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Featured Filmmaker: Ben Tolpin, Director of ‘Broken Up’

This is the first installment in a series of Q&As with this year’s participating filmmakers.

We caught up with Director/Producer/Writer/Actor Ben Tolpin, creator of the short film Broken Up, which screens at Celestial Cinema on Friday, June 14th. We corresponded with him via email and asked him a few simple questions to get to know him better. We look forward to having him here at the festival to introduce his film and to participate in a Filmmaker’s Panel on Saturday, June 15th.

Ben Tolpin, Creator of "Broken Up"

Ben Tolpin, Creator of “Broken Up”

Q: How did you get involved in film? Where and when did you start?
A: I was inspired to act in film while watching Harrison Ford films in 80’s. I felt like I could relate to his character points of views, like he was part of my family. I majored in acting at Marymount Manhattan College but even as I maintained an acting career in New York and Los Angeles, I was interested in most aspects of film making and began shooting my own projects as a writer and director.

Q: What inspired you to create Broken Up?
A: I wrote Broken Up as just a few scenes in the beginning of 2012 to express my view on how normally sane, self-aware people become irrational and obsessive when going through a break-up. It was inspired by an amusing on-going conversation with a friend I had dated. When Katie Walder read the script that summer and wanted to play “Katie”, I jumped at the chance to direct it. We shot most of the film near the end of summer 2012 and we finished post in May of 2013.

Q: What was the most challenging part of creating this film?
A: The most challenging part of the film was shooting twenty-six pages in three days and still maintain the standard I wanted for performances and shot quality.

Q: What type of experience do you hope the film will bring to viewers?
A: I hope people relate to the points of views of the characters and see the irony in having intense anxiety yet knowingly perpetuating circumstances that create more. It’s a human thing to mentally batter ourselves. But even though Katie and Ben’s conversation seems circular and obsessive, it does go somewhere.

Q: What do you think our Maui audiences will most appreciate about your film?
A: I hope Maui audiences will appreciate how they themselves fit into the experience of the characters being portrayed — where they land on the neurosis spectrum after a break-up.

Q: Do you have any prior connection to Maui?
A: I have no prior connection to Maui but I’ve always wanted to visit. And my sister recently moved to Oahu so it was inevitable that I come here soon.

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The Featured Filmmaker series is coordinated and written by the Maui Film Festival’s Filmmaker Liaison and Social Media Director Sara TekulaClick here to see all of the Featured FIlmmaker posts and be sure follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get live updates from the festival. 

2013 MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT WAILEA ANNOUNCES COMPLETE LINE-UP OF HONOREES AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Eddie Aikau and Nainoa Thompson to Receive Awards During Event, June 12th – 16th

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Wailea, HI (June 5, 2013) – Entering its much anticipated fourteenth year of cinema-under-the-stars, the 2013 Maui Film Festival announced its line up of honorees, screenings and special events taking place June 12-16, 2013 in Wailea. Taking place at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, the Castle Theater at the state-of-the-art Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, the Seaside 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 Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Eddie Aikau and Nainao Thompson.

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 at www.mauifilmfestival.com.

“After fourteen years of being the Curator of the Maui Film Festival, there has not been a schedule I’m more proud of,” said Festival Director Barry Rivers. “This year’s festival aims to have a program that intersects smart and heart.”

This year’s schedule includes awards, film screenings, and culinary and cultural events:

AWARDS PRESENTATIONS

The following events below will all take place at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course on the specified dates:

