Fresh Off Its World Premiere, The Locally Produced ‘Get a Job’ Will Screen October 23

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WAILUKU, “GET A JOB!,” the hilarious, high-spirited motion picture comedy starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom and filmed and produced entirely on Maui, had its World Premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival this past Saturday, October 16. The audience raved at the antics of it’s many stars and the unique, insightful, and often outrageous depiction of life in the islands.

The film will screen one final time in the festival, on Saturday October 23 at 3:15 pm at the Regal Dole Cannery 18 Theaters. Tickets are on sale now for this  screening. Check for information on ticket sales.


“The premiere was a night to remember, and the Hawaii International Film Festival a really fabulous event,” says one of the stars, Eric Gilliom. “Playing a character such as Merton was very special for me, as he is that sweet lovable – yet kolohe (mischievous) guy that we in Hawaii know to exist. I believe there is a Merton in every culture… someone who lives off the grid and in many ways thrives as a result of his simplicity.”

“GET A JOB!,” the first of several planned collaborations between Malama Pono Productions and Cicala Filmworks, is written and directed by Maui native Brian Kohne and produced by Stefan Schaefer. The feature film also stars Oahu’s Carolyn Omine (Writer and Executive Producer of “The Simpsons”), and comedian and radio personality Augie T.  A who’s who of the top musical talent and personalities in Hawaii today rounds out the cast including Jake Shimabukuro, Henry Kapono Ka’aihue, Amy Hanaiali’i, Kealoha, Charles Ka’upu, Ernie Cruz Jr., Kathy Collins, and Alaka’i Paleka. It also boasts special appearances by Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, Marty Dread, and many many more. The “GET A JOB” soundtrack includes music by the Barefoot Natives, Don Tiki, Amy Hanaiali’i, the Throwdowns, Willie K, Avi Ronen, Kealoha, and Kristen Grove.

In its listing of the film on its website, the Hawaii International Film Festival remarks: “Kohne’s play on stereotypes is gut-breaking indeed, but there’s a grander scheme to the madness in “GET A JOB”; It’s the pursuit of the American dream.”