The Maui Film Festival is returning to its birthplace - Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center - to premiere Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The new documentary of the Beatles' lead guitarist and former Nahiku resident profiles the composer of such Beatles classics as "Something," "Here Comes the Sun" and "Within You Without You" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Harrison's early embrace of Indian mysticism also added to his iconic role reshaping the planet's cultural and spiritual landscapes.
The 6 p.m. screening Sunday will precede the national premiere of the documentary in two parts on HBO next week. The 208-minute film will be broken by a 20-minute intermission in the Castle Theater showing.
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Maui Film Festival Director Barry Rivers is showing the music-filled documentary on high-def video projection equipment according to Oscar-winning filmmaker Scorsese's specifications.
The special Maui screening was approved by Olivia Harrison, widow of the music icon who died in 2001. She appears onscreen along with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Eric Idle, George Martin, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector, Pattie Boyd, Eric Clapton and others in this evocation of the renaissance they all helped bring about.
The screening is a fundraiser in conjunction with Maui Tomorrow to support the "Trees Please" project on Baldwin Beach. Following recent beach erosion, the project will replace trees lost on the scenic north coast beach with new ones indigenous to Maui.
* Tickets are $20 (no additional fees for cash purchases at the box office). For more information, see mauifilmfestival.com.
- Rick Chatenever