This feature-length documentary follows the journeys of three teenagers who are passionate about entering the South Korean pop music industry and becoming entertainers.
Casting K-pop Star hopefuls:
If you are a teen (around ages 13-19) and think you have what it takes to be a K-Pop star, and you're planning to follow your dream to audition in Los Angeles (watch video for dates) or Korea this summer, please go to our Facebook page (I'm Gonna Be a K-pop Star!) and send us a private message with your email address, and we will send you an application.
* We're casting internationally but SPECIAL CONSIDERATION to applicants in HAWAII. You do not need to be Korean.
As South Korean popular music (commonly known as K-pop) spreads across the globe, the entertainment companies that create K-pop stars are increasingly interested in signing teenagers who not only sing and dance well, but speak English fluently, too. In that vein, they have been holding "global" around the world over the past several years. Many K-pop groups that recently debuted have at least one member who is a native speaker of another language.
The teenagers who attend these "global" auditions range from those who are just doing it for fun to those who take it seriously. But there is one breed of teenager that is one step higher. These are the ones with so much passion and commitment to audition perfectly and sign with one of the companies, that they will do whatever it takes. They do not give up, and they do not take "no" for an answer. This is their destiny, and nothing will stop them from fulfilling it.
They don't say, "I wanna be a K-pop star." They say, "I'm GONNA be a K-pop star."
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
CHRISTINE KAALOA (Director) is a Shooter, Director and Field Producer who's worked on hit MTV shows such as My Super Sweet Sixteen, True Life and Engaged & Underage. Her clients have also included VH1, GSN, Food Network, and BET. Her background is in video art and dance, where she's performed, choreographed, and exhibited works in Hawaii, New York and Los Angeles. As a video artist, she's screened her works from New York to outdoor screens in Manchester, London, Chicago, and international film festivals. A Hawaii native, she's lived in Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis and South Korea.
TITUS Y.H. CHONG (Producer) was raised in Hawaii and started his career as an accounting clerk at Warner Bros. Television, where he worked with such hit shows as Friends, Veronica's Closet, The West Wing, ER and The Drew Carey Show. He then went to work in various capacities on feature films such as Mighty Joe Young, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Titus also served as a producer on Hawaii-based projects, including the award-winning short films LEON AND THE WOLF and LYCHEE THIEVES. He studied Screenwriting at UCLA and is a member of the Hawai'i International Film Festival Screening Committee.