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Maya Erskine to be Honored with Rising Star Award at 2019 Maui Film Festival

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Maya Erskine will receive the 2019 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award at the 20th annual Maui Film Festival, taking place from June 12-16, 2019, at the Wailea Resort on Maui.

The Rising Star Award honors a young film artist whose every role, even in his or her formative years, surprises, enthralls and delights audiences of every age.

Maya Erskine will receive the 2019 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award. Courtesy photo.

“Each year the Maui Film Festival makes a great effort to scan the constellation of cinema stardom to find talent in the ascendancy of their careers with an exceptional passion and drive to soar. This year, we are thrilled to honor Maya Erskine,” said Barry Rivers, founder and director of the Festival. “In a testament to her immense audience appeal, Maya’s latest film PLUS ONE recently received the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is one to watch, and we are thrilled to share both the film and Maya with our Maui audience.”

Maya Erskine is the co-creator/co-star of the critically-acclaimed series PEN15. Erskine also plays the lead role in the Red Hour and Studio 71 feature PLUS ONE, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Other feature credits include the upcoming Seth Rogen feature AMERICAN PICKLE; the Netflix original WINE COUNTRY, directed by Amy Poehler; and the dark drama 6 BALLOONS. Television credits include series regular roles on NBC’s Heartbeat and FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, as well as recurring roles on Casual and Insecure.


Los Angeles native Erskine studied theater at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and then went on to the theater program at NYU Tisch.


Previous honorees of the Rising Star Award include Scott Eastwood, Karen Gillan, Garrett Hedlund, Brie Larson, Nick Robinson and Wyatt Russell.

The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema on Friday, June 14, located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course. Following the award presentation will be a screening of PLUS ONE.

Tickets and passes are available at

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