at the Maui Mall Megaplex, Kahului
[FILM] The “Louis Vuitton Hawai’i International Film Festival” is kind of a mouthful so we’ll just stick with LVHIFF, ‘k? So anyway, this is the 25th annual LVHIFF. On Maui, we’ll get seven films from Mexico, Spain, the U.K., the U.S. and Japan for our viewing pleasure. But the thing about independent film festivals is—you never really know what you’re going to get. Everyone knows independent films are supposed to be more grassroots, more of a higher “intellectual” quality than most big Hollywood blockbusters. And yeah, the idea of indie films is great but the risk is, you’ll inevitably run into the occasional flick that’s just awful. Some art school student with rich parents and/or connections decides to “make a difference” through filmmaking and unfortunately, the end result is the audience is out $7.50 and no one is better off than before they went anti-blockbuster and into the indie theater. However, you won’t find any of that here. All the LVHIFF movies have been hand-selected to ensure one of the most inspiring amass of talent Maui Mall Megaplex has seen in a while. The topics range from “a comedy of errors” to the story of a young boy in a war-torn country. All the films are meant to provoke thought and feeling. Rest assured, you’ll leave the theater a little better off than when you arrived—except for that infamous popcorn bellyache. No indie or blockbuster will alleviate that.