Maui Film Festival

The Maui Film Festival continues through Sunday with movie screenings at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Wailuku, outdoor at the Celestial Cinema at Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, and free Seaside Cinema on Wailea Beach.

Tickets, festival passes and more information are available online at or by phone at 579-9244. Tickets will be sold at the door of each event, if still available.

Festival tributes

Live and in-person big screen tributes at Celestial Cinema: The Pathfinder Award Tribute to Kirsten Dunst (8 p.m., Friday); Nova Award Tribute to Jessica Chastain (8 p.m., Saturday); and Rising Star Award to Brie Larsen (8 p.m., Sunday) round out this year’s Maui Film Festival at Wailea tributes.

Filmmakers panels

All panels will take place at the Mei Court at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, hourly starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Each panel lasts 50 minutes long.

Other highlights

See the Dining section for juicy details on the culinary aspect of the film festival. In addition, there will be a Hollywood sand sculpting contest at Wailea Beach at 8 p.m. on Sunday; and free movies at the Seaside Cinema on Wailea Beach Saturday night. The following are movie screenings through Sunday.

Note: ** films not recommended for children 17 and younger.

Big Sur **

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. (Celestial Cinema, 10 p.m., Friday)

The Boy Who Smells Like Fish **

A gentle charmer starring Douglas Smith (HBO’s “Big Love”), and Zo Kravitz (X-Men: “First Class”) and co-starring Ariadna Gil, Don McKellar and Carrie-Anne Moss in a magically realistic and engagingly quirky dramedy about a boy dealing with a huge challenge and finding his true love along the way. (Castle Theater, noon, Saturday)


Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, ‘eighth wonder of the world’ art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. This doc features the creation of his 10 year Magnum Opus. (Castle Theater, noon, Sunday)

Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert

After 30 years in the making, HD time-lapse video and photographic tapestry, from director and photographer Thomas Wiewandt, immerses viewers in a desert world filled with life and beauty year-round. Accompanied only by a world music infused soundtrack. (Seaside Cinema, 8 p.m., Saturday)

Drift **

Sam Worthington (“Avatar”) co-stars in this action filled story, set in 1970s Australia, about 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. (Celestial Cinema, 8 p.m., Thursday)

The East **

‘Spy on Us. We’ll Spy on You.’ is the clever tagline for this eco-terrorist spy drama, co-starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson. An ex-FBI agent working for an elite private intelligence firm who infiltrates an anarchist collective that’s seeking revenge against major corporations, and finds herself conflicted as she starts to connect with the group. (Castle Theater, 8 p.m., Thursday)

The Fruit Hunters

Explore the eye-catching, far away and far out fruit frenzied fruitarians lust for. For details, see Dining on Page 19. (Castle Theater, 2 p.m., Sunday)

Haute Cuisine

Appointed personal cook to the president of France, a Perigord chef helps him rediscover the joys of traditional French cuisine. See Dining on Page 19 for details. (Castle Theater, 4 p.m., Sunday)

I Give It a Year **

Working Title Films, who brought the world “Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’s 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, Mini Driver and Anna Faris. Directed and written by Dan Mazer (“Borat”). (Celestial Cinema, 8 p.m., Friday)


This Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Short Subject is an intensely personal coming-of-age story about a vibrant Latina teenage artist and irresistibly likeable young woman, who has overcome poverty and homelessness and won widespread recognition for her whimsical, colorful artworks. Color, as she likes to say, is her revolution. (Castle Theater, noon, Sunday)


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 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. (Celestial Cinema, 10 p.m., Thursday)

Middleton **

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? (Celestial Cinema, 8 p.m., Saturday)

More Than Honey

State-of-the-art filmmaking, including spectacular up-close sequences on bees in flight and inside their hives, brilliantly illuminate the ultimately good news, amidst much bad news, about bringing back bee populations around the world before its too late. Genuine hope for the future of not only bees, but us. (Castle Theater, 4 p.m., Saturday)

