“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,” ” Rivers said. “This year, those two Rising Star honorees are Kelly Rohrbach and Wyatt Russell. We’re proud to have them be a part of the Maui Film Festival ‘Ohana.’”
The Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award honors a young film artist whose every role, even their formative years, surprises, enthralls and delights audiences of every age.
Rohrbach is featured in Woody Allen’s Cannes-premiering “Cafe Society.” She will star as C.J. Parker, opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, in Paramount’s “Baywatch,” set for a May 2017 release. She was most recently seen in Comedy Central’s “Broad City.”
Russell stars in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some” and can be seen opposite Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson in Jeffrey Blitz’s , “Table 19,” next year. His credits also include “22 Jump Street” and “Cowboys & Aliens.”
The awards will be presented at the opening night of the Celestial Cinema on June 15. The 17 annual Maui Film Festival will run June 15-19 at the Wailea Resort in Maui.