For Immediate Release
Contact: Zack Harris
Phone: (808) 492-0248
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Paul Skellon
Phone: (808) 946-4525
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INDEPENDENT HAWAII FILMMAKER LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR 2018 MISSILE ALERT DRAMA
(Honolulu, Hawaii. August 02, 2019) – Hawaii born & raised filmmaker Zack Harris today announced the launch of a Kickstarter Crowd Funding campaign to raise the capital needed to fund his latest short film titled Ballistic –This is not a drill!
Harris said, “Up to this point this film has been entirely self-funded. I’m now humbly reaching out to friends, associates, alumni, supporters of the Arts and Hawaii Film Industry for your assistance and greatly appreciate all and any contributions.”
Ballistic is a fictional work inspired by the true story of the missile SMS alert transmitted throughout Hawaii on January 13, 2018. The early-morning emergency alert, BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII-SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER-THIS IS NOT A DRILL! was mistakenly dispatched to cell phones across the state of Hawaii, setting off widespread panic fueled by escalating tensions between United States and North Korea at that time.
Ballistic is the story of Ryan Watanabe, a local resident who is working at a Waikiki hotel when the emergency alert is dispatched, and mayhem ensues. His first thought is the safety of his mother and little sister before impact, and the journey of their survival, overcoming family disparity and the erupting tension of a paradise in turmoil.
Harris added, “Ballistic is a story that I am truly passionate about, and I have been fortunate that it has attracted some of Hawaii’s leading SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild) actors to this project.”
Actor/Director Zack portrays the lead character, Ryan. The other lead, Ryan’s mother Michi Watanabe, is played by Una Wilding who guest starred in the television hit shows Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum P.I., also featured in a principal role in the film, Man Up and the short film, Leave Keys in Car. Other co-star supporting roles are played by Rylee Brooke Kamahele, as daughter Jazmine; Allen Cole as Ginger Guest; Dezmond Gilla as Lono and Nikol Luoma who plays Nani.
The Ballistic Kickstarter Campaign launches August 1, 2019 with pledges beginning from $5. Click Here to contribute.
To learn more about Ballistic and its cast visit: https://ballisticshort.com/category/cast-crew/
About Zack Harris – Writer, Director & Actor
Zack’s love for the Arts began with performing stints at Diamond Head Theatre and Punahou School programs. He studied film at the South Seas Film & Television School in Auckland, New Zealand, where he wrote and directed his first short film, Adah and Steve. His debut work was released with critical acclaim and was featured in the 2014 Wairoa Maori Film Festival. Whilst attending University of Hawaii he collaborated on multiple projects as head of the film department for UH Productions. Aside from University of Hawaii projects, he also directed and produced television commercials for Burger King, Jamba Juice, Central Pacific Bank and Volvo. Since graduating with his business degree from Arizona State University in 2018, Zack has worked on an array of independent film projects including acting in the lead role in Teammates. He finds inspiration from subject matter with provocative stories, encouraging conversation and exploring the intricate spectrum of human emotion and identity.