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My Initial Thoughts on Shiro’s Head

Guam is about to kick off a historical weekend with the world premiere of the first movie written, produced, directed and edited by two of its own: Don and Kel Muna. Their independent, “do-it-yourself” film is called Shiro’s Head and I don’t think I have to tell you how excited I am about this.

“A true grass roots project, Shiro’s Head The Legend is a do it yourself, independent production that is a result of filmmakers Don and Kel Muna maximizing their resources and creative solutions. Knowing that in order to maintain full creative control of their first feature-length film, the Muña Bros. embraced the idea of a fully independent, do-it-yourself approach. This meant that they had to take on the full responsibility of all aspects of production and finance. As a result, they were fully prepared to pull all available resources together. It was then that they decided to take the production of the movie overseas back home to Guam, where support from family and friends combined with their past professional experience gave them the perfect foundation for turning their dream into a reality.”


I talked with both Don and Kel last night at the Shiro’s Head pre-premiere party, and there was catching up to be done. Before last night, the last time I saw either of them was probably sometime in the early 90’s on the campus of George Washington High School where we were all students at the time (give it up for products of the Guam Public School System). We ran in different circles back then but I remember they were always friendly and low-key. They were friendly, low-key, and even humble last night when I gushed to Don that the thing that really excites me the most about Shiro’s Head is the idea that the story of how the Muna Brothers achieved their incredible feat will inspire our people to bigger dreams and higher standards. It’s my hope that Don and Kel’s achievement will help kill the “This is Guam” mentality that is tossed around as some sort of lame and half-ass excuse for poor service, poor production or poor execution. I absolutely hate to hear people say, “This is Guam,” in reference to anything substandard because what they’re really saying is, “Don’t expect good or great things from Guam.” Pardon my french, but that’s complete bullshit. I hope the Muna Brothers film serves as a proverbial middle finger to those who have the “This is Guam” mentality and those who aspire to just get by. I also hope this lights or re-ignites fires under those of us who want to raise the bar and are striving for bigger and better things for Guam. Shiro’s Head assures us, It might take a long time and you’ll probably have to work your ass off, but you really CAN do amazing things right here at home.
Congratulations to the Muna Brothers and everyone who worked hard on the production of Shiro’s Head. I haven’t even seen the film yet, but it almost doesn’t matter if I do or don’t. I could not possibly be prouder than I am right now.

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5 Responses

  1. ben says:

    was it any good?

  2. Vincenzo says:

    well that’s a great sign for Guam talent

  3. Josie says:

    I saw yesterday’s matinee and, yes, it was good.
    Give me a couple of days to organize my thoughts and write them out.

  4. Les says:

    i can’t wait to see it.. got me all excited.. i will definitely not read your review until afterwards…

  5. Albert Pyun says:

    It has been brought to my attention that article purporting to be about me exists on your site. Beyond the fact that it has erroneous and libelous information that is unverified and slanted by those who have hijacked the page. The page is controlled by those from Guam or live in Guam in an attempt to smear me because they are trying to discredit my upcoming testimony on Guam that will lead to criminal charges of these individuals . I will be asking my attorney to look into your site to seek damages incurring to my reputation by the posting of libel and slander.

    best, Albert Pyun apyunfilm@aol.com

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