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2017 Films and Events Schedule


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June 24, 2017
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June 25, 2017
 
5 Starry Nights Hula Dancers At Maui Film Festival
 
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Wednesday
 
Taste of Summer

The Official Launch Party for the 18th annual Maui Film Festival with cocktail reception, dinner, and live music sets the bar high for its culinary artistry and beyond-creative-cocktails.

June 21 (Wed) 5:00 - 7:00pm.
Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Each ticket includes admission to Wednesday Night's Celestial Cinema Double Feature
*Must be 21 or over to attend this event.

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Connie Britton

CONNIE BRITTON

Four-time Emmy nominee Connie Britton, will be awarded with the Navigator Award for carving a path of distinction in the entertainment industry. Connie Britton continually receives accolades for her work in television and film. Standout roles include “Friday Night Lights,” “This Is Where I Leave You,” “24,” “The West Wing,” and “Nashville.” The award will be presented on June 21st before a screening of “Beatriz at Dinner,” in which Connie stars.

8:00 pm | Wed, June 21, 2017
Celestial Cinema

 
Beatriz At Dinner  

Beatriz At Dinner (R / 96 min.)

Vanity Fair raved that "Salma Hayek is remarkable in this deceptively deep dramedy of manners about the struggle for humanity’s conscience” in the age of Trump and is a smart, powerful, slyly funny and not-to-be-missed tour-de-force. It’s written by Mike White, directed by Miguel Arteta and co-stars John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloë Sevigny, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker.

8:00 pm | Wed, June 21, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Grand Unified Theory  

Grand Unified Theory (NR / 103 min.)

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to fall in love with this fast, funny and inspired dramedy that takes place over one fateful weekend in the thriving-on-chaos family life of a brilliant astrophysicist. If, instead of some of Canada’s best actors, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Carrell, Olivia Wilde and Owen Wilson were its stars, it’d be #1 at the box office right now! This was the first film accepted into this year’s Festival.

10:00 p.m. | Wed, June 21, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Thursday
 
Thursday Sponsors
 
Freida Pinto

FREIDA PINTO

On June 22, Pinto will receive the Shining Star Award. After becoming a fixture on the big screen with the critically and commercially acclaimed “Slumdog Millionaire,” Freida Pinto quickly became an international film star. Freida has many notable roles including “Desert Dancer,” “Miral,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Trishna,” and “You Will Meet a Dark Stranger.”

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22, 2017
Celestial Cinema

 
Big Wave Project  

The Big Wave Project - A Band of Brothers (NR / 98 min.)

Many of the biggest names in the big-wave world — Jamie Mitchell, Aaron Gold, Mark Healey, Keala Kennelly, Ryan Hipwood, Andrea Moller, Grant “Twiggy” Baker and Billy Kemper are featured in this, five years in the making, raw and uncensored journey into one of the world’s most exciting challenges: riding the world’s biggest waves. Directed by Tim Bonython, TBWP delivers the real deal on all the risk, glory and stoke of big wave surfing, where the BAND OF BROTHERS is almost more important than the waves they ride.

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Charged  

Charged - The Eduardo Garcia Story (NR / 86 min.)

Without exception, CHARGED is the most inspirational film the Maui Film Festival has ever shown. As The Hollywood Reporter’s review raved, it is “A true story about the indomitability of the human spirit that will keep audiences mesmerized from start to finish.” Everyone in touch with their humanity, will be touched and elevated by this triumphantly vivid and eye-opening life lesson in appreciation.

10:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Friday
 
Taste of Chocolate

Maui Film Festival’s over-the-top event for lovers of chocolate! Dress up and experience the extraordinary flavors and sensual experience known as the Taste of Chocolate.

June 23 (Fri) 10:00PM - Midnight
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
Each ticket includes admission to Friday Night's Celestial Cinema Double Feature & Festivities.
*Must be 21 or over to attend this event.

