Monthly Archives: May 2014

Featured Filmmaker: Tim Bonython, Director of “Encoded” and “Wild Australia”

Returning to the Maui Film Festival for the second time in three years, award-winning surf film director and cinematographer Tim Bonython is no stranger to making big waves with his filmmaking. He’s been shooting surf footage for 38 years, and to honor him for his incredible body of work, festival director Barry Rivers presented him with the Beacon Award at the 2012 festival. His film BIGGEST WEDNESDAY has come to be known as one of the most respected surf documentaries ever made.

This year, he comes to Maui to present not one, but TWO of his most recent films, ENCODED and WILD AUSTRALIA.

We were able to catch up with him before he makes his trek to the islands, to learn more about what went into making ENCODED, his film about the legendary wave Teahupoo.

Tim Bonython Surf Film Director and Cinematographer Maui Film Festival

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Shep Gordon, Joe Manganiello, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts and Evan Rachel Wood to Receive Awards During Event, June 4th – 8th

Wailea, HI (May 28, 2014) – Entering its much anticipated fifteenth year of cinema-under-the-stars, the 2014 Maui Film Festival announced its line up of honorees, screenings and special events taking place June 4-8, 2014 in Wailea. Taking place at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, the Seaside Cinema Music Cafe & Sunset Lounge at the Grand Wailea, the Castle Theater at the state-of-the-art Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, and the Toes in the Sand Cinema located between the Four Seasons Maui and the Grand Wailea. The festival will offer a full schedule of screenings and special events throughout the Wailea Resort. Award ceremonies throughout the festival will honor Shep Gordon, Joe Manganiello, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts and Evan Rachel Wood.

In addition to star-studded ceremonies, the schedule is packed with screenings of life-affirming films, inspiring filmmakers, and fabulous events that will highlight the culture, food, and beauty of Maui. Tickets and passes for the festival are on-sale now.

“From its award worthy premieres to its list of uber-talented honorees and luminaries, the 15th annual Maui Film Festival offers film lovers of every age an experience to remember for a lifetime,” said Rivers. “Attendees are urged to fasten their swimsuits and enjoy the ride!”

Visit our FILM & EVENTS GUIDE for this year’s schedule includes awards, film screenings, and culinary and cultural events.

Featured Filmmaker: Mark Lamprell, Director of “Goddess”

It took eight years and lot of begging, singing and dancing to get it to the screen, but Mark Lamprell’s GODDESS (based on a one-woman cabaret show he saw in Sydney) is finally here!

Mark Lamprell - Director of Goddess

Mark Lamprell – Director of Goddess

Mark will be on Maui next week to introduce his film, which opens Celestial Cinema (at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course) on Wed., June 4th at 8pm. In addition, he’ll join a Filmmakers Panel on Saturday, June 7th at the Marriott.

We took a moment to get to know more about GODDESS, how it came to be, and what Mark feels the audience will take away from the film. Enjoy! Continue reading

Featured Filmmakers: Producer Nick Manganiello & Producer/Director Joe Manganiello, of “La Bare”

Feature documentary La Bare (screening Friday, June 6th at Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course) takes a candid look at life as a male exotic dancer – both on and offstage – at La Bare Dallas, one of the world’s most popular dance clubs. This wild and engaging documentary marks the directorial debut of Joe Manganiello, who produces and directs alongside his brother Nick Manganiello, who also produces.

Joe played “Big Dick Richie” in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, a fiction modeled on the men of La Bare Dallas. After the success of Magic Mike, Manganiello teamed up with younger brother Nick (who runs his big brother’s production company) to shoot some footage at the famed venue for a would-be reality television show. Instead though they opted to make it into a feature-length doc.

In addition to introducing his documentary on Maui, Joe will also be presented with the festival’s Triple Threat Award on Friday, June 6th at 10pm, which honors “a multi-talented artist who brilliantly juggles three major roles—director, actor, producer in the creation of narrative and documentary projects.”

