maui film festival heats up wailea again! june 12 – 16, 2013

Maui Film Festival 2011Maui is buzzing this month in anticipation of the abundance of films, food and fun happening in Wailea June 12-16.

Barry and Stella Rivers founded the Maui Film Festival in 2000 as a jewel box festival committed to the celebration and exploration of cinema at the intersection of smart and heart. Thirteen years later the festival has grown into a spectacular event. Featuring five film-packed days with an amazing and diverse schedule of cinema, food, celebrities (at press time Kirsten Dunst, Brie Larson and Jessica Chastain are to be honored) and more. The festival’s grand outdoor theater “Celestial Cinema” at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Courses shows movies on a 50-foot wide screen while guests sit under the stars in South Maui’s perfect weather. Foodies will drool with the schedule of culinary events including the Opening Night Twilight Reception at Capische? on Wednesday, June 12; The Taste of Chocolate at Four Seasons Resort Maui on Friday, June 14 and the renowned Taste of Wailea at Leadbetter Golf Academy in Wailea on Saturday, June 15.

Since its inception, the Maui Film Festival has screened more than 550 films from around the world to a diverse audience of industry luminaries, filmmakers and movie lovers of all ages.

For up-to-date information and festival passes available for online purchase please visit:

Here is a recap of what to expect at this year’s spectacular event!


Opening Night Twilight Reception
Wednesday, June 12 • 5:30-7:30pm
Capische? at Hotel Wailea
Co-Hosted by Modern Luxury Hawaii

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 Hawai‘i, and Specialty Cocktails.

Guests will enjoy live cooking stations feature a Capische?-style tribute to Hawaiian Cuisine and Culture in honor of Eddie Aikau, the Aikau ‘ohana, and the Hawai‘i Premiere of Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau – the Celestial Cinema Opening Night Film. Eddie Aikau’s brothers Clyde and Sol, and sister Myra, will be at the reception to sign posters courtesy of Quiksilver.

Ah Tim will perform enduring songs by Gabby Pahinui, Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole and Olomana among many others who sparked the Renaissance of Hawaiian Music in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Each Opening Night Twilight Reception ticket includes Wednesday Night’s Celestial Cinema Double Feature. Tickets: $150 from June 4th thru 11th and, if still available, on June 12th at the door.

Taste of Chocolate
Friday June 14 • 8:00-10:00 pm
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Co-hosted by Variety

Featuring a new format this year! Maui Film Festival’s over-the-top event for lovers of chocolate just got even better! Why?… Mabanzi Marimba Maui, an eight piece band playing Dance Music from Africa, the Birthplace of Chocolate, will perform for both your Listening and Dancing Pleasure. Mmmm Chocolate! 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. Specialty Cocktails will flow at the ice bar alongside fine wines, port, and premium beers. If you’ve been there, and think you know what we mean, just wait until you see and hear what the exuberant live music of Mabanzi Marimba Maui adds to this year’s party with their high energy, poly-melodic rhythms, and soulful grooves that move the body and spirit. If you’ve never been to the Taste of Chocolate, this is the year to fix that! Tickets: $150 from June 4th thru 13th and, if still available, on June 14th at the door.

Taste of Wailea
Saturday, June 15 • 4:30-7:00 pm
Leadbetter Private Golf Academy
Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course
Co-Hosted by where HAWAII

Don’t miss the crown jewel of Maui Film Festival’s Culinary Arts Celebrations at the Leadbetter Private Golf Academy on the beautiful Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course.

The most mouth watering moments of the 14th annual Taste of Wailea will be presented by Wailea Resorts’ celebrated chefs and restaurants, complimented by a delightful assortment of fine wines provided by Southern Wine and Spirits, refreshing Stella Artois beers on draft, Specialty Cocktails, and exotic Maui-tinis.

Live Music by Maui’s own Lily Meola and eclectic guitar virtuoso Tom Conway. Each Taste of Wailea ticket includes Saturday Night’s Celestial Cinema Double Feature. Tickets: $150 from June 4th thru 14th and, if still available, on June 15th at the door.

