One week out of each summer, we put all of our projects on hold and dive in 100% to support the Maui Film Festival, virtually the only film-centric happening on Maui each year. The first piece of news is out about this year’s event, and it’s got us so excited!
This year’s opening night will feature a highly anticipated Sam George-produced documentary about Eddie Aikau (aka “Eddie Would Go”), called “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau”.
According to Tribeca Film Festival, which screened the film last week in New York, “professional-surfer-turned-filmmaker Sam George uncovers Aikau’s little-known personal and family history and finds a compelling allegory for the reclaiming of Hawaiian culture.”
Produced by Paul Taublib and in association with Stacy Peralta’s team (they brought us “Dogtown & Z Boys” and “Riding Giants”), this is definitely going to be a very well-attended night for the Maui Film Festival. Not only will it undoubtedly bring out the local surf community, but according to Rick Chatenever’s recent Maui News article, Sam George, Paul Taublieb and Aikau’s brothers, Clyde and Sol, and sister, Myrna, will attend the screening.
Here’s a sneak peak, via the film’s touching trailer. Look for the film on the Celestial Cinema screen on Maui Film Festival’s opening night, Wednesday, June 12th at 8pm.