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Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Brie Larson, Eddie Aikau and Nainao Thompson to Receive Awards During Event, June 12th – 16th

Wailea, HI (June 5, 2013) – Entering its much anticipated fourteenth year of cinema-under-the-stars, the 2013 Maui Film Festival announced its line up of honorees, screenings and special events taking place June 12-16, 2013 in Wailea.  Taking place at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, the Castle Theater at the state-of-the-art Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, the Seaside Cinema located between the Four Seasons Maui and the Grand Wailea, the festival will offer a full schedule of screenings and special events throughout the Wailea Resort.  Award ceremonies throughout the festival will honor Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Brie Larson, Eddie Aikau and Nainao Thompson.

In addition to star-studded ceremonies, the schedule is packed with screenings of life-affirming films, inspiring filmmakers, and fabulous events that will highlight the culture, food, and beauty of Maui.  Tickets and passes for the festival are on-sale now.

"After fourteen years of being the Curator of the Maui Film Festival, there has not been a schedule I'm more proud of,” said Festival Director Barry Rivers.  “This year’s festival aims to have a program that intersects smart and heart."

This year’s schedule includes awards, film screenings, and culinary and cultural events:


The following events below will all take place at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course on the specified dates:
Eddie Aikau and Nainoa Thompson Honored with Visionary Awards
Wednesday, June 12th at 8:00 PM
Eddie Aikau (represented by family members) and Nainoa Thompson will be presented with the Visionary Award for living lives beyond limits, outside of fear.  Following the presentation will be the Opening Night screening of Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau   

Kirsten Dunst Honored with the Pathfinder Award
Friday, June 14th at 8:00 PM
Kirsten Dunst will be presented with the Pathfinder Award, which honors an actor, whose eclectic choices and charismatic performances encourage us all to expand our definition of what it means to be human.

Jessica Chastain Honored with the Nova Award
Saturday, June 15th at 8:00 PM
Jessica Chastain will be presented with the Nova Award, which honors a film artist whose stunningly original and seamless performances consistently infuse each character they play with unique insight and wisdom.  

Brie Larson Honored with the Rising Star Award
Sunday, June 16th at 8:00 PM
Brie Larson will be presented with the Rising Star Award, which honors a young film artist for daring to dream big dreams and then delivering brilliant performances when opportunity knocks.

Opening Twilight Reception at Capische? co-hosted by Modern Luxury Hawaii
WHEN: June 12 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Capische? at Hotel Wailea
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 Hawaii, and Pau Maui Vodka Specialty Cocktails.

Taste of Chocolate co-hosted by Variety
WHEN: June 14 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
Maui Film Festival’s over-the-top event for chocolate lovers! 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.

Taste of Wailea co-hosted by 'where HAWAII'
WHEN: June 15 at 4:30 PM
WHERE: David Leadbetter Private Golf Academy at Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Courses
The crown jewel event of Maui Film Festival’s culinary arts celebrations, the 14th annual Taste of Wailea will be presented by Wailea Resort's most celebrated chefs and restaurants, complimented by a delicate assortment of fine wines provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, refreshing Stella Artois beers on draft, and Pau Maui Vodka Speciality Cocktails.

Soiree at Spago VIP Party presented by Maui No Ka Oi
WHEN: June 15 at 10:00 PM
WHERE: Spago at Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
Party with Maui's Premiere magazine at this exclusive event.  Enjoy mouth-watering morsels, specialty cocktails, and access to the Ultra VIP Lounge.


Wednesday, June 12th
8:10 PM – Hokule'a's Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom, Ocean Connections, Global Lesson.
8:20 PM – It's Really That Simple directed by Scott Stulberg
8:30 PM – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau directed by Sam George
10:00 PM – Islands of Sanctuary directed by Christopher McLeod followed by Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea directed by Mary Lambert and preceded by Kaulana Na Pua

Thursday, June 13th
8:00 PM – Drift directed by Ben Nott and Mordan O'Neil; preceded by Summer Bummer directed by Bill Plympton and Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing with Greg Long directed by Richard Yelland
10:00 PM – Isolated directed by Justin Le Pera; preceded by Tandem directed by Jared Hillman

Friday, June 14th
8:00 PM – I Give It a Year directed by Dan Mazer; preceded by Broken Up directed by Ben Tolpin
10:00 PM – Big Sur directed by Michael Polish; preceded by El Lago directed by Jennifer Nicle Stang and Illusion directed by Jessica Hester

Saturday, June 15th
8:00 PM – Middleton directed by Adam Rogers; preceded by Abandoned directed by Rainer Magik and Well Enough Alone directed by Heath Cullens
10:00 PM – See Girl Run directed by Nate Meyer; preceded by Merci Beaucoup Bradley Cooper directed by Anne-Christine Caro and Se Vende Perro Que Habla: 10 Euros directed by Lewis-Martin Soucy.

