Two pictures “paint” an image of Hollywood history and Hollywood today featuring child actors in talented directors/ auteurs films.
Top pic: In 1939, child actor Shirley Temple presented Walt Disney with Oscars (one statue and 7 mini-Oscars) for Snow White & The Seven Dwarves–the first animated feature film made. Temple herself had already received her own mini-Oscar four years prior in 1935.
Below image: James Rolleston is a young Maori actor who features in Boy - a film about small town coastal life, by rising auteur Taika Cohen.
Hollywood then and right now. Go see this film, when it hits Hollywood soon.
Boy‘s producers are: Ainsley Gardiner, MERATA MITA, CLIFF CURTIS and Michael E.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.12.10~
Who: Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu stars as Rocky, a kid who believes he has super powers.
Vibe – Funny. Awesome. Different to any Hollywood film.
Producers: Ainsley Gardiner, Merata Mita, Cliff Curtis, Michael E.
Where: Look for Boy at select theaters near you.
New Zealand’s new auteur, is pictured below.
[Image: All Movie Photo --Matt Grace and Darryl Ward]
In Support of Boy a film by Taika Cohen introducing James Rolleston
Sam Cruickshank (Horiwood, a blogger) and Taika Cohen, (the Maori-Jewish Kiwi Tarantino) & Hollywood’s reigning Maori King, Cliff Curtis (Leading light, Producer).
With special thanks to producers: Ainsley Gardiner, Merata Mita’s family, Michael E & the New Zealand Film Commission.
Alright… where’s Temuera?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.9.10~
As Richie McCaw, captain of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby football team, played his 91st international football test much at Twickenham England yesterday–a very special lady hit the town in Hollywood.
Roger Donaldson’s mom, is loving being 91. Tonight she rocked out in support of Maori-Jewish Kiwi director/ actor/ writer Taika Cohen to see his new film Boy at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
What a woman, supporting worthy talent in global film making of significance. She gets it. Always go to a film that’s won an award. The chances are, it will be a beauty. As is the case tonight, with Boy. You’ve got to see this movie. Community humor with a diversely funny and amusing different worldview.
Love Mrs Donaldson! Can we clone your mom Roger, in California?
She rocks. Last seen going for a hearty dinner at 9pm. What a hoot!
[Incidentally,The All Blacks' won 26-16 win at Twickenham]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.6.10~
Parenting is never easy. Being a kid going through puberty isn’t either. Set in a Maori small town community on the Coast of New Zealand, this is a story of what happens when your dad gets out of prison to resume his parenting role with his young son. A delightful community centered film.
What: Boy - a film (trailer below)
Who: Taika Cohen - writer, actor, director!
Feat: a stellar line up of Maori child actors. So talented.
Genre: Comedy set in a small rural New Zealand coastal community, East Coast, North Island New Zealand.
Debut in Hollywood: Grauman’s Chinese Theater
Audience Vibe: Well received, appreciative, inquisitive to know more about the unique worldview of Maori New Zealanders that Taika presents in Boy.
Highlight: The tributes to the heroization of the late Michael Jackson, King of Pop. Very funny.
Awards to Date: Winner of The Silver Bear Awards, Germany 2010.
The Coolest Thing?: A unique soundtrack that reflects Maori music tastes.
What to do?: Definitely go see this film. Press play.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.6.10~
Go Kiwi’s in LA!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.6.10~
Two of the best Kiwi film directors in the Hollywood game. Roger Donaldson (left) has an upcoming thriller starring January Jones of Mad Men and the mega talented Guy Pearce of Australia in the leads.
Roger is pictured here with Maori-Jewish Kiwi lad, Taika Cohen at the screening of Cohen’s movie Boy at Graumans Chinese Theater, Hollywood Blvd, this evening. I thoroughly enjoyed this story about a rural Maori community of children’s interaction with their country circumstances and world. Incidentally Boy was filmed where Taika grew up, in a town with a school of 30 children. He’s come a long way. Fun film. Go see.
For film students who love New Zealand Cinema, start writing, making shorts–and like these two lads prove, good film can happen from you. Good stuff.
[Pic - courtesy of Ms.M]
~Special thanks to producers: Merata Mita’s family, Cliff Curtis, Ainsley Gardiner and Michael E – with the help of Sundance and The New Zealand Film Commission. A good result achieved with Boy. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.6.10~
Authentic Kiwi girls don’t come much more fun than Kylie McKenzie.
