Adam Driver Named Maui Film Festival’s Shining Star

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Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:22 -- Nick Dager

Adam Driver will be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award recipient, Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival announced today. The festival will celebrate its 16th annual event from June 3-7 at the Wailea Resort in Maui. 

The Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award honors a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks.  The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on June 5. 

“Adam Driver is a brilliantly talented actor’s actor and chameleon,” said Rivers.  “We couldn’t be more honored to present him with this year’s Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award.” Driver was most recently seen starring in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young alongside Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, and Amanda Seyfried.  He will next star in Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts alongside Alba Rohrwacher. The film premiered at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival, where Driver won the Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor for his performance.

He will also star opposite Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst in Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special and in J.J. Abrams’ highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. Additionally, Driver recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film Silence, which also stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

Last Fall Driver starred in Shawn Levy’s dramatic comedy This is Where I Leave You alongside Jason Bateman, Connie Britton, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda and opposite Mia Wasikowska in John Curran’s critically acclaimed Tracks.  

He was seen in the Coen brothers’ 2013 Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated film Inside Llewyn Davis, Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated Lincoln, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.

Driver is currently in production on the fifth season of HBO’s hit series Girls. Driver’s performance in Girls garnered him 2014 and 2013 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Driver graduated from Juilliard in 2009 and is the co-founder of the non-profit organization AITAF (Arts in the Armed Forces).