CINEMATIKI MAUI evolved organically from the sustained
interest and vision that Tom Sewell and J.J. Iuorno-Paladino
have shared about cinema and films for more than a decade.
That’s how long we have been viewing and discussing films together,
beginning with our regular attendance at the Wednesday’s films at the MACC.
From the very beginning, we felt there was a wealth of world-class-cinema
that ought to be screened here in Maui. We also knew that we wanted
the opportunity to review some of our own favorite directors greatest films
without having to travel to some distant city in the outside world.
And so, after many years of germination, the idea of
the CINEMATIKI finally sprouted and became a project in November
It was then when we realized that we already had most of the elements
necessary to implement our game plan. Those elements
included the Gassner/Sewell studio, which had enough sitting
room for a few dozen film-lovers, and it was equipped with
professional projection equipment and a big screen. We also
had for the first time a relatively easy access to the films.
Most importantly, we had the passion and the knowledge for
From its inception, CINEMATIKI’s mission has been to celebrate the art
of cinema. Each one of us attends these weekly gatherings with distinct
expectations. CINEMATIKI MAUI provides a forum—20 to 50 viewers
every week, in which each one of the viewers catches different meanings,
images, and impressions from the same film. Afterwards, during our
commentaries and discussion time, each viewer has the possibility of sharing
those impressions with the rest of the audience. This experience of shared
perception is transformative. It helps us widen even more our
understanding of art, ourselves and others.
So far, we have viewed about three hundred films.
Three hundred loaded piñatas full of fantasies, art and cinematography.
Our vision continues. The next 300 films are about to begin stacking up.
J.J.Iuorno-Paladino & Tom Sewell