Island Films / Four movies made in our Islands, some with local actors in significant roles, are now available for your home viewing pleasure.
Samsara, that psychedelic sequel to Baraka, is one trippy flick. Directed by Ron Fricke, with four years of contributions from producer (and Honolulu Weekly film reviewer) Bob Green, it’s a visual and spiritual tour de force. Katie Walsh, writing for indieWire’s The Playlist, says that “While one can discuss the technical prowess of these shocking and beautiful images, it doesn’t do justice to the spiritual cinematic power of this work.”
Get a Job is a tale about an employment agent, played by Willie K, who must find a job for a loser (Eric Gilliom) or lose his own gig. (Okay, enough with the jokes about the State Legislature.) Lots of musicians in this one: Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaialii, Mick Fleetwood, and cameos by Willie Nelson and Pat Simmons–yes, the soundtrack is sold separately.
Hang Loose is a wedding farce by director and UH grad Ryan Kawamoto, starring Dante Basco and a cast of mainland (mostly) Asian actors, that capitalizes on Hawaii’s rep as nuptial HQ of the modern world. Kinetic, the production company behind Hang, runs like a co-op and seems worthy of support.
You May Not Kiss the Bride is another wedding tale, zany and well told, reviewed in our pages (“Time Out for a Good Time,” Oct. 21, 2012). The locally produced (Rann Watumull) romcom takes aim at Hollywood’s sweet spot, and sports name actors David Annable, Mina Suvari, Rob Schneider and Kathryn McPhee, as well as our own Willie K.