Picture this scenario: You are in college, and
you are dating someone whom you have known since high school.
Eventually things get serious: you fall in love, and you plan
a future together. Sooner or later, one of you wants “space.” The
relationship falls apart, and you are heartbroken. You graduate,
move away, and get on with your life, right? Now let’s
fast forward to your high school reunion. You are flung back
in time, and all of the people from your past resurface to
see if you have done anything with your life, including the
one who broke your heart. What happens next is best described
as emotional chaos and a hilarious walk down memory lane set
to the popular music of the early ‘90s. In the short
film “The Marrying Type,” it’s the ultimate
reunion nightmare come to life.
Written by HPU graduate Cari Carter (Aguilar) and directed
by George Y. Russell, “The Marrying Type,” is a
romantic drama with a twist. The lead character, Maya, is played
by Karrie Salmon. Maya moved to Los Angeles after graduation
from college, in an attempt to escape her past. Although she
is successful in her career, her personal life is a mess.
She gets a call from her best friend Naomi, played by Cari
Carter, about their upcoming high school reunion. Although
Maya dreads the emotions she may have to deal with, Naomi convinces
Maya to attend so that she can resolve her feelings for Cris,
her ex-boyfriend, and get on with her personal life.
Maya quickly discovers that much has changed since college
graduation. Her former boyfriend, played by Ryan Calder, is
no longer commitment-phobic, and Naomi, once the consummate
party animal, is desperate to settle down. She also discovers
that many things remain the same, such as her feelings for
Cris. Maya has to decide whether to pursue Cris or seek closure.
With a soundtrack that includes “Good Vibrations” by
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and “I’m Too Sexy” by
Right Said Fred, the film takes some fun, comedic turns throughout
its fifteen minutes, but it ends with a dramatic and unexpected
The Marrying Type is one of 15 films selected to be shown at
the ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase. “More than 70 entries
were received for the ‘Ohina Showcase,” according
to Joji Yoshida, its media director. “The showcase was
created to support a variety of local independent filmmakers
and provide them with a chance to exhibit their films to the
local community,” Yoshida added, so selection is a real
honor for the filmmaker.
The ‘Ohina Showcase will be held October 17th and 18th at the Honolulu
Academy of Arts Theater. For more information, call the ‘Ohina Hotline