Eating Up Easter to Stream in "Virtual Cinemas" via Music Box StreamLocal

Kartemquin and Chicago-based distributor Music Box Films are bringing Eating Up Easter to "virtual cinemas" nationwide beginning Earth Day, April 22. Ticket purchases support your local art house theater while giving you the chance to explore native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu's documentary. 

Eating Up Easter follows a modern indigenous community transforming under the globalizing effects of tourism. Previous films have often sensationalized the “mysteries” of Easter Island’s past, a remote Pacific Island known for its massive stone statues. In contrast, this documentary - the first major release by a native Rapanui filmmaker - provides an intimate look into the passion and creativity his people are harnessing to face the consequences of their rapidly developing island.  

“We’re thrilled to work with fellow Chicago film community members at Kartemquin to bring this important film about community, preservation, and sustainability to home audiences,” said Lisa Holmes, Director of Home Entertainment Sales at Music Box Films. 

“We’ve long wanted to partner with with Music Box Films on a release, and Sergio’s film - a wake up call from the remote Pacific about creating positive, localized adaptations to the consequences of globalization - is a perfect film to be released in an innovative way at this time when people are looking for hopeful stories,” said Tim Horsburgh, Director of Film Strategy at Kartemquin Films. 

“We are excited to release the film on this unique platform and to share Rapa Nui's story of survival and resilience with a new audience. At such an uncertain time, it is more important than ever to see reminders that solutions to global problems are possible through creativity and selfless action,” said Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Director of the film.

Eating Up Easter was scheduled to premiere at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center on May 1, and will now be available to Siskel patrons as well as additional theatrical exhibitors on April 22 via Music Box StreamLocal, which was launched in response to COVID-19’s effect on independent art house cinemas around the country. Music Box StreamLocal is hosted by Music Box Direct, the company's subscription streaming service. The StreamLocal programming will also include a livestream Q&A with director Sergio Mata’u Rapu. More details to be announced soon.

For bookings, contact Kyle Westphal: kwestphal@musicboxfilms.com.