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Local Girl Kristina Anapau to Receive Golden Honu Award for Acting at Big Island Film Festival Tonight

Today is the third day of the 2011 Big Island Film Festival that has been going on at the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Lani Resorts properties.

Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Tonight there will be a “Reception and Salute” to local girl Kristina Anapau at Monstera Noodles & Sushi at The Shops at Mauna Lani where she will be presented with the Golden Honu Award for Acting.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend some time talking to Kristina about her career and her life away from the Big Island.

Kristina Anapau

Kristina at the Fairmont Orchid

Kristina is the daughter of Richard and Gloria Roper from Hilo, Hawaii and she attended Hilo High School for a couple years while also attending UH Hilo.

Kristina's Parents and her Boyfriend

In her most recent film, the thrilling movie “The Swan” directed by Darren Aronosky,  with Natalie Portman, she played the role of “Galima” a ballet dancer which really is not even like acting for her as she has been active in ballet since she was four.

For all you guys who may be wondering… she is very much in love with her boyfriend Neuroscientist/Neurosurgeon Moran Cerf whom she met at a dinner party in Los Angeles.

Here is her Biography listing on the Internet Movie Database website:

Proving to be a true triple threat to Hollywood, Kristina Anapau has wowed audiences on the big and small screen. Her latest endeavor, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, is a thriller set in the professional ballet world. Kristina plays “Galina” and stars opposite Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey. Black Swan debuted as the opening film at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival, and was also shown at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.

Born in Hawaii, Kristina Anapau spent her youth studying classical ballet, music and theater. She graduated from high school at the age of 15, and that same year began her studies at The University of Hawaii. With dreams of pursuing a professional dance career, Anapau’s life would soon take a fateful turn, as she was cast in Universal Television’s, Escape From Atlantis, landing her first professional starring role at the age of 16. Soon after, she relocated to Los Angeles where she continued to work steadily both theatrically and commercially. At age 20, Kristina landed a recording contract with Hollywood Records and spent much of that year recording an album and opening for Destiny’s Child on MTV’s TRL Tour, but her true love and passion remained performing in film and television.

Anapau recently completed the independent film, The Speak, in which she stars opposite Tom Sizemore. She also acted alongside Golden Globe winner Diane Venora and Greg German in ThinkFilm’s Independent Feature, Self Medicated, winner of over 35 International film awards. Anapau also starred with Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg in the Dimension Films’ thriller, Cursed, directed by Wes Craven, and shined as Cassie Merteuil in the Sony Pictures/Newmarket Films release, Cruel Intentions 3. She appeared in the films, Madison, starring Jim Caviezel and Bruce Dern, as well as, the Lions Gate comedy, 100 Girls.

Her television credits are impressive as Kristina has recurred and guest starred in many noteworthy productions, including: The Glades, House, Monk, CSI:NY, Without A Trace, Once & Again, General Hospital, and Knight Rider. She also starred opposite popular comedian, Dane Cook, in the Sony Television produced pilot, Cooked.

In her spare time, Kristina enjoys taking ballet classes, traveling, writing, and working with Beyond Shelter, an organization that combats poverty and homelessness among families with children in the LA area. She is a graduate of Skidmore College in New York and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Trivia:

Named one of Stuff Magazine’s “Hollywood’s Most Wanted – The 50 Hottest Women To Watch”.

Named one of Stuff Magazine’s “Sexiest Women In The World” in 2003.

Graduated from high school when she was only 15 years old. Started her first year of college at University of Hawaii while she was still 15.

Daughter of a scientist and an artist.

Graduated from Skidmore College in New York with a major in Performing Arts and a minor in Art History.

Kristina is definitely a go-getter type of a person who when she was younger idolized Madonna and when I asked her about some words of wisdom she has for aspiring local kids who may want to become actors or actresses she stated, “…I think you just need to jump into it (acting) as soon as possible!”

It was great talking to Kristina and I just want to personally say congratulations to her for winning this years Golden Honu Award.

Feel free to click on the pictures below for larger versions:

Mayor Kenoi Kicks Off the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

The 2011 Big Island Film Festival kicked off today with a VIP welcoming party for the filmmakers and stars that made their way to the Big Island this year.

This was the first time that Mayor Kenoi has opened the festival and it was good to see such a large turn out of people.

The opening was held at the Fairmont Orchid for the first couple hours for drinks and light pupus while people socialized and got to know each other

I was taking pictures up front… when all of a sudden someone tapped me on my shoulders and asked if I was Damon… I said yes… and the next thing I knew… I was talking to one of the FEATURED STARS of the festival… Kristina Anapau!  A few days ago she agreed to meet with me on Thursday (Tomorrow) for an interview!

I will be meeting with her tomorrow for a short interview… but in the meantime… I realized that no one in the place knew that she was in attendance so I asked her if she would be willing to meet Mayor Kenoi and she agreed!

Mayor Kenoi gave Kristina a bunch of compliments for representing the Big Island and I asked the two of them to come outside and take a few pictures together.

I like to think of these shots as “The Beauty and the Beast”  LOL!

After the reception was over, free screenings of movies happened over at The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Despite a minor technical difficulty… folks were able to view the shows on the screen under the stars and the weather stayed clear.

Festival Director Leo Sears apologized for the technical difficulty to the crowd while also introducing the stars to the general public.

The festival runs for the next four days and you can still purchase individual tickets at the Big Island Film Festival Website.

Click on the pictures below for a larger view:

Big Island Film Festival Coming Up Next Week!

