Kapolei Commons Puts Local Filmmakers On The Same Screens As Gosling And Gaga

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When you go see Oscar contenders like First Man or A Star Is Born at Kapolei Commons, you’ll also get to see what the west side’s most talented young filmmakers are up to.

A 90-second short film, Ūlia, will play along with the upcoming movie trailers at the Regal Kapolei Commons 12.

Nakoa Camvel, a student at the University of West Oʻahu’s Academy for Creative Media, wrote and directed the film, assisted by fellow classmates Kevin Bechayda and Hadji Corpuz. Most of the cast and crew are also UHWO students.

Ūlia cast and crew wraps shooting at Kapolei Commons Ūlia cast and crew wraps shooting at Kapolei Commons. Pictured: Leila Shimokawa, Hadji Corpuz, Derrik Parker, Nakoa Camvel, Kevin Bechayda and Sky Bruno

Ūlia is about a working class man spreading the Aloha spirit by helping others in need. A twist in the end will reveal how the cycle of paying it forward always prevails. You can only see it at Kapolei Commons.

The MacNaughton Group, part of the team that developed and operates Kapolei Commons, was UHWO Academy for Creative Media’s first corporate partner. They committed to showing a new trailer every year for five years.

Ūlia is the third of these trailers, but it’s a special one. “Ūlia is the first narrative trailer by our creative media students,” says Chris Lee, the movie executive who also serves as Academy for Creative Media’s Founder/Director. “[This] clearly demonstrates their advances as filmmakers thanks to classes underwritten by our generous industry partners.”

If you’ve been itching to see any of the new movies, go Friday. On October 26, Regal Kapolei 12 will be donating 50% of the concession profits to UHWO Academy for Creative Media.

Top photo: Nakoa Camvel directs Kevin Bechayda on the shot he wants. All photos via Kapolei Commons