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Friday - October 20, 2006
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Jason Suapaia and Dennis Burns celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pacific Focus
Jason Suapaia and Dennis Burns
celebrate the 30th anniversary of
Pacific Focus

Award-winning production company Pacific Focus Inc. celebrated its 30th anniversary recently, and president and owner Dennis Burns invited the major players of the film, TV and commercial industry. The event featured entertainment, great food, beverages, door prizes and showcased the beautifully designed facility. Seen enjoying the evening were Anna Fishburn, Al and Charlyn Masini, Sue Larkin, Marilyn Mick, Bob Bates, Bob Johnson, Brett Wagner, Chris Potts, Dave Rosen, George Russell, James Sereno, Jay Evans, Shawn Hiatt, Steve Szabo and Tom Coffman.


Hula dancers Crystal Perry and Megan Lorenzo at the Pacific Focus celebration
Hula dancers Crystal Perry and
Megan Lorenzo at the Pacific
Focus celebration

It was amazing to see the best cinematographers in one place at the same time. Thanks to Jason Suapaia, Lance Holden, Karen Sundborg, Ken Sato, Jeff Katts, Jenny Maness, David Sato and Tobias Huber for their hospitality. Take a tour of their website at www.pacfocus.com and find out how to get your commercials produced ...

The 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival opens tonight at the Hawaii Theatre. Executive Director Chuck Boller welcomes filmmakers from around the world once again. Slated to attend are director Kevin Smith and actors Ken Watanabe and Kal Penn of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. I commend Chuck for extending a bridge to Asia, inviting filmmakers from China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand to premiere their incredible films to a Hawaii audience.


Thousands of fans are expected to flock to Dole Cannery Theatres every day during the festival. If you’re into stargazing, then this is your ticket - I’ve met my share of famous actors over the past five years. You can purchase tickets online at www.hiff.org - and believe me, they go fast. See you at the movies ... Making his debut on the silver screen at the 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival is Derek Calibre.

Actors Scott Francis Russell and Derek Calibre on location of ‘Dark Clouds’
Actors Scott Francis
Russell and Derek
Calibre on location of
‘Dark Clouds’

He’s in two very different films - the comedy The Tide Is High by Jon Brekke, starring Stephanie Sanchez, Jenn Boneza, Peter Clark, Dezmond Gilla and Kalai Miller, and also in Dark Clouds, lensed by Taylour Chang and featuring Grant Uchida, Howard Noh, Kris Kuboyama, Robert Murakami, Sheldon Tyau and Yutaka Yanagi. Derek last performed in The Yellow Brick Studio’s production of Sylvia. In the play Noises Off he won the coveted Po’okela Award for acting in 2004. In his rare free moments he enjoys watching film performances by Julianna Moore and Edward Norton. Derek’s TV credits are Hawaii, North Shore and Rocky Point. Meet Derek in person after the screening or at the after parties ...

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