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Zac Efron and Taylor Steele to Receive Honors;
Malin Akerman, Justin Chambers, Josh Radnor and More Scheduled to Attend

Wailea, HI (June 3, 2010) – Entering its much anticipated second decade of cinema-under-the-stars, the 11th Annual Maui Film Festival announced its line up of honorees, screenings and special events taking place June 16-20, 2010 at the Wailea Resort and the state-of-the-art Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. The schedule is packed with uplifting independent films, celebrity appearances and beautiful events highlighting the culture, food, and beauty of Maui, including award ceremonies honoring Zac Efron and Taylor Steele; appearances by Malin Akerman, Justin Chambers and Josh Radnor; more than 40 film screenings; and more events offering a relaxing and enjoyable opportunity for festival goers to appreciate cinema in an unparalleled atmosphere.  Tickets for the festival are on-sale now at

“This year’s line up encapsulates the festival’s mission to showcase life-affirming and compassionate filmmakers and their films,” said Festival Director Barry Rivers.  “As we head into our next decade, our mantra is ‘trust the future.’ With a glimpse of the films and luminaries highlighted in this year’s festival bringing bold, fresh perspectives, I’m positive festival goers will discover, both the Maui Film Festival’s, and our collective, future looks bright.”

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 on the specified dates:

Zac Efron Honored with the Shining Star Award
Wednesday, June 16th at 8:00 PM
Zac Efron will be presented with the Shining Star Award, which honors a film artist, still in the ascendance of their career—with many magnetic performances both behind and ahead of them—whose very presence on screen guarantees as much light as heat. Past recipients include Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel.  Following the presentation will be the Opening Night Celestial Cinema Premiere of Bran Nue Dae, an Australian musical comedy, written and directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Geoffrey Rush.

Taylor Steele Honored with the Beacon Award
Thursday, June 17th at 8:00 PM
Taylor Steele will be presented with the Beacon Award for sharing the infinite possibilities of the commitment to live a life beyond limits, outside of fear, inside of courage and inspired by wonder and to bring the inspiration that results to millions of people around the world through their envelope-pushing extreme sports documentaries. Past recipients include Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama.  Following the presentation will be a screening of Steele’s latest film, Castles in the Sky.

Justin Chambers Presents The Happiest Man Alive
Friday, June 18th at 8:00 PM
Actor Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy) will present the world premiere of The Happiest Man Alive.  Starring Chambers, this dark comedy short film is written/directed by newcomer Andrew M. Goodman, who will also be in attendance.

Norman Screening with Dan Byrd
Friday, June 18th at 10:00 PM
Dan Byrd (Cougar Town) stars as the title character, Norman, in a new dramedy directed by Jonathan Segal, who will also be in attendance.  This film also stars Emily Van Camp, Adam Goldberg and Richard Jenkins.

Happythankyoumoreplease Screening with Josh Radnor and Malin Akerman
Saturday June 19th at 8:00 PM
Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), who stars in Happythankyoumoreplease, makes his writing and directorial debut with his film.  This comedy, based in New York, also stars Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Zoe Kazan, Tony Hale and Kate Mara.

Closing Night Screening of Boy with Taika Waititi
Sunday June 20th at 8:00 PM
Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark) is the writer, director and star of Boy, a wacky, endearing comedy based in New Zealand.  The film also stars Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu and Ei Kura Albert.

Additional scheduled screenings can be found on the Festival’s website at

Opening Twilight Reception at Capische?
WHEN: June 16, 2010 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Capische? at Hotel Wailea
Capische? Owner & award winning chef Brian Etheredge will wow attendees with truly unique, inventive, and delicious selections complimented by refreshing Stella Artois beer, the Official Beer of the 2010 Maui Film Festival, Ocean vodka cocktails, and Hawaiian Springs Water, the Official Water of the 2010 Maui Film Festival.  Feel the romance while enjoying the spectacular sunset view.

Starry Night MoondDance
WHEN: June 16, 2010 at 10:00 PM
WHERE: Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe at Shops at Wailea
Known as the festival’s hottest dance party, attendees will enjoy appetizers from the kitchen of Tommy Bahama’s Topical Café, complemented by libations courtesy of Tommy Bahama Rum and Stella Artois and hydrated by Hawaiian Springs Water.

Taste of Chocolate
WHEN: June 18, 2010 at 10:00 PM
WHERE: Four Seasons Maui
Maui Film Festival’s over-the-top event for chocolate lovers.  Attendees will enjoy many decadent chocolate treats including liquid nitrogen chocolate sorbet, baked chocolate mousse, chocolate olive panini and white chocolate Grand Marnier cheesecake, while they discover the sweet side of the island.

Taste of Wailea Presented by the Culinary Artists of Wailea
WHEN: June 18, 2010 at 4:30 PM
WHERE: Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Courses
The crown jewel event of Maui Film Festival’s culinary arts celebrations, Taste of Wailea will be presented by Wailea Resort's most celebrated chefs and restaurants, complimented by an engagingly robust and delicate assortment of fine wines, refreshing Stella Artois on draft, exotic Maui-tinis from Ocean Vodka, and Hawaiian Springs Water.


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 500 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 10 years the festivals has been fortunate to honor such talents as Joan Allen, Adrien Brody, Pierce Brosnan, Tim Burton, Claire Danes, Geena Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Clint Eastwood, Jake Gyllenhaal and Helen Hunt.  Through the 10th annual Maui Film Festival in 2009, the Festival has resulted in over 70 million dollars in economic activity for the County of Maui.

The 2010 Maui Film Festival is made possible by the tremendous and continued support of a number of local, national and international organizations. This year's Official Sponsors include: Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaiian Springs, Stella Artois; Major Sponsors:  Destination Resorts, Four Seasons Resort Maui, The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Grand Wailea, Hotel Wailea, Starwood Capital Group / Kobayashi Group, The Shops At Wailea, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Wailea Golf Club, Wailea Beach Villas; Industry Sponsors: Getty Images & WireImage Video, a division of Getty Images, PSAV, Reel Maui / Maui Film Office, Picture Mill, Variety, The Works; Sponsorship Ohana: Capische?, MALA Wailea, Mana Foods, Ocean Vodka, Tommy Bahama; Kama'aina Ohana:  Akina Aloha Tours, County Of Maui, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Gannon's, HiLuxury Magazine, KAOI Radio Group, Maui Economic Development Board, Maui Coast Coffee Company, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui Jim, Maui News, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Modern Luxury Hawaii, MediSpa Maui, MVP Hawaii, On Maui!, Ono Gelato, Pacific Radio Group, PSAV, Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Rising Sun Solar + Electric,,, The Wailea Group Real Estate Sales and Marketing, Wailea Resort Association.

The 2010 Maui Film Festival at Wailea will be held June 16-20.  For additional information and tickets, call the Film Festival Headquarters at (808) 572-3456 or visit
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