The Maui Film Festival may be over for another year, but two made-on-Maui movies are busy making their mark on film festivals on the Mainland and beyond.
"Taylor Camp," focusing on a famous "back-to-nature" hippie camp on Kauai's north shore in the late '60s and early '70s, was awarded Best Feature Documentary at the Rainier Independent Film Festival in Washington state earlier this month.
"We were thrilled when we were included in the screenings," said the film's director and Upcountry resident Robert Stone. "When I got the email that we won for Best Feature Documentary, I was elated!"
Two of the hippie “stars” of the award-winning “Taylor Camp.”
“Get a Job” stars Eric Gilliom (with microphone) and Willie K (in white) wrapped shooting in Paia with co-stars Pat Simmons (from left), Henry Kapono, Mick Fleetwood, Lenny Castellanos, Willie Nelson and Lopaka Colon.
AUBREY HORD photo
Stone and a Maui production team, including Tom Vendetti and John Wehrheim, spent six years on the project. Featuring archival images and interviews from camp residents as well as their neighbors, "Taylor Camp" provides a chapter of history from the early days of Hawaii's statehood, a unique vantage point on the cultural clashes of the '60s, and a tale of innocence found and lost in paradise.
The final version of the film screened at the MACC Castle Theater last June, as well as other selected theaters around Hawaii.
The film screens at 2 p.m. Friday in another festival in San Antonio, Texas. (More information is available at www.TaylorCampKauai.com.)
And "Get a Job," the uproarious comedy starring Willie K, Eric Gilliom, a host of top Hawaiian musical artists and countless Mauians as extras, continues to be the little movie that could.
At last count, it had been accepted at festivals from the Big Island (where it won the audience award) to Marbella, Spain, in October. It will be screening this weekend at the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, then in Ventura, Calif., in early July.
Writer-director Brian Kohne is also gearing up for the Las Vegas film fest with a 3:35 p.m. screening July 17 in the Hilton Theater at the Hilton Hotel Resort Casino.
"It's a really great opportunity for the production to share the work with the Hawaiian community there - folks estimate that as many as 100,000 former Hawaii residents live in the Las Vegas area. If you know any of them, please make sure to tell them to come see the movie!" says Kohne.
He's also preparing for two screenings in downtown Honolulu at the Hawaii Theater on Aug. 12 and 13 in conjunction with launching a pay-per-view / video-on-demand run on Hawaii's Time Warner Cable TV service.
To keep up with this groundbreaking leap in Maui filmmaking, visit www.getajobthemovie.com.
- Rick Chatenever