With film buffs still talking about the opening night flicks earlier this week, the 14th annual FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui will continue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the big screen at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.
FirstLight will also come back for nine days in December intermittently between the 14th and 30th of the month with a bunch of Oscar contenders.
"Especially noteworthy films being presented later this week include special encore presentations of the Maui Film Festival at Wailea Audience Award winners "Samsara" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which also won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize," says the festival's founder and director Barry Rivers. "And another Sundance favorite, the not-to-be-missed "Chasing Ice," winner of the Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award in the Documentary category."
“Chasing Ice” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday
This week's other highlights will include "Anna Karenina" starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law; and "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins, Scarlet Johansson, Helen Mirren and Jessica Biel. Along with "Chasing Ice," both will screen Hawaii for the first time at FirstLight.
"In all, from our opening nights screenings of the Rolling Stones 'Crossfire Hurricane' and Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice award winner, 'Silver Linings Playbook,' through December 30th's final screening of the 'Promised Land' starring Matt Damon," Rivers continues, "This year's FirstLight will deliver more than 40 of the most award worthy films of the year-30 of them presented in Hawaii for the first time."
Screenings are complimentary to members of most major film industry guilds. Visit www.MauiFilmFestival.com for complete details. Otherwise, single tickets are $12; or $10 when you buy the VIP FastPass. Both may be purchased at the MACC; online at www.MauiArts.org; or by calling 242-2787 for further details.
FRIDAY, NOV. 23
5:30 p.m. - "Samsara" (PG-13/102 min.)
Another mystical tour from the makers of Baraka. Shot stunningly on Panavision Super 70mm film. Wow!
7:30 p.m. - "Anna Karenina" (R/130 min.)
Keira Knightley and Jude Law in this bold vision of an epic story that asks why "you can't ask why about love."
SATURDAY, NOV. 24
1:30 p.m. - "Moonrise Kingdom" (PG-13/94 min.)
A warm, wonderful and quirky look at the power of love - first love - starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand.
5 p.m. - "Beasts of Southern Wild" (PG-13/93 min.)
Oprah Winfrey's favorite film of the year, set in the bayou of Louisiana, won Sundance's 2012 Grand Jury Prize.
7:30 p.m. - "Hitchcock" (PG-13/92 min.)
Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock comes to life in this drama costarring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel.
SUNDAY, NOV. 25
2 p.m. - "Only the Young" (NR/87 min.)
This delicate, ethereal AFI Fest Audience Award winner, follow three teenagers in the California desert discovering love, friendship and life.
4:30 p.m. - "Starlet" (NR/104 min.)
Dree Hemingway lovingly plays a young woman befriending an isolated 85-year-old senior in this humanizing tear jerker. The Kleenex is on us!
6:30 p.m. - "Chasing Ice" (NR/75 min.)
One filmmaker, 25 time-lapse cameras, one billion arctic photos. It's visually breathtaking and hauntingly compelling evidence of climate change.
8 p.m. - "28 Hotel Rooms" (NR/82 min.)
A one-night stand develops into something much more in this intelligent, passionate and sensual exploration of a long-lasting on-the-road affair.