Disabilities to play big role in film fest
Films that center on individuals with disabilities will be showcased in a quarterly film festival that kicks off on Wednesday at the Honolulu Design Center.
The new "Pacific Rim Cinema Nights" at the Design Center's Cupola Theater will feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation and experimental films.
The festival celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The first showing in the series will be "Mr. Blue Sky," from filmmaker Sarah Garfield and writer Tom Lee.* The film is a story of a love triangle among two girls, one born with Down syndrome, and one boy. The short film "Difference Is Normal," a Lebanese/Syrian production from 2006, will also be screened. Jazz pianist Matt Leonhardt and Hawaiian falsetto singer Kale Peters will perform.
Gail Williamson, a Hollywood casting coordinator for persons with disabilities, will speak on challenges in the entertainment industry.
Suggested donation is $20. RSVP: 956-7539.
Williamson will also offer a free three-hour workshop on providing technical assistance and coaching support to entertainers with disabilities, "The Business of the Business," at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tenney Theatre.
For information on monthly events celebrating the Center on Disability Studies' anniversary, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.cds.hawaii.edu.
The young stars of "Mr. Blue Sky," the kickoff film in a series on people with disabilities, are Kaitlyn Reed, left, and Haley Ramm.
Telly Awards honor 'Greater Good TV'
The locally produced "Greater Good Television" has won a Telly Award, which honors quality in local and cable commercials, television shows and films.
"Greater Good," hosted by Hawaii's Evan and Kari Leong, was selected for recognition from among thousands of entries from around the world.
Judges for the Telly Awards evaluate programs based on creativity and merit rather than rank submissions against one another.
Two years ago, the husband-and-wife team launched "Greater Good Radio," a talk show that discusses social responsibility and motivation with business and community leaders.
Since January, "Greater Good Television" has featured highlights from the guests' personal journeys toward success.
"Greater Good Television" airs at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on KGMB/CBS.
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Evan and Kari Leong host "Greater Good Television."
Wellness Institute sets Bizarre event
The Bizarre Bazaar and High Tea, the fifth-anniversary benefit for the Hawaii Wellness Institute, takes place Saturday at the Hawaii Wellness Retreat House in Kalihi Valley.
Besides high tea -- with finger sandwiches, scones and pastries -- the event will include a dress-up station, chocolate bar, palm readings, hand and back massages, "mad hattering," prizes and the sale of benefit items and services.
Seatings will be from noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Cost is $25. Pre-registration is required by tomorrow. Call 848-5544.
Actress Jo Pruden to receive lifetime achievement award
Theater veteran Jo Pruden will be honored with the Hawaii State Theatre Council's 2007 Pierre Bowman Award at the annual Po'okela Awards banquet on July 23 at the Koolau Ballroom in Kaneohe.
Pruden has been acting in local community theater for 40 years, taking more than 75 roles. She has also served on the theater council and the Manoa Valley Theatre Artistic Advisory Committee.
Tickets to the banquet, "Star's Night Out," are $40, with tables for eight or 10 available for $400 and $500. Call Kelly Moulson, 733-0277, ext. 306. The Po'okela Awards recognize the best community theater performances of the year.
The Bowman award, named for the late theater critic, recognizes lifetime achievement on the local stage.
No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner and the awards presentations.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
» "Mr. Blue Sky," which screens tomorrow at the Cupola Theater at the Hawaii Design Center, was written by Tom Lee. An article on Page D5 yesterday credited director Sarah Garfield with writing the story. Call 956-7539.