Here’s girlfriend rocking an original “Tawa School” yellow tee, with two buds. How authentic and sweet is she, not forgetting her roots. I love it.
The occasion: Taika Cohen’s Boy movie, Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
Highlight: Question & Answer time with the director at the end of the film, Kylie said: “I just want to thank you for bringing Poi E the song, written by Patea Maori club to America. Back in the early eighties, who ever would have thought it would play at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, all those years ago. But you achieved that with this film.” The song was originally written to save families who had lost jobs from “freezing works” lay offs.
If you grew up bopping to this song, it was a very significant Hollywood momento.
Kylie is such a good Kiwi girl. She says all the right things, to add to a special Hollywood occasion. Oh yeah, and Kylie totally bawled her eyeballs off at a certain part. (Don’t want to spoil it, go see the film).
Thanks Kylie for a fun night. Lyn of Tawa (a comedic character based on a resident of Tawa, Wellington, New Zealand –picture Britney Spears in ten years time, going to get the cheetos in her ugg boots to get the ‘Lyn of Tawa picture and appeal’) would have been so proud of you rocking Tawa School this fine Hollywood Eve. Nice one.
Jeremy (on the L) was born in Whangarei City, went to high school with Kylie in Wellington and has been in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Kiwi’s of LA. The accent is still 100% there. Too funny. Alright, press play to see some Maoris turn on an MJ tribute from the closing credits of Boy.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.
MAIKI SHERMAN – COVERS POLITICS IN THE MAORI LANGUAGE – SHANE JONES FOR TAMAKI ELECTORATE, THAT’S CULTURALLY VISIBLE IN NUANCED ARTS 2010′s
In the age of iPhone and digital media telephony – globally, a nation’s visibility is perceived as credibility. Maori and Polynesian Arts as Visual Arts getting more visual in Tamaki is a necessity to attract a global economy to New Zealand. The substance transmitted in all media that cannot be replicated, it stands on its own, will always be Spirit. If we possess it, we must serve it to Shine.
If we are credible, we must match the integrity of our belief with greater and more creative visibility as leading entertainers contributing to culture in the world. Whether they know it yet or not, the world needs US and our culture as expressed from artistic spirits–Horiwood on Arts & Visual Arts in The Super City – 2010′s.
Hot! Watch this clip to see news reporter Maiki Sherman covering politics and news in Auckland – The Supercity in Te Reo Rangatira (the language of Chiefs).
This clip also features Shane Jones who will stand in the Tamaki electorate, next election. Presenter Scotty Morrison and executive producer Tini Molyneux for Te Karere News bring us this unique story in Hollywood, wtih Maiki – for your viewing pleasure and Hollywood entertainment diversity.
Shane was Harvard educated in America, where he studied with his wife and children. He also speaks the indigenous peoples language of New Zealand – a future trend for all politicians in New Zealand to become more proficient in, for the upcoming years of NZ politics. It’s time.
For Maori leaders like Shane, promoting Maori women into leadership roles across all sectors of society is his and his male peers’ (regardless of color) next biggest challenge. I see Shane being very instrumental, visionary and gentlemanly in this role as the world seeks out Maori women leadership and their wisdom as women on many global issues concerning other women, in the world. Maori and Kiwi women have a gift to lead that’s on the rise.
[Um, I'm posting this clip, because Mr Jones said "And how is that talented son of yours?" to my Maori Helensville-raised mom, when the two last met, at Dame June Jackson's anointing in Auckland - The Supercity.
[This pic - Samuel Marsden of Yorkshire, a later arrival and founding father of New Zealand]
Shane and I both grew up in Nga Puhi country – when he was not in America studying, learning at the feet of Maori Marsden - one of the greatest minds on theology, whose gift of Peace to mediate, along with Gra Theodore‘s is legendary in the ilk of New Zealand leadership circles.
Maori Marsden was the great grandson of Samuel Marsden of whom exploits and legends of New Zealand history books write about. Samuel had a spirit of deep respect for Maori, similar to that of Sir Douglas Graham. I pay respect to these greats today too from Los Angeles, The Entertainment Capitol of the World.]
For all of you Hollywood readers –manners with a reply back is how I was raised. My reply: E pehea ana a Lucas raua ko Kylie Brown? Kia ora te whanau katoa. Kia kaha.
