2019 Filmmakers Panels

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One on One with Louie Schwartzberg 

Mei Court | Wailea Beach Resort
Saturday, June 15 (mini-star icon) 10:30 a.m.

The 2019 Maui Film Festival Visionary Award Honoree and mot recently the Director of FANTASTIC FUNGI…The Magic Beneath Us.  As is the only cinematographer in the world who has been shooting time-lapse 24/7 continuously for well over three decades, Schwartzberg is a visual artist breaking barriers, connecting with audiences, and telling stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people and places.


Mr. Schwartzberg will share this One on One Conversation about his life’s work with Dr. Ron Alexander, who last lit up the Maui Film Festival Filmmakers Panels with his One on One with Louis Psihoyos.


Moderator:Dr. Ron Alexander

Wise Mind Open Mind | Santa Monica CA 


So You Wanna Make Movies?

Mei Court | Wailea Beach Resort
Saturday, June 15 (mini-star icon) 11:30 p.m.

Let’s face it, all us attending the 2019 Maui FIlm Festival  pull of the silver screen and the icons that populate our favorite films.  We all at one, or many, points were gonna give it, whatever it was for you, up to make movies.  And for a relative few of us it took all the blood, sweat and tears we could muster to make a film to share with the world.  The filmmakers on this panel have all been there and done just that.  Hear their stories. Share their Joy.
Bottom of the 9th
Joe Manganiello | Actor/Producer
Nick Manganiello | Producer  

The Peanut Butter Falcon  
Tyler Nilson | Director/Writer
Michael Schwartz | Director/Writer

Plus One
Jeffrey Chan | Director/Writer/Producer
Andrew Rymer | Director/Writer/Producer

Scilla Andreen | IndieFlix
CEO & Co- Founder

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Changing the World. One Film at a Time.

Mei Court | Wailea Beach Resort
Saturday, June 15 (mini-star icon) 12:30 pm.   

Whether your passion is to create a four minute short or a ninety minute feature, if the cinema activist in you is driven to push back against those things you believe need to challenged by alternative voices and images, then the experiences of this eclectic group of filmmakers is just what the doctored ordered.

Harry Lowell | Director


Beyond Climate  
Ian Mauro | Director
& Writer/Producer/Editor)  

Certifiable and Lady Hater  
Alex Barreto | Producer (Certifiable)

Writer/Director (Lady Hater)

Cracked Up  
Michelle Esrick | Director
Scilla Andreen | Director/Producer

Lauren Dubac & Michael Goedecke


This Excellent Life

Mike Waltz


Jay April,  President & CEO
Akaku Community Access Television   

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To Enlighten or Entertain?

Mei Court | Wailea Beach Resort
Saturday, June 15 (mini-star icon) 1:30 p.m.     

Granted it's not a binary choice.  With rare exception, most all successful films are a hybrid of the DNA from each petri dish.  The trick to making movies that matter mandates that every filmmaker must decide which path their passion is most aligned with and to jump in with both feet and hold on for both dear life and films worth watching.  These artists know how to do that.

Rise Up  
Kate Taylor | Executive Producer

Geoff Clark | Director/Writer/Producer  

Erin Derham | Director/Exec. Producer

Donne Dawson

Hawaii State Commissioner