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Indie film/workshop: ‘All for Melissa’ & ‘Chief’



At the Aloha Theatre, noon-4 p.m., Sunday, April 5

Open Seating (No Assigned Seats)

Tickets Available at the door $8, including screening of both films and the workshop

Fans of independent film and filmmakers will not want to miss a special screening of this Hawaii-produced independent feature – written, produced and directed by Gerard Elmore. allformelissa

The film will show at noon Sunday, April 5, followed by a mini-workshop in film production hosted by Elmore, and the lead actor and actress in the film, Milan Tresnak and Jane Benney. 

Set in Hawaii, “All for Melissa” tells the story about a young man whose obsession for a Hollywood starlet leads him on a quest to meet her and win her heart, but in the process, he discovers he may already be in love with another girl, his best friend.

“All for Melissa” is the first full length feature produced by Oahu-based Elmore. It was an official showcase selection at the Discovery and Distribution Festival, and an official selection at last year’s Hawaii International Film Festival and the Cinema Paradise Film Festival.

Shot by the Oahu-based Academy of Creative Media instructor and award winning cinematographer Anne Misawa, “All for Melissa” follows Jared Rogers, a 22-year-old dreamer stuck in a dead-end office job and his fixation with actress Melissa Williams. Unrequited love, menehunes, and aspiring filmmakers figure in the film, which also features Andy Bumatai, Kimberly Estrada, and Maxwell Smart in supporting roles.

After the screening, Elmore will be joined Tresnak and Benney, as well as marketing and distribution chief Mericia Palma, to engage the audience in a mini-workshop on the making of the film and issues related to independent feature film production, with a special focus on local production. 

The acclaimed Oahu produced short film, “Chief,” will show after the workshop. “Chief” was screened at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and won awards at the LA Short Film Festival and at the Nashville Film Festival.

At 5 p.m., all of the filmmakers will be at Borders in Kona to take more questions and sign autographs for the DVD of the film, which is available at Borders stores in Kona and Hilo. 

This event is sponsored by The Aloha Theatre and The Big Island Film Office.

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