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Olivia Wilde to Receive “Lights! Camera! Passion!” Award at Maui Film Festival

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Olivia Wilde. Photo courtesy Maui Film Festival

Olivia Wilde will receive the 2019 Maui Film Festival Lights! Camera! Passion! Award at the 20th annual Maui Film Festival, taking place from June 12-16, 2019, at the Wailea Resort on Maui.

The Lights! Camera! Passion! Award honors a director for their heartfelt personal and professional commitment to the triumph of the human spirit in movies that matter.

The Festival has presented the award in past years to Louie Psihoyos & Rob Reiner. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema on Sunday, June 16, located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course.

“We knew when we honored her with the Shining Star Award in 2011 that Olivia Wilde was heading for a stratospheric career,” said Barry Rivwers, founder and director of the Festival. “Eight years later, we’re over the moon to have her back to honor her with the Lights! Camera! Passion! Award for her blossoming career behind the camera. Her trajectory knows no bounds and we all look forward to many more years of fantastic movies with Olivia at the helm.”

Actress, director, producer and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. From Broadway to directing to starring in popular films and television shows, Wilde continues to elevate her versatile presence, all while simultaneously giving back to the artistic community.


Wilde has had a bustling few years on the motion picture side. She most recently premiered her directorial debut Booksmart, which has been beloved by critics and audiences alike and is quickly on the road to becoming a generational anthem. Starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart is an unfiltered comedy about high school friendships and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Critics praised Wilde for her originality and masterful directing and have celebrated the film deeming it “revolutionary, a masterpiece, and an instant classic.” Prior to its release, Wilde was named one of Variety’s 10 directors to watch, the film also won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Film Festival.


Wilde also produced and starred in the film A Vigilante as a secretive figure who rids victims of their domestic abusers, receiving critical acclaim for her role in the difficult yet timely subject matter. Wilde produced and starred in the drama Meadowland, garnering significant praise for her emotionally charged performance. Additional past film credits include the Oscar-winning drama Her, the Golden Globe-nominated Rush, and the critically acclaimed indie comedy Drinking Buddies, which she also executive produced.

On the television side, Wilde starred in HBO’s rock ‘n’ roll drama Vinyl, from creators Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter. She also previously starred on FOX’s hit medical drama House.

Along with her work in front of the camera, Wilde continues to expand her roles behind the scenes. She has served as executive producer on several documentary films, her most recent being the short Fear Us Women. Additionally, she executive produced Body Team 12, which was nominated for an Academy Award® in the Best Documentary Short category.


Wilde co-founded the philanthropic company Conscious Commerce, with the mission to create a guide for conscious living by promoting the causes, brands, people and lifestyles that are forging a new paragon of living.

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