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Featured Filmmaker: Mikal Jakubal, Director of ONE GOOD YEAR

Mikal Jakubal, Director of ONE GOOD YEAR

Mikal Jakubal, Director of ONE GOOD YEAR

Tonight at 8:00pm at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater, director Mikal Jakubal presents his documentary ONE GOOD YEAR, which chronicles the everyday lives of four marijuana growers in Humboldt County, California, and their unique way of life behind the Redwood Curtain.

Here’s the trailer (below).

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

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Culinary Curiosities: Behind Maui’s ‘Taste of Summer’ Film Fest Opening Night with Chef Ryan Urig

Chef Ryan Urig Grand Wailea

Chef Ryan Urig Will Make Bright, Delicious Magic at the Taste of Summer, Wed. June 3rd, 5pm – 7pm at the Grand Waiela

With all of the buzz about the Maui Film Festival’s brand-new Taste of Summer Opening Night Party (Wed., June 3rd at 5pm at the Grand Wailea), we decided ask Chef Ryan Urig – the much talked about Executive Chef at the Grand Wailea and the mastermind behind this event’s menu – to share his inspirations and tempt is with what to expect from the menu.

Launching a new event at a 16 year-old annual signature event on Maui is no small task, but Chef Ryan is approaching it with ease and a fresh, innovative style. Read on to get a hint of what’s behind the excellent dishes you’ll be savoring tomorrow night.

Insider tip: festival passes and ticket prices jump up to $190 tomorrow, so if you like what you hear, you’ll want to get your passes tonight! (Full access to the celebrity tributes and double feature at Celestial Cinema are included in the price of your Taste of Summer ticket!) Continue reading

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

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: 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: 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