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Palmer & Eastwood to Receive Film Fest’s Rising Star Awards

May 14, 2015, 5:20 PM HST
* Updated May 14, 5:22 PM
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Teresa Courtesy photo.

Teresa Palmer. Courtesy photo.

By Maui Now Staff

Teresa Palmer and Scott Eastwood will be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award recipients, Barry Rivers, MFF founder and director announced today.

MFF will hold its 16th annual event from June 3 to 7, 2015, at the Wailea Resort.

The MFF Rising Star Award honors a young film artist “whose every role, even their formative years, surprises, enthralls and delights audiences of every age.”

“On Maui, we’re stoked about the ocean, the sunshine, the endless natural beauty and the spectacular, never-ending waves that start life anew in every moment,”  said Rivers. “It’s that same sense of discovery and joy that both Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer bring to life in cinema that makes them more than worthy to be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Honorees.”

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Palmer will star in the highly anticipated remake of the 1990’s hit film “Point Break” with Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey. She will perform in the crime thriller “Triple Nine” as part of an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson. She will also appear in Lionsgate’s “The Choice,” starring with Benjamin Walker.

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She has also shot Terence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” with Christian Bale and “Message From the King” with Chadwick Boseman.

Palmer has been seen in many major films, including Lionsgate’s “Warm Bodies;” Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg’s “I am Number Four;” independent film “The Ever After,” which she also co-wrote and produced with Mark Webber; “Cut Bank” with Liam Hemsworth; Australian film “Kill Me Three Times;” Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprenentice;” and “December Boys” with Daniel Radcliffe.

Eastwood can be currently seen as bull-rider Luke Collins in “The Longest Ride,” an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel, starring opposite Britt Robertson and Alan Alda.

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Eastwood will soon be seen in several high-profile films, including “Suicide Squad,” from Warner Bros., DC Comics and director David Ayer, and the yet untitled Oliver Stone film about Edward Snowden.

Eastwood’s other recent films include the World War II movie, “Fury,” with Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, and independent features “Dawn Patrol and “Walk of Fame.”

Eastwood also had a lead role in “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and “Trouble with the Curve.”

Eastwood’s other films include: “Invictus,” “Gran Torino,” “Flags of our Fathers,” “Carmel,” “An American Crime” and “Pride.”

The awards will be presented at the Opening Night of the Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Tickets, passes and additional information are available online.

Or call the Film Festival Headquarters at (808) 579-9244.

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