Photo by Peter L

Joe and Nick Manganiello (Photo by Peter L)

We connected with Joe and Nick before their trip to Maui to screen their film at the 2014 Maui Film Festival. Let’s hear more about how this project came about.  Continue reading


Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts and Evan Rachel Wood will be honorees at the 2014 Maui Film Festival, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, Director of the event. The festival will be held June 4­-8, 2014 at the Wailea Resort on Maui. All awards will be presented at the brand new Seaside Cinema Music Cafe and Sunset Lounge located at the Grand Wailea. Tickets and passes to tributes, films, and special events are available now.

“For an event that’s often been referred to as a ‘jewel box’ film festival, this year’s intelligent, talented and beautiful (both inside and out) list of luminaries seamlessly fit into the tapestry of ‘diamonds, rubies and pearls’ we have honored since our inception in 2000,” said Rivers. “To say the least, we’re thrilled beyond words.”

Lupita N‘yongo, Honoree at the 2014 Maui Film Festival

Lupita Nyong’o will receive the 2014 Maui Film Festival’s Rainmaker Award on Saturday, June 7th, which honors “a film artist whose eclectic choices and charismatic performances encourage us all to expand our definition of what it means to be human”. Nyong’o made her feature debut in Steve McQueen’s Academy Award® winning film 12 YEARS A SLAVE alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. For her portrayal as Patsey, she received the Academy Award® in the category of “Best Supporting Actress” as well as multiple accolades including the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and NAACP Award. She was last seen in the action thriller NON­STOP, opposite Liam Neeson, Michelle Dockery and Julianne Moore. Nyong’o is also a filmmaker, having served as the creator, director, editor, and producer of the award­winning feature­length documentary, IN MY GENES. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s acting program, Nyongo‘s stage credits include playing Perdita in THE WINTER’S TALE (Yale Repertory Theater), Sonya in UNCLE VANYA Katherine in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick’s ELIJAH.

Emma Roberts, Honoree at the 2014 Maui Film Festival

Emma Roberts will receive the 2014 Maui Film Festival’s Shining Star Award on Thursday June 5th, which honors “a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks.” Roberts can currently be seen in Gia Coppola’s directorial debut PALO ALTO alongside James Franco and Jack Kilmer. In February 2014, Roberts starred in ADULT WORLD, directed by Scott Coffey. She also recently starred in the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. Roberts will next appear in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014. In August 2013, Roberts starred in the summer hit comedy WE’RE THE MILLERS opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis from director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Roberts lso recently had a memorable supporting role in the 2012 Sundance Premiere CELESTE AND ESSE FOREVER. Other films that Roberts has appeared in include EMPIRE STATE, THE ART OF GETTING BY, SCREAM, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY,, TWELVE, WHAT’S WRONG WITH VIRGINIA, VALENTINE’S DAY, HOTEL FOR DOGS, LYMELIFE, THE WINNING SEASON, NANCY DREW, BLOW, BIG LOVE, GRAND CHAMPION, AQUAMARINE, and on the Nickelodeon hit comedy series UNFABULOUS.