Please note that this special event is restricted to those age 21 years and over.

2013 Taste of Wailea Menu:

Capische? – Chefs Brian Etheredge & Chris Kulis – “Caesar Crudo”; Crispy Malama Farms Pork Belly, Lavender Bacon Ice Cream, W.O. Honey, Meyer Lemon

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – Chef Samuel Faggetti – Kiawe Smoked Slow Roasted Huli Huli Chicken with Teriyaki Glaze; Ono Poke, Avocado and Wasabi Mousse, Nori Julienne

Tommy Bahama – Chef Brandon Shim – Bungalow Salad, Toasted Almonds & Macadamia Nuts, Dried Cranberries, Feta, Pepitas, Vine-Ripe Tomatoes, Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette; Ahi Tuna Poke in a Wonton Cup; Key Lime Tarts, Graham Cracker Crust, White Chocolate Mousse

Mala Wailea – Chefs Mark Ellman & Garrett Guerrero – Vegan White Bean Soup with Truffle Oil and Fresh Chopped Parsley; Wok Fried Opakapaka with Fresh Ginger and Garlic Black Bean Mushroom Sauce

Monkeypod Kitchen – Chef Peter Merriman – Zuhair Farms Vine Ripened Tomato Salad, Farro Tabouleh, Toasted Ricotta Salata Cheese Shavings; Spicy Seared Whole Kauai Shrimp, Kula Tomato Gumbo, Upcountry Cornbread

Spago – Chef Cameron Lewark – Ahi Tuna “Aquarium”; Grilled Pineapple Yuzu Shaved Ice with Coconut Ice Cream

Mulligan’s – Chef Danny LeBag – Homemade Fish and Chips with Spicy Irish Chips and a Jalapeño Aioli; Watermelon Gazpacho; Moloka‘i Sweet Potato Gnocchi with White Truffle Oil topped with Prosciutto and Arugula; Tiramisu  Cheesecake

Alan Wong’s Amasia – Chef Chris Damskey – Soy Braised Short Ribs, Ko Choo Jang Sauce; Chopped Ahi Sashimi, Avocado, Won Ton, Soy Wasabi

Ko – Chef Tylun Pang – Tangled Tiger Prawns, Shredded Phyllo wrapped Tiger Prawns, Kula Greens, Pineapple Sweet Chili Garlic Sauce and Macadamia Nuts; BBQ Pork Skewers with Banana Ketchup

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Chef Dan Bader- Veal Ravioli; Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce or Sweet Cream

Joe’s / Gannon’s – Chef Bev Gannon – Chicken Pot Pie over Herbed Biscuit; Malama Farms Berkshire Pork in Steamed Buns, Pickled Vegetables

Celestial Cinema
Wailea’s Outdoor Theater
Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
(96 min.) The life of legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard, peacemaker, cultural activist and crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule‘a comes to life in this compelling examination of the tragic decline and extraordinary rebirth of the Hawaiian culture as personified by a native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.

Preceded by: Hokule‘a’s Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom, Ocean Connections, Global Lesson (6 min.)
An enlightening look at both the vision that drives and missions that manifest the vision of the Polynesian Voyaging Society featuring Nainoa Thompson. Visionary Tributes: Eddie Aikau & Nainoa Thompson

Islands of Sanctuary (56 min.)

Followed by: Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea (26 min.) The story of Native Hawaiians living on Moloka‘i who are using ancient conservation methods to restore fisheries in the waters of their island.


Isolated (106 min.) A ‘feral’ surf documentarian finds what he’s looking for – a world class,  undiscovered, mind-blowing break in New Guinea. Amazingly, he and his team also connect with the real people of this land, including a tribal chief whose tribe’s way of life and culture are under dire threat by mindless unsustainable development by ruthless entrepreneurs. A truly groundbreaking hybrid ‘surf film’ – equal parts mind blowing surf footage and a call to peace activism and changing the world.

Preceded by: Summer Bummer (2 min.) and Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing with Greg Long (21 min.) A personal account of the life-threatening pursuit and the horrific wipe outs juxtaposed against the backdrop of 60-80 foot waves. Greg Long eloquently makes his point: without the pursuit of big waves, his life would be meaningless. And when a giant swell presents an opportunity to live life to its fullest, what other choice is there?

