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Hollywood heads to the Maui Film Fest

May 27th, 2015

Hollywood A-listers Colin Farrell and Laura Dern are among the honorees to be recognized by the 2015 Maui Film Festival next week in Wailea.



Colin Farrell.

A variety of parties, film screenings and other special events are planned from June 3 to June 7 at the Celestial Cinema, located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, and the Castle and McCoy Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

A third venue, the Toes in the Sand Cinema, will bring the movie-watching experience to the ocean’s edge at Wailea Beach behind the Four Seasons Maui.

“With more honorees than we’ve celebrated in a decade and a living, breathing wish list of many of the most critically acclaimed films of summer, and Maui as it's home, the 16th Annual Maui Film Festival is ready for its close up," said Maui Film Festival director Barry Rivers in a statement. "Come June 3rd, we plan to light the candle — make that 16 candles! — and blast off for … (an) early celebration of summer cinema and culinary arts celebrations par excellence!”

In addition to Dern and Farrell, Adam Driver, Scott Eastwood, Teresa Palmer and Louie Psihoyos will be presented with awards during the festival.

The Maui Film Festival was founded in 2000 as a “celebration and exploration of cinema at the intersection of smart and heart.” More than 600 films from around the world have been screened at the festival over the last 16 years, with celebrities like Pierce Brosnan, Tim Burton, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Clint Eastwood, Zac Efron, Jake Gyllenhaal, Woody Harrelson, Helen Hunt, Mike Myers, Lupita Nyong’o, Dennis Quaid, Emma Roberts, Owen Wilson and others in attendance.

Here is the schedule of awards presentations during this year’s festival; visit for a complete event schedule and list of films to be screened:



Laura Dern.

» Rising Star Awards: 8 p.m. June 3 at the Celestial Cinema. Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer will be honored as young film artists whose every role, even their formative years, surprises, enthralls and delights audiences of every age.

» Rainmaker Award: 8 p.m. June 4 at the Celestial Cinema. Colin Farrell will be presented with the award which honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction through the turbulent waters of the entertainment industry without sacrificing their fundamental commitment to excellence.

» Lights! Camera! Passion! Award: 10 p.m. June 4 at the Celestial Cinema. Louie Psihoyos will be presented with the award which honors a director for their heartfelt personal and professional and heartfelt commitment to make movies that both matter and celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly insurmountable challenges. The award will be presented prior to a screening of Psihoyos’ new film, “Racing Extinction.”

» Shining Star Award: 8 p.m. June 5 at the Celestial Cinema. Adam Driver will recognized as a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time opportunity knocks.

» Rainmaker Award: 8 p.m. June 7 at the Celestial Cinema. Laura Dern will be honored for her eclectic film choices and charismatic performances which encourage us all to expand our definition of what it means to be human.


Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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