Evan Rachel Wood, Honoree at the 2014 Maui Film Festival

Evan Rachel Wood will receive the 2014 Maui Film Festival’s Nova Award on Friday June 6th, which honors “a film artist for their astonishingly original and seamless performances, and the way they consistently infuse each character that they embody with insight, humanity and wisdom.” Wood gained critical acclaim, a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie” for her portrayal of Veda Pierce in the HBO miniseries MILDRED PIERCE. She also earned acclaim for her powerful performance as Stephanie, Mickey Rourke’s estranged daughter in Darren Aronofsky’s 2008 film, THE WRESTLER. Wood had her breakout role in 2003 with Catherine Hardwicke’s controversial independent film, THIRTEEN (2003), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Drama as well as a Best Actress SAG Award. She displayed her singing talents in 2007 with her role as Lucy in Julie Taymor’s ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, set to the songs of the Beatles. She was most recently seen in CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN, A CASE OF YOU and BAREFOOT. In 2010, she was seen in Robert Redford’s, THE CONSPIRATOR, she also appeared as Queen Sophie­Ann Leclerq in TRUE BLOOD. Wood also starred in THE IDES OF MARCH directed by and starring George Clooney. Other notable film credits include: PRACTICAL MAGIC, DIGGING TO CHINA, LITTLE SECRETS, S1M0NE, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, PRETTY PERSUASION (2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner), DOWN IN THE VALLEY, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS and KING OF CALIFORNIA, BATTLE FOR TERRA, THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES and WHATEVER WORKS. Wood’s upcoming films include INTO THE FOREST with Ellen Page based on Jean Hegland’s apocalyptic novel and Joe Berlinger’s film adaptation of FACING THE WIND. Wood’s most recently wrapped filming Gerardo Naranjo’s next project which follows a roadie on a journey of self­discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s.



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Hawaiian Airlines Presents New “Seaside Cinema” Venue at the Grand Wailea

Maui Film Festival Seaside Cinema Presented by Hawaiian Airlines at the Grand WaileaThe Maui Film Festival has revealed that their newest venue, the Seaside Cinema Music Cafe & Sunset Lounge, which is presented by Hawaiian Airlines and hosted by the Grand Wailea, will be screening five this summer’s most buzz-worthy films from June 4th – 8th.

Complimentary Valet Parking will be available courtesy of the Grand Wailea, which will offer special Dinner and a Show at Bistro Molokini and Humuhumunukunukuapua’a packages as well as individual box dinners for purchase at the venue.

The Seaside Cinema is open to all and complimentary chairs will be provided.  Those 21 & over with a photo I.D. will also be able to purchase cocktails, beer and wine at the venue. (NOTE: SEATING PROVIDED, no outside F&B, chairs or blankets permitted.)

For a limited time only, special ‘Seaside Cinema 2-Film VIP Pass‘ savings are available.  Each pass ($80) provides two admissions to the venue.  Guests will also enjoy live music prior to all night’s festivities and on many nights there will also be an Intimate Conversation or Tribute to a film industry luminary. Special event tickets are also now on sale at reduced rates for a limited time.

To learn about the first five films showing at the Seaside Cinema venue, check out our recent lineup announcement.

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UPDATED: Five Films Announced for New ‘Seaside Cinema’ Venue at Grand Wailea

And a drum roll please! We’re excited to share our first five films of the 2014 Maui Film Festival at Wailea!


Below are the first five movies showing at our brand new venue, the Seaside Cinema Music Cafe & Sunset Lounge presented by Hawaiian Airlines at the Grand Wailea.

1. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon Movie PosterFirst up is Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, a film directed by Mike Myers, about the legendary Maui entertainment and culinary industry maven whose friends and clients are a virtual who’s who of household names and revered talent.

Supermensch will screen on Opening Night, Wednesday, June 4th at 8:00pm at the Seaside Cinema, located on the Chapel Lawn of the Grand Wailea and will be preceded by a Maverick Award Tribute to Shep Gordon.

2. Magic Men
Magic Men Screens at Seaside Cinema at the Maui Film Festival



3. Frank vs. God


4. The Grand Seduction

The Grand SeductionThe Grand Seduction, directed by Don McKellar (Last Night) starring Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch on Saturday, June 7th at Seaside Cinema.

The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently.

5. Cuban Fury

Cuban FuryCuban Fury directed by James Griffiths and starring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd and Rashida Jones on Sunday, June 8th at Seaside Cinema.

Beneath Bruce Garrett’s shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lays dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click – Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury!

From the team that brought you Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul, Cuban Fury is the hilarious, feel-good and must-see “dance comedy” of the summer. The film’s cast includes an ensemble of great British comedy talent including Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Rashida Jones, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane and Kayvan Novak.