Local auteur highlights Filipino roots
Honolulu filmmaker Cheyne Gallarde
just finished "Comfortable Affliction," written, directed and shot on Oahu.
"I'm not really in touch with my Filipino roots," said Gallarde, "so this was sort of a tribute to my ancestors, while making it modern for my generation." He hopes to enter the movie in the San Diego Asian Film Festival, as well as the Hawaii International Film Festival. Gallarde said that 98 percent of his cast is Filipino-American.
"I wanted to create a Filipino film, but it started to evolve into something that was more universal," he said. "I like the fact that the audience can relate to it, no matter what their heritage. I hope it gets wider distribution, well beyond our own shores."
Plenty of local talent is featured in the movie: Troy Apostol, M.J. Gonzalvo, Cindy Ramirez, Robert Chiong, Jomar Miranda and Rickie Camara. To order a DVD, contact Gallarde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several e-mails from readers angry with our story about "The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman" have inspired us to apologize for ruining anyone's fun. We didn't go looking for spoiler information, but were alerted to it by a mainland news station asking us for photos of Andy Baldwin because the news about his final choice was "everywhere." In a news conference yesterday, Baldwin denied the tabloid claims and said, "the woman I proposed to in the end definitely said yes, and we're happily engaged." Footage of the couple will air next Tuesday night on ABC.
Highlights of the most recent episode included the graceful way Danielle Imwalle handled herself when she didn't receive a rose, and the stellar shots of Hawaii along the way. Kauai's Princeville Resort received nice publicity, as did the Arizona Memorial. Probably the best line of the evening happened when Baldwin offered Tessa a piece of sashimi dangling from his chopsticks and said, "Will you accept this rose?"
DON'T MISS "Surf's Up," an animated action-comedy from Columbia Pictures that profiles teen penguin surfer Cody Maverick (voiced by Shia LaBeouf) and his quest to enter his first professional competition -- and find himself on the waves. It's structured in the form of a documentary with an "authentic camera," like a reality show. But it works surprisingly well, and will be one of those films parents also enjoy. Other voices include Jeff Bridges, John Heder, James Woods, Zooey Deschanel and world champion surfer Kelly Slater. The PG movie opens nationwide on June 8, and incorporates several references to Hawaii.
those who caught the "sneak preview" of "Traveler" on ABC last Thursday may have noticed local boy Anthony Ruivivar, who plays FBI agent Guillermo Borjes in the show.
According to ABC's Web site, Ruivivar has also been keeping busy directing his first play and has a viral video Web site project in the works, titled "Skill Slinger," with his wife Yvonne Jung.
"Traveler" will air regularly at 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning May 30.