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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - May 12, 2006
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The Shorts on the Rocks short film festival had a success opening last weekend. Elevation by Seong Kyu Whang, starring Dezmond Gilla and Laine Yoshioka, captured the best short film award. The new event showcasing local moviemakers attracted Hawaii film industry celebs. Seen in the audience enjoying the wide array of movies were Chuck Boller, Jose Corpuz, Jay Hubert, Lew Lappert, Alan Mueting, Ty Sanga, Jeremiah Tayao, Claire Yoshioka and Danah Davis. Congrats to the Hawaii Pacific University Film Club for a job well-done ...


Mega-hit series Lost wrapped filming season two and goes on hiatus. Executive producer J.J. Abrams is making the rounds promoting Mission: Impossible III with Tom Cruise and local actress Maggie Q. By the way, she’s from Mililani. Kudos to actors Michael deYcaza, Dustin Geiger, James Hadde, John Ludwig, Ben McDermott, Art Rivers, Paul Rosenthal, Bryan Sato, Jesse Smith, Marcia Ardito, Faith Fay, Kalai Kamauoha and Ivana Smith. The time spent on the set is long and grueling at times. So you have to be physically fit to maintain the energy from the first shot to the last. I wish all the cast an crew of Lost a great summer and well-deserved break. See you all on location soon ...

(from left) yours truly, Alan Mueting, Lew Lappert, Dezmond Gilla and Laine Yoshioka at the Doris Duke Theatre for HPU’s Shorts on the Rocks film festival
(from left) yours truly, Alan Mueting, Lew Lappert,
Dezmond Gilla and Laine Yoshioka at the Doris Duke
Theatre for HPU’s Shorts on the Rocks film festival

Caught up with young actor Matthew Thompson to get some updates on his career. Recently promoted to first degree black belt in tae kwon do. Matthew was born in Missouri but grew up right here in paradise. His credits include Haunted Hawaii, Valtor the Great vs. The Universe, Lost and an Island Air commercial. He works his craft with veteran acting teacher Wayne Ward. Matthew’s favorites are eating orange chicken at Panda Express and anything with bacon. His long-term goal is to be a professional actor, and he definitely has the dedication to make it to the top ...


Born in Indiana and raised in New Jersey is Lucille Shreve, celebrating her 35th year at the helm of Lanikai Mortgage Players. She started her show biz career at age 10. The location she secured was her neighbor’s barn. The tickets were priced at a bargain of 2 cents. Lucille’s directing her 56th stage production of Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch, starring Carol Nichols, Lew Lappert, Michael Rainey, Keith Merriam, Caron Dian Nelsen, Courtney Doyle, Bill McRoberts, Vanessa Romain and Cynthia Comer. The play opens May 19 and continues May 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. Curtain call at 8 p.m. each night. There’s a snack bar and you get free popcorn with admission. To reserve tickets or get more information, call June Tansley at 262-5482. It’s a great place to spend an evening under the stars ...

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