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Sundance-trained local filmmaker seeks cast for upcoming project

  • COURTESY CHRIS KAHUNAHANA

    Pookela Award-winning local actress Danielle Zalopany in a behind-the-scenes photo taken during a test shoot for Native Hawaiian filmmaker Christopher Kahunahana’s latest project, “WAIKIKI.” Production staff will hold auditions for the movie on March 5 in Kakaako.

Native Hawaiian filmmaker Chris Kahunahana is looking for “authentic” personalities to audition for roles in his upcoming micro-budget feature, “WAIKIKI.”

Kahunahana, who formerly owned and operated Chinatown nightclub Next Door, was selected in 2014 to attend an intensive workshop in New Mexico hosted by the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program. His yearlong fellowship with the Sundance Institute culminated with a trip to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where his short film “Karaoke Kings” was screened for attendees.

According to a casting call notice for “WAIKIKI,” a variety of actors and actresses are invited to audition for the film, which is described as a “tragic fable of unlikely love, loss and beauty in the shadows of Waikiki when a hula dancer on the run crashes into a broken spirit of a man (and) they begin a journey into a hidden world and bond through humanity, nature and culture.”

Auditions will be held from noon to 5 p.m. March 5 at BoxJelly, 307 Kamani St. Street parking is available; bring a headshot and resume/bio for consideration. Both union-represented and non-union actors are encouraged to audition.

A variety of roles are available for individuals from their 20s all the way to their 50s and 60s. A handful of children’s roles are also up for grabs, and production staff will also look to sign up extras for bar, school, construction site, homeless camp and other scenes scheduled to be filmed in the coming months.

For more information about “WAIKIKI,” visit waikikithemovie.com. Call Akemi Bischoff at 347-5243 with questions about the casting process.

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