Of all the film festivals held each year, you’d think stars would be up for traveling to Maui. Not so, says founder Barry Rivers, who started the Maui Film Festival in 2000. He told Variety, “You’d be surprised, it isn’t as easy as you’d think to get luminaries — I don’t like the word ‘celebrities’ — to come to Maui for the festival. It’s not like we’re just a 100 miles from L.A. or something. It’s a long way to come.
Still, Rivers was able to get honorees Andrew Garfield, Olivia Wilde, Megan Fox and Garrett Hedlund to make the trip. Last night they joined Kata Mara and Max Minghella at the Festival’s opening night reception at Capische in Wailea. Fox was honored with the Irish Award for her “heartfelt respect for the environment,” which concerned filmmaker Jack McCoy. The film director, honored with the festival’s Beacon Award, said “I’m sure it’s a cruel joke that Barry Rivers has got me with Megan Fox!”