Teens, auteurs welcome in film contest
A short film contest associated with the full-length feature "Son of Rambow" is offering an award many prospective filmmakers will covet -- with few requirements along the way.
Paramount Vantage and Hammer & Tongs are inviting submissions on any topic (how many times do you get that kind of creative freedom?). The grand prize winner's short film will appear in the Special Features section of the "Son of Rambow" DVD. Runners-up will receive framed movie posters signed by the director and producer.
Contestants must be at least 13 years old and submit their original content by May 12.
You might not have heard of the indie film out of the United Kingdom, because it doesn't open locally until May 23. But you will. The charming story follows two 11-year-old boys who decide to make their own film with a camcorder (and without anyone's knowledge) after viewing Sylvester Stallone's "First Blood." It takes place in 1982, the year "First Blood" was released.
After "Son of Rambow" debuted last year at the Sundance Film Festival, circulation stalled. But it opened in England earlier this month and is doing well, according to a posting on the Rotten Tomatoes Web site. Once you see it, you'll understand why. Its rich characters and layered, evocative plot make it one of those movies worth seeing.
For information about submissions, visit sonoframbow.filmmakingfrenzy.com.
"Hawaii Goes Fishing" will return to the airwaves with new hosts, a fresh HD look and segments that cover fishing action, tackle tips and "Reel Recipes."
The first episode features Alex Reinprecht and his friend Cullen Kamisugi trolling on Jet Skis. In another segment, Clay Tam and son Brealand catch and tag papio in Kaneohe Bay as part of the program run by the State Department of Aquatic Resources.
According to executive producer, shooter and editor Dean Sensui, "Hawaii Goes Fishing" is different from other fishing shows because it's "not host-driven; a lot of it is about the individuals who are out there. We don't have a whole lot of voice-over."
The "Reel Recipes" segments, hosted by Dave Lancaster, focus more on "home-style cooking rather than high-end fine cuisine," Sensui said. Cindy Paliracio, who introduces and closes the show, and Margot Oshiro, who serves as a field reporter, complete the on-screen talent team. Sensui said the show is one of few local productions to make the significant investment to go to high definition, adding that "the look that the equipment and software are giving us is better than I've ever seen."
Watch a preview at www.hawaiigoesfishing.com/videos/hgf_tease_final.mov or Windows Media: www.hawaiigoesfishing.com/videos/hgf_tease_final.wmv.