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Friday Sponsors
 
Pierce Brosnan

PIERCE BROSNAN

A two-time Golden Globe Award nominee, producer, environmentalist, philanthropist, and artist, will receive the Pathfinder Award for his eclectic choices and charismatic performances. The award will be presented on Friday, June 23, the same night as a screening of “Poisoning Paradise,” of which Pierce is the Executive Producer and his wife Keely directed.

8:00 p.m. | Fri, June 23, 2017
Celestial Cinema

 
Kuleana  

Kuleana (NR / 95 min.)

Maui, 1971. Kaho'olawe is being bombed, a Renaissance of Hawaiian culture and political activism fills the air and unscrupulous real estate developers are trying to hoodwink local people out of their homes and land. Against this backdrop, comes this story of a disabled Vietnam vet who must rediscover the Hawaiian warrior within in order to protect his family, defend their land, and clear his father’s name. From Maui filmmakers Brian Kohne and Stefan Schaefer.

8:00 p.m. | Fri, June 23, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Poisoning Paradise  

Poisoning Paradise (NR / 60 min.)

Executive Producer Pierce Brosnan returns to the festival with this awardwinning documentary, co-directed by Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico, that encourages audiences to join the international debate about GMO's and pesticides raging around the world. It aims to inspire a conversation about people’s "right to know", the necessity of "informed consent", and holding corporations accountable. Live in Hawaii? Breathe its air? This is stuff you need to know.

10:00 p.m. | Fri, June 23, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Given  

Given (NR / 75 min.)

Directed by Jessi Bianchi, this is a global adventure that immerses you in the Goodwin Family's quest to embrace the richness and diversity of the planet’s natural and human wonders. GIVEN rips you out of your daily grind and makes you question why you are not seeing more of the world while making you want to once again believe in our planet and all the different people who call it home.

11:00 p.m. | Fri, June 23, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Saturday
 
Taste of Wailea

The TASTE OF WAILEA is both the granddaddy of all Festival parties and the 'Crown Jewel' of the Festival's Culinary Arts Celebrations. In short, "The Best of The Best of Wailea's Best Chefs".

June 24 (Sat) 4:30-7:00pm
Wailea Golf Academy
Each ticket includes admission to Saturday Night's Celestial Cinema Double Feature & Festivities.
*Must be 21 or over to attend this event.

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Celestial Cinema
Saturday Sponsors
 
KAREN GILLAN

KAREN GILLAN

Scottish actress and director Gillan will receive the Rising Star Award. Scottish-born actress Karen Gillan quickly made her mark in Hollywood as a young talent who can do comedy and drama. Karen was just seen as Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” as well as “The Circle,” "In A Valley of Violence," "The Big Short," "Selfie," "Doctor Who," and "Not Another Happy Ending”.

8:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24, 2017
Celestial Cinema

 
Dean  

Dean (PG-13 / 87 min.)

Writer/Director/Comedian Demetri Martin stars alongside Academy Award® winner Kevin Kline, and co-stars Gillian Jacobs and Mary Steenburgen, in this comedic, heartfelt, cross country tale about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss and everything in between. Hipster website Collider called DEAN “Hilarious, heartfelt and refreshingly original!” Winner of the Best Narrative Feature at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

8:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Class Rank  

Class Rank (NR / 101 min.)

Bernie is back! Bernard “Bernie” Flannigan that is, in this delicious and supremely satisfying indie comedy slash civics lesson slash pair of teenagers and grandparents falling in love — in age appropriate ways! The film stars Bruce Dern, Kristin Chenoweth, Olivia Holt, and Skyler Gisondo that has been compared to the work of Wes Anderson and John Hughes. Directed by Eric Stoltz.

10:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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A Family Man  

A Family Man (R / 108 min.)

Gerard Butler, Alison Brie, Willem Dafoe, Gretchen Mol and Alfred Molina deliver a powerful redemption tale of a corporate headhunter who’s life does a “180” after his son gets ill. As his better angels lead him to re-set his priorities, from workaholic to being fully engaged in his life and with his family, as the father, husband and man they all need him to be. Mark Williams directs.

3:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24, 2017
Castle Theater
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Holy (un)Holy River  

The Trip To Spain (NR / 112 min.)

