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Maui Film Festival

Cinema that opens your heart and mind.

June 10, 2010
Trisha Smith

It’s that time of year again. Grab your sweetheart, a few friends or the entire family to join in a traditional celebration of great filmmaking during the renowned Maui Film Festival (MFF) from Wednesday, June 16, through Sunday, June 20.

In its eleventh year, the eclectic festival will present more than 35 films over the course of its five-day run at multiple venues, including the popular outdoor Celestial Cinema on the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course.

Keeping it green, the festival continues its efforts to be environmentally conscious, taking place under the stars, “lit by the moon and powered by the sun.” The rays are converted into ample photovoltaic power to energize not only the outdoor venue, but also all of its power requirements.

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Cinema under the stars. There’s nothing quite like sitting on a blanket, under a blanket of Maui stars, watching some of the best new films from the world’s most talented filmmakers at the famed Maui Film Festival. Experience the magic this summer from June 16 through 20. Visit

“Heading into our second decade, this year’s Maui Film Festival staff is more committed than ever to presenting movies that matter—luminaries worthy of festival tributes and culinary arts celebrations to be remembered for a lifetime,” said MFF Director Barry Rivers.

With this year’s mantra “Trust the Future,” the festival presents a wide range of screen treats, including intriguing documentaries dealing with the harsh realities of war, waste and deceit, to illuminating beautiful passions of nature, music and wine.

Experience the raw realities of courage in the war documentary 442—Live with Honor, Die with Dignity (Castle Theater (CT), Sunday, June 20, 1:30 p.m.). Read Paul Janes-Brown’s review on page 8.

The Tillman Story is a true tale which reveals a mother’s courage as she unveils the truth about her son’s death in Afghanistan, which was spun into a web of public lies  (CT, Saturday, June 19, 4 p.m.).

The whistle-blowing documentary, Tapped, blows the lid off the corporate bottled water industry (CT, Thursday, June 17, 5 p.m.). Follow renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, in his distressing yet heart-warming art documentary, Waste Land (CT, Wednesday, June 16, 6 p.m.).

Music lovers can groove to Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae (Celestial Cinema (CC), Thursday, 10 p.m.) and take a rockin’ trip with Nowhere Boy, a British feature film about John Lennon’s adolescence that examines his troubled family and the evolution of this fledgling genius from The Quarrymen to The Beatles (CC, Friday, June 18, 8 p.m.).

The “buddy-tale” featuring Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and his wine-making mentor, Eric Glomski, pours passion into your life with Blood Into Wine (CT, Friday, 4 p.m.).

Celebrate the sea with the homegrown documentary Häna Surf Girls (CT, Friday, 8 p.m.), and don’t miss the fascinating Castles in the Sky from renowned surf film director/producer Taylor Steele (CC, Thursday, 8 p.m.).

The annual showcase of some of the industry’s finest filmmakers always serves up an interesting series of events on and off the silver screen.

On Wednesday, June 16, enjoy the “Open Twilight Reception” at Capische? at Hotel Wailea at 5:30 p.m., then grab a “blanket seat” at the Celestial Cinema at 8 p.m. for Bran Nue Dae, a coming-of-age, comedy musical set in Australia that celebrates the adventure of finding home. The film follows MFF’s Shining Star Tribute with Zac Efron, a teen hunk who won hearts with his roles in the High School Musical series.

Then boogie late night at the “Starry Night MoonDance” at Tommy Bahama at 10 p.m.

Ease into the weekend with the sweet delights of the “Taste of Chocolate” at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea on Friday, June 18. Tantalize your tastebuds at the “Taste of Wailea,” which presents delectables from the culinary artists of upscale South Maui at the Gold & Emerald courses on Saturday.

For ample information on the 2010 Maui Film Festival, including tickets, festival passes, special events, screening and panel schedules, visit, call (808) 579-9244 or phone the Film Festival Headquarters at (808) 572-3456.

See you under the stars, Maui.




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