Sunday, June 16th
8:00 PM – The Short Game directed by Josh Greenbaum; preceded by Slomo directed by Joshua Izenberg.
10:00 PM – Tiger Eyes directed by Lawrence Blume; preceded by A Knock on My Door directed by David Chai.


Wednesday, June 12th
2:00 PM – Heart of the Country directed by John Ward
4:00 PM – Spinning Plates directed by Joseph Levy
6:00 PM – Unfinished Song directed by Paul Andrew Williams; preceded by Kama Sutra King directed by Benjamin Jones
8:00 PM – 20 Feet From Stardom directed by Morgan Neville; preceded by Kalle Petit Vampire directed by Regina Pessoa

Thursday, June 13th
4:00 PM – Much Ado About Nothing directed by Joss Whedon
6:00 PM – Thanks For Sharing directed by Stuart Blumberg
8:00 – The East directed by Zal Batmanglij

Saturday, June 15th
12:00 PM – The Boy Who Smells Like Fish directed by Analeine Cal y Mayor ; preceded by A Tangled Tale directed by Corrie Frances Parks
2:00 PM – One Small Hitch directed by John Burgess
4:00 PM – More Than Honey directed by Markus Imhoof
6:00 PM – Muscle Shoals directed by Greg "Freddy" Camalier
8:00 PM – My Awkward Sexual Adventure directed by Sean Garrity

Sunday, June 16th
12:00 PM – The Record Breaker directed by Brian McGinn followed by Inocente directed by Sean Fine & Albie Hecht and Cavedigger directed by Jeffrey Karoff
2:00 PM – The Fruit Hunters directed by Yung Chang
4:00 PM – Haute Cuisine directed by Christian Vincent
6:00 PM – Short Term 12 directed by Destin Cretton
8:00 PM – The Way, Way Back directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

SEASIDE CINEMA SCREENINGS sponsored by Whole Foods

Saturday, June 15th
8:00 PM – Sancity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm directed by Blis Hanousek DeVault; followed by Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert directed by Thomas Wiewandt.


Adam Rogers (Middleton), Analeine Cal Y Mayo (The Boy Who Smells Like Fish), Ben Tolpin (Broken Up), Christopher Legget (The Short Game), Destin Cretton (Short Term 12), Geoff Clark (Isolated), Holle Singer (Abandoned), Jeffrey Karoff (Cavedigger), Joseph Levy (Spinning Plates), Josh Greenbaum (The Short Game), Justin Le Pera (Isolated), Mark Mills (Isolated), Paul Taublieb (Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau), Rafael Marmor (The Short Game), Rainer Magik (Abandoned), Ryan Phillippe (Isolated), Sam George (Hawaiian: Legend of Eddie Aikau), Teresa Tico (Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea), Thomas Wiewandt (Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert) Christopher McLeod (Islands of Sancuary), Tommee May (Illusion).

Additional scheduled screenings and events can be found on the Festival’s website.


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. The Festival's mission has always been to share exceptional cinematic vision in the service of compassionate and transformative storytelling with a diverse audience who call Maui both their home and their home away from home.

Since its inception, the Maui Film Festival has screened more than 550 narrative and documentary feature length and short films from around the world to a diverse audience of industry luminaries, filmmakers, cineastes and movie lovers of all ages. Over the last 13 years the festivals has been fortunate to honor such talents as Joan Allen, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Pierce Brosnan, Tim Burton, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Clint Eastwood, Zac Efron, Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Woody Harrelson, Garrett Hedlund, Helen Hunt, Mike Myers, Dennis Quaid, Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, among many others.

The 2013 Maui Film Festival Wailea is made possible by the tremendous and continued support of a number of local, national and international organizations. As of May 20, 2013, this year's Official Sponsors include: Lead Sponsor:; Signature Sponsors: Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaiian Airlines, Praise Genius, SunRun; Major Sponsors: Andaz Wailea Resort, Destination Resorts Hawaii, The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Grand Wailea, Hotel Wailea, The Shops At Wailea, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Wailea Gateway Center, Wailea Golf Club, Wailea Beach Villas; Community Sponsors: Enterprise, Rent-A-Car, MediSpa Maui, Rising Sun Solar + Electric, Whole Foods; Sponsorship Ohana: Capische?, Mana Foods, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, PAU Maui Vodka, Spago, Stella Artois; Industry / Sponsors: Getty Images, Modern Luxury Hawaii,  Reel Maui / Maui Film Office, Picture Mill, WHERE Hawaii, The Works Creative Group; Kama'aina Ohana: Akina Aloha Tours, Art to Print, County Of Maui Office of Economic Development, Gannon's, Hale Ho'Ho'omana Spa, KAOI Radio Group, Maui Economic Development Board, Maui Arts & Cultural Center,The Maui News,, Paradise Self-Storage, Paradise Television Network,,, TEDxMaui, Wailea Resort Association.

The 2013 Maui Film Festival at Wailea will be held June 12-16, 2013.