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite with director Michael Winterbottom for another chapter in their hilarious road trip series. This time taking their wit and appetites on a tour through picturesque Spain’s finest fine dining. The Trip to Spain is a delightful road trip comedy that feels like a vacation with old friends. “In addition to calling TPTS the “the year’s funniest film”, IndieWire also called it "The well-done third installment of Michael Winterbottom's hilarious series cements these movies as the "Before Trilogy" of food porn."

5:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24, 2017
Castle Theater
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Mantra  

Mantra - Sounds into Silence (NR / 80 min.)

This full-length feature documentary about the practice of Kirtan chanting, or Bhakti Yoga, shares the stories of people who are experiencing healing and inner peace by singing mantras together. Through encounters with a variety of leaders of the practice in the West, we discover how performers Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur and MC Yogi came to embrace the practice of Kirtan, and how, over the years, it has transformed their lives. – Preceded by WHEEL OF LIFE (15 min.)

7:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24, 2017
Castle Theater
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Fits and Starts  

Fits and Starts (NR / 75 min.)

Wyatt Cenac and Greta Lee star in writer/director Laura Terruso’s quirky romantic comedy about a struggling writer, whose wife is a hot young literary figure, and who has just released a new masterpiece. When her publisher invites the couple to an artists' salon at his home in Connecticut, the pair embark on a journey to what-might-be that may, or may not, ultimately set them both free.
– Preceded by LEMON (NR / 13 min.) and 10K (NR / 13 min.)

9:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24, 2017
Castle Theater
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Sunday
 
Celestial Cinema Sunday
Sunday Sponsors
 
Proximity  

Proximity (NR / 60 min.)

Director Taylor Steele delivers this visceral portrait of modern surfing. PROXIMITY follows 8 of the world's best surfers – 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and current champ John Florence, big wave icon Shane Dorian and rising star Albee Layer, six-time women's champ Stephanie Gilmore, activist Dave Rastovich, and style masters Rob Machado and Craig Anderson searching for new waves and deeper understanding in exotic destinations.

8:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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To Be Announced   Take Every Wave

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton  (NR / 118 min.)

Director Rory Kennedy’s TAKE EVERY WAVE captures the remarkable and unconventional life of legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton through the eyes of long time friends and family. Hamilton has proven himself a true innovator, pushing conventions to the extreme and reinventing surfing — tow-in surfing and foil boarding — throughout his career. Think you know Laird’s story already? Wanna bet? Either way, seeing TEW: TLoLH will be a moviegoing memory for a lifetime.

9:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Fishpeople  

FISHPEOPLE (NR / 60 min.)

A film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean—and how we can leave our limitations behind to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore. From Patagonia and filmmaker Keith Malloy, it features segments on Maui born and raised spearfisher Kimi Werner, Tahitian surfer & fisherman Matahi Drollet, Aussie surfer Dave Rastovich and more.

11:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25, 2017
Celestial Cinema
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Ram Dass  

Ram Dass - Going Home (NR / 21 min.)

As Eastern mysticism has gone virtually mainstream, we check in with the legendary American writer and spiritual teacher whose 1971 book, BE HERE NOW, arguably launched the still-expanding awareness of awareness in the United States. Filmmaker Derek Peck visits Ram Dass at his home in Maui as Ram Dass to reflect on the greatest revelations of his life — Truth, Love and Consciousness.

3:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25, 2017
Castle Theater
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Holy (un)Holy River  

Holy (un)Holy River (NR / 60 min.)

Once celebrated for its purity, the Ganges River of India now carries contaminates from its glacial headwaters, where freshly fallen snow contains zinc from industrial emissions. In one the most beautifully photographed docs of the year, co-directors Pete McBride and Jake Norton examine the paradox of this sacred river — that is both divine and defiled, revered and reviled -— and ask the essential question: Can the Ganges survive? – Preceded by RAM DASS, GOING HOME (NR / 21 min.) and AWAREWOLF (NR / 9 MIN.)

3:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25, 2017
Castle Theater
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Heal  

Heal (NR / 105 min.)

HEAL follows three people on actual high-stakes healing journeys to find out what works and why. We are taken on a scientific and spiritual journey by Dr. Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Joseph Dispenza, Deepak Chopra, Anita Moorjani, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Anthony William the "Medical Medium", Gregg Braden and several others. Discover how changing one's perceptions can help the body heal itself from any disease. Directed by Kelly Noonan.
– Preceded by VICTOR & ISOLINA (6 min.)

5:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25, 2017
Castle Theater
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Mantra    

Hare Krishna! (NR / 90 min.)

HARE KRISHNA! is a documentary on the life of Srila Prabhupada, the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrives in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s. Suddenly thrust into the raging counterculture, he speaks of the world's real need – a revolution in consciousness. This captures the attention of a generation of youth seeking answers and ignites a worldwide spiritual phenomenon, now known as the Hare Krishna movement. – Preceded by LOVE UNLEASHED (NR / 14 min.)

7:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25, 2017
Castle Theater
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Short Film Showcase  

2017 Maui Film Festival Shorts Program (NR / 117 min.)

Short Films To Be Shown:

  • DETROIT BLOOD
  • IT'S A DATE
  • DIARY OF A YOUTUBER
  • CHANGE
  • DRAWN & RECORDED: TEEN SPIRIT
  • LOST CROPS
  • REEFS AT RISK
  • MORE THAN AN IMAGE: GILES DULEY
  • THE BIG CRUNCH
  • WASHED AWAY
  • PARIS, 1971
  • THE SEED VAULT
Courtesy of Maui Film Festival and Wailea Resort Association

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22, 2017
Toes-In-The-Sand Cinema
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FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING - OPEN TO ALL

Wailea Beach - Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea

 
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10K Detroit Blood It's A Date

10 K
Directed by: Neil LaBute

Detroit Blood
Directed by: Dusty Mancinelli

It's A Date
Directed by: Zachary Zezima

A man and a woman meet on a wooded path. Is it an accident or something planned? Is it the first time or the hundredth? '10K' is a suburban mystery shot through with humor and tension and desire.

A man recounts his complicated relationship with his estranged brother and struggles to find meaning from a violent past.

Everyone is an alien at first.

9:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24
Castle Theater
Precedes Fits & Starts

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

 

 
Awarewolf Diary of a Youtuber Lemon

Awarewolf
Directed by: Dan Damman

Diary of a Youtuber
Directed by: Holly Hargreaves

Lemon
Directed by: Timothy Cooper

A failed athlete, determined to give her son more opportunity, bends the rules of an International yoga competition to qualify him in a neighboring state, only to realize her choices might be taking away his innocence.

Charlotte is a successful youtuber and soon discovers the harsh reality of online bullying.

Seconds after the wedding ceremony, a bride is stunned to learn that her new husband fudged nearly everything he told her about his past, his family, and his accomplishments—but his revelations force her to come clean about a few shocking secrets of her own.

3:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25
Castle Theater
Precedes Holy (un)Holy River

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

9:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24
Castle Theater
Precedes Fits & Starts

 

 
Change Drawn and Recorded Teen Spirit Lost Crops

Change
Directed by: Isaac Kerlow

Drawn & Recorded: Teen Spirit
Directed by: Drew Christie

Lost Crops
Directed by: Christopher Jenkins

Constant change is a natural part of Earth’s life, and its interconnected systems can easily adapt to slow change. But the natural balance gets disrupted when changes happen rapidly. Our growth and prosperity are changing Planet Earth, and some of those changes may be forever.

Animated in a popup book animation style, this episode of Drawn & Recorded tells the story behind one of the most iconic songs ever written.

A doctor in search of sustainable superfoods teams up with an experienced botanist and humanitarian in a journey of discovery story.

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

 

 
Love Unleashed Reefs At Risk Victor and Isolina

Love Unleashed
Directed by: Kacey Klonsky

Reefs At Risk
Directed by: Malina Fagan

Victor & Isolina
Directed by: William Caballero

Everyday people share personal stories of their beloved older dogs in this documentary about unconditional love.

