‘Aloha Santa’ Movie Taking Flight ......

A New Christmas Classic

Jonathan Yudis on board to direct.

Infinite Entertainment is developing Christmas comedy “Aloha Santa” and has tapped Adam “Tex” Davis (pictured above) to rewrite the script.

The live-action film will be produced by Mark Bakshi, Jonathan Yudis and Eric Gilliom. Yudis is directing, and he penned the original script.

Story centers on a newly appointed Santa Claus crash-landing his sleigh on Hawaii, forcing him to enlist the locals to help get his powers back and save Christmas.

Davis’ credits include “Just Friends,” “Shamus McShamus” for Armory Films and “Parental Control” for MTV.

He is repped by Benderspink and SMGSB.

READ MORE in Variety Magazine, May 8th, 2013 issue:

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/aloha-santa-movie-taking-flight-exclusive-1200478209/

 

Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band Taps Hawaii's Top Talent

Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band Taps Hawaii's Top Talent

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MICK'S NEW MIX Fleetwood utilizes local artists for Island Rumours and distinct Hawai'i flavor.

 

Reinterpret, reinvent, revisit. Those three Rs are the formula for Mick Fleetwood, founder of the renowned Fleetwood Mac, and his new Island Rumours Band.

"I've always been a musician, but I have entrepreneurial tendencies outside of Fleetwood Mac," Fleetwood said in a phone interview from his sprawling home in Kula, Maui.

For Island Rumours, Fleetwood (drums) tapped local singers-musicians Willie K (voice and guitars) and Eric Gilliom (voice and guitars), Hawai'i songstress Raiatea Helm (voice and 'ukulele), and veterans Rick Vito (voice and guitars) and Lenny Castellanos (bass). He also acquired the services of Lopaka Coln (voice and percussion), after hearing his percussion artistry on a Henry Kapono album.

The intent was to introduce a new version of Fleetwood Mac, with new players who could revive some Mac marvels from the past, but featuring a refined contemporary, global, and yes, Hawai’i personality.
— Mick Fleetwood

Fleetwood knew what he didn't want to do - and that was to stifle the existing careers of the local musicians.

"This is all about expansion, to feel free," he said. "They have their own careers, but now they have something else they need to be serious and committed to, and I feel we'll all benefit from whatever we'll do.

READ FULL ARTICLE: http://www.fleetwoodmac.net/fwm/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=526&Itemid=9

 

 

"Get A Job, " Film Festival Darling

"Get A Job, " Film Festival Darling

 

"Best Comedy" Has Audiences Cheering For Aloha Across The Globe

 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "GET A JOB," the award-winning motion picture comedy produced entirely in Hawaii which stars Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Augie T, and many of the island's top entertainers and musicians, releases to DVD on November 1, 2012,

The Motion Picture Soundtrack by the Barefoot Natives also goes on sale November 1st. 

Produced entirely in Hawaii by islanders, the ground breaking feature film has screened successfully in theaters throughout Hawaii, on the mainland, and in countries such as Spain, India, and Cambodia. On the Film Festival circuit, "GET A JOB" won top prizes in many of the Festivals in which it screened.

Eric Gilliom, Willie K, Carolyn Omine, and Brian Kohne at the Las Vegas Film Festival. 

Eric Gilliom, Willie K, Carolyn Omine, and Brian Kohne at the Las Vegas Film Festival. 

"GET A JOB" represents a small step in the creation of a self-sustaining film industry here in the islands," says writer/director Brian Kohne of Maui. "We have the talent we need here to craft compelling stories, and I look forward to seeing more feature films from Hawaii filmmakers in the coming years."

"In many ways it's about stereotypes," reports Willie K about "GET A JOB," his first movie as a leading man. "People are going to be very surprised by the real story they discover behind the laughter."

"GET A JOB" stars Willie K, Eric Gilliom, and Augie T, with a cast and crew of over 300 islanders including Jake Shimabukuro, Carolyn Omine (writer for TV's "the Simpsons"), Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaiali'i, the late Charles Ka'upu, Ernie Cruz Jr., Kealoha, and Kathy Collins. Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, and Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers also make cameo appearances. The movie was written/directed by Maui's Brian Kohne, and produced by Stefan Schaefer. The music in the movie really shines, as exemplified on the Barefoot Natives "GET A JOB" soundtrack CD.

Copyright 2012 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. Read Full Article at:  http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/19978281/get-a-job-movie

 

 

Eric Gilliom’s Sell-Out Show Leads to Monthly Gig at Stella Blues

Eric Gilliom’s Sell-Out Show Leads to Monthly Gig at Stella Blues

SOUL SESSIONS

From playing the blues with Mick Fleetwood to grooving Hawaiian style with Willie K or Barry Flanagan (of Grammy Award-winning Hapa fame), Eric Gilliom is proving that he knows more than one way to fire up a crowd.

