The Rainmaker Award honors film artists who profoundly affect their projects, both on and off screen.
“Michael B. Jordan’s lead roles in ‘Fruitvale Station’ and ‘Creed’ knocked me out!” said Maui Film Festival founder and director Barry Rivers.
“Viewed alongside his other exemplary performances, on screens large and small, it is clear that Michael is talented beyond words and more than worthy of the admiration and deep respect from anyone who loves storytelling. Michael B. Jordan is the real deal and we’re thrilled to honor him at this year’s event,” he added.
Along with “Creed,” Jordan has starred in the re-imagined “Fantastic Four” along with Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell; “That Awkward Moment” with Zac Efron and Teller; and “Redtails.”
His first major film role was in 2013’s “Fruitvale Station” where he played Oscar Grant, who was fatally shot by a police officer at the Fruitvale BART train station in Oakland, Calif. Produced by Forest Whitaker, the film also starred Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz. Jordan was nominated for multiple awards including an Independent Spirit Award for best lead actor and he won the breakthrough actor award at the 2013 Gotham Awards and National Board of Review Awards.
Jordan has also starred in “The Wire,” “Parenthood” and East Dillon Panther’s quarterback Vince Howard in “Friday Night Lights.”
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The 17th annual Maui Film Festival will take place from June 15-17 in Wailea.