Friday (Nov. 11), 7pm, Castle Theater, MACC (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org; $20 single pass / $64 four passes + applicable fees
Thrive preaches just the sort of message many Mauians love to love (i.e. if the docos An Inconvenient Truth, In Debt We Trust and TV’s Ancient Aliens had a ménage à trois, Thrive might be their love child), and premiers worldwide this Friday (11/11/11) in 10 languages. “Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism,” as the flick’s synopsis states, “Thrive offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.” But because the complete, “content-rich [web]site with video and interactive tools for research, learning and community organizing” is slated to launch alongside the movie, I don’t have much with which to preview this film, other than its trailer (which you too can watch at thrivemovement.com, mauifilmfestival.com, mauiarts.org, or mauivents.com). This is what I’ve gleaned: filmmakers Foster Gamble and Kimberly Carter Gamble have spent “nearly a lifetime” studying humanity’s “staggering agony and deprivation,” asking themselves “is it even possible for humans to thrive?” They aim to show that aliens (or whatever)–through symbols in crop circles and ancient art–have given humans a model to access limitless clean energy; and that the monopolized business of energy directly affects “every aspect of our lives,” most notably, “food supply, education, [and] health care.” Thrive is 130 min. long and includes “illuminating and world-changing insights from the brilliant hearts and minds of” (read: “interviews with”) Duane Elgin, Nassim Haramein, Steven Greer, Jack Kasher, Daniel Sheehan, Adam Trombly, Brian O’Leary, Vandana Shiva, John Gatto, John Robbins, Deepak Chopra, David Icke, Catherine Austin Fitts, G. Edward Griffin, Bill Still, John Perkins, Paul Hawken, Aqeela Sherrills, Evon Peter, Angel Kyodo Williams, Elisabet Sahtouris, Amy Goodman, and Barbara Marx Hubbard. While you can host a screening of your own by streaming the film for just 5 bucks, the Maui Film Festival’s CandleLight Cafe & Cinema ups the ante with an event at the MACC’s Castle Theater. Sure it costs more, but it gives you a chance to talk story with like-minded neighbors, not to mention a portion of the event’s proceeds benefit TEDxMaui (which is all about sharing innovative ideas). Also, a pre-show dinner will be made available by Star Anise Indian Cuisine, plus house libations at the Yokouchi Pavilion’s bar (beginning at 5pm), and live music by Raga Rock, featuring Divino on sitar, Steaven on tabla drums and Ken Stover on keyboards (6-7pm).