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Derek Calibre: ready for the big screen
Derek Calibre: ready for the big

Derek Calibre is making his long-awaited jump from stage to screen. He last performed onstage at Diamond Head Theatre’s production of Enchanted April directed by Randl Ask. Derek is an award-winning actor who loves Thai food, and Ang Lee and Ridley Scott movies. I saw Derek for the first time at a casting call and was amazed. His talent was evident to everyone in the audition studio that day. Derek is your consummate actor - he’s constantly working on his craft. He studied with Anna Fishburn, Melina Lillios, Shirley Sypert, Wayne Ward and Roger Wilko. Derek is also one of Hawaii’s most accurate professional intuitives. He offers practical guidance on career concerns and relationship issues, and teaches workshops at the Honolulu Club and YMCA. He also provides life skills seminars at the Alliance for Drama Education for elementary through high school students. Check out Derek’s website at www.derekcalibre.com. Next up for this fantastic actor is a film debut ...

Brooklyn, N.Y., native Ruth Castellano got her first film credit recently on The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: Episode 1. The project marks the directorial debut of actress Laine Yoshioka. Isle filmmakers Titus Chong and Masumi Childers are producing. Ruth’s downtime is spent relaxing on lazy weekends with her family at the Hale Koa Hotel. She likes Heath Ledger and Kimberly Elise movies; Korean food and haupia ice cream are also high on her list. Growing up on Coney Island Ruth always made time to pursue the performing arts, attending Broadway productions or practicing in front of a mirror. She always enjoyed the process. Landing a speaking part on your first audition is no easy task. Ruth is on her way to more success ...

Bob Johnson was born and raised in Hawaii. One of Hawaii’s most established directors of photography, he supports the independent filmmakers by donating his time to teach workshops at Leeward Community College and University of Hawaii. Bob is a co-owner of Hawaii Media Inc., which provides equipment to movie productions and commercials. I met him on the set of

To End All Wars several years ago. The film stars Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Carlyle and local actors James McCarthy, Dennis Ihara, Tracy Anderson, Jeremy Pippin, Daryl Bonilla, James Larson and yours truly. The award-winning film was directed by Big Island resident David L. Cunningham. Bob’s been active in the film industry in Hawaii for more than two decades. His film credits include True Love & Mimosa Tea, Forgotten Promise, Code Chaotic and Glacier. On the hectic and often chaotic movie set, Bob brings serenity. That’s a rare thing ...

Born and raised in Southern California, filmmaker Burton Richardson is a world-class Jeet Kune Do instructor and teaches at JKD Unlimited. He literally grew up in the movie business - great-grandfather Jack Richardson was an actor with Warner Bros. Studios. “The Queen of Vaudeville” was the title given to Burton’s great-grandmother, comedienne Irene Franklin. Burton was a fight choreographer on eight Hollywood features and appeared in 14. He’s worked with Keenan Ivory Wayans, Steven Seagal, Keanu Reeves, Kris Kristofferson and Mark Dacascos. His current students include actors Sherry Shaoling, Paul Rosenthal, Nolan Hong, and his wife, Sarah Richardson. Burton’s martial arts career began when Dan Inosanto became his teacher. Dan studied with Bruce Lee and was his main training partner. For more information on Burton and Jeet Kune Do, log on to his website at www.jkdunlimited.com. Burton also trains martial artists in the art of movie fighting. He’s slated to produce and direct an action film this fall in Hawaii. Stay tuned ...

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