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Alex O’ Loughlin on organ donation

Alex O’ Loughlin on organ donation

Alex O’ Loughlin on organ donation.


Now that I am so involved in the short film “Il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle”, which we are shooting the the Dolomites this July, I seem to find so many people who really care about organ donation and dedicate so much of their time to a global awareness of this important issue. The film, written by Erri De Luca and directed by Edoardo Ponti, is the story of two people who are given a new chance to life thanks to a heart transplant.  So it was a pleasure the other day to find this common interest in Alex O’ Laughlin, the star of “Hawaii 5-0”, who  became involved with organ donation since working on CBS’ “Three Rivers” show. I met Alex (and his co-star Scott Caan) in Los Angeles during a break from “Hawaii 5-0” which is, of course, shooting in Honolulu. “Three Rivers was pitched to me by CBS and it was such a wonderful script and premise” explains Alex.  “The script was based on an real person, Gonzo Gonzales, who was at the time one of the leading heart surgeons in Cleveland Clinic. Thanks to this story I learned so much about organ donation,” Alex says.  “We all know how organ donation helps save lives but I never knew about the statistics and how important it can  be.  I heard stories, many stories of people who received an organ transplant, connected with them. We created a team. Unfortunately the show lasted not even a full season, but it has touched many. I believe we sent a message. I am an organ donor myself.”

Alex joined the organization called “Donate Life”  and dedicates as much time as he can to help spreading the word about the importance of organ donation, but being in Hawaii doesn’t make it very easy: “Being there I feel far from everything,” he says. “It’s wonderful to be in the middle of the ocean, but it  makes it difficult to stay in touch with what’s going on in the mainland.

I’m still very involved with organ donation and I talk to people about it all the time.

Every year I take part of an event called Taylor’s Gift, in memory of a little girl who died in a car accident, and her parents donated her organs, and saved a bunch of lives. I hope that with time, as my profile rises, people will start to care more about what I have to say – and do more for organizations like that.”





And now…. a movie! Stars Do The Night-Shift

And now…. a movie! Stars Do The Night-Shift

Erri De Luca will be at the 60th edition of the Trento Film Festival on April 26th 2012 along with Adriano Giannini to present their short film, “Il Turno di notte lo fanno le stelle” (Stars Do The Night-Shift), based on one of De Luca’s recently published short stories.

It is a touching story about friendship between a man and a woman, their love for the mountains and yearning for a new life. It’s about the promise that a lonely man and a married woman make to each other while lying in a hospital ward after critical heart surgeries: one day they will climb the walls of the Vajolet Towers in the Dolomites to celebrate their recoveries and a new chance to life granted through medical procedures.

Erri De Luca has described “Stars Do the Night-Shift”, published as an e-Book by Feltrinelli just a few months ago, “a story/screenplay where each heartbeat has a never heard before sound.” The film will be directed by Adriano Giannini and acted by, among others, the legendary Nastassja Kinski (Paris, Texas).

The movie will begin principal photography  in July 2012, in the Dolomites mountains, Trentino. De Luca (whose bio you can read on this website) is not new to film.  He acted as himself in his screenplay  “Al di la’ del vetro” (Beyond the Glass), along with Isa Danieli.

“Stars Do the Night-Shift” is co-produced  by Oh!Pen, Ombla Productions,  Trentino Film Commission and Montura with the collaboration of Trentino Marketing Spa. The film is expected to be released in the Fall 2012.

As De Luca says, quoting his friend Izet Sarajlic, “who did the night shift to prevent the arrest of the heart of the world? We, the poets.”  Humanity and the importance of organ donation are at the “heart” of this movie.

Here we are, with Erri and Adriano: lots of work, but how wonderful it is! Ciao from Silvia and Paola. 

Organ Donation, Organ Transplants: James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness (JRI)

Organ Donation, Organ Transplants: James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness (JRI)


Organ Donation, Organ Transplants: James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness (JRI).