  • Eddie Aikau and Nainoa Thompson Honored with Visionary Awards Wednesday, June 12th at 8:00 PM. Eddie Aikau (represented by family members) and Nainoa Thompson will be presented with the Visionary Award for living lives beyond limits, outside of fear.Following the presentation will be the Opening Night screening of Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau – the Hawaii premiere of the film.
  • Jessica Chastain Honored with the Nova Award Saturday, June 15th at 8:00 PM Jessica Chastain will be presented with the Nova Award, which honors a film artist whose stunningly original and seamless performances consistently infuse each character they play with unique insight and wisdom.
  • Brie Larson Honored with the Rising Star Award Sunday, June 16th at 8:00 PM Brie Larson will be presented with the Rising Star Award, which honors a young film artist for daring to dream big dreams and then delivering brilliant performances when opportunity knocks.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Opening Twilight Reception at Capische? co-hosted by Modern Luxury Hawaii
WHEN: June 12 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Capische? at Hotel Wailea. 
Kick off the 14th annual Maui Film Festival where Northern Italy meets Southern France at the top of Wailea. Let Capische?’s award winning chefs wow you with truly unique, inventive, and delicious selections complimented by refreshing Stella Artois beer, fine wines by Johnson Brothers of Hawaii, and Pau Maui Vodka Specialty Cocktails.

Taste of Chocolate co-hosted by Variety
WHEN: June 14 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
Maui Film Festival’s over-the-top event for chocolate lovers! Eat it, drink it, love it. Dress up and experience the never-been-there, never-had-that, extraordinary flavors and sensual experience that is the Taste of Chocolate.

Taste of Wailea co-hosted by ‘where HAWAII’
WHEN: June 15 at 4:30 PM
WHERE: David Leadbetter Private Golf Academy at Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Courses
The crown jewel event of Maui Film Festival’s culinary arts celebrations, the 14th annual Taste of Wailea will be presented by Wailea Resort’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants, complimented by a delicate assortment of fine wines provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, refreshing Stella Artois beers on draft, and Pau Maui Vodka Speciality Cocktails.

Soiree at Spago VIP Party presented by Maui No Ka Oi
WHEN: June 15 at 10:00 PM
WHERE: Spago at Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
Party with Maui’s Premier magazine at this exclusive event. Enjoy mouth-watering morsels, specialty cocktails, and access to the Ultra VIP Lounge.

CELESTIAL CINEMA SCREENINGS

Wednesday, June 12th 8:10 PM – Hokule’a’s Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom, Ocean Connections, Global Lesson. 8:20 PM – It’s Really The Simple directed by Scott Stulberg 8:30 PM – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau directed by Sam George 10:00 PM – Islands of Sanctuary directed by Christopher McLeod followed by Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea directed by Mary Lambert and preceded by Kaulana Na Pua

Thursday, June 13th 8:00 PM – Drift directed by Ben Nott and Mordan O’Neil; preceded by Summer Bummer directed by Bill Plympton and Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing with Greg Long directed by Richard Yelland 10:00 PM – Isolated directed by Justin Le Pera; preceded by Tandem directed by Jared Hillman

Friday, June 14th 8:00 PM – I Give It a Year directed by Dan Mazer; preceded by Broken Up directed by Ben Tolpin 10:00 PM – Big Sur directed by Michael Polish; preceded by El Lago directed by Jennifer Nicle Stang and Illusion directed by Jessica Hester

Saturday, June 15th 8:00 PM – Middleton directed by Adam Rogers; preceded by Abandoned directed by Rainer Magik and Well Enough Alone directed by Heath Cullens 10:00 PM – See Girl Run directed by Nate Meyer; preceded by Merci Beaucoup Bradley Cooper directed by Anne-Christine Caro and Se Vende Perro Que Habla: 10 Euros directed by Lewis-Martin Soucy.

Sunday, June 16th 8:00 PM – The Short Game directed by Josh Greenbaum; preceded by Slomo directed by Joshua Izenberg. 10:00 PM – Tiger Eyes directed by Lawrence Blume; preceded by A Knock on My Door directed by David Chai.

