Maui made film GET A JOB! makes world premiere at Hawaii International Film Festival

October 6, 2010, 8:40 AM HST · Updated October 6, 8:48 AM
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The Maui made motion picture, “GET A JOB!,” makes its world premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival next week.  The comedy starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom was filmed and produced entirely on Maui and is the first of several planned collaborations between Malama Pono Productions and Cicala Filmworks.

The story centers around William, Willie K’s character, a successful employment agent, whose career is jeopardized, when over the course of a

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week, he repeatedly fails to find work for his simpleton surfer friend, Merton, played by Eric Gilliom.

William’s problems are compounded tenfold by his longtime bridal shop employee girlfriend, Laura (Carolyn Omine), who wants desperately to be married and chooses this particular week to achieve her goal at all costs.  At week’s end, William finds himself jobless, homeless, car-less, girlfriend-less… but more resolved than ever to make the tough choices needed to find lasting joy, love and fulfillment.

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Dozens of top musical talent and personalities in Hawaii round out the cast, including Jake Shimabukuro, Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaiali’i, Charles Ka’upu, Ernie Cruz Jr. and Alaka’i Paleka.  It also boasts special appearances by Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, Marty Dread, and many many more.  The “GET A JOB” soundtrack includes music by the Barefoot Natives, Don Tiki, Amy Hanaiali’i, the Throwdowns, Willie K, Avi Ronen, Kealoha, and Kristen Grove.

The film debuts Saturday October 16th at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 on Saturday, October 16, 7:15pm and again will be shown on Saturday, October 23 at 3:15pm. (Check www.HIFF.org for information on ticket sales.)

GET A JOB was written and directed by Maui native Brian Kohne and produced by Stefan Schaefer.  The feature film also stars Oahu’s Carolyn Omine (a writer and executive producer of “the Simpsons”), and comedian and radio personality Augie T.

“The time is right for Hawaii to unleash a project of this nature. We have the talent in front of the camera, the experience behind it,” says writer-director Brian Kohne, “and “GET A JOB!” showcases our unique sense of humor in such a way that, I believe, is indeed accessible to mainlanders and internationals alike.  On the surface this homegrown film is a wild and outrageous ride, but beneath it beats the heart of our beautiful people and the daily struggle we face every day to live and work in the islands.”

(Supporting information courtesy: Hawaii International Film Festival)

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