dynamite. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BFA in theatre. Her expertise in wielding nunchaku sticks is a sight to behold. Look out ...

Seen and heard at the HIFF opening night mixer at Gordon Biersch at Aloha Tower: The evening was a who’s who of Hawaii’s film industry. The incredible lineup of filmmakers were in full force with Zhang Yimou, Ryan Kawamoto, Gerard Elmore, Lane Nishikawa, James Sereno and Michael Wurth. Not to be out-done, producers Angie Laprete,

Mynette Louie, Yuri Biersach, actors Jaeves Iha, Lew Lappert and Chanelle Kukona were also there. One of the best parts of the evening was the delicious food provided by sponsor Gordon Biersch. Stars in town, Samuel L. Jackson, Sonny Chiba, Lee Ki Woo, Julie Delpy and Bai Ling,are all part of festivities, so to catch a glimpse of a star, head out to Dole Cannery Theatres. I’ve seen quite a few already myself. You’ll be surprised who might bump into you on any given day or night ... .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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