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The Fruits of Creativity

Maui OnStage employs homegrown film, prepares for Fringe Festival.

February 3, 2011
Trisha Smith

Get A Job is the first of several collaborative efforts from creative dream team Maui native Brian Kohne of Malama Pono Productions and California-based Stefan Schaefer of Cicala Filmworks. The film is a compassionate and comedic cruise through the escapades of former musician turned empathetic employment agent, William (played brilliantly by Willie K), and charming simpleton surfer dude, Merton (masterfully portrayed by Eric Gilliom). The motion picture was filmed and produced entirely on Maui, and stars oodles of local talent with unique senses of humor everyone can appreciate.

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) hosted the premiere in November, collecting over 1,500 pounds of donations for the Maui Food Bank from a sold-out Castle Theater audience. All of the evening’s proceeds benefited MACC arts education programs.

“This last weekend exceeded my every expectation, and our team learned how to run a movie theater,” said Kohne. “I love Wailuku…”

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The film’s mastermind, Brian Kohne (aka Banana Boy), and I (Pineapple Princess) amuse ourselves and others during the zany weekend.

Friends and neighbors gathered in Wailuku Town, enjoying pre-show delights within the neighborhood’s beer/wine garden, organized by Kainoa Horcajo and friends. A portion of the garden’s sales will go to Maui OnStage’s Maui Fringe Festival, a weekend marathon of original one-act plays from local and abroad talents invading Wailuku Friday through Sunday, Feb. 4 to 6.

Get A Job will now travel to Honolulu’s Hawai‘i Theater for a benefit showing, local food drive and concert to follow.

Kohne’s team is currently “strategizing to self-distribute” in the islands, while also considering alternatives beyond our coasts. “We’re also working to package the next Maui-based film production and secure investment partnerships,” said Kohne, adding that shooting may begin this fall.



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