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Thursday Maui Film Festival Highlights

The 2019 Maui Film Festival kicks off this week.  There’s  a host of honorees, screenings and special events happening June 12-16, 2019 in Wailea.  Click here for the complete lineup [1].

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.  Individual tickets and passes for the festival are on sale now at www.mauifilmfestival.com [2].

Below are some highlights of what’s happening on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

CELESTIAL CINEMA SCREENINGS

Thursday, June 13, 8 p.m.

Wild Rose [3]: From its opening notes, this astonishing film puts a lump in your throat as you realize you’re watching a star being born.  Newcomer Jessie Buckley is driven to become the country music singer she’s always imagined she could be even with two kids in tow. Challenged with starting up a new life in Nashville from her life in Scotland is a life expanding journey that lives and breathes feminism without ever having to comment on it.  This is exceptional, genre shattering, remembered forever cinema.  Director: Tom Harper.  Print Courtesy: NEON (101 min. R)

Thursday, June 13, 10 p.m.

The Peanut Butter Falcon [4]:  Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen co-star in this SXSW Audience Award Winner for Best Spotlight Feature. A heartfelt story about a group of mostly harmless misfits who decide to help a marginally mentally handicapped patient escape the hospital he has been placed in to go on a Tom Sawyer-like raft trip to chase his dream, meet his hero and become the first mentally challenged professional wrestler ever. Delightful and unique. Directors and Screenwriters: Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. Courtesy of: Roadside Attractions. (93 min. NR) Click here for movie clip [5].

Taste of Chocolate [6]

Thurs. June 13 from 10 p.m. to Midnight (Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea)

A non-stop chocolate fantasy is what this  ‘Out of the Box and Outta this World’ universe of sweet delights delivers to its lucky attendees.  Dress to Impress and immerse yourself in the extraordinary flavors and sensual experience of this event.  This ’Taste’ Ticket also  includes admission to the Two Premieres + Festivities at Celestial Cinema on this night.  Click here for the menu [7]. Click here for tickets [8].  *Must be 21 or over to attend this event. ​

HONOREES:

Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Gina Rodriguez [9] will receive the 2019 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award. The Navigator Award honors a film artist for “carving a path of distinction through the turbulent waters of the entertainment industry without sacrificing their fundamental commitment to excellence.”  Perhaps best known for her Peabody Award winning lead role in “Jane the Virgin”.  Rodriguez is hero to another demographic as the voice and producer of the Netflix animated series “Carmen Sandiego” about a globe-hopping master thief, a franchise revived from great popularity in the 1980s and 1990s  She will star in a live-action project based on the character that’ been announced for the big screen.  She has most recently been seen in the Netflix romantic comedy “Someone Great”, with co-stars DeWanda Wie and Brittany Snow.

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.Jane The Virgin. Pictured: Gina Rodriguez as Jane — Photo: Nino Munoz/The CW © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. Photo courtesy Maui Film Festival.

Taste of Chocolate. Image courtesy: Maui Film Festival.

Wild Rose. Image courtesy Maui Film Festival.

The Peanut Butter Falcon. Image courtesy Maui Film Festival