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s magically realist love story about two couples who take improbable and charmingly divergent approaches to romance. A stellar cast includes Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher and Jillian Morgese. Written and directed as a contemporary, yet timeless, story by Jess Whedon. (Castle Theater, 4 p.m., Thursday)

Muscle Shoals

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono and others bear witness to how recording sessions at Rick Hall’s FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., changed the world of music forever with the help of the riverside town’s magnetism and mystery and why that music remains influential today. (Castle Theater, 6 p.m., Saturday)

My Awkward Sexual Adventure

Named to Canada’s 2012 Top 10 Feature Film List by the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, this raucous, sexy, and totally unpredictable comedy follows an accountant who makes a pact with an exotic dancer to trade financial advice for her advice as a ‘sex Yoda’ to win back his girlfriend. A perfect comedic storm ensues. Directed by Sean Garrity. Starring Jona Chernick and Emily Hampshire. (Castle Theater, 8 p.m., Saturday)

One Small Hitch

Compared by critics to both “27 Dresses” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” this wildly unpredictable romantic comedy takes flight when two lifelong friends agree to fake a wedding engagement to grant one of their fathers, who has been given only six months, his last wish: seeing his son happily married. A great looking indie ‘find’ starring Shane McRae and Aubrey Dollar. (Castle Theater, 2 p.m., Saturday)

The Record Breaker

Meet Ashrita Furman as he’s about to attempt to climb Machu Picchu on stilts. He’s one of the happiest human beings you’ll ever meet, and the person who holds the official record for the most Guinness World Records by one individual. (Castle Theater, noon, Sunday)

Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm

Paul Strauss is one of those people who puts both his money, his intention, his spirit and his sweat, where his proverbial “mouth” is. Want evidence? How about working for 30-plus years to rehabilitate lands left bare by strip mines into 300 organic acres that serve as a sanctuary to preserve endangered medicinal plants. People like Paul truly change the world. (Seaside Cinema, 8 p.m., Saturday)

See Girl Run **

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. (Celestial Cinema, 10 p.m., Saturday)

The Short Game

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. This South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) award winning, surprising and touching sports doc also delivers inspiring insights into and reflections on childhood, parenthood and the human condition. (Celestial Cinema, 8 p.m., Sunday)

Short Term 12 **

Maui born and raised filmmaker Destin Cretton will attend and do a Q&A at the Castle Theater during the Hawaii premiere of his SXSW Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winning masterpiece, which stars 2013 Maui Film Festival Rising Star honoree Brie Larson. At first glance, this terrific indie film seems to simply be living and working at a foster care home for at-risk youth. Go deeper and you find a resonant story about the unlimited bounds of compassion. (Castle Theater, 6 p.m., Sunday)

Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing with Greg Long

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? (Celestial Cinema, 8 p.m., Thursday)

Thanks for Sharing **

Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this contemporary exploration of sexuality that co-stars Tim Robbins, Pink (yes, that Pink, in a critically acclaimed performance) and Patrick Fugit (“Almost Famous”) among others. The directorial debut of Stuart Blumberg (co-writer of Academy Award nominated “The Kids Are All Right”), it is, at turns, funny, touching and thought provoking. (Castle Theater, 6 p.m., Thursday)

Tiger Eyes

Finally, after 28 novels in all, that have been translated into 32 languages. 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 father’s death, until she meets Wolf, a mysterious young Native American. Starring Willa Holland, Tatanka Means and Elise Eberle. (Celestial Cinema, 10 p.m., Sunday)

The Way, Way Back

From the studio that brought the world “Juno” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” co-written and co-directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash the Academy Award winning screenwriters of “The Descendants,” comes this endearingly sweet and explosively funny coming-of-age-film about spending a summer navigating your way through both life and the turbulent “waters” of a local theme park. Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Liam James are in its powerhouse cast. (Castle Theater, 8 p.m., Sunday)