Writer/Director Chuck Mitsui’s “One Kine Day” opened in limited theatrical release today.
The locally produce Indie film was shot on location on the island’s Windward side. It will also be available at Redbox kiosks across the state of Hawaii starting April 24th.
“One Kine Day” premiered at the 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival, where it won an audience choice award, and was screened at festivals in San Francisco, L.A., Chicago and Philadelphia.
Mitsui recently answered a few questions about his film:
Tell us about One Kine Day.
One Kine Day is a slice of modern Hawaiian life that has never been seen in a feature film. The only way to pull this off is to keep it as authentic as possible. The story and characters are so common in Hawaii I am sure the local audience will find similar to some of their own experiences. Yet the story is also so universal that it makes it easy for non Hawaii people to follow and still be able to absorb the local vibe. In keeping with the authenticity we decided to cast local actors when ever possible. Many of them were first time actors who I felt could relate to the characters and others who were trained actors who had a good understanding of Hawaii. By keeping the casting and story true I hope to give the audiences all over the world a first hand view of what it’s like to live in the land of Aloha.
What were some of the challenges you faced as an Indie filmmaker in taking your project from script to screen?
The script for One Kine Day was developed at the Binger Film Lab in the Netherlands. It was the first script I have written and with the help of the Binger I was able to create something I felt was a true portrait of contemporary Hawaiian society. In a lot of ways it was easy to make this film on a small budget, because the world of One Kine Day was literally right in our own backyard. Torry Tukuafu, producer of One Kine Day, and Udee, Co-Producer, found a lot of the locations by driving around and knocking on peoples doors and asking them if we could shoot there. This helped give an authentic view into where these characters live and what this other side of Hawaii really looks like. We also committed to using local actors/non-actors in some of the key roles, including Ryan Greer who won the Breakout Performance Award for his portrayal of Ralsto at the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. This meant that we had to really work with these young guys and get them to a place where they could hold there own in scenes with seasoned young actresses like Christa B. Allen and Janel Parrish who they played opposite. One other thing about Hawaii that I hope comes across on the screen, is the spirit of Aloha because that is what made it possible for this film to get made and up on the big screen. From the people who lent us their homes and backyards, the the cast and crew who worked for much less than they are worth, it was this spirit that we all share for this story.
Was securing a theatrical release and DVD distribution difficult for small locally made film?
We were fortunate to have a good story and a well produced film, but it was still a challenge to secure distribution. There is so much content out there and so many outlets it is really easy to lose focus of where and how you want people to view you film. Part of our success was that we stuck to our goals and kept knocking on doors and pushing forward. In the end we found our way and are looking forward to having the film viewed in theaters and on DVD.
What are you working on next?
I would like to continue making films here in Hawaii. There are many more stories to be told and I find the world around me a constant source of inspiration.
What advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers?
Don’t get into a project unless you truly believe in it and are willing to commit yourself to it fully.