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FirstLight Film Festival Illuminates the Silver Screen in Castle Theater

December 19, 2013
Maui Weekly

Maui Film Festival again lights up the silver screen at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (The MACC) Castle Theater with "FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui" for 10-plus days through the holidays!

FirstLight's 15th Annual Celebration of Cinema will feature both special screenings and premieres. Several of the titles are Maui and/or Hawai'i premieres presented in advance of or coincident with their theatrical premieres in New York or Los Angeles.

The schedule for FirstLight 2013 includes films starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams and other stellar A-list luminaries. Plus, for those who truly appreciate the opportunity to see films from around the world in a theater setting, there will be screenings of official submissions in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 86th Academy Awards from France, Italy, Belgium and Chile.

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Spread out over the holiday season break, screenings will take place on Dec. 18, 19, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and Jan. 2, 3, 4 and 5.

For up-to-the-moment festival schedules, program information and links to trailers, visit

Tickets are $15 per person per film. For $48, you can get a FirstLight 4-Admission VIP FastPass that allows admission for one or more people through a special entrance (i.e., get to your seat fast and first).

Kids 12 and under are admitted at no charge to any G or RG-rated film.

New this year is a special pass--the "Golden Cinema Circle Membership" for $500--that allows exclusive reserved access to front row seating in the Castle Theater Mezzanine for all FirstLight films.

What a great early Christmas treat for the movie lover on your list!

Call The MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or visit to buy tickets or for more details.

FirstLight films are presented by the Maui Film Festival in the Castle Theater at The MACC in Kahului. As always, there will also be live music, dinner and dessert selections, alcohol and alcohol-free beverages, coffee and tea for purchase at "CandleLight Cafe" in Yokouchi Pavilion between 5 and 7:30 p.m. FirstLight shows.

A special note for those in the film industry: Maui Film Festival provides complimentary admission to all FirstLight screenings to current and active guild members. See instructions at



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