Set on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, “Reefs at Risk” explores the deadly effects some sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs and marine life. In order to protect this fragile ecosystem, Hawaii strives to ban a commonly used UV chemical, called oxybenzone, and hopes that other states and nations will follow.

In the Unique style of Hybrid animation... Living apart, Victor and Isolina (now in their 80's) answer questions about their lifelong, complex and arduous relationship, posed from behind the lens of their documentary filmmaking Grandson. An adorable, touching, poignant love story in a funny he said/she said account.

7:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25
Castle Theater
Precedes Hare Krishna!

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

5:00 p.m. | Sun, June 25
Castle Theater
Precedes Heal

 

 
More Than An Image The Big Crunch Washed Away

More Than An Image: Giles Duley
Directed by: Tom Martin

The Big Crunch
Directed by: Dusty Mancinelli

Washed Away
Directed by: Dana Nachman

Giles Duley is a documentary photographer and humanitarian activist. For Giles, the power of photography is its ability to create change by inspiring those with the capacity to help. Giles tells the stories of those affected by war and conflict, and we explore the power of storytelling and his own personal sacrifice in this inspirational story.

A science fiction, offbeat comedy about a boy who has an existential crisis about his place in the world after learning that the universe will one day collapse in an epic big crunch.

One man's struggle with crippling chronic pain drives him to create. But his masterpieces are temporary. They are washed away by the tides within hours of completion.

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

 

 
Paris, 1971 The Seed Vault Wheel of Life

Paris, 1971
Directed by: David Khachatorian

The Seed Vault: Preserving Crop Diversity, Forever
Directed by: Daniel Sherer

Wheel of Life
Directed by: Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider

Lost interviews with Jim Morrison, never before featured in a documentary, form the basis of this imaginative reframing that recounts his last days and interment at the mythic Père Lachaise cemetery.

Agriculture is at risk of extinction and humanity must collect and protect what remains to ensure it’s own survival in an uncertain future.

Meet El Oso (the Bear), one of the founders of Casino— the dance that launched salsa. A simple man whose joie de vivre delights. Oso travels through Havana regaling us with tales of his youth, when Havana’s exclusive clubs were white only, forcing him to dance on the streets.

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

8:00 p.m. | Thu, June 22
Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema
In Short Film Showcase

7:00 p.m. | Sat, June 24
Castle Theater
Precedes Mantra

 
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Filmmakers Panels
 

FILMMAKERS PANELS

Sat, June 24 – Mei Court - Wailea Beach Resort

PANEL 1: (10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.)
Hero Shots: Straight Talk from the World of Water
PANEL 2: (11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.)
Changing the World One Film at a Time
PANEL 3: (12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.)
Cinema Calabash: Many Filmmakers. Many Views.
PANEL 4: (1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.)
Inside KULEANA: The Making of Maui Film

FILMMAKERS PANELS SYNOPSIS:

HERO SHOTS:
STRAIGHT TALK FROM THE WORLD OF WATER

Name any world class surfer from anywhere on Earth and these artist/athletes have been in the water with them. Whether Jamie Mitchell, Aaron Gold, Mark Healey, Keala Kennelly, Ryan Hipwood, Andrea Moller, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Billy Kemper, Kelly Slater, John Florence, Shane Dorian, Albee Layer, Stephanie Gilmore, Paige Alma, Dave Rastovich, Rob Machado, Craig Anderson and many more. At breaks including Cape Fear, NSW; Teahupoo, Tahiti;  Pe'ahi/Jaws, Maui; Shipsterns, Tasmania; Dungeons, South Africa; Cloudbreak, Fiji and many more, they have been there and shot that.

