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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - December 09, 2005
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Filmmakers hamming it up at the Governor’s Ball (front, from left) Jaeves Iha, yours truly, Jeremiah Tayao, Renato Fontaine and Nelson Quan, (back) Seong Kyu Whang, Andrew Gregor, Ty Sanga and Ryan Ishii
Filmmakers hamming it up at the Governor’s Ball
(front, from left) Jaeves Iha, yours truly, Jeremiah
Tayao, Renato Fontaine and Nelson Quan, (back)
Seong Kyu Whang, Andrew Gregor, Ty Sanga and
Ryan Ishii

Their enthusiasm is contagious when just hanging around them. I’m talking about the ACM filmmakers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa: Seong Kyu Whang, Jeremiah Tayao, Ty Sanga, Nelson Quan, Ryan Ishii, Renato Fontaine and Andrew Gregor. I got a chance to catch up with them at the Governor’s Ball reception. Yes it was at the residence of Gov. Linda Lingle. This event is the place to be if you want to connect with the movie people. Actors seen networking were Keahi Chun, Jaeves Iha, Kula Barbieto, Kalai Kamauoha, Lena Kaneshiro, Mane, Tracy Mattos and Jackie Seeley.

Congrats to all of them for their contribution to the success of the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival ...

No stranger to local theatre fans is actress Renee Garcia. Her screen debut was at the Dole Cannery Theatres in Valtor the Great vs. The Universe by Gerard Elmore. She was the alien mom of “Valtor,” played by lead actor Jaeves Iha. Renee’s last stage performance was in

Miss Saigon at the Army Community Theatre. The play was directed by Vanita Rae Smith and starred Joey Calderone, Samuel Hesch, Shawna Masuda, Keoki Kerr and Jay Flores. The transition from stage to film is sometimes difficult; Renee made it look easy ...


During the Hawaii International Film Festival Jesse Smith was the interpreter for Japanese superstar Sonny Chiba. Jesse is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where he earned a BA degree in Asian history. He lived in Japan for many years, where he learned to speak the language. He’s slowly racking up the credits in film and TV. Currently filming Pillow Book by filmmaker Guy Archer. The film stars Rebecca Delafield and features newcomer Rolf Kvalvik. Jesse also worked with Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, Michael Douglas and Owen Wilson on You, Me and Dupree. Whenever I talk to Jesse in Japanese we get some interesting looks. Maybe because he’s this All-American good-looking guy ...


Ace Grant is producing a pilot for a proposed TV series BodyGuard Hawaii. The show will be pitched to FOX, MTV and USA network. The action sequence will be choreographed by stunt coordinator Colin Fong of Hawaii Stunt Association. Ace has been in the entertainment industry for more than three decades. He was instrumental in the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas and establishing its live band appearances. He started his musical career as a drummer and toured with many of the ‘80s bands including Renegade, which took him on the road throughout the Mainland. Ace is now the CEO of Infinite Productions, an entertainment company that manages actors, models and musicians around the globe. Want to get discovered? Check out his website at infinite-model.com ...

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