Manganiello wins Maui Film festival Triple Threat
The Maui Film Festival filled out its lineup of awardees, announcing Wednesday that actor, director and producer Joe Manganiello captured the Triple Threat Award.
He will receive the award at the Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, preceding a screening of his movie “La Bare” at 10 p.m. June 6. The award honors a “multitalented artist who brilliantly juggles three major roles – director, actor, producer – in the creation of narrative and documentary projects,” the news release said.
According to the website IMDb, Manganiello has 39 acting credits in film and TV, including roles in movies “Spiderman”and “Magic Mike” and a recurring role on the TV sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”; three producer credits, and one director credit for “La Bare,” which he also produced.
“La Bare” is a documentary about La Bare Dallas, a popular male strip club, IMDb said.
The other three major headliners were announced last week.
Maui resident Shep Gordon will receive the Maverick Award on Wednesday; Emma Roberts, the Shining Star Award, June 5; Evan Rachel Wood, the Nova Award, June 6; and Lupita Nyong’o, the Rainmaker Award, June 7. All awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the new Seaside Cinema Music Cafe and Sunset Lounge located on the Grand Wailea property.
Other directors and producers attending the Maui Film Festival include Lisa Leeman and Paola di Florio, “AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda”; Susan Kucera, “Breath of Life”; Gay Dillingham, “Dying to Know”; Anthony Lucero, “East Side Sushi”; Vicki Wong, “East Side Sushi”; Tim Bonython, “Encoded and Wild Australia”; Stefan Schaefer, “Even Though The World is Burning”; Scott and Stewart Schill, “Frank vs. God”; Mark Lamprell, “Goddess”; Noel Dernesch, “Journey to Jah”; Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, “Kuma Hina”; Nick Manganiello, “La Bare”; Guy Nattiv, “Magic Men”; Tyler Nilson, “Moped Diaries”; Michael Schwartz, “Moped Diaries” and “Taking My Parents to Burning Man”; Sol Tryon, “Neurons to Nirvana”; Rachel Palumbo, “Sapere Aude”; Paul Lazarus, “Slingshot”; Deborah Reinisch, “Sure Thing”; Bryant Boesen and Joel McCarthy, “Taking My Parents to Burning Man”; Lisa Ovies, “Taking My Parents to Burning Man”; Talon Clemow, “Thundercloud” and Ryan Piers Williams, “X/Y.”
The festival kicks off Wednesday, featuring documentaries about two Maui residents – “SuperMensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” at the Seaside Cinema and “Dying to Know,” about LSD poster boy Timothy Leary and Haiku holy man Ram Dass, in Castle Theater. Opening-night Celestial Cinema films are “Goddess” at 8 p.m. and “Taking My Parents to Burning Man” at 10 p.m.
In addition to the Celestial Cinema and the Seaside Cinema, films will be screened at the Castle and McCoy theaters at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and the Toes in the Sand Cinema, located between the Four Seasons Maui and the Grand Wailea.
For more information about tickets, passes and other aspects of the Maui Film Festival, go to the website www.mauifilmfestival.com or call festival headquarters at 579-9244.