Who doesn't need a Happy Day now and again? (It's hard to even say those two words without smiling a little bit. Try it in front of a mirror!)
So just because you might need it, and just because they care, Mental Health Kokua and Angkor Wat International Film Festival (AWFF) will present a collection of films under the title "Happy Day: Celebratory Films in 2D and 3D All Day" on Friday, Aug. 16, in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC).
The stated mission of AWFF is "to showcase and celebrate films with subjects and themes that deal with the preservation of culture and environment." The organization sees preservation as an important focus of our times, especially as we see the world become increasingly homogenized through globalization, which is possibly inevitable as a byproduct of progress.
“Chasing Ice” (2D), Friday, Aug. 16, 4 p.m.
But, at least for one day, we can see how to stem the tide. Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, a sequence of six films will be shown, culminating in a "grand finale" event, which includes both a presentation and a film.
The main event at 7 p.m. will feature Dr. Gary Greenberg, who will present a talk called "A Three Dimensional Journey into the Magical Microscopic World of Ordinary Things." He will include three-dimensional images of such things as moon dust from the Apollo Moon Mission and other natural wonders.
Dr. Greenberg, a photographer, inventor and scientist with a Ph.D. in biomedical research, has been issued 18 patents for his inventions with high-definition, three-dimensional light microscopes as he follows his passion of revealing the secret beauty of nature. His book, "A Grain of Sand--Nature's Secret Wonder," is a fantasy land of shapes, colors and textures that will give you something wonderful to think about as you vacuum the car after days at the beach. Even ordinary sand is not just teensy, scratchy bits of rock--it's a whole world of "gemlike minerals, colorful coral fragments, and delicate microscopic shells." (For more information, visit www.sandgrains.com.)
|Happy Day Film & Presentation Schedule|
|Friday, Aug. 16, McCoy Studio Theater|
|3D glasses will be available at the theater|
|10 a.m.||Wild Africa (3D)|
|A surprise nature film (3D)|
|Noon||Cirque Du Soleil - Worlds Away (3D)|
|2 p.m.||Bhutan - The Height of Happiness (2D)|
|4 p.m.||Chasing Ice (2D)|
|7 p.m.||Dr. Greenberg presentation|
|Cave of Forgotten Dreams (3D)|
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" in 3D will end the evening. For this film, legendary director Werner Herzog was given unprecedented access to Chauvet Cave, a vast archeological repository located in the south of France. His minimal crew of four crawled through tunnels and balanced on delicate metal catwalks to capture images of extraordinary, ancient cave paintings.
Tickets for the daytime screenings are just $7 per film, plus applicable fees. But there is even more "happy day" news. Keiki under 12 get free admission to the 10 a.m. and noon films! (Kids must be accompanied by an adult.)
Tickets for the 7 p.m. presentation with Dr. Greenberg and the "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" film are $27, plus applicable fees. Purchase tickets online at mauiarts.org, or call 242-SHOW (7469).
For more information about this film festival or AWFF, visit: www.angkorwatfilmfestival.com/maui-fundraiser.html.