Maui fest set for 10th anniversary

'Departures,' 'Highwater' scheduled for opening night

The Maui Film Festival, which runs June 17-21 in Kahului, Hawaii, will open with foreign-language Oscar winner "Departures" and Dana Brown's documentary "Highwater." Kristopher Belman's "More Than a Game" will close the fest, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The fest will honor Willie Nelson, who will appear in person, with its Maverick Award "for having the courage of his convictions, a willingness to speak his mind and the backbone to withstand the heat from those who take issue with his vigorous expression of our collective constitutional right to the freedom of artistic and political expression."

The award will be presented June 19 at the world premiere of Turk Pipkin's documentary "One Piece at a Time," a film about solutions to global problems, with music from Ben Harper and Jack Johnson and appearances by Nelson, among others.

It will present its Nova Award, which honors "a film artist whose stunningly original and seamless performances consistently infuse each character they play with unique insight and wisdom," to Zooey Deschanel on June 18, and it will also screen her film "(500) Days of Summer."

The fest will present the world premiere screening of Adam Ross' "Cash Crop," set in the marijuana-growing sections of Northern California.
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