Simply put, in its holiday season FirstLight at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and its under-the-stars, annual, early summer, open-air celebration of cinema in Wailea in June (16–20, 2010) incarnations, the Maui Film Festival is alive and well.
The weekly CandleLight Café & Cinema, however, remains in a state of suspended animation while festival staff works diligently to bring it back to life as soon as possible.
We know that thousands of Mauians and island visitors love the festival. We are truly appreciative and thankful that many of you have shared your aloha with us for years.
We love what we do and want to continue to be here for all of you. The festival has always been about building community through cinema.
Despite Netflix, YouTube.com, Hulu.com, Twitter and Facebook’s popularity, we still believe that leaving your cave and basking in the glow of great stories told around a cinematic campfire among a community of friends, old and new, is what true social networking is all about.
Remember, face-time is the yang to Facebook’s yin.
Emerging triumphant over our current, shared challenges is a dance best done together. Community cinema, and the window on the world that it opens, provides much-needed balance and chi to contemporary mainstream culture.
We look forward to welcoming you “home,” for many weekly Wednesdays soon!