Joji Yoshida
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Friday - April 29, 2005
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Jennifer Roberts has a lifetime
passion for acting

Jennifer Roberts was born in a small town in Farmer City, Ill. Although growing up in a little town that only had a tractor store, Jennifer’s passion was acting nonetheless. Her entire childhood she wanted to be an actress. She would gather friends to perform little skits in her town. Yes, she was the little director in training. Fast forward to now. Jennifer earned her B.A. in communications from University of Hawaii. She’s been doing voiceover commercials for local radio stations. Worked on dis-n-dat with Kutmaster Spaz on OC-16. Her great headshot was taken by the late Jon Mozo, who was her favorite photographer. She said he inspired her and made her more confident. She loves the movies Goonies and The Notebook. Fave actors are Drew Barrymore and Josh Hartnett, both of whom I met when they were in the islands. She likes Mediterranean and Mexican foods — yes, spicier the better— then works it off with activities like lifting, running, scuba diving and swimming. Studied with veteran acting coaches Glenn Cannon, Terrance Knapp and Wayne Ward. Knowing Jennifer, I’m positive she’ll keep pushing forward…

Saint Louis High School graduate Ty Sanga is currently a senior at the University of Hawaii. Ethnic studies is his major, and he’s also taking classes from the Academy of Creative Media. Born and raised in Hawaii, his ethnicity is Chinese, Hawaiian and Filipino. He was first inspired to the power of film by his Asian- American survey class. He was deeply moved by the documentaries about the Asian-American struggles. His debut film Shut Eye was screened at the Doris Duke Theatre at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Likes Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman because they both bring depth and complexity to their roles. Ty chooses films like Memento, Se7en and Usual Suspects for their flawed characters. Enjoys eating at Sanoya Rahmen, the place is always packed when I drive by. Ty was last seen at Genki Sushi on Kapahulu doing research for his next film …

Big Apple native Amy Brookes has worked both coasts in film, TV and theatre. She’s been in Hawaii for about three years. Appeared in The Doors with Val Kilmer, On Deadly Ground with Steven Seagal and Mad About You with Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser. Amy has a truckload of theatre credits like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Steel Magnolias and Rumors by Neil Simon. When she’s not acting, she bakes the world’s best cheesecakes at the Monterey Cheesecake Co. Amy’s business venture started in 1997 in Rota, Spain, then went to Monterey, Calif., and now Hawaii. Want to sample her masterpiece? Go to her website at www.montereycheesecake.com and place your order! …

She started acting in her native Lithuania, but calls Hawaii home now. Dovile Mark recently finished short film Dog Dreams,which won ‘Olelo First Works award in February. She’s a graduate of University of Maryland. Dovile, pronounced doe-vee-lay, is one of few stuntwomen working in Hawaii. When it comes to stunt work, she’s one of the best. She recently did stunts on Honolulu Knights starring Henry Smalls and Hugh Bennett. Stunt coordinator Colin Fong choreographed the fight scenes. Her credits include A Dirty Shame with Selma Blair and Johnny Knoxville, Mercury Rising with Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin. Dovile also appeared on the HBO series The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street. Her stunt resume include armed and unarmed combat, falls, precision driving, fire burns and a ton of other lethal stuff. Now that’s precisely what she does best …

Comedian Shawn Felipe is onstage
at Sharkey’s

Comedian Shawn Felipe was born in Victorville, Calif., and raised in Honolulu. He won the 2004 Best Asian Takeout Comic Award. Growing up Asian- American developed his standup routine. Shawn has an uncanny ability to turn mundane things into hilarious situations. He performed in Tokyo, San Francisco and the Hollywood Improv with comedienne Amy Anderson. His acting career is on the upswing, too. He appeared as “Spam Man” in 50 First Dates with Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler. As “Flip Boy” in The Amazing Asian by Gerard Elmore. He travels to Bangkok, Thailand, when he needs some downtime — he’s part Thai too. Paul Ogata and Shawn performed for World Asia Television at the famous New York City Improv. Olive Tree in Kahala is his hangout and also a great place for Greek food. For more about this funnyman, check out his website at www.shawnfelipe.com. See Shawn in person tonight (April 29) at 8 p.m. at Sharkey’s Comedy Club. For information, call: 537-haha, how appropriate … .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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