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Bryan Cranston to Receive MFF Navigator Award

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Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston. Photo provided by Maui Film Festival.

Bryan Cranston is the recipient of the male 2016 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award, said Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival.

The 17th annual Maui Film Festival will take place from June 15 to 19, 2016, at the Wailea Resort.

The award will be presented at the festival’s Celestial Cinema venue, located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course.

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“It’s not often that an actor with the depth, wisdom and range of someone like Bryan Cranston comes along,” said Rivers. “But when they do, it’s undeniably exciting and a joy to watch. The Maui Film Festival is over the moon about having Mr. Cranston join us on Maui to be honored with the 2016 Navigator Award.”

Cranston was most recently seen playing the titular role in the film Trumbo. His performance garnered nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, a BAFTA Award and a Critics’ Choice Award in 2016 for “Best Actor.”

Cranston has won four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and three SAG Awards for his portrayal of Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. His performance also earned him two additional Emmy nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and a Television Critics Association award.

Additionally, Cranston won a SAG award for his co-starring role in the 2012 Oscar-winning Best Picture Argo. Cranston won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way. The HBO film adaption of the play is being produced by Cranston’s production company, Moonshot Entertainment, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tale Told Productions. All The Way will premiere on HBO on May 21, 2016.


Cranston will also star in THE INFILTRATOR as Robert Mazur, the US Customs official who uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The film will be released by Broad Green Pictures on July 15, 2016.


Rivers founded the Maui Film Festival in 2000 as a festival committed to the celebration and exploration of cinema at the intersection of smart and heart. The festival’s mission has always been to share exceptional cinematic vision in the service of compassionate and transformative storytelling with a diverse audience who call Maui both their home and their home away from home.

Since its inception, the Maui Film Festival has screened more than 700 narrative and documentary feature length and short films from around the world to a diverse audience of industry luminaries, filmmakers, cineastes and movie lovers of all ages.


Over the last 16 years the festivals has been fortunate to honor such talents as Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Chastain, Claire Danes, Laura Dern, Zooey Deschanel, Adam Driver, Clint Eastwood, Scott Eastwood, Zac Efron, Colin Farrell, Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Woody Harrelson, Garrett Hedlund, Brie Larson, James Marsden, Mike Myers, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts, Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde and Evan Rachel Wood, among many others.

The 2016 Maui Film Festival Wailea is made possible by the tremendous and continued support of a number of local, national and international organizations.

As of April 14, 2016, this year’s Official Sponsors include Signature Sponsors Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Praise Genius, Sunrun; Major Sponsors Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Destination Residences Hawaii, Fairmont Kea Lani, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Grand Wailea, Hotel Wailea, The Shops At Wailea, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Wailea Gateway Center, Wailea Golf Club; Sponsorship Ohana Mana Foods, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Pau Maui Vodka, Rising Sun Solar + Electric, Spago; Industry Sponsors Getty Images, Hawaii Film Office, The Hollywood Reporter, Modern Luxury Hawaii, Picture Mill, Reel Maui/Maui Film Office, Variety, WHERE Hawaii, The Works Creative Group; Community Sponsors Akakū: Maui Community Media, County of Maui and The Maui News.

For additional information, call the Film Festival Headquarters at (808) 579-9244 or visit


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