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Five film artists to be honored at festival, which starts tonight

The Maui News

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Stacy Peralta and Patagonia Surf Ambassador Gerry Lopez will be honored tonight on the Maui Film Festival’s opening day.

Peralta will receive the Rainmaker Award, which recognizes a film artist “for having the magical ability to impact the dynamics of every project they touch both on and off the screen,” according to a news release. Peralta is best known as a member of Z-Boys, founder of skateboarding company Powell-Peralta and the filmmaker behind the award-winning documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys.” His latest film, “The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez,” is premiering at the festival.

Lopez will be presented with the Visionary Award, which recognizes 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.”

On Friday evening, Christina Ricci will be honored with the Nova Award, which recognizes an artist “whose original and seamless performances consistently infuse each character they embody with unique insight, humanity and wisdom.”

Ricci, who currently stars in “Yellowjackets,” has worked with prolific filmmakers such as Tim Burton and Lana Wachowski. She won a Best Actress Award at the Seattle Film Festival for her role in “The Opposite of Sex” and has been nominated for awards for her performances in “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.” Off screen, she serves as the national spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

Also on Friday evening, Lana Condor will receive the Stella Award, which honors an actress “for advancing the status of women throughout the film industry by breathing life into characters that empower, enlighten and entertain.” Condor starred in the blockbuster three-part “To All The Boys” franchise and will next star opposite John Cena and Will Forte in “Coyote vs Acme,” releasing in July 2023.

Condor uses her platform to generate awareness for causes that include The Asia Foundation, where she established a scholarship to send underprivileged girls and women to school in Vietnam.

On Sunday evening, Jayme Lawson will receive the Rising Star Award, which honors an artist “for abundant creativity to support honest and life-changing art.” Lawson is the breakout star of “The Batman” and “The First Lady.” She will next co-star in “The Woman King” opposite Viola Davis and appear in “Till,” both of which are set to release in September.

She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Juilliard and was that year’s recipient of the Laura Pels Prize, Juilliard’s top acting award.”

For more information on the festival, visit MauiFilmFestival.com/2022StardustCinema.

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