CASTLE THEATER SCREENINGS

Wednesday, June 12th 2:00 PM – Heart of the Country directed by John Ward 4:00 PM – Spinning Plates directed by Joseph Levy 6:00 PM – Unfinished Song directed by Paul Andrew Williams; preceded by Kama Sutra King directed by Benjamin Jones 8:00 PM – 20 Feet From Stardom directed by Morgan Neville; preceded by Kalle Petit Vampire directed by Regina Pessoa

Thursday, June 13th 4:00 PM – Much Ado About Nothing directed by Joss Whedon 6:00 PM – Thanks For Sharing directed by Stuart Blumberg 8:00 – The East directed by Zal Batmanglij

Saturday, June 15th 12:00 PM – The Boy Who Smells Like Fish directed by Analeine Cal y Mayor ; preceded by A Tangled Tale directed by Corrie Frances Parks 2:00 PM – One Small Hitch directed by John Burgess 4:00 PM – More Than Honey directed by Markus Imhoof 6:00 PM – Muscle Shoals directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier 8:00 PM – My Awkward Sexual Adventure directed by Sean Garrity

Sunday, June 16th 12:00 PM – The Record Breaker directed by Brian McGinn followed by Inocente directed by Sean Fine & Albie Hecht and Cavedigger directed by Jeffrey Karoff 2:00 PM – The Fruit Hunters directed by Yung Chang 4:00 PM – Haute Cuisine directed by Christian Vincent 6:00 PM – Short Term 12 directed by Destin Cretton 8:00 PM – The Way, Way Back directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

SEASIDE CINEMA SCREENINGS sponsored by Whole Foods

Saturday, June 15th 8:00 PM – Sancity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm directed by Blis Hanousek DeVault; followed by Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert directed by Thomas Wiewandt.

ATTENDING FILMMAKERS

Adam Rogers (Middleton), Analeine Cal Y Mayo (The Boy Who Smells Like Fish), Ben Tolpin (Broken Up), Christopher Legget (The Short Game), Destin Cretton (Short Term 12), Geoff Clark (Isolated), Holle Singer (Abandoned), Jeffrey Karoff (Cavedigger), Joseph Levy (Spinning Plates), Josh Greenbaum (The Short Game), Justin Le Pera (Isolated), Mark Mills (Isolated), Paul Taublieb (Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau), Rafael Marmor (The Short Game), Rainer Magik (Abandoned), Ryan Phillippe (Isolated), Sam George (Hawaiian: Legend of Eddie Aikau), Teresa Tico (Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea), Thomas Wiewandt (Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert) Christopher McLeod (Islands of Sancuary), Tommee May (Illusion).

Additional scheduled screenings and events can be found on the Festival’s website at www.mauifilmfestival.com.

‘Isolated’ Filmmakers Will Present Their Film at the Festival

ISOLATED filmmakers Justin LePera, Ryan Phillippe and Geoffrey James Clarke

Isolated filmmakers Justin LePera, Ryan Phillippe and Geoffrey James Clarke

The Maui Film Festival screening of Isolated will be introduced by filmmakers Geoff Clark (Producer), Justin Le Pera (Writer/Director/Producer) and Ryan Phillippe (Executive Producer and narrator) on Thursday June 13th at 10pm at the Celestial Cinema. Tickets are now on sale!

Isolated is about a group of feral surfers and modern day explorers who embark on a journey to search for one of the world’s last undiscovered waves in the journalist dead zone island of New Guinea. Their adventure becomes all too real as they encounter real life cannibals, discover human rights atrocities and expose an unethical mining corporation. This unique, visually stunning film craves an international spotlight as it brings to light one of the world’s least documented places on earth. Isolated features never-before-seen footage of a ancient aboriginal culture as well as one of the most epic wave discoveries of the past 20 years. The film is already being lauded as Endless Summer meets The Cove.

See the film’s Executive Producer Ryan Phillippe share more about the film via this clip on Piers Morgan below:

EDDIE AIKAU AND NAINOA THOMPSON TO RECEIVE VISIONARY AWARD AT 2013 MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT WAILEA

The full press release is available as a PDF download here.

Eddie Aikau

Eddie Aikau

Wailea, HI (May 28, 2013) – Eddie Aikau, represented by his family, and Nainoa Thompson will receive 2013 Maui Film Festival Visionary Awards, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, Director of the event, which will be held June 12-16, 2013, at the Wailea Resort in Maui. The Maui Film Festival Visionary Award is being presented to this year’s honorees for living lives beyond limits, outside of fear. The awards will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on June 12, 2013 before the screening of HAWAIIAN: THE LEGEND OF EDDIE AIKAU. Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.

