Monday, January 24, 2011

The blog has moved!

Aloha No!

I have launched a new website with an integrated blog and social media at

It's really great, come and check out all the projects, filmmaker tips and info, and fun that is going on.

Nothing more to see here folks... but no worry still plenty more going on at Paradocs Productions

Monday, January 10, 2011

He Hawai`i Mau Short Film

(Director Lurline Wailana McGregor)

To see the entire two-minute short film visit:

This video is a brief journey through Lurline's life, growing up in Honolulu in the 1950's and 60's, later moving to Washington, D.C. and coming home again in the 1990's. I tell this story through old family movies, photos, contemporary video and Hawaiian music consistent with the time period being covered. It is about her growing awareness of her Hawaiian identity and what defines her today as a Hawaiian.

(still from the film He Hawai`i Mau)

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Good Movie I Watched: Blind Fury (1989)

Blind Fury (Theatrical Trailer)
Uploaded by NakedBrotha2007. - Full seasons and entire episodes online.

This movie is an action adventure film loosely based on one of the films from the Japanese samurai series Zatoichi. It stars Rutger Hauer as a blind Vietnam veteran who learns how to sword fight after being taken in by a small village. After he returns to America he finds himself protecting the son of another soldier who he served with in Vietnam from a gang of violent Reno gangsters.

It's campy, but totally badass. This is a genre and style of movie I wish could get updated for today.

I mean really, just look at this poster -

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Funding Opportunity for Native Musicians and Composers


See the complete request for proposals here:

FNCI funds the creation of newly composed work by American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian composers, commissioners or performing musicians. Awards are based on artistic excellence, merit and connection to audience and community.

Common Ground Overview
The Common Ground program is inclusive, and therefore encourages American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian composers, performers, and sound artists working in diverse genres/mediums to apply. Artists are encouraged to take risks in their creative endeavors. Common Ground is designed to fill the gap in funding for artists who are particularly interested in creating work without the burden of artistic compromise. Common Ground aims to give timely aid to those American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian musicians who are strongly dedicated to their art, who show artistic merit, and who propose an excellent project. We wish to award grants to varied artists from the many genres of music represented in Indian Country, and from diverse American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian cultures.

We are pleased to announce our NEW funding guidelines. Individual awards will now range from $500 to $5,000.

(Photo by Kevin McCarthy

Monday, January 3, 2011

Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name Funded by ITVS

(A recent stop by the ITVS office in San Francisco)

The third time was the charm for Haku Inoa to finally receive funding from the Independent Television Service's (ITVS) LINCS initiative. I have been very fortunate to have had the ongoing support of both PBS Hawai`i as a partner and the support of Pacific Islanders in Communications for all three times that I have applied to the initiative.

As I have been slowly letting the news out about the new funder people naturally ask me what the next steps are. So, here is a little outline of what my plans are in the upcoming months.

1. Early to Mid February - Finish a full length 3-column script outlining all sequences in order with narration, interviews, visuals, effects, music, ect...
2. March - pre-production
3. April to May - production and shooting for
4. May to September - editing.
5. September to January - grant writing and other paperwork type things to raise the last $50,000 needed for completion funds.

So that's the plan. It's very exciting news to release at the beginning of the new year, and there will be a lot of happening to update updates about the project, so stay in touch! You can join the Haku Inoa mailing list on Mail Chimp by clicking here

(Mom, Auntie Linda, me, and all of the Haku Inoa team at PBS Hawai`i)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Filing 1099-Misc

It's the end of the year, so it's time to get all of the tax documents in order. I have hired a few contractors this year, like a DP and a web designer, so I have to file some 1099 Misc. It is actually pretty easy to do, you just have to request for the forms through the IRS website. It takes about one to two weeks for them to be delivered. You can also get an instruction sheet that helps you fill them out properly if it is your first time.,,id=23108,00.html

The deadline this year to get copies to your non-employees is February 1, 2011 and the deadline to get them to the IRS is March 1, 2010 or March 31, 2011 if you are filing electronically. So there is still plenty of time to get it done.

Photo by JD Hancock:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays! Silent Night / Po La`ie

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah!

As an aside, why am I the only Hawaiian that can't sing?