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Joe Manganiello to Receive 2019 Maui Film Festival Shooting Star Award

May 21, 2019, 8:55 AM HST
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Joe Manganiello will receive the 2019 Maui Film Festival Shooting Star Award. Photo courtesy Maui Film Festival.

Joe Manganiello will receive the 2019 Maui Film Festival Shooting Star Award on Friday, June 14, 2019.

The award honors an actor in a Maui Film Festival Premiere who delivers a breakthrough performance that lights up the screen.

Manganiello is an actor, producer, director, published author, and Emmy Award-winning narrator.

The presentation will be followed by a screening of “Bottom of the 9th,” in which he stars.

Over the years Manganiello became a household name for his roles as the werewolf ‘Alcide Herveaux’ on five seasons of HBO’s smash hit “True Blood,” and as ‘Big Dick Richie’ in Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike” and “Magic Mike XXL.”

The award will be presented by Sofia Vergara at the Celestial Cinema on Saturday, June 14, located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course. Photo courtesy: Maui Film Festival.

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The award will be presented by Sofia Vergara at the Celestial Cinema on Saturday, June 14, located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course. Following the Award Presentation will be a screening of “Bottom of the 9th,” starring Manganiello and Vergara, courtesy of Saban Films.

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“We are thrilled to honor Joe Manganiello for his incredible work in ‘Bottom of the 9th,’” said Barry Rivers, founder and director of the Festival. “Joe has been a part of our Maui Film Festival ʻohana for quite some time, and we are very proud to present the World Premiere of a film that clearly means so much to him, and, as a lifelong Brooklyn Dodgers fan, to me, too.”

The 20th annual Maui Film Festival runs from June 12-16, 2019, at the Wailea Resort on Maui.

Manganiello was most recently seen battling giant monsters in New Line’s “Rampage” with Dwayne Johnson, and in his debut as super-villain ‘Deathstroke’ during the end credits scene in Warner Brothers/DCEU’s “Justice League.” Manganiello has just completed work on “Shoplifters of the World,” which his production company 359 also produced.

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Manganiello stepped behind the camera to self-finance, produce, and direct the documentary “La Bare,” which debuted at the Slamdance Film Festival and sold that same evening. For his work on that film, Manganiello was given the Triple Threat Award at the 2014 Maui Film Festival.

Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.

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