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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: 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: Sam George, Director of ‘Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau’

Sam George, Director of "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau"

“Hawaiian” director Sam George

Sam George is a surfer, writer, director, and screenwriter probably best known for his work on Riding Giants (2004) directed by Stacy Peralta. According to Wikipedia, “Sam has traveled extensively throughout his career, having explored the coastlines of over 40 different countries and is credited with the discovery of new surf breaks in West Africa, the Andaman Islands and Madeira. Still very active in the surf George continues to compete in standup paddle races and tandem events, usually with his wife Nia Peeples as a partner.”

The Maui Film Festival team is very much looking forward to having Sam and other members of his film’s team at the festival this year, as we host the Hawai‘i premeire of his latest film Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau at Celestial Cinema on the festivals opening night, Wednesday, June 12th. The evening includes the screening of several other films (all with connections to Hawai‘i) and “Visionary Award” tributes to both Eddie Aikau and Nainoa Thompson. (Eddie’s award will be received posthumously by members of his family.)

Tickets for the evening can be pre-purchased online via our virtual Box Office.

We asked Sam a few questions and he shares his thoughts and feelings about making Hawaiian below.  Continue reading

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


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.


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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