Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Media coverage

Without the mass media, "Empty Streets" would never reach the people who can work together with us to make a difference. Here's a list of media outlets that have helped spread our message.

"Empty Streets" has been talked about in some media outlets, including the Modesto Bee, the Modesto View, the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Grass Valley Union newspapers in California, and in Hawaii in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, Kauai People News and The Garden Island.

December 2013/January 2014
Thanks to the ORANGE COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY, we were in OC Weekly

December 2013
KKCR radio in Hawaii interviewed Paul and they debuted (Hawaii debut) two songs and played two tracks written especially for the film.

November 2013
Paul did an interview and debuted (world premiere) two songs from our Soundtrack. On KIOC radio (their weekend Blues show)

September 2012

Heal my PTSD (blog) asked us to do a guest Post.

July 2012

45-minute Solutions Now Radio interview. Scroll to 63:00

May 2012-

May 7th-May 13th Hawaii Reel Stories on OC 16

Memorial Day weekend (Kong Radio)
Memorial Day (morning segment on Hawaii News Now)

March 2012-

The Garden Island Newspaper Lifestyle Section
Kong Radio

Empty Streets was also covered by television news the week of October 1–5, with segments on

Honolulu's CBS, ABC and Fox affiliates.

November 2007
Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "Surviving life’s battlefield: An Oahu Marine's rocky return to civilian life inspires a short film the director hopes will help veterans." By Katherine Nichols. 11/23/2007

October 2007
• Radio interview on "Good Vibrations," a local talk program on Kauai Community Radio (KKCR 90.9 FM. Hosted by Tracey Schavone. 10/10/2007

September 2007
• Impromptu radio interview with Marc Valentin of Kong Radio (KQNG 93.5 FM). 9/17/2007
Radio interview with Ely and Paul on "Insight," a public affairs talk program on Capital Public Radio (KXJZ – 90.9 FM. Hosted by Jeffrey Callison. 9/27/2007
"‘Empty Streets’ hits home." — The Garden Island (Kauai, Hawaii. By Amanda Gregg. 9/27/2007

August 2007
Paul interviewed for Fireside Chats in the "Modesto View," a weekly arts and entertainment newspaper. Paul discussed the experience of shooting Empty Streets in and around Modesto, California.

July 2007
"The characters in Empty Streets have No Exit."Review by Jay of the Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute. From the review: "Empty Streets strongly evokes the psychological costs We The People pay for the military aggression commanded by our leaders." 7/15/2007

June 2007• The OC16 television show "Hawaii Reel Stories" has a segment in the episode airing July 26–Aug. 2. Also, the Hawaii Film and Video Magazine blog, Tim Ryan's Reel Hawaii, has mentioned "Empty Streets."

"Congrats to Kauai-raised producer Paul Booth …" — Tim Ryan's Reel Hawaii. 6/19/2007

April 2007
• In Hawaii, "Empty Streets" has been covered by KGMB-9 news. They used two clips and on-set interviews with Desiree, Ely, Tony and Paul.
"Indie short film examines the stresses a returning soldier experiences." — The (Grass Valley, Calif.) Union. 4/12/2007
"'Empty Streets' Depicts PTSD of Hawaii War Veteran." — Hawaii Film Blog. 4/6/2007

March 2007
"Kauai filmmaker tackles war and the effects on veterans." — The Garden Island (Kauai, Hawaii. By Keya Keita. 3/30/2007

"Filmmaker tells a friend's story of life after military service." — Lodi News-Sentinel.
By Lauren Nelson. 3/10/2007

February 2007
• Paul did a TV interview with Modesto's "Central Valley Report." He was interviewed on set in Modesto.
"Moanalua grad to tell war vet's tale." — Honolulu Star-Bulletin. By Katherine Nichols. 2/1/2007

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

About Ely

I am a 34-year-old Hawaii native who joined the military soon after graduating from Moanalua High School. I am also a father (of 2), writer and friend.

During my time in The United States Marine Corps, I had experienced life changing moments both good and bad. These events have an effect on who I am as a person today. Although those days in the Marines have past they are not gone.

When Paul originally told me about the idea which formed into Empty Streets, my thought was "who cares." It sounded great, but the idea that someone else wanted to share one of the hardest times of my life with the rest of the world scared me because I didn't think my life could be used to help others. As this idea became a reality, I found myself humbled.

Dredging up memories and feelings I wanted to forget helped pave the way for the desire to see this film completed which would in essence help me move on in life. After being given the honor of co-writing, my closure is nearing completion.

Everyone that contributed to this film has had made many personal sacrifices. These sacrifices have made this a part of us all. During the time we helped to build this film as friends, we became family. Paul, Kendyce, Kevin, Tony, Des, I love you all and thank you.

— Ely Kalilikane (Co-Writer, Producer, Technical Consultant)

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San Francisco — Ely and Paul heading back from the pizza place.