PANELISTS:

Tim Bonython, Producer / Director - The Big Wave Project: A Band of Brothers

Don King, Cinematographer Extraordinaire

Taylor Steele, Director Proximity

Kimi Werner, Patagonia Surf Ambassador - FISHPEOPLE

MODERATOR:

Kaleo Amedeo, Waterman


CHANGING THE WORLD ONE FILM AT A TIME

Like surprises? We do. And we’re cooking up a special one in this panel that will feature filmmakers uniquely qualified to share their passion for the worlds they explored in their latest projects. Wish we had more details to share with you now but cooking up a delicious and nutritious cinematic stew for all of you sometimes just needs to simmer a bit longer. We’re trusting the Universe on this one and ask you do to so, too.

PANELISTS:

Kelly Shaye Bronsan, Director, Poisoning Paradise

Pierce Brosnan, Executive Producer, Poisoning Paradise

Eduardo Garcia, Super Hero Extraordinaire, Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story

Kelly Noonan, Writer / Director, HEAL

Teresa Tico, Director, Poisoning Paradise

MODERATOR:

Mark Sheehan, Maui Living Legend


CINEMA CALABASH: MANY FILMMAKERS. MANY VIEWS.

After six plus months of crawling around on hands and knees in a cinematic coal mine looking for diamonds, what we came up with were — guess what? — Diamonds! This panel will explore the extraordinary range of stores, both features and shorts, that are having their Maui Premieres at this years Maui Film Festival.

PANELISTS:

Derek Pecke, Writer/Director  - Ram Dass, Going Home

David Ray, Writer/Director - Grand Unifed Theory

Sandy Stern, Producer - Class Rank

Lucy Walker, Executive Producer - Ram Dass, Going Home

Mark Williams, Director  - A Family Man

MODERATOR:

Barry Wurst, Film Critic, MauiTime Weekly


INSIDE KULEANA: THE THE MAKING OF A BORN AND RAISED MAUI MOVIE

Maui born and raised writer/director Brian Kohne and longtime Maui kama’aina Stefan Schaefer, and key members of their on camera ‘ohana light up the virtual Emerald Forest that is the Mei Court at the Wailea Beach Marriott, to regal you with stories of the challenges, thrills and spills of what it took to co-created Maui’s first genuine quality feature film to tell an authentic, respectful and uberengaging story set in Maui 1971.

PANELISTS:

Brian Kohne, Writer / Director

Stefan Schafer, Producer / Actor

Kristina Anapau, Actor

Sonya Balmores, Actor

Kainoa Horcajo, Actor

Moroni Kanekoa, Actor

Marlene Sai, Actor

MODERATORS:

Donne Dawson, Hawaii Film Commissioner and Rick Chatenever, Journalist and Screenwriter

 
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CELESTIAL CINEMA   
Celestial Cinema

"Maui's answer to Sundance!  The Celestial Cinema is a star-studded theater like no other. Patrons sit on thick grass to see films projected on a giant screen under a star-filled sky. Each night's festival showing is preceded by an authentic hula dance and a quick astronomy lesson.  It's the perfect place, in other words, to watch a movie."
— John Horn, Los Angeles Times
presented by Hawaiian Airlines

Location: Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course [map]


CASTLE THEATER at MACC   
Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Location: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului [map]


TOES-IN-THE-SAND CINEMA at Wailea Beach  

TOES-IN-THE-SAND-CINEMA at Wailea Beach

A FREE Community Screening! Open to All!

Join us at the Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema on Wailea Beach below the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, for a complimentary evening that is Open to All and will present this year's Short Film Showcase, not-to-be-missed.

Journey around the world to see the planet through the eyes of filmmakers young and old, yet all wise as their cameras capture 16 stories they had to tell. Great short filmmakers are the future of cinema. Take a ride with us for a sneak peek at what will be. Parents take note: Some films are appropriate for kids, some not. Show leads off with kid friendly films first.

SHORT FILM SHOWCASE THURSDAY, JUNE 22ND AT 8PM

Tickets: FREE screening. No ticket necessary.
Courtesy of Maui Film Festival and Hawaii Film Office & Wailea Resort

Note: This venue will only be screening films on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Location: Wailea Beach between Four Seasons Resort and Grand Wailea Resort. [map]


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