Filmmaking contest looks for students
The Rotary Club of Honolulu will reward the most talented student filmmakers with $900 in prize money in the 2007 Hawaii Student Film Festival
. Anyone in grades 4 through 12 can compete for a $500 first prize and a $150 second prize, to be awarded for the best five-minute videos on the theme "Step back, take a breath and bring peace into your life." In another category, $250 will be given for the most impressive 25-second public service announcement video.
The Rotary is sponsoring the event in an effort to decrease violence and conflict in schools, and encourage tranquility and fairness. Students from all campuses (and those who are home-schooled) are eligible. No time to waste: The festival is accepting submissions now through April. For entry information, visit www.HawaiiStudentFilmFestival.org.
Actor Guy Camilleri, who was raised on Oahu and now resides in Los Angeles, will star in the season premiere of "Crossing Jordan" on KHNL/NBC. Since leaving Hawaii in 1997, he has appeared in 45 films and 14 off-Broadway productions. His diverse career has included stints as a professional surfer, fitness director at Gold's Gym on Kapiolani Boulevard, celebrity personal trainer and a flight attendant for Hawaiian Airlines.
Most recently, he starred alongside Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei in "Danika," which made its DVD debut last month after premiering at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. The "Crossing Jordan" episode airs tonight.
Local actress and singer Candes Meijide Gentry has her own Web site to sell her two CDs ($13 plus shipping at www.candescd.com). A portion of the proceeds are donated to charity. Her first CD generated $10,000 for the National Psoriasis Foundation, and her latest Broadway show tunes compilation, "A Change in Me," has raised money for a variety of organizations.
"It's music that I love and I wanted to be able to share with friends and family," she said. "It's such a unique genre of music, and it really speaks to me."
The former Miss Hawaii (1999) and Kona Ironman finisher earned her MBA from UH in 2004 and now works in the land development division of Gentry Pacific. In addition to her plans for a 2007 Christmas CD, she hopes to run another marathon and see her late father, Tom Gentry, a five-time world champion in power boating, inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.