Monthly Archives: June 2014

Featured Filmmakers: Joel Ashton McCarthy & Bryant Boesen, Co-Directors, Co-Editors, and Producers of Taking My Parents to Burning Man

Joel & Bry burning manWould YOU take your 60 year-old parents to Burning Man?

Well, one man did, and made a documentary film about the whole experience.

We caught up with Taking My Parents To Burning Man‘s Bryant Boesen, and his cast-mate, co-director, co-editor, co-producer Joel, this morning as they arrived on Maui and began to prepare for tonight’s 10pm screening at Celestial Cinema.

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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions about the 2014 Maui Film Festival

FAQ #1:
Have 6 Films in the Printed Flyer Changed their Listed Time Slots?

Film Changes
Yes. All of the changes are listed below.



FAQ #2: When Will Festival Passes Savings End?

Festival Passes, priced starting at $48, are discounted 10% to 20% through Tuesday, June 3rd. Prices will be higher on Wednesday, June 4th. 
 your passes today!

View full list of
 Passes and Benefits >

FAQ #3: Is the Celestial Cinema Happening this Year?

Absolutely! 5 Nights of Terrific Double Features.
View full list of Celestial Cinema Films >
Kids 12 & Under Free on Wednesday Night 6/4  &  Surf Film Night on 6/5.
For Adults Only (18 & Over). Award presentation to Joe Manganiello on Friday, June 6th at 10:00pm before his new documentary La Bare.

FAQ #4: Are Complimentary Shuttles and Parking Happening?

Absolutely! As always, parking will be at the Special Event Parking Area on Wailea Iki Drive. The shuttle service from the Special Event Parking is for Celestial Cinema, Opening Night Twilight Reception and Taste of Wailea.For the Seaside Cinema, complimentary valet parking will be provided at the Grand Wailea Resort.View Shuttle and Parking details for all venues and events >

FAQ #5: What is the Seaside Cinema? 

Our New Venue outdoors @ Grand Wailea. It Features Complimentary Valet Parking. And Comfy Seating Too!  Fairly priced.  Great Value! Opens Nightly @6:30pm. Live Music @7pm.  Tributes (on most nights) @7:30pm.  Film Premiere @8:00pm. Open to All. Mouth Watering Meals and Decadent Desserts Available.  No Host Bar for 21 & Over Only.  Photo ID Required.  View Seaside Cinema schedule >

FAQ #6: Is Taste of Wailea Sold Out?

Yes. Taste of Wailea single tickets and Stardust Passes are sold out. However, Cosmos Passes and VIP Patron Passes which include the Taste of Wailea and are still available.30% Special Savings are still available until the day before the events for the Opening Night Twilight Reception (Wed., June 4) at Capische? and Taste of Chocolate (Friday, June 6) at the Four Seasons for $125 each in advance (or $175 if available at-the-door). Why not get tickets now?  

FAQ #7: Do Films Ever Sell Out?

In 14 Years, Never. That said, the Best Way to help ensure that won’t ever happen to you/us is to purchase your Tickets or Festival Pass in advance and to arrive 20 minutes in advance of the event you are attending.

FAQ #8: Will Food, Beverages and Treats be Available for Purchase?

Yes.Celestial Cinema: 
Gannon’s Restaurant prepares a mouth-watering array of options for sale at the Celestial Cinema. Nightly offerings will include salads, wraps, sandwiches, and delicious hot dinners, including vegetarian options. Snack items ranging from popcorn to candy will also be available. Celestial Cinema is an alcohol-free venue. Soft drinks and bottled water will be available.Seaside Cinema:
Grand Wailea chefs will be offering an array of gourmet picnic baskets and desserts. No outside food or beverages allowed. No Host Bar 21 & Over.

Maui Arts & Cultural Center:
June 4 (Wed): Pre-show dinner by Monsoon India [menu]
June 5 (Thu): Pre-show dinner by Three’s Bar & Grill [menu]
June 6 (Fri): Pre-show dinner by Monsoon India [menu]
June 7 (Sat): Pre-show dinner by AK’s Cafe [menu]
June 8 (Sun): Pre-show dinner by Star Anise Indian Cuisine [menu]

Special Events Menus:
Opening Night Twilight Reception (Wednesday, June 4)
Taste of Chocolate (Friday, June 6)
Taste of Wailea (Saturday, June 7) 

FAQ #9: There’s So Much to Do, I’m Confused. What should I Do?

Festival-at-a-Glance ScheduleBest way is to simply take the time to view the Festival’s Film & Events Page where trailers for all this year’s films and comprehensive information about everything else being offered can be found.You can also download and view the Festival-at-a-Glance Schedule to mark the films and events of interest.Enjoy the Journey and the Destination and the Festival and The Ride!

FAQ #10: What Are the 2015 Maui Film Festival Wailea Dates?

June 3-7, 2015. Hope to see you at the festival again next year!

Featured Filmmaker: Gay Dillingham, Director of “Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary”

On Opening Night of the Maui Film Festival, three beautiful venues will fill with moviegoers: the Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf course, the Seaside Cinema at the Grand Wailea, and the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

Opening the festival at the MACC we have Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary, a “cosmic buddy film” featuring the two revolutionaries. Bonus points: the film is narrated by Robert Redford.

Gay Dillingham - Dying to Know

Gay Dillingham, Director, “Dying to Know”

We caught up with director Gay Dillingham who is here on Maui to present her film with a Q & A to follow. She reminds us that the screening is a benefit for the Love Serve Remember foundation set up in Ram Dass’ name, and that the world-renowned spiritual teacher himself will be in attendance (likely the only time he’ll attend the screening of this film.

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Culinary Curiosities: Behind Maui’s Taste of Chocolate with Chef Rhonda Ashton

Executive Pastry Chef Rhonda Ashton-Chavez

Four Seasons Maui Executive Pastry Chef Rhonda Ashton. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons

With all of the swooning about the Taste of Chocolate, our annual culinary celebration of everything cacao, we decided ask Chef Rhonda Ashton – the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Executive Pastry Chef – to share her thoughts about chocolate and what to expect this year.

With the grandest display of sweets around, being in charge of the Taste of Chocolate may seem daunting. She may have a lot of culinary magic ahead of her, but as you’ll hear from her it’s all for the love of chocolate

Insider tip: festival passes and ticket prices go up tomorrow, so if you like what you hear, you’ll want to get your passes today!

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