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Friday - July 07, 2006
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Malia Verdadero and Matthew Thompson at the first rehearsal for ‘Valtor the Great vs. The Universe’ last year
Malia Verdadero and Matthew Thompson at the
first rehearsal for ‘Valtor the Great vs. The
Universe’ last year

Here’s an update on what’s new with actress Malia Verdadero. She’ll be back at Waipahu High School this fall as a senior. She starred in two award-winning movies at the 2004 and 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival.

The films were Kamea by Jennifer AkanaSturla, Matthew Thompson, who turned 15 recently. He seems to be racking up his film credits at lightspeed. He wrapped on the trailer of the 2006 ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase recently. Filmmaker Ryan Kawamoto directed the spot starring Mark Ganialongo, Dezmond Gilla, Lew Lappert, Libette Garcia, Olena Rubin and Laine Yoshioka. Matthew’s credits are Disney’s Mike’s Super Short Show, Lost, Haunted Hawaii and Valtor the Great vs. The Universe. His pastime is practicing taekwondo - he’s a black belt, by the way. He loves pepperoni pizza, cookie dough ice cream and Alfred Hitchcock movies.


What a combo. Next on Matthew’s busy schedule is another role in a period movie ...

Sharnay Wong
Sharnay Wong

Annabel Lacara is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She penned the screenplay for the movie Surf Sistahs currently in pre-production. April Grover, star of MTV’s Surf Girls , is attached to the project as one of the leads. Cristina Luck and Harmony Pacheco, both talented upcoming actresses, are to appear in substantial roles. Jose Corpus will direct, and cinematographer Solomon Marchessault is slated to lens the surf drama. Annabel’s hobbies are playing guitar, ceramics, baking and cake decorating. She’s a huge fan of ‘80s icon director John Hughes. He’s known for hits like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Annabel is working on her third feature length screenplay - anybody interested in getting it to the screen? ...


Born and raised on Oahu, one of Hawaii’s leading photographers is Jeptha Eddy. He’s garnered numerous awards for his unique vision capturing beautiful images. He’s done various photo shoots for models’ com-

posites, headshots for actors and fashion print work. He is currently the senior photographer for Hawaii’s No. 1 teen publication, Sassy, and G Magazine, produced by Jody Shiroma Perreira. Jeptha’s dedication to promoting talent has made him one of the most sought-after photographers. He developed “Angels in Paradise” calendars to showcase undiscovered Island talent. Featured are acting newcomers Sharnay Wong and Mirasol Domingo. To kick-start your modeling career, contact Jeptha at photobyjeptha.com ...

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