Maui Movie Premieres Shine for 5 Nights at Maui Film Festival’s Stardust Cinema


Gerry Lopez will receive the Visionary Award at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at Stardust Cinema at the Maui Film Festival at MACC. PC: Tim Davis

Gerry Lopez’s Yin and Yang premieres July 6 in Maui, as part of a five-day whirlwind of 13 films.

The Maui Film Festival’s Stardust Cinema presents 13 Maui film premieres over five nights starting Wednesday, July 6at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

It’s a whirlwind of documentaries and feature films about innovative characters and varied lifestyles, including a film about surfer Kai Lenny and another about legendary surf champion Gerry Lopez.

There are the comedies “Shalom Tango” and “Pretty Problems” and the science theatrical production “The Story of Everything” by Hawaiʻi Poet Laureate Kealoha, a Hawaiian hip-hop artist with a background as a nuclear physicist from MIT who performed at the White House, toured internationally, and whose prose was researched and published in The New York Times.

Lopez seems to have made transitions in his life with great and quiet ease, going from longboard to shortboard to win the Pipeline Masters, playing a major role in Arnold Scharzenner’s groundbreaking film “Conan The Barbarian”, exploring surfing in the northern Indonesia, and eventually moving himself and his family from Hawaii to Oregon where he surfs. shapeboards, but also snowboards and water skis.

The film “The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez” looks at his integration of Eastern philosophy and practices into a Hawaiian sport in the dangerous world of competitive surfing.


Yoga “was the foundation of my development as a surfer,” Lopez reveals in a preview of the film.
Yoga? The documentary tells you what works in his personal life to achieve a successful balance, hence the title “Ying and Yang”, not to mention the nerve of falling into a deep barrel of a wave at Pipeline as the teeth of the reef rise above the water to eat away at you – if you fall.


The film on Lopez begins at 20 hours Wednesday, July 6, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater on a mini-jumbo-tron. Doors open at 5 p.m.

A special 38-minute screening of a “Secret Cinema” film, one of four scheduled throughout the festival, begins at 6:45 p.m., before the film on Lopez.

Along with late-night premieres, the festivities include a mix of live music, kahiko-style hula and festival tributes to filmmakers.


Lopez receives a “Visionary Award” and his director Stacy Peralta, the “Rainmaker Award” for having the magical ability to impact the creative dynamics of every project they touch on and off screen.

There’s also an eclectic mix of live music, kahiko-style hula, festival tributes and several surprise evening films from July 6-10.

Other movies include:

July 7, Thursday, 6 p.m.“The Pursuit of Color” is the intimate feature debut of contemporary photojournalist Steve McCurry. The only thing more poignant than McCurry’s photos is his tumultuous 40-year career, which he spent traveling the world mostly alone, capturing incredibly powerful images illustrating the complexity of human life.

8 p.m.“Revealed Gratitude” has its first screening at the World Festival. An epic 40-year journey in the making, Gratitude Revealed is from acclaimed filmmaker, Louie Schwartzberg. Schwartzberg takes viewers on a transformational cinematic experience on how to live a more meaningful and grateful life through his intimate conversations with everyday people.

July 8, Friday, 5:45 p.m. “Facing the Monsters” is set on the west coast of South Australia, where big wave surfer Kerby Brown has tackled some of the most unpredictable waves on the planet. Big, heavy and virtually impossible to surf, the waves often break almost directly on the blade-like reef fingers. Some people turn to alcohol and drugs to tame their inner demons, but Brown turns to the waves — the monstrous ones.

8 p.m.“The Story of Everything”, as told by Hawaii’s Poet Laureate, Kealoha, also a certified nuclear physicist, explores humanity’s rich and diverse explanations for the origins of life and presents powerful solutions for the continued health of the planet to a when we face the greatest crisis the earth has ever faced.

July 9, Saturday, 6 p.m. – The comedy “Pretty Problems” is a witty look at wealth, privilege and relationships set over a few days of hedonism in a wine country. It follows a couple who escape at the invitation of wealthy strangers. The film received several good reviews during the 2022 SXSW Film Festival.

8 p.m. Kapo. For informed public. A young Native woman trapped in an abusive relationship takes revenge by burning down her boyfriend’s house. Fearing reprisals, she flees to the mountains of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, where she discovers a mythical creature that takes her back to her ancestral roots.

July 10, Sunday“Tango Shalom” begins to 6 p.m. From the creators of the indie romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding comes Tango Shalom, a warm and wonderful PG-13 rated comedy with a welcome and important message of religious tolerance.

8 p.m. “PE’AHI” – A 13-year-old homeless surfer from Maui befriends his hero, pro surfer and world big wave champion, Kai Lenny. Lenny teaches him how to surf the infamous big wave, Pe’ahi, also known as Jaws. The MACC box office counters are currently closed for box office sales, but only open for pre-show ticket pickup. Use of print-at-home tickets is recommended. The MACC box office is accessible for inquiries only via email at [email protected] or by phone at 808-242-7649, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stacy Peralta will receive the Rainmaker Award at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at Stardust Cinema at the Maui Film Festival at MACC. PC: Tim Davis

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