Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts and Evan Rachel Wood will be honorees at the 2014 Maui Film Festival, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, Director of the event. The festival will be held June 4­-8, 2014 at the Wailea Resort on Maui. All awards will be presented at the brand new Seaside Cinema Music Cafe and Sunset Lounge located at the Grand Wailea. Tickets and passes to tributes, films, and special events are available now.

“For an event that’s often been referred to as a ‘jewel box’ film festival, this year’s intelligent, talented and beautiful (both inside and out) list of luminaries seamlessly fit into the tapestry of ‘diamonds, rubies and pearls’ we have honored since our inception in 2000,” said Rivers. “To say the least, we’re thrilled beyond words.”

Lupita N‘yongo, Honoree at the 2014 Maui Film Festival

Lupita Nyong’o will receive the 2014 Maui Film Festival’s Rainmaker Award on Saturday, June 7th, which honors “a film artist whose eclectic choices and charismatic performances encourage us all to expand our definition of what it means to be human”. Nyong’o made her feature debut in Steve McQueen’s Academy Award® winning film 12 YEARS A SLAVE alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. For her portrayal as Patsey, she received the Academy Award® in the category of “Best Supporting Actress” as well as multiple accolades including the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and NAACP Award. She was last seen in the action thriller NON­STOP, opposite Liam Neeson, Michelle Dockery and Julianne Moore. Nyong’o is also a filmmaker, having served as the creator, director, editor, and producer of the award­winning feature­length documentary, IN MY GENES. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s acting program, Nyongo‘s stage credits include playing Perdita in THE WINTER’S TALE (Yale Repertory Theater), Sonya in UNCLE VANYA Katherine in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick’s ELIJAH.

Emma Roberts, Honoree at the 2014 Maui Film Festival

Emma Roberts will receive the 2014 Maui Film Festival’s Shining Star Award on Thursday June 5th, which honors “a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks.” Roberts can currently be seen in Gia Coppola’s directorial debut PALO ALTO alongside James Franco and Jack Kilmer. In February 2014, Roberts starred in ADULT WORLD, directed by Scott Coffey. She also recently starred in the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. Roberts will next appear in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014. In August 2013, Roberts starred in the summer hit comedy WE’RE THE MILLERS opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis from director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Roberts lso recently had a memorable supporting role in the 2012 Sundance Premiere CELESTE AND ESSE FOREVER. Other films that Roberts has appeared in include EMPIRE STATE, THE ART OF GETTING BY, SCREAM, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY,, TWELVE, WHAT’S WRONG WITH VIRGINIA, VALENTINE’S DAY, HOTEL FOR DOGS, LYMELIFE, THE WINNING SEASON, NANCY DREW, BLOW, BIG LOVE, GRAND CHAMPION, AQUAMARINE, and on the Nickelodeon hit comedy series UNFABULOUS.

Evan Rachel Wood, Honoree at the 2014 Maui Film Festival

Evan Rachel Wood will receive the 2014 Maui Film Festival’s Nova Award on Friday June 6th, which honors “a film artist for their astonishingly original and seamless performances, and the way they consistently infuse each character that they embody with insight, humanity and wisdom.” Wood gained critical acclaim, a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie” for her portrayal of Veda Pierce in the HBO miniseries MILDRED PIERCE. She also earned acclaim for her powerful performance as Stephanie, Mickey Rourke’s estranged daughter in Darren Aronofsky’s 2008 film, THE WRESTLER. Wood had her breakout role in 2003 with Catherine Hardwicke’s controversial independent film, THIRTEEN (2003), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Drama as well as a Best Actress SAG Award. She displayed her singing talents in 2007 with her role as Lucy in Julie Taymor’s ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, set to the songs of the Beatles. She was most recently seen in CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN, A CASE OF YOU and BAREFOOT. In 2010, she was seen in Robert Redford’s, THE CONSPIRATOR, she also appeared as Queen Sophie­Ann Leclerq in TRUE BLOOD. Wood also starred in THE IDES OF MARCH directed by and starring George Clooney. Other notable film credits include: PRACTICAL MAGIC, DIGGING TO CHINA, LITTLE SECRETS, S1M0NE, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, PRETTY PERSUASION (2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner), DOWN IN THE VALLEY, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS and KING OF CALIFORNIA, BATTLE FOR TERRA, THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES and WHATEVER WORKS. Wood’s upcoming films include INTO THE FOREST with Ellen Page based on Jean Hegland’s apocalyptic novel and Joe Berlinger’s film adaptation of FACING THE WIND. Wood’s most recently wrapped filming Gerardo Naranjo’s next project which follows a roadie on a journey of self­discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s.



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