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 • 10pm

Drift (113 min.) Sam Worthington (AVATAR) co-stars in this action filled story, set in 1970’s Australia, of a complex family of outsiders who struggle to escape their troubled past to forge a successful future – and play a key role in the worldwide multi-billion dollar ocean sports industry. Winner of Outstanding Achievement and Audience Awards at several film festivals, in large part due to its brilliant surf cinematography, Drift also features shredder/actors Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel as both actual and soul brothers. (Not recommended for 17 & under.)

Preceded by: Tandem (6 min.)

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 • 8pm

I Give It a Year (97 min.) Working Title Films, who brought the world ‘Love Actually’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ and ‘Notting Hill’, ramps up its sense of wild, wonderfully irreverent and wacky humor in this wall-to-wall hysterically funny story of a newlywed couple’s first year of marriage. Starring Rose Byrne, Simon Baker, Rafe Spall, Minnie Driver and Anna Faris. Directed and written by Dan Mazer (‘Borat’). “Absolutely Brilliant. The Funniest British Film in Years” raved GQ.

Preceded by: Pathfinder Tribute to Kirsten Dunst and Broken Up (15 min.)

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 • 10pm

Big Sur (100 min.) The life of iconic Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac is elegantly brought to life, against the astonishingly and perfectly recreated backdrop of both Big Sur and San Francisco, in this atmospheric ‘cinematic poem’ from director Michael Polish. True to the essence and spirituality of Kerouac’s autobiographical 1962 novel, it stars Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth, Radha Mitchell and Anthony Edwards.

Preceded by: El Lago (4 min.) and Illusion (8 min.)


Middleton (Rated R, 90 min.) Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star in this wonderfully warm, romantic and smart dramedy about two people who meet when they bring their teenage kids to a pre-Fall orientation at stunning (and fictional) Middleton College. Although both married to others, they are instantly attracted to each other and realize, during an afternoon of spontaneity and flirting, that they have each found their true soul mate. Now what?

Preceded by: Nova Tribute to Jessica Chastain and Abandoned (4 min.) and Well Enough Alone (9 min.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 • 10pm

See Girl Run (89 min.) How many carry the mantra of ‘what might have been’ around for a lifetime? And how many take a ‘follow-your-bliss journey’ for a reunion with their sweetheart to see what might have been. That’s the challenge faced by the lead in this mindful and truthful ‘looking for love’ story. Co-stars Robin Tunney, Adam Scott, Jeremy Strong, William Sadler, Larry Pine and Josh Hamilton.

Preceded by: Merci Beaucoup Bradley Cooper (12 min.) and Se Vende Perro Que Habla: 10 Euros (8 min.)

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 • 8pm

The Short Game  (90 min.) When was the last time you couldn’t believe your eyes? Whenever it was, the Festival guarantees the next time you feel that way is when you watch these eight 7-year-old golfers compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. Much more than a film about golf, although it is a great one at that, this SXSW award winning and surprising and touching sports doc also delivers inspiring insights into and reflections on childhood, parenthood and the human condition.

Preceded by: Rising Star Tribute to Brie Larson and Slomo (18 min.)

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 • 10pm

Tiger Eyes (92 min.) Finally, after 28 novels, and with 82 million books sold overall worldwide, a Judy Blume book is coming to the Big Screen! Set in Los Alamos, N.M., it’s the story of a 17 year old girl struggling to cope in the wake of her fathers death until she meets Wolf, a mysterious young Native American, whose wisdom and love turns her around to live and love again. Starring Willa Holland, Tatanka Means and Elise Eberle.

Preceded by: A Knock on My Door (10 min.)



Maui Film Festival, a star-studded festival of film, food and much more.


Events take place throughout Wailea Resort and Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.


5-day festival runs Wednesday, June 12 through Sunday, June 16.


Maui Film Festival Box Office 579-9244
Visit for all detailed and up-to-date information.
Festival passes available for purchase online at

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