Thursday, March 30, 2000

Ohio natives know enough to make movie in Maui

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        When it comes to picking a location for a low-budget, independent film, you can't beat the taste of Ohio natives Jack Past and Michael Wurst.

        This week, the two Wright State University graduates began shooting their first feature on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

        The exotic locale is no accident. Director Wurst is married to Maui native Lee Cataluna, a former Honolulu newswoman and author of the script for Ho'olawe: Give and Take. It's a comedy about a hard-boiled repo man who suffers a crisis of conscience.

        Principal photography for the movie will take about five weeks, and will be shot with high-definition digital cameras.

        Mr. Wurst, who was born and raised in Dayton, met Mr. Past at WSU — but neither studied film. Both have spent the last several years in Los Angeles working in the film business.

        Mr. Past, the producer of Ho'olawe, also grew up in Southwest Ohio; his father still lives in Dayton, his mother and sister in Cincinnati suburbs.

        The trio recently opened a production office overlooking the beach in Kihei. It serves as headquarters for the five-week production, which features local Hawaiian actors.

        Among them is Hawaiian cultural expert Charles Ka'upu, who also delivered a traditional blessing for the project, Mr. Wurst said.

        More details about the project are available at


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