Maui Film Festival Rises

Cinephiles rejoice: The Maui Film Festival will celebrate its 22nd year with a slate of notable films and honorees, July 6-10 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater, with streaming options available....
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Open-air screenings, notable honorees and 80 streaming options headline the ’22 MFF

Cinephiles rejoice: The Maui Film Festival will celebrate its 22nd year with a slate of notable films and honorees, July 6-10 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater, with streaming options available.

This year’s festival features 13 premieres. A sampling: “McCurry: The Pursuit of Color,” a meditation on the complexity of life by photojournalist Steve McCurry; “Gratitude Revealed,” a four-decades-in-the-making treatise on living meaningfully; “Facing Monsters,” big-wave surfer Kirby Brown’s monstrously inspiring journey; and “Kapo,” the story of a young indigenous woman who escapes an abusive relationship in the mountains of Kauai.

Honorees at this year’s festival include include Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated icon Christina Ricci, as well as breakout stars Lana Condor (who will receive the Stella Award for advancing the status of women in film) and Jayme Lawson (who featured in the 2022 hit “The Batman”).

Jayme Lawson is among the honorees at the 2022 Maui Film Festival.

The themes of this year’s festival are clear: strength, redemption, self-discovery, purpose. Events—including Kahiko-style hula and live music—will augment the open-air, under-the-stars festivities.

“We’re thrilled to continue Maui Film Festival’s mission of celebrating exceptional cinematic vision in the service of compassionate and transformative storytelling all under the stars, moon and sun,” said MFF founder and director Barry Rivers. “Each of this year’s filmmakers and honorees brings a unique perspective and dedication to their craft. Their performances and storytelling explore a variety of topics that champion a multitude of experiences.”

For those who can’t attend the festival in person or want to supplement the experience, 80 films can be screened through MFF’s Speed-of-Light Virtual Cinema.

For more information on showtimes, streaming, events, etc. visit Mauifilmfestival.com

Images courtesy of MFF; Christina Ricci image credit Jenna Greene

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