Windrider Film Fest

For the third year in a row I'm involved with the Bay Area Windrider Film Fest!

Three nights of watching films and discussing them with their makers!

Loved talking w/ T.C. Johnstone, who directed an amazing documentary on the first ever Rwanda cycling team! Which, one of the cylclists will be competing in the Olympics this summer in London watch for him! Go Team Rwanda!

Last night was a great film of the underdog become hero through the real life of Matt "The Hammer" Hamill. A UFC champ who just happens to be deaf, defeating the odds stacked against him. Powerful.

And tonight is the last night! We'll watch RED DOG starring Josh Lucas, and interact with him and the screenwriter, after the film!

and of course I get to have a little fun backstage!

Check it out here:

New shots

These shots are from my buddy Israel Soler, who is starting his photography business. I love them because they are overlooking the city, the city I love!

Let the filmmaking begin!

Today was a preproduction day of scouting locations, meeting with hair and make-up people, discussing costumes, and rehearsing (in my living room). Our team was all over the city getting things ready for our shoot that starts Thursday! They were together twelve plus hours today!

I'm most impressed with people passionate about the arts that they would be willing to give their time for free to not only make a good story, but simply to work together---(knowing that something supernatural happens in the community of filmmaking)!

Here's some light testing going on in the FOX theatre in which we get to shoot! We are so excited! We also were given the gift of using this space and it just happened to be the perfect time for us to use it for the film fest shooting requirements!

FUN FACT: One of our special crew members is a long time Bay Area, filmmaking native: Ned Kopp (below). He's been working in films since the 1970's. He's worked with Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas,  Bill Cosby, Robin Williams, and now us. And why is he working with us? When I asked him he said, "Why not?!" He just loves making movies! He's giving his time totally free because he loves filmmaking! He knows what he's doing and it's great to listen to all his stories. What a humble guy! And below is Tammy Calderon. This will be her second film she's worked hair and make-up. It's awesome to watch her light up and give her input. She'll also be bringing some of her students from her cosmetology program to help! Thanks everyone!
Here is our director below, Kerwin Kuniyoshi, sharing his vision for the film! Within two writes of the script he nailed what he was looking for, and is taking a risk trying a different approach, but one that is very creative and worth it!
If you'd like to support the film financially to cover our gear and expenses--please go here:

If you'd like to donate food for the cast/crew email
cases of 24 bottles of water (need about 6 cases)
2-12 packs of assorted soda
2 Large Salads
2 Big Safeway Deli Hero Sandwiches
4 loves of bread ( 2 wheat, 2 white)
2 jars of Jelly
2 jars of peanut butters
3 cases of cup of noodles
2 bags of apples
2 bunches of bananas
2 bags of grapes
2 boxes of SPOONS, Forks, Knives-plasticware
1-package of napkins
1 large bag of trail mix
2 boxes of granola bars
1 bucket of licorice and other assorted candy
1-First aid kit

Enemy of Mine

One great way to get a film produced is to have a DEADLINE. So many films never get completed and end up staying in post-production limbo but.. when you enter a contest you have some incentive. We had 48hrs to complete a short film and I'm glad to say we did and it turned out awesome. It was for the so as soon as the judging happens I'll post a link on Vimeo! Here's a couple shots from the set!

My friend Tammy came to do hair! Theresa, getting her hair done, has been a long time friend on numerous sets and so fun to work together!

 Director -Kerwin Kuniyoshi & Director of Photography-Jerry Yoon storyboarding.
 Set designers-post-apocolyptic space.
 Sun beat and dirty-me

Hotel Triton

Shooting a spot for the very creative and artisitc HOTEL TRITON (a Kimpton Hotel).

Working with reknown photographer CRIS MOLINA.
This guy has been all over the world and worked with Elle Magazine (USA, and Turkey), Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Kimpton and Hyatt Hotels, Coca-Cola Company (Europe, Asia, and USA), Time Warner Music, HBO, Fox Networks, Neiman Marcus, Armani, Donna Karan and, Oscar De La Renta to name a few. 

I signed a contract saying I wouldn't post any pics from the shoot or blog about what we are doing/wearing. So I will honor that.

All I can say is that I really like this hotel and I am glad I get to represent them!

Knife Fight

This week I had a "featured role" in Knife Fight, a filmed directed by Bill Guttentag (who happens to be a professor at Stanford).

A featured Role basically means I'm in a scene interacting with a principal character but no lines and most likely no credit. But hey I was glad to do it as there a lots of great actors in this flick like Rob Lowe, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Julie Bowen--the mom on MODERN FAMILY.

The film deals with the dark side of political operatives.

I got to play a liberal political blogger.
Here I am with actress Jamie Chung. I had never heard of her but she's been in a lot of films, (just in the Hangover part 2 as the main guy Ed Helms' Fiancee). Basically in the scene her character talks to me, a blogger, and I just get to nod my head.

That is Bill the director in the pic above.
The scene was filmed in the Honey Honey (Crepe) cafe in San Francisco.

Much Ado about SOMETHING Amazing!

I tried to turn it down a couple times. My life always seems so full as it is. I shuttered at how much work it would involve volunteering with twelve kids attempting to perform Shakespeare (in the original language), especially twelve kids with English as a second language. And as far as I knew none had ever acted in any capacity before. It seemed quite challenging.  But I'm extremely glad I didn't miss this opportunity. About six weeks ago, because of the encouragement of a passionate parent/neighbor of mine,  I sat down with this local committed teacher, Sarah Coyle, who explained her big dream: to give her kids an opportunity to do something they'd never done before (and might not ever get a chance to do). Due to many school district cuts, public schools have no room for extras, let alone the arts. My heart melted and I agreed to direct this group of 4th and 5th grade students in scenes from Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."

I first only agreed to one hour a week. The realized it needed to be two, then three hours, and on some weeks four hours with the last week being as much time as I could! And with a lot of prayer we pulled off two performances on Friday and I must say, they nailed it! I was so proud of them. (We have one show left next week). Needless to say I grew in love with them (even when they forget their lines and add lib things about Chuck E.  Cheese and Red Lobster. Yes it happened, and it was one of the funniest moments in the performance).

My mother-in-law painted facial hair for the guys. It added so much and gave them a boost of character.

The backdrop/set was designed and constructed in a great community collaboration (I love this word).
It all started from my neighbor who connected me to the school. Then she and another friend who is a part of my Church designed/painted the set. It's beautiful.

5th grade Victoria, in blue below, plays Beatrice. She will also get a scholarship to attend Broadway By the Bay's Youth Theatre Conservatory! There was even an article written about her and our production on Read it here.

The kids had never experienced wearing a microphone before. Having amplification added so much to the performance.

 My long time friend, Erica Wyman (actor and director as well, below in the pink), with her Broadway by the Bay connections hooked me with the Boys and Girls' club two years ago. And now she agreed to help partner in this little production. She arranged a great sound system and invited Broadway by The Bay's Development Director Tyler Bennet and Executive Director Jim Gardia, to watch the show. They greeted the kids afterward and just gushed all over them which made the kids feel so amazing! We are so thankful to Broadway by the Bay for covering our costumes, as well! They were a perfect fit for the show!

My favorite part was hearing the kids' reactions. They knew they had accomplished something beyond their abilities, they felt good about themselves, experienced teamwork, and they were already dreaming about a "Midsummer Night's Dream for next year"....We'll see about that..