Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dinner and a movie (producer)

Fox Searchlight
George Clooney stars in "The Descendants," filmed here last year. The film will debut Dec. 16.

The SMEI (Sales and Marketing Executives International), Honolulu chapter, will present “Hollywood in Hawaii,” a June 21 dinner meeting taking place at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, featuring guest speaker Jim Burke, producer of upcoming Fox Searchlight films, “The Descendants” and “Cedar Rapids.”

The event, entitled "Hollywood in Hawaii," will take place 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., focusing on the many facets of film production, the multi-level marketing of feature films and the economic opportunity production brings to Hawaii. Burke will also address his experience working here.

Jim Burke will be the guest speaker at the next SMEI, Honolulu chapter, dinner meeting, "Hollywood in Hawaii."

Admission is $55 (pre-paid) for members, $65 (pre-paid) for non-members; the cost at the door will be $65 and $75 respectively.

Burke recently served as executive producer on Tamara Jenkins’ Academy Award nominated film, “The Savages.” In 2004, Burke, along with "Descendants" director Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor, formed the production company Ad Hominem.

Prior to Ad Hominem, he was a founding member of the independent film and television company, Rysher, whose diverse film slate includes Sundance audience award winner, “Big Night,” as well as “Primal Fear,” “Kiss the Girls,” “Private Parts” and “The Saint.”

Burke also co-produced, “2 Days in the Valley,” directed by John Herzfeld, “Kingpin,” directed by the Farrelly Brothers, and “Election,” directed by Payne. Earlier in his career, Burke served as vice president of Warner Bros. Television Domestic Distribution.

To make a reservation, please visit or call 942-7000.

Watch the trailer, below:

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