On the Scene
Film Festival Affairs
SONNY MEETS GERARD:
Action film star Sonny Chiba, third from left, talked Wednesday with Lew Lappert, left, Kalai Kamauoha and Gerard Ellmore at the Hawaii International Film Festival Governor's Reception at Washington Place. Chiba was gracious about posing for pictures and signing autographs for fans but sat at a table on the edge of the party area so he wouldn't steal the spotlight from this year's featured filmmakers. HIFF 2005 became a breakthrough event for Ellmore on Friday when "Valtor the Great vs. the Universe," a film he directed, won HIFF's "Best Short Film" Award.
WATCH OUT FOR 'THE ORB':
Misty Lawrence and Scott Lee Mason attended the reception as representatives of "The Orb," an ambitious "do it yourself" sci-fi slasher film about a group of college students who encounter a strange object in the woods. Mason directed the production. Lawrence did the makeup and created the gory special effects.
DANN'S THE MAN:
Dann Seki and Cheryl Bartlett, cast members of "Pele o Ka Foodmart," enjoyed a drink while waiting in the slow-moving buffet line. Seki, an A-list local stage actor, does great work in "Pele" as a world-weary police psychiatrist who must assess the sanity of a woman who says she is Pele. Bartlett plays the woman's sister.
ONE, TWO, THREE:
Australian consul John Quinn, left, and HIFF Executive Director Chuck Boller, center, welcomed director Robert Connolly to the pre-screening reception for his film "Three Dollars" Wednesday at the Hawaii Theatre. Globe-trotting Australian chef Athol Wark prepared special Australian hors d'oeuvres for the party. Australian wines and ales complimented the pupus.
'A GOOD FAMILY STORY':
Joey Inatsuka, left, Rayna Fukunaga and Midori Paresa enjoyed the "Three Dollars" reception. Fukunaga said after the screening that the film became more interesting "after 20 or 30 minutes" and that the relationship between the Australian protagonist and his family reminded her more of stories in Asian films than in most American fare.