“The Maui Film Festival is deeply touched to have the privilege to present 2013 Visionary Awards, given previously to only H.H The 14th Daiai Lama, to both the Aikau ‘ohana in memory of Eddie Aikau and to Nainoa Thompson,” Said Rivers. “Both men have helped guide not only the mission of the Maui Film Festival, but even more importantly, people all over the world to navigate their personal life journeys in service to the greater good.”

Aikau is one of the most respected names in surfing. He was the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu. He saved many lives and became well known as a big-wave surfer. Aikau was a true symbol of Aloha. Born on the island of Maui, Aikau later moved to O’ahu with his family in 1959. In 1968, he became the first lifeguard hired by the City & County of Honolulu to work on the North Shore. Not one life was lost while he served as lifeguard at Waimea Bay. Aikau braved surf that often reached 20 feet high or more to make a rescue. He became very famous for surfing the big Hawaiian surf and won several surfing awards including First Place at the prestigious 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship. The local saying, “Eddie Would Go,” refers to his stoke to take on big waves that other surfers would shy away from and his courage to make a rescue in impossible situations. Aikau became involved in perpetuating his Hawaiian heritage. In 1976, the Polynesian Voyaging Society sailed the Hokule’a on a successful 30-day, 2,500-mile journey following the ancient route of the Polynesian migration between the Hawaiian and Tahitian islands. In 1978, a second voyage of the traditional sailing canoe was planned. At 31 years of age, Aikau was selected for this voyage as a crewmember. The Hokule’a left the Hawaiian Islands on March 16, 1978. The double-hulled voyaging canoe developed a leak in one of the hulls and later capsized in stormy weather about twelve miles south of the island of Molokai. In an attempt to get to land to save his crew and the Hokule’a, Aikau paddled toward Lanai on his surfboard. Hours later a commercial airplane spotted the Hokule’a and the rest of the crew were soon rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. Aikau was missing at sea. Despite great search efforts he was never seen again.

Over the past 35 years, Thompson has inspired and led a revival of the traditional arts associated with long-distance ocean voyaging in Hawaiʻi and throughout Polynesia. He developed and teaches a system of wayfinding, or non-instrument navigation, synthesizing traditional principles of ancient Pacific navigation and modern science. He is the first Hawaiian to practice the art of wayfinding on long distance ocean voyages since such voyaging ended in Hawai’i around the 14th century. Thompson continues to develop and implement a multi-disciplined, culturally relevant educational program focused on teaching children of Hawaiʻi the values of Polynesian voyaging. The program emphasizes both traditional and modern scientific knowledge about the environment, and stresses the importance of eco-cultural principles for ensuring the conservation of resources and a safe, healthy, sustainable future for Hawaiʻi and Island Earth. Thompson is the recipient of numerous community awards, including the Unsung Hero of Compassion, which was in 2012 awarded by the Dalai Lama on behalf of the organization Wisdom in Action; and the Native Hawaiian Education Association’s Manomano Ka ʻIke (Depth and Breadth of Knowledge) Educator of the Year Award. Thompson is a graduate of Punahou School and the University of Hawaiʻi, where he earned a BA in Ocean Science.

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The 2013 Maui Film Festival Wailea is made possible by the tremendous and continued support of a number of local, national and international organizations.

The 2013 Maui Film Festival at Wailea will be held June 12-16, 2013. For additional information, call the Film Festival Headquarters at 808-579-9244 or visit www.mauifilmfestival.com.

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Media Contact & Credentials:

Ben Goodman
The Works Creative Group
(310) 301-7793
ben@theworkscreativegroup.com

JESSICA CHASTAIN TO RECEIVE NOVA AWARD AT 2013 MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT WAILEA

The full press release is also available in PDF. Click to download.

