I made the mistake earlier this month by asking FirstLight co-director Barry Rivers for his favorite of the 50 films he’s booked for this year’s FirstLight Film Festival. Immediately asking if he could narrow his favorites down to just a “top five,” Rivers then rattled off eight titles.
Now in its seventh year, FirstLight screens movies that have a shot at some kind of Academy Award.
“It’s the best stuff I can get my hands on,” said Rivers, who also co-directs the Maui Film Festival. “It’s a celebration of cinema more than anything.”
Movies range from the dark (Paradise Now, Munich) to lighthearted (Wallace & Gromit, The Family Stone) with a few blockbusters (King Kong, War of the Worlds) and dance documentaries (Ballets Russes, Rize) thrown in.
This year we’ve decided to highlight a few of what we consider the more notable of this year’s films, as well as give you the usual entertainment and ticket info. As usual, all films screen at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului. For more information, call 242-SHOW. For a complete list of this week’s movies and show times, see page 24. Enjoy.