I MET MY CHILDHOOD HERO 😍😭 #JasonMomoa #StargateAtlantis #PDXFF14
abigaiiilllll on September 1st 2014
#pdxff14 great time in Portland! Check out @portlandfilm
Jason Momoa on September 1st 2014
Yes. That is Khal Drogo at Pro Photo Supply talking about shooting a feature film on a DSLR - Canon 5D Mark II.
Jealous? Yea. That’s what we thought. ;-) @PrideofGypsies #pdxff14 #gameofthrones #aquaman #pdx #dslr #canon5d
portlandfilm on September 1st 2014
Jason Momoa at Pro Photo Supply - Portland Film Festival
herodorable on September 1st 2014
My main man rif raf on the way to portland film fest. @roadtopaloma Mahalo to all the gypsies. Spreading the aloha. Love j
Jason Momoa on September 1st 2014
"What is up with ‘Aquaman,’ anyway?" Jason Momoa asked, laughing. "I have no idea. I get asked about it constantly, and I have no idea."
Momoa had just spent 15 minutes talking about his movie "Road to Paloma," which closes the Portland Film Festival with screenings at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday. He was also packing for a vacation with his family on Kauai, and wasn’t really interested in confirming what’s been rumored for months: that he’ll play “Aquaman” in the upcoming blockbuster “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and in a solo “Aquaman” of his own.
The “Aquaman” movie has all sorts of implications, starting with why fictional superstar Vinnie Chase passed on the “Aquaman” sequel to make “Medellin” in “Entourage.” And why is the real Warner Bros. and DC Comics getting its lunch eaten by the gang of oddballs in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an amazing success for Marvel and Disney? Better get busy, Warners.
Momoa is certainly busy. The Honolulu native worked in a surf shop and got his first break on “Baywatch Hawaii.” From there it’s been straight up: “Stargate: Atlantis,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Red Road.” Along the way he married Lisa Bonet, had two children with her, and expanded his game by directing commercials and putting together “Road to Paloma” with some friends.
"I wanted to make a motorcycle movie, a road movie, kind of like ‘On the Road’ and ‘Dharma Bums,’ also ‘Five Easy Pieces’ and obviously ‘Easy Rider,’ another movie I love," he said. "We wanted to make a movie that was true to the road and also draw attention to the lack of prosecution of rape and sexual abuse cases involving Native American victims by non-Natives on tribal lands."
Momoa took out a $100,000 loan to get the project started and used his friends as cast and crew. He is the director and star of “Road to Paloma” and shot in locations on the east side of the Sierras, achieving an amazing look with Canon DSLR cameras. Momoa and cinematographer Brian Mendoza will discuss their work at a workshop at 3 p.m. Monday at Pro Photo Supply.
"We shot in a lot of places I knew from rock climbing up there, some fantastic little spots on the side of the road," said Momoa, who said "Road to Paloma" led directly to his getting hired on "The Red Road."
Momoa’s dream project is to make a movie based on the true story of Ko’olau and the leper war on Kauai. Jack London wrote a famous short story about it called “Koolau the Leper” and Momoa sees it as “a story of love and justice. We have a great script, and now we’ve gotta find the money. I don’t want to go nickel and dime. I want to do it right. I want to make you feel the island breeze and know what it was like to live there in the 1890s.”
Jason Momoa — the new ‘Aquaman,’ maybe? — at the Portland Film Festival on Monday
by Jeff Baker for Oregon Live on September 1st 2014