Tell us about Antoine.
My father has been making jewelry in the back of his salon for about 15 years.
What was your involvement?
The filmmakers and I spent about a week basically hanging out with Antoine. They were pretty enthralled by my father’s stories, and we trusted them artistically to put everything together. We just premiered the film in Los Angeles and plan to enter it into film festivals—Honolulu would be out first choice, of course.
What did you want to say with the film?
Antoine left Italy in the late 1950s at the age of 14, with only an eighth-grade education. He came here not knowing a word of English and with about $100 to his name. His Life is a self-actualized success story. He believes that you can accomplish anything you can visualize, and he continues to prove this each day.
You can call Antoine an “inventor and innovator.” Like father, like son?
My father has always been so versatile with his talents. He builds furniture, fixes cars, remodels his salon—all without instruction. ... My father always told me that if I believed in something, I would have it.
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