Maui Film Festival Presents First-Ever ‘FirstNight of FirstLight’

FirstNigh of FirstLight

A Trio of Festival Encores Screen Saturday, November 23rd at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

KAHULUI, HI, Nov 18 – Kicking off a new holiday tradition, Maui Film Festival will host the First-Ever ‘FirstNight of FirstLight’, a trio of encore showings of some of the best-loved films from the 2013 Maui Film Festival. The screenings will take place this Saturday, November 23, 2013 in The Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The screening series begins at 4:00 p.m. with documentary The Short Game, followed by award-winning independent film Short Term 12 at 6:00 p.m., and closing with documentary 20 Feet From Stardom at 8:00 p.m.

Single tickets are $15, or $12 per film with purchase of a $48, 4-ticket VIP FastPass, which can be shared with family and friends. . FastPasses are valid for both November, December and January’s FirstLight screenings.  Tickets and VIP FastPasses can be purchased at the MACC Box Office by calling  808-242-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the box office during its hours of operation, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and one hour prior to all film screenings.

“We know its challenging for people to see every film they’d like to during each June’s Festival.  So giving them a chance to see some of June’s films that are generating huge awards season buzz in L.A., NY and beyond seemed like a unique way to kick off this year’s series,” said Barry Rivers, founder and director of the Maui Film Festival and curator of FirstLight.

Rivers is also curating the FirstLight: Academy Screenings, which will continue with 20 Hawaii Premieres and 10 Special Screenings, starting in mid-December and continuing through January, 5, 2014 with an abundance of Oscar-worthy films showing in The Castle Theater.
Film descriptions:

THE SHORT GAME (4:00 p.m., Kids 12 & Under FREE)
Family-friendly, surprising, touching, and often hilarious) sports documentary featuring 7 year-old world champion golfers. SXSW-Award winner. (Kids 12 & Under Free)

SHORT TERM 12 (6:00 p.m.)
SXSW winning masterpiece starring Maui Film Festival Rising Star Honoree Brie Larson and written and directed by Maui born and raised filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton, this film is being called one of the best indie films of the year. (Fun note: this screening is coincidentally happening on Destin’s birthday!)

20 FEET FROM STARDOM (8:00 p.m.)
Opened Sundance Film Festival in 2013, a rocking documentary featuring Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler and Sheryl Crow (and more) singing praises for the greatest backup singers of our time.

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