Film festival to honor cinematic pioneer Louie Schwartzberg

LOUIE SCHWARTZBERG Time-lapse cinematographer

WAILEA — Joining the long list of honorees at the upcoming Maui Film Festival, director, producer and time-lapse cinematographer Louie Sch-wartzberg will receive the festival’s 2019 Visionary Award.

The Visionary Award “honors a film artist for their long-standing commitment to inspire and nurture the endlessly evolving tapestry of global cultures into an ever more compassionate and life-affirming planetary community.”

“We are ecstatic to honor Louie Schwartzberg as only our second Visionary Award recipient in the festival’s history, for the way his life’s work and time-lapse cinematography honor the amazement and awe of our extraordinary planet, revealing to all the wonder and surprise of the world that humanity and all life call home,” said festival founder and director Barry Rivers, announcing the award.

The festival’s first Visionary Award recipient was the Dalai Lama.

Schwartzberg will accept the award at an opening-night tribute June 12 at the Celestial Cinema on the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, followed by a screening of his film “Fantastic Fungi . . . The Magic Beneath Us.”

Schwartzberg is an award-winning pioneer in the field of time-lapse, high-speed and macro-cinematography techniques. His theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film with National Geographic, “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” narrated by Forest Whitaker; the theatrical feature “Wings of Life” for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep; and “America’s Heart and Soul” for Walt Disney Studios. He also directed the hugely popular motion-simulator ride film,“Soarin’ Around the World,” now playing at Disney Theme Parks globally.

The third season of his “Moving Art” Netflix series will premiere in 2019. His three TED talks have more than 60 million combined views. Among his numerous awards and recognition, he is the only artist to be inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Schwartzberg discusses his work and his outlook on life in today’s “Maui Connections” column.

The Maui Film Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary season June 12-16 at the Wailea Resort and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. For more information, schedule, tickets and passes for the Maui Film Festival, visit

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