Hawaiian comedy with Filipino comic wins top honors at Detroit film fest


DETROIT, Michigan — “Get a Job,” a comedy made in Hawaii and directed by Maui’s Brian Kohne took top honors for a full feature film at the eighth annual Trinity International Film Festival held August 1 to 2 at the Carr Art Center.

The film stars Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Filipino comedian Augie T (Augusto Tulba), Jake Shimabukuro, Carolyn Omine, Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaiali’i, Mick Fleetwood among others.

“The people of Hawaii were the real stars of the film,” said Raymond Rolak, one of the producers of “Get A Job,” who was on hand to receive the film’s award.

“Brian Kohne weaved the musical talents of Willie K and Eric Gilliom along with the other world class island entertainers masterfully,” Rolak added. “The jokes, pratfalls and island humor in the screenplay are all added value to leaving viewers thoroughly entertained.”

Winners of this year’s best feature and short film categories received a professional prize pack from Sony that included more than $3,500 worth of Sony Vegas editing software and sound effects. More than 40 films from 14 countries were screened by a full audience.

Marshalle Montgomery, festival co-director said, “We tried to expose a wide variety of feature and short films for people to enjoy, everything from action, drama, animation and comedy — we definitely have movies that captured attention.”

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