Movie documents life of local surf legend
By Michael Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Michael Tsai
An acclaimed documentary "Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown" lands in Hawai'i next month with special screenings on Maui, the Big Island, O'ahu and Kaua'i.
Brown, the 94-year-old surfing legend and Maui resident, will be on hand for each screening.
The full-length documentary will show at Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Aug. 3, Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu on Aug. 5, the University of Hawai'i Spalding Auditorium on Aug. 6, Waimea Valley Audubon Center on Aug. 7, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort Grand Ballroom on Aug. 8.
'LOST' TWIST AT EMMYS
Even a show that routinely shocks and confounds its audience can be thrown for a curve.
ABC's sophomore smash "Lost" received an impressive nine Emmy nominations this month but was shut out of the the "Best Series" category — despite having won the award last year.
"All of the shows that were nominated are excellent shows, but I felt we should have been included in that category," said "Lost" executive producer Jack Bender. "I can't think of another instance where a show wins (best series) in the Golden Globes and the Emmys in its first year and is not even nominated in season two."
The announcement was bittersweet for Bender, who was singled out with a nomination for best direction for a drama series for his work on the "Live Together, Die Alone" episode.
"It's an honor to be nominated, but I will say that no man is a 'Lost' island," Bender said. "Our show is a team effort, which is why it was shocking that we weren't nominated for best show. We all do this together, and we're proud of what we do."
The show's core ensemble was also shut out of individual recognition, with the only acting nomination going to Henry Ian Cusick for his guest role as Desmond.
The show also received nominations for writing, casting, visual effects, cinematography for a single-camera series, single-camera picture editing (two), and single-camera sound mixing.
"Lost" resumes production in Hawai'i on Aug. 7. Season 3 kicks off on Sept. 27, a few weeks later than usual. The late start is intended to help the show maintain continuity during the season, after fans last year complained about the frequency of reruns.
Intermittent reruns are the norm in episodic television because it typically takes longer than one week to produce each episode, Bender said. It takes 10 days to produce each individual episode of "Lost."
The plan this season is to air the first six episodes of the season on consecutive weeks, break for six weeks, then return with an uninterrupted run of the remaining 16 episodes.
While Bender wouldn't discuss next season's plot twists in detail, he said viewers should expect more of what has made the series a rating success the last two years.
"We'll take off where season 2 ended," he said. "The direction of the storytelling will be awesome. We'll keep peeling away the layers, and the show will get more and more interesting and compelling."
Expect more new characters this season and, possibly, a few more departures. "The stories will keep being dangerous," Bender said. "Nobody is opening a boat stand on the island; it's still about survival."
Because weekly broadcasts, VCRs, TiVo, DVRs, iPod downloads and good, old fashioned tape-swapping aren't enough to ensure that we get our season's worth of "Lost," Touchstone Entertainment invites us to count the days until the release of the "Lost: Season 2" DVD collection on Sept. 5.
And if last year's release party at Turtle Bay is any precedent, the latest collection will be locally feted in grand style.
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