Media Release:

Hawaii stars come out to play at the 6th Annual Big Island Film Festival (BIFF), including celebrity honorees Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), and Kristina Anapau (Black Swan).  These women will help celebrate independent narrative filmmaking at the May 11-15 event at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Sarah Wayne Callies
Sarah Wayne Callies

Sarah Wayne Callies grew up in Honolulu, where her parents are professors at University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.  She currently stars as “Lori Grimes” on AMC’s The Walking Dead, based on the popular comic book of the same name. Past television credits include her role as “Dr. Sara Tancredi” on Fox’s popular Prison Break, as well as appearances on Queens Supreme, Tarzan, House, NUMB3RS, Law and Order: SVU and many more.  Her screenplay Elena’s Serenade, an adaptation of the children’s book by Campbell Geeslin, has been optioned by The Film Farm.

Kristina Anapau

Kristina Anapau

From Hilo, Kristina Anapau grew up studying classical ballet, began her professional acting career on TV at age 16, and last year starred opposite Oscar-winning Natalie Portman in Black Swan.  Television credits include House, Monk, CSI: NY, Without A Trace, General Hospital, and Knight Rider.  In 2006 Anapau appeared in Self Medicated, winner of over 35 International film awards, including BIFF’s Best Feature, and today she stars in a new short drama Verdict screening Wednesday, May 11 at BIFF.

More special guests include previous BIFF Golden Honu Award winners David Winning (Todd & the Book of Pure Evil) and Ron Osborn (Duckman), along with producer Naketha Mattocks, and, from Hawaii Five-0, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, and producers Angela Laprete and William “Chico” Powell.  Laprete and Powell will appear at a live “insider” Q&A with Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason at The Shops at Mauna Lani, Thursday, May 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

A true professional, producer Angela Laprete has worked on Emmy award-winning television shows and independent films and major blockbusters including ER, Blue Crush, Godzilla, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Tempest and the Hawaii/U.K. co-produced independent feature film, Princess Kaiulani. She is currently Production Supervisor on the #1 new TV show remake of Hawaii Five-0.

With partner William “Chico” Powell, their company cre808films produced One Kine Day and Lychee Thieves, circulating the film festival market right now, and are in development with The Tattoo, based on the award-winning book by Chris McKinney.  Powell has been production accountant for many projects over the last 10 years including Hawaii Five-0, Lost and The Tempest. He was recently Production Supervisor on Soul Surfer and was the Line Producer on Princess Kaiulani.

BIFF 2011 will showcase 63 independent narrative films from 7 countries, 10 of them filmed in Hawaii, including:

  • All Collected Things, looking back at a love story. Michael Tanji producer, director, writer.
  • Layover, on the Shore, a contemporary Honolulu filmmaker’s edgy story, A Christopher Makoto Yogi Film, Producers William Kwok, Yu Gu.
  • Mute, a deaf high school junior wants to try out for football, by Jeremy Johnson Films.
  • The Green Tie Affair, a puppet musical about identity and wardrobe

And these, from Big Island filmmakers:

  • Hawaii’s Undersea Ohana, Hawaiian proverbs put to music, includes a segment filmed on Ni‘ihau, by Fasano Underwater Productions, Charles Fasano.
  • Alison’s Adventures: Snaked, a surf adventure to Morocco, Alison Tea Productions.
  • Sproot, Produced and directed by Loring Robbins, is a whimsical animation about telekinetic power and personal strength
  • The Pick-Up Artist, two people meet in a bar, but are they who they seem to be?  Beckwood Entertainment, producer/director/writer: Rockwood.
  • Waterfall, loss and grief, embraced by nature. Keyland Productions, Braide Keyland producer, director and writer.

From Maui, Get a Job written and directed by Brian Kohne, is an outrageous comedy with an all-star lineup of top Hawaii entertainers including Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Augie T, Jake Shimabukuro, Carolyn Omine, Slam Poet Kealoha, Ernie Cruz, Jr., Amy Hanaiali‘i, Mick Fleetwood, Pat Simmons, Charles Ka‘upu, Willie Nelson, and Henry Kapono (who headlines BIFF’s “Best of the Fest” concert May 15).  Get a Job screens Thursday, May 12 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, in the set beginning at 7:30 p.m. (free parking).

Complete schedule and individual event tickets available online. www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com

BIFF 2011 Highlights

Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Free Grand Opening at The Shops at Mauna Lani, to welcome the filmmakers and celebrities, and enjoy short films, including The Verdict, starring Hilo’s Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”)

Thursday, May 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

“Insider” Q&A with Angela Laprete and William “Chico” Powell of cre808film, The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage

Thursday-Friday-Saturday, May 12-13-14

Daytime movies at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Amphitheatre (times vary, parking validated).

Free Family Films at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Nightly double-feature (up to R) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, 7:30-11:30 p.m. (free parking)

Saturday, May 14

Filmmaker Workshops: “Inside Pitch: How to pitch effectively in an evolving marketplace” by Naketha Mattocks (9:00-11:30 a.m.) and “It’s Alive: Breathing Life into Your Characters” by Ron Osborn (12:30-3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, May 15, 5:30 p.m.

“Best of the Fest” – Henry Kapono in concert and audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short of BIFF 2011, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate. (There will be a Silent Auction on site during the concert, to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project for U.S. veterans.)  Free parking.

Lawn seating for outdoor shows, beach chairs welcome, no coolers please.  For complete schedule information, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com.