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Best of the Fest

| August 25, 2016 | Parties

Hollywood stars and movie lovers alike gathered in Wailea to celebrate the art of cinema at the 17th annual Maui Film Festival.

THE PARTY With warm tradewinds blowing, celebrities and movie buffs mingled, toasting to the brightest talents and enjoying films screened under the stars. The opening night of the 17th annual Maui Film Festival dazzled, with The Taste of Summer at the Grand Wailea (sponsored, in part, by Modern Luxury Hawai‘i), followed by screenings of Captain Fantastic and Folk Hero and Funny Guy.

THE GUESTS Bryan Cranston, best known for his iconic role on Breaking Bad, and Viola Davis, of the hit series How to Get Away with Murder, were both honored with Navigator Awards. Up-and-coming stars Kelly Rohrbach (watch for her in the Baywatch reboot next year) and Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some) received Rising Star Awards, while Creed actor Michael B. Jordan took home a Rainmaker Award. Russell’s mother, Goldie Hawn, also attended.

THE HIGHLIGHTS The hotly attended Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema turned the beach in front of the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea into a theater, screening four culturally important movies by Hawai‘i-based filmmakers. –Kathryn Drury Wagner; photos by Getty Images for Maui Film Festival


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