Wailea, HI (May 21, 2013) – Jessica Chastain will be the 2013 Maui Film Festival Nova Award recipient, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, Director of the event, which will be held June 12- 16, 2013, at the Wailea Resort in Maui. The Maui Film Festival Nova Award 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. All awards will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course. Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

“Few film artists are as talented and versatile as Jessica Chastain. She has made this clear in the range of characters she has brought to life in her chameleon-like silver screen performances,” Said Rivers. “Jessica is one-of-a-kind and we couldn’t be more pleased to honor her with the 2013 Maui Film Festival Nova Award.”

In 2011, Chastain starred as Celia Foote in THE HELP, which earned her numerous awards nominations most notably for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG Award and BFCA Critics’ Choice Award. The same year, she starred in the Oscar nominated drama TREE OF LIFE. In 2012, Chastain starred in ZERO DARK 30, which garnered several awards, including the BFCA Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, and her second consecutive Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Other previous cinematic works include: MAMA, LAWLESS, MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED, THE DEBT, and TAKE SHELTER. Due for release in the coming year, Chastain plays the starring role in THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY and will also be featured as the lead in the drama MISS JULIE, due in 2014.

The 2013 Maui Film Festival Wailea is made possible by the tremendous and continued support of a number of local, national and international organizations

The 2013 Maui Film Festival at Wailea will be held June 12-16, 2013. For additional information, call the Film Festival Headquarters at 808-579-9244 or visit www.mauifilmfestival.com.

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Media Contact & Credentials:

Ben Goodman
The Works Creative Group
(310) 301-7793
ben@theworkscreativegroup.com

2013 MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT WAILEA WILL OPEN WITH THE PREMIERE OF “HAWAIIAN: THE LEGEND OF EDDIE AIKAU” ON JUNE 12th

This press release is also available as a downloadable PDF.

Wailea, HI (May 6, 2013) – “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau” will be the Opening Night Premiere of the Maui Film Festival at Wailea, Maui Film Festival Director Barry Rivers announced today. The premiere of the Eddie Aikau documentary will take place on June 12 at 8pm at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course. Prior to the Opening Night Premiere, there will be the Opening Night Twilight Reception at Capische? at Hotel Wailea from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Tickets and passes for both events are currently available for purchase.

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Part of ESPN Films’ critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 series, “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau” examines the legacy of the fearless big wave surfer and first-ever North Shore lifeguard. The film is directed by Sam George and produced by TAUBLIEB Films and Paul Taublieb. Through interviews, reenactments and dynamic historical footage, professional-surfer-turned-filmmaker Sam George uncovers Aikau’s little-known personal and family history and finds a compelling allegory for the reclaiming of Hawaiian culture.

“It is an honor to be granted the privilege of presenting the Hawaii premiere of this powerful documentary showcasing the incredible life of Eddie Aikau and his tremendous life’s work,” said Rivers. “My family came to Hawaii 35 years ago in the midst of this indigenous culture experiencing a vibrant rebirth and that move to Maui touched and shaped the Rivers family for years to come. Presenting this film completes a circle of respect and appreciation that all of us in the Maui Film Festival ‘ohana have for Hawaii, its values and its statewide ‘ohana.

“There’s a reason we called our film ‘Hawaiian’. Eddie’s story is the story of Hawaii, embodied by a remarkable man, a remarkable family, and a remarkable people,” Said George. “Eddie said it best when, only months before his tragic death, he won the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Classic. ‘All for the Hawaiians,’ he said, with tears in his eyes. ‘I did it all for the Hawaiians.’So did we.”

The film’s trailer can be viewed below.

 

 
The 2013 Maui Film Festival at Wailea is made possible by the tremendous and continued support of a number of local, national and international organizations.

All events will be held June 12-16, 2013. For additional information, please visit www.mauifilmfestival.com.

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Media Contact & Credentials:
Ben Goodman
The Works Creative Group
(310) 301-7793
ben@theworkscreativegroup.com