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Adam Driver to Receive the Shining Star Award at the 2015 Maui Film Festival at Wailea

Adam Driver, Shining Star Award Recipient at the 2015 Maui Film FestivalAdam Driver will be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award recipient, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival which will be held, and celebrate its 16th annual event from June 3-7, 2015, at the Wailea Resort in Maui.  The Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award honors a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks.  The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Friday June 5, 2015.  Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.

“Adam Driver is a brilliantly talented actor’s actor and chameleon,” Said Rivers.  “We couldn’t be more honored to present him with this year’s Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award.” Continue reading

Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer to Receive Rising Star Awards at the 2015 Maui Film Festival at Wailea

Scott Eastwood, Rising Star Honoree at the 2015 Maui Film Festival

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S​cott Eastwood a​nd T​eresa Palmer​ will be the 2​015 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award​recipients, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival which will be held, and celebrate its 16th annual event from J​une 3­-7, 2015,​ at the Wailea Resort in Maui. The Maui Film Festival R​ising Star Award honors a​young film artist whose every role, even their formative years, surprises, enthralls and delights audiences of every age. T​he awards will be presented at the Opening Night of the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Wednesday June 3, 2015. Tickets and passes are available at​ w​ww.mauifilmfestival.com.​

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Louie Psihoyos to Receive the Lights! Camera! Passion! Award at the 2015 Maui Film Festival at Wailea

Louie Psihoyos 2015 Maui Film Festival Honoree

Academy Award winning director Louie Psihoyos

Academy Award winner Louie Psihoyos will be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Lights! Camera! Passion! Award recipient, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival which will be held, and celebrate its 16th annual event from June 3-7, 2015, at the Wailea Resort in Maui.

The Maui Film Festival Lights! Camera! Passion! Award honors a director for their heartfelt personal and professional and heartfelt commitment  to make movies that both matter and celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly insurmountable challenges.  The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Thursday June 4, 2015, prior to a screening of Psihoyos’ new film RACING EXTINCTION.  Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com. Continue reading

Laura Dern to Receive the Rainmaker Award at the 2015 Maui Film Festival at Wailea

Laura Dern, 2015 Maui Film Festival Rainmaker Award Honoree

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Wailea, HI​(April 30, 2015) – Two­ time Academy Award nominee L​aura Dern​ will be the 2​015 Maui Film Festival Rainmaker Award​ recipient, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival which will be held, and celebrate its 16th annual event from J​une 3­7, 2015,​at the Wailea Resort in Maui.

The Maui Film Festival T​he​ R​ainmaker Award honors a film artist f​or having the mysteriously magical ability to profoundly and positively impact the creative dynamics of every project they are involved in both on the set and on the screen. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Sunday June 7, 2015. Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.​

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Colin Farrell to Receive the Navigator Award at the 2015 Maui Film Festival at Wailea

Colin Farrell - Navigator Award Honoree - Maui Film Festival at Wailea 2015

Colin Farrell, Navigator Award Honoree

Colin Farrell will be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award recipient, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival which will be held, and celebrate its 16th annual event from June 3-7, 2015, at the Wailea Resort in Maui. The Maui Film Festival Navigator Award honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction through the turbulent waters of the entertainment industry without sacrificing their fundamental commitment to excellence. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Thursday June 4, 2015. Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.

“Colin Farrell is a chameleon who constantly creates one-of-a-kind characters that send pitch perfect pebble-to-boulder-sized ripples through whatever story his performance is helping to tell,” said Rivers who added “In short, Colin is a cinematic force of nature and, for that reason, the Maui Film Festival takes great pride in honoring him with its 2015 Navigator Award.”  Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Susan Kucera, Director, Cinematographer and Producer of “Breath of Life”

Tonight at 5:00pm at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater, produer/director/cinematographer Susan Kucera presents her documentary BREATH OF LIFE, which brings the message “we have tremendous problems generated by ourselves but limited ability to know how to deal with them.”

Susan, along with a crew and cast that includes many Hawaii residents and voices, has invited Vene Chun (one of the film’s Hawaiian voices) and 11 cast members from Ulalena (a music & dance production inspired by Hawaiian history) to open and close the screening with a blessing and performance.

