Aloha Spirit Prevails at Maui Film Festival

Variety | 6/12/2019 | Todd Longwell
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When Barry Rivers launched the Maui Film Festival two decades ago, he didn’t have a lot going for him. He was a documentary filmmaker whose previous festival experience had been as an attendee, and he didn’t have much money. But he did have one ace in the hole: a tropical island paradise.

The festival hasn’t had trouble attracting top-tier talent over the years, from big names such as Clint Eastwood, Pierce Brosnan, Mike Myers, Bryan Cranston and Woody Harrelson to emerging stars including Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson.

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“The aloha spirit of the Maui Film Fest is true to the excellent vibes of the island,” says “Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde, who received the Shining Star Award for her acting in 2011 and is returning to receive its Lights! Camera! Passion! Award on June 16. “Everyone involved is so lovely and kind, the food could not be more delicious, and the entertainment is always fantastic. What could be better than honoring filmmaking in the most beautiful setting on Earth?”

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In addition to Wilde, honorees at the 20th edition of MFF will include Paul Rudd (Nova Award), Gina Rodriguez (Navigator Award), Maya Erskine (Rising Star Award), Awkwafina (Shining Star Award) and documentary filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg (Visionary Award), as well as Joe Manganiello, who will be presented the Shooting Star Award by his wife, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, prior to a June 14 screening of his film “Bottom of the 9th,” which he produced, and stars in with Vergara.

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MFF’s screenings at the Celestial Cinema, an outdoor theater set up in a natural grass amphitheater on Wailea Golf Club’s Gold and Emerald courses...
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