‘Rising Star’ Karen Gillan Celebrated at the Maui Film Festival

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On June 24 at the 2017 Maui Film Festival, the talented Scottish actress Karen Gillan received the Rising Star Award, which “honors a young film artist whose every role, even in her formative years, surprises, enthralls and delights audiences of every age.” Previous honorees include Scott Eastwood, Garrett Hedlund, Brie Larson, Teresa Palmer, Kelly Rohrbach […]

Pierce Brosnan Receives Maui Film Festival Pathfinder Award

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On June 23 at the 2017 Maui Film Festival, the legendary Irish-American actor, film producer, environmentalist, philanthropist, artist and two-time Golden Globe® Award nominee Pierce Brosnan received the Pathfinder Award, 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.” […]

‘Shining Star’ Freida Pinto Honored at the Maui Film Festival

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On June 22 at the 2017 Maui Film Festival, Indian beauty Freida Pinto was recognized for her international film work, starting with her groundbreaking debut in SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, Danny Boyle’s Academy Award®-winning Best Picture. The Shining Star Award “honors a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances […]

Connie Britton Receives the Navigator Award at the Maui Film Festival

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Last week at the 2017 Maui Film Festival, fan favorite Connie Britton was recognized for her ability to seamlessly work across the mediums of television (Friday Night Lights, Nashville) and film (BEATRIZ AT DINNER). The prestigious Navigator Award “honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction through the turbulent waters of the entertainment […]

SEMBENE! Across Africa Brings a Filmmaker Home

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This past weekend, people across Africa (and beyond) took part in Sembene Across Africa, an unprecedented community screening of the award-winning documentary film SEMBENE! Grassroots efforts galvanized three days of free public screenings and house parties in 130 venues in 38 nations, plus additional online streaming and network broadcasts in many more. The film, which […]

Undue Burden: Director Dawn Porter on ‘Trapped’

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For years, women’s health rights in the U.S. have been steadily eroding, in large part due to restrictive laws passed by conservative state governments regulating abortion clinics, known as TRAP laws (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers), particularly in the South. While cloaked in faux concern for women’s health on the part of legislators, these laws […]

Sundance Interview: ‘The Fits’ Director Anna Rose Holmer & Star Royalty Hightower

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A fresh new female voice on the independent film scene, Anna Rose Holmer made a quiet splash at Sundance with her dreamy, evocative and wholly mesmerizing debut feature THE FITS. The film’s US premiere in the NEXT section followed its international bow at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, in a partnership with the prestigious Venice […]

Marya Cohn on Exploring the Nexus of Sex and Power in ‘The Girl in the Book’

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With a few rare exceptions (The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the latest example that comes to mind), the intricacies of the developing sexuality of girls and women has been gratuitously simplified on screen, often by male directors with an innately outsider perspective. That’s part of the reason it’s so refreshing to see writer/director Marya Cohn’s new […]

Sundance 2015: Directors Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo on ‘SEMBENE!”s Rich Legacy

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Though it’s a cliché for a Sundance Film Festival premiere to be called “a labor of love,” never has the term been more apt than with Sembene!, Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo’s impassioned biopic of Ousmane Sembène, “the father of African cinema.” Samba Gadjigo is a Senegalese man who credits Sembène’s early writings with helping a teenage Gadjigo find […]

Sundance 2015: Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon Rescue Vidal/Buckley Debates from Obscurity in ‘Best of Enemies’

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Largely forgotten by history, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. squared off in a series of crackling debates on ABC in 1968, which scored high ratings, got the country talking, and left both men forever scarred. When you read the description of Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere this week in the […]