Join in support of the film’s powerful message and learn from many important scholars and cultural leaders – all in the comfort of your chair at the movies – tonight at 5pm.

Learn more about the film and Susan’s perspective on making it after the jump.

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Featured Filmmaker: Stefan Schaefer, Director/Producer of “Even Though The Whole World is Burning”

Screening today at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy theater at 5pm, we have the WORLD PREMIERE “Even Though the Whole World is Burning“,  a beautifully made biographical documentary that explores the work of Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer winner, and environmental activist W.S. Merwin. It was produced and directed by local filmmaker Stefan Schaefer.

Known locally for his work as producer on the Maui-based comedy “Get a Job”, Stefan was influenced by Merwin’s work in college and – though the making of this film – has developed a deep reverence for the Merwin local resident, naturalist, and writer, who also happens to be his neighbor in Haiku, Maui.

The film recently received critical praise in The Huffington Post.

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Stefan took a moment to tell us more about how he got involved, and to share some of the challenges behind making a film of this magnitude. Enjoy, and don’t miss out on the world premiere! Tickets are still available at the door.  Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Paul Lazarus, Director and Producer of “Slingshot”

Accomplished Producer and Director Paul Lazarus is in town for the Maui Film Festival, visiting from Los Angeles. According to his IMDB profile, most recently he directed “Pretty Little Liars” for ABC Family, “The Middle,” “Better Off Ted,” “Samantha Who?” and “Ugly Betty” for ABC, the new “90210” for the CW network and “Big Time Rush” for Nickelodeon. Past shows include: “Friends,” Psych,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Las Vegas,” “Grounded For Life,” “Mad About You,” “LA Law,” “Melrose Place,” “Dream On” and the pilot for MTV’s “2Gether.”

SLINGSHOT, his most recent documentary project, focuses on world-changer and inventor Dean Kamen (widely known for inventing the Segway) and the “Slingshot”, a portable vapor compression distiller that provides fresh drinking water to even the most remote, most desperate villages on the planet.

Tonight at 8pm, in a special FREE screening sponsored by Whole Foods at “Toes in the Sand” Cinema on Wailea Beach, Paul Lazarus introduces the Hawaii Premiere of SLINGSHOT to our Maui Audience.

Before he left Los Angeles for the festival, we were able to ask Paul a few questions for our blog to learn more about his reasons for making the film and the creative transition from working with scripted material toward an unscripted documentary.

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Lazarus on the set of Slingshot

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Featured Filmmakers: Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman, Co-Directors of Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Paramashansa Yogananda is both the enlightened being – and the man – primarily responsible for bringing yoga, meditation, and Eastern wisdom and spirituality to the West. George Harrison of the Beattles and Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs both cited Yogananda as a major influence in their lives. In fact, Jobs gifted everyone at his memorial service with Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi.

We’re very luck to have the filmmakers with us on Maui for the festival, and they’ll be introducing the film and conducting a Q&A afterward. AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA screens tonight at 8pm at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

Lisa Leeman & Paola di Florio, co-directors of AWAKE

Lisa Leeman & Paola di Florio, co-directors of AWAKE

According to the film’s website, AWAKE  is an “unconventional biography”. We took a moment to interview the film’s co-directors, Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman, to find out more.  Continue reading

Featured Filmmaker: Anthony Lucero, Writer/Director of “East Side Sushi”

Our next installment of the Featured Filmmakers blog focuses on Anthony Lucero, a writer and director from Oakland, California who is here on Maui to present his latest feature film, EAST SIDE SUSHI. This drama is a journey of self-discovery, an ode to Oakland, CA (the location) and over coming adversity: a heartfelt story of Juana, a Latina single mother who is determined to make it as a sushi chef, a profession dominated by Japanese men.

EAST SIDE SUSHI screens tonight at 5pm at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s beautiful, state-of-the art Castle Theater.

EAST SIDE SUSHI writer/director Anthony Lucero

EAST SIDE SUSHI writer/director Anthony Lucero

Anthony gave us a bit of his time so we could learn more – including a major perk of making movies about sushi: you get to eat the props!  Continue reading