Maiki Sherman appears at the end of the clip, rocking it in the Maori language. Is New Zealand getting a cultural revolution in between filming Hobbits in 3D for Hollywood audiences, or what? So exciting to see Maori and Polynesian culture thriving. That’s the spirit. It would be awesome to see a leader from the Tamaki Electorate develop and foster Maori Art House Cinema in Tamaki and take Maori and Polynesian cultural operatic performance to cirque de Soleil heights too, in Tamaki.
We need cultural visibility in theater, film, fashion, globally competitive music and dance choreography that’s relatable, emulatable and appealing — across all arts genres diversity to compete with the way visual arts, are being used in political circles today.
In observing political trends in and from the USA – A nation’s arts, proceeds it’s message of political value. There’s no way around that. Art and culture is the artistic armory of Kings to trade within a culturally nuanced global market place.
Now there’s a challenge for a Tamaki electorate leader to foster and ensure for Auckland City’s global presence – for our Prime Minister and nation’s culture and economy growing and feeding into each other, naturally, like enriched dialogue depicting intelligence of expression and maturity of nationhood, in our pride and sense of place – from a paradise nation rich and beautiful in ecological resource.
[Message to Tamaki Electorate - Horiwood Hollywood, is pictured holding Wellington-based Maori-produced magazine Tu Mai in Hollywood California. Held is an image of visual artist, model and talent, Yasmin Bidois, 15, symbolizing people wealth of our young people’s talented potential. Yasmin wears a Hei Tiki in pounamu worn by Wahine Rangatira of the Chiefly ancients – but now, a young woman faces the challenges before her in a modern world. This image depicts a visible age of Maori and Polynesian in the age of iPhone mobile telephony and all media globally.
The artistic statement is: “Maori on French Art fusion via Hollywood, California USA.” All Maori produced media in making this low budget visual message. Put simply – Visibility is our credibility. Let’s get louder and more visual to express and grow Tamaki’s artistic cultural potential in The World and to compete in a global economy. Korowai evening dress, Yves St Laurent, couture of France, 1952. In honor of French-Maori connection in the arts, as Yasmin also symbolizes by blood. We are New Zealand art. Let’s get visual with sophisticated production budgets in creating our own globally appealing artists and messangers of cultural texts that have an appealing message about who we are as Kiwis. Mauri ‘Ola tatou.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.25.10~
Artists of the world, will always respond to an auteur. The Arts are always created when we cross cultures, to the center and push back in creative response. In this moment, we are the center of the world’s pop culture creation too as artists. We are creating the future by speaking back in response to the present in expression with our unique worldviews and artistic reo (voices) and vision too. Let’s go Maori and Polynesian filmmakers, musicians, artists and entertainers – Horiwood
Who: Kanye West
What: Hip Hop Art House Cinema as a new genre of filmmaking.
Title Work: Runaway, a short film
Duration: 34 mins, 32 secs aprox.
Starring: Selita EBanks and Kanye West
Key Themes: A commentary on America’s nationhood, in Kanye’s lifetime. The rise and fall and what is the rise back up again of the USA. Decadence fused with decay of empire.
The Michael Jackson death of the King of Pop reference, is both respectful and a little spooky in the form of a military like national guard parade, and a blown up head of MJ. The golden phoenix references are powerful. Selita Ebanks is pure art in this role. Naive, beautiful, out of place, learning of a new world–a metaphor of a nation rebuilding, and representing a younger generation in it–as also reflected in a gaggle of strong, youthful ballet-swans, depicted as youthful potential turned statues with their economic? wings ripped off by resulting circumstances of unwise political/ banking leaders of the past. Selita plays the role, of someone being introduced to America now as shown by Kanye, an auteur. She asks: how is it possible to be authentic and survive in your world, when most are cast in stone of economics/ current politics?
Perhaps indicating, patriarchal culture, Kanye’s response is: just stay with me anyway and make love to me. An interesting political commentary, when no one really has an answer to this question Selita posits.
Anyway, it’s a little weird for me, but I love the fact that Kanye has created the Hip Hop Musical, Art House short film genre of cinema. Not enough can be written about that. It’s revolutionary in African-American cinema that he’s done this. Creative plus!!!
Enjoy. And in honor of Taika Cohen‘s artistic filmmaking abilities – who could do the same, for Maori down under, I post this Korowai cloak, as a challenge (or take in Maori) to pick up in future years and do the same as an artist. Maori Art House Cinema, let’s go, thinking outside of commercial, Hollywood narrative structures too – into more artistic expression of Maori cinematic arts. Artists should always respond across cultures to other artists. It’s cultural manners and is also what true artists are about if we hail from centuries-old traditions of artists – which we do as Maori. Any culture with authentic artist will respond from their nation as global artists.