“Soul Sessions,” Gilliom’s first solo project, sold out its two-night run at Stella Blues in April and, as a result, it will become a featured monthly event. Each show showcases Gilliom and an all-star cast of musicians performing Gilliom’s originals in addition to the classic soul and R&B hits of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, and Van Morrison all done with Gilliom’s unique vocal arrangements.

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I’m thrilled to share my passion for soul, funk, and R&B with my fans. These were the sounds that originally inspired my music career. It’s fun to mix things up, show my range, and perform for a crowd in such an intimate setting
— Eric Gilliom

READ FULL ARTICLE:

http://mauinow.com/2011/05/17/eric-gilliom%E2%80%99s-sold-out-solo-show-leads-to-monthly-gig-at-stella-blues/

Local Favorites Join Jamie Foxx At The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

Local Favorites Join Jamie Foxx At The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

Hänaiali'i, Gilliom join Jamie Foxx on stage singing his smash hit, Blame It.

Amy Hänaiali'i and her brother Eric Gilliom to perform at the nationally televised 52nd annual Grammy Awards.

Hanaiali'i and Gilliom performed with their longtime friend Jamie Foxx. In a press release, Gilliom said, “Without giving too much away, we will be part of Jaime’s rendition of his hits from 2009.” The 52nd annual Grammy Awards aired live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS. 

 

READ FULL ARTICLE:  http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2010/Jan/30/il/hawaii301300002.html

 

 

Eric Gilliom Opens Sold Out John Legend Show At MACC

Eric Gilliom Opens Sold Out John Legend Show At MACC

Eric Gilliom and John Legend perform at the MACC. Photo courtesy of Aubrey Hord

Eric Gilliom and John Legend perform at the MACC. Photo courtesy of Aubrey Hord

A Legendary Evening Of Soul

Six-time Grammy Award winner John Legend closed out his Evolver World Tour with performances Sept. 10 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and Sept. 12 at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Hawaii's Na Hoku Award Winner and island entertainer, Eric Gilliom, brought the crowd to their feet with the opening sets for the sold out show on Maui.

Legend is a five-time platinum album selling music star responsible for three hit albums "Get Lifted," "Once Again" and "Evolver" with award-winning songs, "Ordinary People," "Used to Love U," "Green Light," "Save Room" and "Another Again."

Labeled by music critics as "one of the most compelling and important singer/songwriters of this generation," Legend founded the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit charity organization to fund underdeveloped African villages.

A portion of the proceeds from the Hawaii shows and the Evolver Tour will go to provide healthier living conditions for these villages, such as mosquito nets to curb the millions of avoidable deaths from malaria, free meals to children attending school and clean water sources.  

Maui No Ka Oi 10 Most Intriguing People

Maui No Ka Oi 10 Most Intriguing People

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What these Mauians do makes them worthy of our attention.

Willie K & Eric Gilliom Native Talent

In the past year, no two local guys have captured the attention of the Maui music scene more than Willie K and Eric Gilliom.

Separately, they are a story in themselves: Willie Kahaiali‘i—Grammy-nominated musician with numerous CDs and Na Hoku Hanohano awards to his name, son of jazz legend Manu Kahaiali‘i; and Eric Gilliom—actor/musician with a list of TV, Hollywood and Broadway credits, grandson of revered actress and choreographer Jennie Napua Woodd.

Together, they are the Barefoot Natives—a creative musical duo just as likely to get the crowd laughing with a wedding spoof, serenading each other across the aisles, as to evoke chicken-skin with a thrilling rendition of Willie’s song “Indigenous Nations.”

Both guys grew up on Maui and were encouraged by their families to begin performing at a young age. But it wasn’t until Willie started recording albums with Eric’s sister—well-known ha‘i (female falsetto) singer Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom—that the two began collaborating musically, releasing their first CD in May 2006.

Onstage, Eric’s bumbling antics are a perfect foil for Willie’s gruff demeanor. Offstage, their personalities are different, but not much. Eric is warm, exuberant, quick with a story and any excuse to dramatize.

Both guys share a deep, unwavering commitment to Maui and to Native Hawaiian culture.

Read Full Article in Maui No Ka Oi Magazine: http://mauimagazine.net/10-intriguing-people-2007/

Barefoot Natives Win  2007 Best Contemporary Hawaiian Album

Barefoot Natives Win 2007 Best Contemporary Hawaiian Album

Willie and Eric’s love for music and being on stage has permeated audiences everywhere. In their few years playing together, the two have received a Na Hoku Hanohano award for 2007 Best Contemporary Hawaiian album - for their debut CD, Barefoot Natives. They recently were featured on an OC16 TV special, Barefoot Natives 16 Minutes of Fame, and they just finished recording for their upcoming album, Slack Key Circus that releases in October.

Read Full Story: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Jun/20/il/FP706200338.html