Brosnan bonding
with new isle home

New Kauai homeowner Pierce Brosnan is already using his filmmaking muscle to give back to the community with two benefit screenings of his new movie "Evelyn" on Saturday, and a champagne reception.

The actor and his wife, Hawaii-born Keely Shaye Smith, purchased a home on the Garden Island's north shore four months ago.

Brosnan produced and stars in "Evelyn," which co-stars Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies and Stephen Rea, among others. The movie is set in 1950s Ireland and depicts a father's struggle to regain custody of his children, who were removed from his home after their mother leaves.

Proceeds from the "Evelyn" event will be donated to the nonprofit Kauai Aloha Foundation, established to further education, arts, culture and beautification on Kauai.

Roberta Haas is Brosnan's Realtor and co-owner and principal broker of Hanalei North Shore Properties Ltd. Haas attended the U.S. premier of the film in Los Angeles Dec. 3.

"I got inspired," she said, thinking it would be fun to have Kilauea Theater & Community Event Center's first red-carpet screening.

Theater owner and manager Damon Marc is donating the theater. The Lighthouse Bistro will close early to host the reception and the red carpet is being donated by the Princeville Hotel, Haas said.

Brosnan will introduce both the 7 and 9 p.m. screenings at the Kilauea Theater and will attend the reception. The 7 p.m. show and the reception sold out the first day of ticket sales. As of Friday afternoon, tickets for the later screening were still available for $15 at Kong Lung, Kilauea Theater and Kauai Village Theater, also run by Marc.

"This particular affair is being sponsored by the Kauai International Film Festival," Marc said. "We'll be taking submissions starting in the spring."

With what he called wonderful help from Don Brown of the Art House at Restaurant Row, KIFF's first yearly festival will be the week of Thanksgiving 2003.

Meanwhile, Brosnan has donated autographed posters to be given away at Kilauea Theater Dec. 29 for screenings of his latest 007 movie, "Die Another Day."

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle,
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