As Maori we are not passive. American culture is boring if it’s monologue. What we need is dialogue for US culture to even be relevant in our Maori mix at all. We don’t just consume from America, we speak back like mature adults, and put our own spin on our own future – as teachers (not children) of America too. So, where’s our film texts (musicals on cinema, please).
Who in New Zealand wants to respond to this, in cinema? I ask. Taika is a good start, with Awanui Reader writing the film’s score and starring in the lead. Ainsley Gardiner, an award winning film producer and Oscar nominated producer, as producer of such a project, showing the strength of good female leadership from New Zealand – would be hot.
But let’s get back to Kanye West’s brilliance and budget spend here. His interweaving on a sound sonic-scape with international accents (German and European) as well as importing the class of Rihanna ‘s hip hop and r n’b proven sound globally via Barbados of the Commonwealth (UK tributes and associations) show’s an American artist seeking cross-cultural ties and connections with a place for Americans in the world. Amidst the American ego–that his nation expects in their pop culture to fuel their own sense of identity, Kanye shows humility too for other nations cultures he’s learned and gleaned from as one of the 30% of Americans who have traveled outside of US borders and dared to be an American minority in another nation’s cultural life–and position himself as a student of the world. I like it that he has and it reflects in this film, from what he’s borrowed and interwoven into his art.
In particular, Kanye uses the elements a lot, of the sky. Perhaps indicating a future where, manipulating the earth’s elements (whether in visual depiction via news footage) or for real, will be common. An oil spill, was the last example of this we witnessed by a multi-national corporation in Mexico’s gulf for example. Oil from depth in the earth’s crust became vapor that filled the sky like a column of smoke. The world had never seen that before, as elements burned from the sea.
Kanye’s film is a version of a vision of America today. Powerful as art and social commentary. He raises the bar of hip hop artists and most music artists too, with this contribution. It’s his version, of “I am King” of pop culture and the arts eg: Muhammad Ali via cinema. Or, his version of “Presidential vision” or “if I was President” in that The Thompson Twins 80′s kinda statement way. Smile America. It does get better, is what West says here. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.24.10~
And to learn a little about Taika’s Maori side, here he is in the starring role of, Poi E (Remixed) playing the funny man, with a tribute nod to the late Michael Jackson. To learn about Taika’s Jewish side, visit Israel.
This is a repeat posting of the music video, worth another airing today. Shalom and Mauri Ora from Hollywood. :)
When not in Hollywood, Taika Cohen is also known as Taika Waititi, (his father’s Maori tribal name). Go here to read a great interview with Taika Waititi. Congrats brother. A good spot.
The Green Lantern, Martin, Ryan and Taika are up 486% in popularity this week. Good heat.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.2.2010. By the way, this post is equally pro-Maori and Pro-Jewish too because New Zealanders try to be fair, decent and friendly to all people.~
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.22.2010~
According to my Hollywood sources on the competitive Young Hollywood dance clubs scene, the hottest DJ last night in Los Angeles’ was Janet Jackson‘s “friend” Jermaine Dupris who managed to out spin Riley Moore of Fubar of West Hollywood last night, with his outstanding DJ set at The Playhouse in Hollywood. Who would have thought?
Is the dance dj balance of power shifting Hollywood’s way. Come on Riley Moore!!! And congrats Mr Dupris.
But the question of the day for Young Hollywood who want to be cast in a hot director’s upcoming films… that question is… who is Taika Cohen? ;)
[Image of Taika Waititi otherwise known as Taika Cohen]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.21.2010~
When the Haka and poi meets Michael Jackson: Taika Waititi is an Oscar nominated Maori filmmaker from New Zealand, whom Cliff Curtis of The Last Airbender produced and introduced to Hollywood to become a cinematic storyteller of significance in the future.
Taika started out as a talented playwright and comedic actor in Wellywood, home town of Sir Peter Jackson–and when I saw a live performance of Taika in the play he wrote called The Adventures of Maui I have never laughed so much at a play in my life. He’s one funny brotha. Ridiculous facial expressions, that could only belong to a Maori.
Taika has also just produced a video for the Patea Maori Club‘s 25th Anniversary of their #1 pop hit, Poi E, a song which also features in the award winning (Berlin Germany) film–Boy (Cliff Curtis produced also with Ainsley Gardiner). (more…)