"Get a Job" PG-13, 1:32. Premiere party begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets are $17 plus applicable fees, plus a nonperishable item to be donated to the Maui Food Bank.
It's Hollywood glitz in rubbah slippahs, the film event of the week, not to mention the first great party of the holiday season -if you can still get a ticket to Sunday's premiere party for the rollicking comedy "Get a Job," starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom and filmed entirely on Maui.
Featuring Willie K as a hapless employment counselor, Gilliom as an employment-challenged test case and Caroline Omine as the woman in their lives, the film also features many of Hawaii's top musical artists in cameos, and lots of familiar Maui faces in supporting roles.
Eric Gilliom and Willie K in “Get a Job.”
AUBREY HORD photo
Among them are Augie T, Jake Shimabukuro, Amy Hanaiali'i, Kathy Collins, Vinnie Linares, Marsha Kelly, Charles Ka'upu, Alaka'i Paleka, Chelsea Hill, Bill Hensley, Camille Romero, Yaemi Yogi, Tony Takatani and the proverbial many, many more. Lots of them will be on hand to sign commemorative posters at the "wrap party" following the screening.
The movie's wedding band included Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, Henry Kapono and Pat Simmons, and at least one of them is lined up to join another cast member, Dr. Nat, and the "Get a Job All Stars" playing music at the wrap party.
Brian Kohne wrote and directed the fun, with Stefan Schaefer producing and stealing scenes as a co-star.
The premiere is a benefit for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's arts education programs, acknowledging that many of the cast and crew members are products of arts education on Maui.
It's also a benefit for Maui Food Bank -an act of giving back on this Thanksgiving weekend, and having a whole lot of fun doing it.