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Friday - March 31, 2006
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Yours truly at a power lunch in the Pineapple Room with filmmaker Marisa Wahl and actor Lew Lappert
Yours truly at a power lunch in the Pineapple Room
with filmmaker Marisa Wahl and actor Lew Lappert

Multi-talented Marisa Wahl is an actress, singer and film-maker. She graduated with high honors from the University of Southern California, earning a degree in cinema-television production and a stint in London studying British media and entertainment as part of the curriculum. She wrote, directed and produced numerous short films while at Iolani School and USC. Marisa was recently back home visiting family and friends. She landed the leading role in Who Killed Kailua Crabbe, a debut film by actor Lew Lappert. During her teen years she wrote for her school newspaper Imua Iolani. Her favorite reading is the novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Marisa is currently producing a horror feature. Stay tuned for this one ...

Here’s round two of future local celebs in moviemaking business and their respective schools. Sacred Hearts: Lauren Wong, Roosevelt: Kalai Kamauoha, Punahou: Serena Karnagy, Mid-Pacific: Natasha Tsaconas, Maryknoll: Michelle Crush, La Pietra: Tiani Veltri, Kalani: Josh Margulies, Kalaheo: Kathryn Schmeding, Kaiser: Alison Gano, Kaimuki: Jolene Morizono, Iolani: Mie Omori, Castle: Kimi Tupuola, Campbell: Michael Martin. Filmmakers are definitely knocking on their doors already ...


Event producer Alan Arato is relocating to Thailand soon - well, for the time being. He was hired as an American marketing consultant for a nightclub The Roof Bar 24/7. He’s responsible for marketing and promotions. The grand opening for the venue located at the southern end of Pattaya Beach is slated for mid-April. He’ll also be visiting his girlfriend, model Kanjana Kongkoon. He previously worked as a casting associate for NBC TV series Hawaii. He promoted the successful 2005 Mai Tai Rumble Island Music Competition. The guest judges for the finals were singer Yvonne Elliman, promoter (and fellow MidWeek columnist) Tom Moffatt and Hawaii Anheuser-Busch sales VP Chad Hoffmeister. For the past 20 years, Alan has been instrumental in promoting local tal-

ent. He’s a proud alumnus of Farrington High School and grew up in Kalihi. Next for Alan is the upcoming concert by Grammy award-winning Michael Bolton at the Blaisdell Arena on April 6. If Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan is there, I’m definitely there ...


The Hawaii International Film Festival’s Ninth Annual Spring Showcase opens tonight! The festival run is from March 31 to April 6 at the Dole Cannery Theatres. Festival executive director Chuck Boller is the catalyst in attracting world-class films to the festival. Staff members hard at work are

Anderson Le, Christian Razukas, Trevor Tavares and Teri Fukuhara. The opening evening premiere starts off with the Japanese hit film Always San-chôme no Yûhi, starring Maki Horikata, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Koyuki. Director Takashi Yamazaki was last seen in The Twilight Samurai with Hiroyuki Sanada. HIFF program booklets are available at many Starbuck’s locations throughout Oahu. For screening schedule, check out the official website at: www.hiff.org. See you all at the movies! ...

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