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“Get A Job” the Movie from Hawaii Impresses with Laughs and Soundtrack

Graphic credit: Malama Pono Productions / Cicala Film Works

"Get A Job" movie poster

 

by Yuki Krylicki
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Recently I came across this funny indie while reading some sports stories. I was intrigued by all the star power in GET A JOB the movie. The production values were great, there were plenty of laughs and the music was spectacular. Thoroughly, I was impressed.

The leads, Willie K, Eric Gilliom and Carolyn Omine were pro’s. I did a bit of research and the film was well received in their Film Festival efforts. Then I came across some of their previous music and I was blown away. It turns out that Willie K and Eric Gilliom are talented veterans in the entertainment circuit. Also, Willie K and Gilliom have had some great success with their musical recordings as the BAREFOOT NATIVES.

In the movie, the colorful plot-line is the journey of William (Willie K), a down-on-his-luck employment agent who has a last chance to save his job all the while trying to find a stable job for the bumbling Merton (Gilliom).

Furthermore, while writer/director Brian Kohne was pulling this all together, my important question is……How did he do it? One thing for sure, Don Hersey, as director of photography, sure nails it.

I tracked down Kohne in Maui and he was modest about the effort. It turns out that he did all the location shoots in 30 days. He added that the writing and production journey took a full three years. Melding the music along with the underground Hawaiian anecdotes and laughs was masterful. The blending of Willie K and Gilliom was artful and as spectacular as a Maui sunset.

Kohne bragged about his cast and crew. He said emphatically, “Hawaii was the star of the film.” That sealed this film watching experience for me. He was very positive with that statement. He was on to something and it made me watch the film again and share it with my posse. The narrative was Hawaii and Hawaiian locals. The script showcased a different view. It was just different. The relevant lens shows an underground Hawaii.

I asked about the hilarious goat scenes and Kohne told me they did them all in an afternoon at the Surfing Goat Dairy in Kula, Maui. This is about halfway up Haleakala Mountain. It looked like a blast and I imagined that the crew had just as much fun as the talent. Maui is more that beaches and sunshine. Regular type folks have to make a living and experience life beyond tourism and beach crowds. This movie experience also gave me the itch to visit Maui.

It was recently announced that GET A JOB has received a nomination for a 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano award (Hawaiian Grammy) for the movie soundtrack. Another featured artist in the movie, Amy Hanaiali’i, also got a nomination. World renowned ukulele sensation, Jake Shimabukuro, steals some scenes on the Japanese tourist bus and island comedian, Augie T, adds some hilarity in support of Willie K and Gilliom.

It turns out that Kohne, producer Stefan C. Schaefer and associate producer Raymond Rolak were all born in Michigan. Nice compliment. Maybe there is something in the water in those there Great Lakes. Schaefer is currently working on “Even Though the Whole World Is Burning”, a documentary on the life and efforts of Pulitzer poet winner, and environmental activist W.S. Merwin. Kohne has a new Hawaiian thriller in the works, “Kuleana”, which is set in the 70’s and currently in preproduction. Rolak is scouting locations for a planned big budget project in northern Michigan.

GET A JOB as a movie and soundtrack are sure keepers. I will pull out both often to get my Hawaii fix, grab some laughs and chill with some great tunes. The flick sustains throughout.

For more information or order the DVD and soundtrack CD www.getajobmovie.com

 

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Graphic credit: Malama Pono Productions / Cicala Film Works

"Get A Job" soundtrack CD cover

 

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