To bring a voice to untold stories with a focus on exploring Asian-American identities through film.
For the past 15 years, James Sereno has run Kinetic Productions, a production firm that has changed the face of advertising and broadcast production in the state of Hawaii, and is the head of Kinetic Films, a film production company focused on local stories and diverse narratives. Sereno grew up in Hawaii and attended the University of Southern California Film School, graduating with a degree in Cinematic Arts. After graduation, Sereno worked in development at Disney Studios and Columbia Pictures; going on to join Team-One Advertising where he produced commercials for Lexus and America West Airlines, winning a coveted Cannes Bronze Lion in the process. After several years of working on the mainland, he decided to return back to the islands to form his own production company.
Sereno’s work in narrative film was showcased in Ebert’s Ebertfest and the Hawaii International Film Festival. His first work, a short film entitled, "Silent Years," won a myriad of awards including first runner up at the exalted British Academy Awards, LA (BAFTA/LA). He also directed and produced the feature film, Paradise Broken (2011), a gritty drama about the underbelly of Waikiki; and produced the feature film, Hang Loose (2012), a coming-of-age comedy; both of which were nominated for Best Film at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. His most recent film, Man Up (2015), starred prominent YouTube star, Kevin Wu (KevJumba), and Justin Chon, who appeared in both Twilight and 21 and Over, and was distributed by Lakeshore Entertainment.
Sereno is committed to fostering and supporting Hawaii’s diverse ethnic communities in his work, both commercial and film. He hopes to encourage Hollywood to branch out from traditional narratives and to showcase Hawaii as an epicenter of cinematic storytelling.
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".
Kylie Courtney is currently an associate producer for Kinetic Films while also a Masters Candidate in the Politics and Communication Program at the London School of Economic and Political Science. After she completes her Masters Degree she hopes to work full time in the media industries.
Courtney grew up in the Philippines and Hawaii, completing most of her education at Punahou School. Upon graduating, she attended the University of St Andrews, completing her First Class Degree in Film and International Relations. Throughout her studies, she worked with a variety of institutions primarily researching and writing reports on current events on political, economic, and cultural issues.
She worked with Kinetic Films this past summer where she continued to learn producing skills and expanded her practical knowledge of film production. Her Masters program will finish in September 2017, after which her goal is to hone her skills as a producer.
A man of many hats both literally and figuratively, Zachary Tom is the newest addition to the Kinetic crew.
Zachary looks forward to gaining knowledge and experience in the crazy and thrilling world that is production.