Monthly Archives: June 2013

2013 Maui Film Festival Audience Awards Announced

The 2013 Maui Film Festival at Wailea held from June 12-16, 2013 announced it’s Festival winners today.

2013 Maui Film Festival Award Winners

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

The Way, Way Back

Short Term 12

Haute Cuisine

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

(3-way tie)
Muscle Shoals
Spinning Plates
The Short Game



Summer Bummer

Kaulana Nā Pua

Se Vende Perro Que Habla: 10 Eoros

Congratulations to all Audience Award winners!


Featured Filmmaker: Destin Cretton, Writer/Director of ‘Short Term 12’

Destin Cretton (top right) with his brothers (top left and center) and grandparents (bottom row).

Destin Cretton (top right) at lunch earlier today with his brothers (top left and center) and grandparents (bottom row).

Maui-born filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton flew to Maui yesterday from an appearance at the Los Angeles Film Festival to introduce his award-winning, critically acclaimed film Short Term 12 at its Hawaii premiere at 6pm at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Upon arrival, he immediately got together with his family for lunch (pictured above), and not only introduced his film tonight, but also held a question and answer session after the screening, which attracted well over 200 people and garnered rave reviews. Destin wrote and directed the film, and his lead actress, Brie Larson (who plays Grace) received the Rising Star Award last night from festival director Barry Rivers.

Get to know Destin a little better – how he got started in film, where the inspiration for Short Term 12 came from, and why he thinks Maui audiences will embrace the story.  Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Josh Greenbaum, Director of ‘The Short Game”

Josh Greenbaum

Josh Greenbaum

Emmy Award winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum is here on Maui to screen his latest documentary film The Short Game, which follows the the best 7-year old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf.

Josh participated in a Filmmakers Panel yesterday in which he and his producing team discussed the challenges and triumphs they experienced while creating their film.

Tonight at Celestial Cinema at 8pm they will take the stage to introduce The Short Game, which screens along with several other films and is preceded by a tribute to Rising Star Award winner Brie Larson.

We had a conversation with Josh – picking his brain about his filmmaking process and what he hopes the Maui audience will feel about his film. Take a moment to learn a little more about him. Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Thomas Wiewandt of ‘Desert Dreams’

Thomas Wiewandt

Thomas Wiewandt

Today is the 8th annual Nature Photography Day, and in celebration, we’ll be offering a FREE, oceanfront, Whole Foods-sponsored screening of Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert at Seaside Cinema.

The film’s director, producer and cinematographer Thomas Wiewandt is at Maui Festival and plans to be on a Filmmakers Panel today at 1:30pm, and will also attend the screening tonight to introduce his film and answer questions after tonight’s screening. In this installment of our blog series, get to know a bit about all of the painstaking effort that went into making his film. Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Tommee May of ‘Illusion’

Tommee May

The short film Illusion (screening tonight at Celestial Cinema) is a love story. But it’s a very different love story. In this one, as one of the last two people on Earth, Laura must fall in love with Mark, the last remaining man on the planet, in order to ensure her survival — and the survival of the entire human race.

Tommee May, the film’s producer and star, is no stranger to film production, and has worked alongside such luminaries as David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, and Anna Paquin.

Tommee is on Maui attending the festival and is scheduled to introduce her film while the film’s director, Jessica Hester, will be on a Filmmakers Panel discussing short films tomorrow. Get to know Tommee and her film a little better below.  Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Joseph Levy, Producer of “Spinning Plates”


Joseph Levy, director of "Spinning Plates"

Joseph Levy, director of “Spinning Plates”

Another of this year’s visiting featured filmmakers is Joseph Levy, producer of Spinning Plates, a remarkable documentary featuring three distinctly different restaurants – Michelin’s 7th best in the world, whose chefs surmount unbelievable challenges, a 150-year-old family restaurant in Iowa saved by its community, and a fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are doing all they can to survive. The screening takes place tomorrow (Wed., June 12th) at 4pm at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

The producer behind this film will also be participating in a Filmmakers Panel at the Wailea Marriott on Saturday at 12:30pm.

Read on to learn about what inspired Joseph to bring this film to the big screen, and the challenges he endured in the process.  Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Adam Rodgers, Director of ‘Middleton’

Adam Rodgers

MIDDLETON Director Adam Rodgers

According to his IMDB Profile, Filmmaker Adam Rodgers is “the the son of two career journalists, a Baltimore native and graduate of Duke University, where he studied politics, theater and philosophy, and of New York University’s Graduate Film Program.

Adam’s short films have played at festivals worldwide, earning numerous awards. Since moving to Los Angeles, Adam has co-written (with Glenn German) and sold spec feature scripts and pitches to Sony, Universal and Fox, among others.”

He comes to Maui for the first time during his visit to the Maui Film Festival this week. He’ll be a part of a Filmmaker’s Panel on Saturday at 1:30pm, and he’ll also be introducing his film, Middleton, at Celestial Cinema on Saturday night.

In the Q&A below, adam shares his thoughts about making Middleton and what he hopes people will think of the story.
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Featured Filmmaker: Sam George, Director of ‘Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau’

Sam George, Director of "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau"

“Hawaiian” director Sam George

Sam George is a surfer, writer, director, and screenwriter probably best known for his work on Riding Giants (2004) directed by Stacy Peralta. According to Wikipedia, “Sam has traveled extensively throughout his career, having explored the coastlines of over 40 different countries and is credited with the discovery of new surf breaks in West Africa, the Andaman Islands and Madeira. Still very active in the surf George continues to compete in standup paddle races and tandem events, usually with his wife Nia Peeples as a partner.”

The Maui Film Festival team is very much looking forward to having Sam and other members of his film’s team at the festival this year, as we host the Hawai‘i premeire of his latest film Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau at Celestial Cinema on the festivals opening night, Wednesday, June 12th. The evening includes the screening of several other films (all with connections to Hawai‘i) and “Visionary Award” tributes to both Eddie Aikau and Nainoa Thompson. (Eddie’s award will be received posthumously by members of his family.)

Tickets for the evening can be pre-purchased online via our virtual Box Office.

We asked Sam a few questions and he shares his thoughts and feelings about making Hawaiian below.  Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Toby McLeod, Director of ‘Islands of Sanctuary’

Toby PortraitChristopher “Toby” McLeod is director and producer of opening night Celestial Cinema film Islands of Sanctuary, a documentary revealing challenges faced by indigenous peoples from Australia and from the Hawaiian Islands. Toby has been working with indigenous communities as a filmmaker, journalist and photographer for more than 30 years.

We caught up with him before he hopped a plane to come to the Maui Film Festival, where he will introduce his film. Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Mary Lambert, Director of ‘Fishing Pono’

Director Mary Lambert in HawaiiFishing Pono: Living in Harmony With the Sea shares the story of Native Hawaiians living on Moloka‘i who are using ancient conservation methods to restore fisheries in the waters of their island. The short film screens at Celestial Cinema on June 12th, opening night, after the premiere of Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau. In addition, Mary will be a part of a filmmaker panel, held on Saturday, June 15th at the Wailea Marriott, discussing making films that matter.

Click here to watch the FISHING PONO trailer, and to purchase tickets to Celestial Cinema.

We recently connected with the film’s director, acclaimed filmmaker Mary Lambert, to find out what inspired her to bring Fishing Pono to the silver screen. Continue reading