Maui to honor Eastwood

Vet thesp feted at upcoming fest

Clint Eastwood, who has appeared in more than 80 films and directed or produced many of those, will attend the third annual Maui Film Festival at Wailea next month to accept the 2002 Silversword Award, the event’s top honor.

Eastwood also will be the subject of an open-to-the-public interview with entertainment reporter Joel Siegel on June 14.

The Maui Film Festival runs June 12-16 at Wailea.

Eastwood is being honored for his numerous contributions to “the art and soul of filmmaking,” festival director Barry Rivers said.

“No matter the theme in his films, Clint Eastwood always held the moral high ground. His body of work is phenomenal.”

The Maui Film Festival’s first Silversword winner was director Tim Burton; last year the honor went to the Earth Communication Office of Santa Monica.

Eastwood, who lives in Carmel, is a frequent visitor to Maui, where he has just built a home.

MFF in three years has gained notoriety not only for its selection of films but the state-of-the-art Celestial Theater, an under-the-stars open-air Dolby Digital-equipped “theater” with a 50-foot widescreen set on a Wailea golf course where the audience sits on beach chairs and blankets. It is one of several venues used by the Maui Film Festival.

This year’s event features 40 films, 10 more than last year.

Some of the more prominent films include: “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” starring Kieran Culkin and Jodie Foster; “The Good Girl” with Jennifer Aniston; “Green Dragon” (Patrick Swayze and Forest Whitaker); “Igby Goes Down” (Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum); “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (Tom Hanks producing); “Searching for Debra Winger” (Rosanna Arquette, Jane Fonda, Sharon Stone, Frances McDormand, Gwyneth Paltrow); “A Shot at Glory” (Robert Duvall); “Tadpole” (Sigourney Weaver, John Ritter, Bebe Neuwirth); and “Unforgiven” (Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris).