With a career spanning over two and a half decades, DANTE BASCO is one of those Hollywood actors who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure. He was first introduced in Steve Spielberg's fairytale movie Hook, as "Rufio", the leader of the Lost Boys.
Recently Dante starred in Newline's Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas. His flair for dance helped him lock this role down. He is also Disney's animation series American Dragon: Jake Long as well as Prince Zuko in Nickelodeon's phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Not only is Dante an actor of many talents, but also a producer for Kinetic Films. He starred and produced two of Kinetic's feature films, "Paradise Broken" and "Hang Loose".
TO BRING A VOICE TO UNTOLD STORIES WITH A FOCUS ON EXPLORING ASIAN-AMERICAN IDENTITIES THROUGH FILM.
James, a Hawaii native, graduated from the USC Film School with a degree in Cinematic Arts. Upon graduating, he worked at Disney Studios and Columbia Pictures.
As a film producer, James has numerous accolades under his belt, and was personally invited by Roger Ebert to showcase his work at Ebert's Ebertfest. His short film, "Silent Years" won numerous awards including first runner up at the exalted British Academy Awards, L.A. (BAFTA/L.A) He has also won a coveted Cannes Bronze Lion for his commercial work.
Through his production company, Kinetic Films, he directed and produced the feature film, "Paradise Broken," a gritty drama about the underbelly of Waikiki; produced the feature film, "Hang Loose," a coming-of-age comedy both of which were nominated for best film at the LA Asian/Pacific Film Festival; and “Man Up” distributed by Lakeshore Entertainment. James has also executive produced, Gook and Ms. Purple, Sundance winners, as well as August at Akiko’s, listed as one of the best films of 2019 by The New Yorker.
Thirteen-year-old DAVID KALAMA dreams of escaping rural Hawaii. But when JONAH MORRIS (13), a white kid from Phoenix, Arizona moves into the neighborhood, tragedy strikes, irrevocably changing the trajectory of David's life and those closest to him.
GROWING UP LOCAL
In a place known as paradise, Stanley’s life is far from it.
Using the unexplored and often tough neighborhoods of Hawai'i as a backdrop, Growing Up Local uncovers a boy’s struggle to establish his identity beyond his father’s fists and his loyalty to his friends. The tale of Stanley explores three generations of the Nagata family, and tells the universal story of the conflict between father and a son and the expectations and burdens that are passed on from generation to generation.
Growing Up Local takes us beyond the stereotypical view of Hawai'i, and goes deeper into a world and a culture that many call home.