Isle film focuses on war between good and evil
The "Soul Saviour Chronicles," a locally produced indie film about the fundamental war between good and evil, will screen at the Regal Dole Cannery Theatres at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday. The man behind the project, Jeff Katsutani
, says he hopes to entertain audiences and give them something to discuss after the movie, which stars Olena Rubin
and Caroline Chapman
Its prequel, "The Hidden Battle," screened at Dole Cannery in September 2006. "Soul Saviour Chronicles" tells several stories of how God chooses average humans to save the souls of those influenced by demons. Despite extensive references to God and Satan, Jeff Katts, as he typically calls himself, has said in past interviews with the Star-Bulletin that religion is not the central theme, though religious undertones always permeate his films.
There's also a horror element, with wild, gory makeup and "Exorcist"-type voices. Katts, who shoots, directs and produces his films, has said a polished look was not his intention. Instead, he strives for the appearance of a "supernatural reality show." Check out the trailer at www.soulsaviourchronicles.com. ...
No local tie here, but who can resist the latest antics from magician-performer David Blaine? This time, he'll attempt to hang from a thin wire five stories above Central Park's Wollman Rink in New York City for three days and nights - without food or a safety net. Apparently, he'll wear special boots, and walk on and under the wire for more than 60 hours. Hanging upside down for that long can't be good for you, or ABC wouldn't have invited a vascular surgeon to share the spotlight with Blaine at the pre-event press conference this week.
His method for exiting the wire is even more insane, and a closely guarded secret intended to draw viewers to the two-hour special at 9 p.m. Wednesday on ABC. Commentator John Saunders will use his play-by-play expertise to host the unfolding drama. Blaine starts hanging on Monday. The three days will be condensed into a two-hour show with a live finale, aptly entitled "David Blaine: Dive of Death" ...
Hawaii students interested in the field of entertainment should be on the lookout for opportunities on the national stage. Once in a while, incredible scholarship opportunities become available. For instance, Pacific Islanders in Communications recently sponsored Kamehameha Schools graduates Paul Iona and Ryan Lam in their internships with Fox Entertainment Group in Los Angeles. It was part of the American Indian Summer Institute, intended to increase the talent pool of under represented backgrounds at Fox. Iona and Lam learned more about production processes and got an inside look at the world of entertainment in the big city.
PIC hopes that opportunities like these open doors for other Pacific islanders down the road. Following the internship, Lam will attend Hawaii Pacific University and Iona heads to Stanford.