Joji Yoshida
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Lew Lappert and Zero with producer Jeff Katts
Lew Lappert and Zero with producer Jeff Katts

The amazing Laine Yoshioka continues with her amazing run of success. She’s directing her first film Jonathan Gullible produced by Masumi Childers and Titus Chong. Laine is a graduate of Castle High School and Hawaii Pacific University. Her career began doing plays for Ron Bright at Castle Performing Arts Center. Her acting credits include The Shaggy Dog, Elevation, Grandma’s Recipe, Three Little Words, To Kill a Mole and Gemini’s Effect. Laine and her mother Claire Yoshioka attended the recent performance of Joe Moore‘s Unlikely Lawman. Claire’s been a tremendous supporter of local independant films. Laine starred in a film that screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival four consecutive years. I believe that’s never been accomplished before. Will she make it five? Stay tuned ...

Waipahu High School alumni Bob Stevens most recently worked on The First Battle by filmmakers Bob Bates and Tom Coffman. The film is about the repercussions to the Japanese-American community after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Actress Kandie Stevens is the significant other of the husband and wife acting team. Kandie also appears in the film. The OC-16 TV show Hawaii’s Reel Stories by producer Don Brown is running a preview clip. Bob is originally from Oregon but lived in Hawaii for nearly four decades. His credits incude Lost, Grandma’s Recipe, Jonathan Gullible, Jus Buckaloose and Plastic Leis. Next up for Bob are more meaty roles in Hawaii’s blooming indie movies ...

Dezmond Gilla, Laine Yoshioka and yers truly
Dezmond Gilla, Laine Yoshioka and yers truly

I discovered another wonderful talent as a guest at the Barbizon Modeling School recently. Introducing model Carmen Ah San, a Hawaiian, Chinese, Samoan and American Indian beauty. Talent coordinator

Doris Miocinovic invited me to speak to the young talent about the film industry. Carmen is another Castle High alumna and currently attends Windward Community College. She was born and raised in idyllic Kahana Valley. She likes Brad Pitt movies, orange chicken and strawberry Häagen-Dazs. Carmen is training to compete in the 2006 International Performing Arts Conference in San Francisco this fall. Good luck! ...

Mark Ganialongo began the first day of his filming Fatal Journey starring Michelle Reynolds, Grisel Toledo, Adrian Flower, Zero, Sam Polson, K darim Cervantes, Nicholas Gianforti and Lew Lappert. The film is being produced by industry veteran Jeff Katts. Mark graduated with honors from Chaminade University and Hawaii Baptist Academy. Fellow MidWeek columnist Alison Stewart, the Click Chick, was a classmate of Mark at HBA. Small world indeed. We met in acting school and became fast friends. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this movie ...

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