Film focuses on Bhutan’s happy path
The Honolulu Design Center will host an evening focused on Bhutan with book readings and a unique documentary made by Hawaii filmmakers.
Maui film director Tom Vendetti worked with cinematographer and editor Robert Stone, writer John Wehrheim and musician Paul Horn to create "Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness," a 57-minute movie about the country in the Himalayas where the GNP is referred to as "gross national happiness."
Photographer and writer John Wehrheim also will read passages from his new book of black-and-white photos, "Bhutan: The Hidden Lands of Happiness."
The book reading/signing and film screening take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 2 in the Cupola theater on the second floor. Tickets are $10. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 237-5362.
Actors take note: The strike is over, and the casting frenzy is about to begin (one hopes). But the Screen Actors Guild is prepared with iActor, a program that launches nationally on March 4. Throughout the country, SAG branches have offered training to help people understand the benefits related to an extremely competitive job market. In Hawaii it will showcase regional talent and, in doing so, hopefully inspire production in the islands.
Essentially, it's an online directory for casting directors and producers to learn more about actors (and verify their union eligibility). It's a fast, digital solution to what was once a laborious process. SAG members in Hawaii who upload their resumes and head shots will receive the same exposure as industry professionals residing in Los Angeles. Only registered casting people can access the information, so it isn't available to the whole world. And the service is free to SAG members.
To get started, log on to www.sag.org. Another helpful (not necessarily related) Web site is www.hawaiicasting.com.
Every Friday the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts hosts "Friends of Film Friday, where socializing and cinema mix." Meet fellow film enthusiasts and engage in intellectual post-screening discussions following the independent and foreign films and restored classics. Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments and enrollment. The actual event takes place at the academy at 7:30 p.m. on -- you guessed it -- Fridays, through April 11. Find the latest information at www.friendsoffilmfriday.com. Membership is required, but a $15 walk-in option is included.
Casting calls for "America's Next Top Model" will be held on the mainland in coming months, starting with Boston tomorrow. Females ages 18 to 27 who are at least 5 feet 7 inches tall should consider scheduling a trip to audition. Casting directors are looking for diverse backgrounds, shapes and sizes. Do you have any relatives or friends in the following cities? San Francisco (Tuesday), Dallas (March 1), Atlanta (March 5), Chicago (March 8), New York (March 15), Miami (March 22) or Los Angeles (March 29). Check out www.cwtv.com.