“Get A Job” the
Movie from Hawaii Impresses with Laughs and Soundtrack
credit: Malama Pono Productions / Cicala Film Works
A Job" movie poster
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).
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.