A new holiday tradition starts Saturday when Maui Film Festival launches its FirstNight of FirstLight, encore screenings for some of the fest's best-loved films of the year. The trio of 2013 films will play in Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater: "The Short Game" at 4; "Short Term 12" at 6; and "20 Feet From Stardom" at 8 p.m.
"We know it's challenging for people to see every film they'd like to during each June's festival," said Barry Rivers, Maui Film Festival founder and director. "So giving them a chance to see some of June's films that are generating huge awards season buzz in L.A., New York and beyond seemed like a unique way to kick off this year's series."
FirstLight film tickets are $15 per film. Buy a VIP FastPass at $48 and get access to any four FirstLight movies, valid November through January; FastPasses can be shared with family and friends. A Gold Cinema Circle Membership for $500 allows access to all FirstLight films, and reserves exclusive front-row seats of Castle Theater's mezzanine section. Complimentary admission to most major film industry guild members and a guest (details on the Maui Film Festival website). Children 12 and younger are free to G- and PG-rated films.
Brie Larson is Grace and Keith Stanfield is Marcus in “Short Term 12,” directed by Maui native Destin Daniel Cretton and screening Saturday.
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Maui native Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12” is part of FirstNight.
Rivers is again curating FirstLight: Academy Screenings, which will present 20 Hawaii premieres and 10 special screenings, starting in mid-December and continuing through Jan. 5. The wide selection of Oscar-worthy films will show in Castle Theater.
Tickets and VIP FastPasses can be purchased at the MACC box office, by calling 242-7469 or by visiting the box office during its hours of operation and one hour prior to all film screenings. For more information, visit www.mauifilmfestival.com or www.mauiarts.org.
- Kehaulani Cerizo
FirstNight of FirstLight Films
"THE SHORT GAME" - 4 p.m. Family-friendly, surprising, touching and often hilarious sports documentary featuring young world champion golfers. South by Southwest (SXSW)-award winner.
"SHORT TERM 12" - 6 p.m. SXSW-winning masterpiece created by Maui native Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Maui Film Festival Rising Star Honoree Brie Larson. This film is being called one of the best indie films of the year. Fun note: This screening is coincidentally happening on Cretton's birthday.
"20 FEET FROM STARDOM" - 8 p.m. Opened Sundance Film Festival in 2013. A rocking documentary featuring Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Sheryl Crow and more, singing praises for the greatest backup singers of our time.
* Details, showtimes and trailers at www.mauifilmfestival.com