Joji Yoshida
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Friday - June 09, 2006
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Filmmaker Ty Sanga is traveling to Atlanta, Ga., next week to promote his film Plastic Leis. Getting accepted into the Atlanta Film Festival is a huge accomplishment for the Hawaii-born-and-raised auteur. The film garnered the “Best Hawaiian Short Film” last month at the 2006 Big Island Film Festival. The award-winning film stars Jackie Seeley, Emi Noguchi, Desiree Kihano and Bob Stevens. Ty recently graduated from the University of Hawaii and he’ll go on to Chapman University to pursue his master’s degree. He’s a proud Saint Louis High School alumnus. His favorite movies are Once Were Warriors, Reservoir Dogs and Shawshank Redemption. After his stay in the area known for its Southern hospitality, Ty is taking off to Shanghai for a goodwill tour. Don’t forget my T-shirt ...

Birthday wishes this week for the following professionals: Marisa Wahl, Pomai Uphouse, Teisa Sekona, Joanna Kim, Michelle Crush, Pat Bentley, Roy Tjioe, Fuzzy Moody and Jeff Katts. They all deserve a big hand for their part in the growth of the local film industry ...

Congratulations to Shawn and Janet Hiatt on the birth their son Kainoa Daniel recently. Shawn is one of the most prominent and in demand cinematographers in Hawaii. Most recently at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, Pele O Ka Foodmart won “Best Hawaiian Feature” award. Filmmaker Michael Wurth wrote and directed the movie, which stars Margaret Jones, Dann Seki, Tony Silva, Allan Okubo, M. Kalani Souza, Nyla Fujii-Babb and the late Ray Bumatai. Shawn is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He’s been shooting commercials, documentaries and films for nearly two decades. He’s currently putting final touches on the film Sunday Wind. The story revolves around the events of three farmers on the dawn of Dec 7, 1941. Stay tuned for this one ...

Tiffany Tudor is interning on Unlikely Lawman as assistant to costume designer Casey Cameron. Tiffany is definitely getting some hands-on training. The theatrical production starring Joe Moore premieres June 8 at Mamiya Theatre. Tiffany is a Kaiser High graduate and attends the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Actresses Jackie Seeley (left) and Emi Noguchi with filmmaker Ty Sanga at the 2005 HIFF premiere of ‘Plastic Leis’
Actresses Jackie Seeley (left) and Emi Noguchi with
filmmaker Ty Sanga at the 2005 HIFF premiere of
‘Plastic Leis’

Her ethnic background is Irish, Japanese and Welsh. She loves Vanilla Sky, The Last Samurai, Crash and A Lot Like Love as her movie choices. Tiffany’s father, Rico Tudor, has the role of the corrupt judge in the play. The all-star production team includes Mary James Lewis, Wade Kersey, Johanna Morriss, Bryan Furer, Linda Tomita, Sandy Riford, Jason Taglianetti, Janine Myers, Robert Matsushita, Paula Hong, Brandon Skillin, Liza Sanchez, Alvin Cabrinha, Karen Wright and Kenneth Monroe. Kudos to the fantastic Manoa Valley Theatre staff, Dwight Martin, Lacy Hickman, Sara Ward, Aubrey Hawk and Erich

Steinwandt. To buy tickets to the barnstormin’Western shoot-‘emup, call Manoa Valley Theatre box office at 988-6131. See y’all there, pardners ...

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