8th Annual Hawai'i European Cinema Film Festival Announces its 2017 Awards Gala Honorees

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Honolulu, HI (March 15, 2017) The 8th Annual Hawai`i European Cinema Film Festival [http://hawaiieuropea<wbr< a="">>ncinema.org], presented by Luxury Row, is pleased to announce its distinguished guests of honor who are confirmed to attend the highly anticipated red carpet awards gala on Friday, March 31, 2017 at The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.

 KEELY SHAYE AND PIERCE BROSNAN

The Vanguard Award

NANCY KWAN

The Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by Actress, Grace Park

SHEP GORDON

The Maverick Award

Presented by Yvonne Elliman

LUDI LIN

The Rising Star Award

Ludi Lin Stars as Zack the Black Ranger in SABAN’s Power Rangers

Awards will also be presented in the following categories:

The Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for “Best Film”

 

The Hawaii Academy for Creative Media “Student Scholarship”

Presented by Hollywood Foreign Press Association

 

The Sunny Dupree Family Foundation “Student Film Award”

 to The University of Hawaii at West O'ahu Academy for Creative Media

“What a privilege it is to honor these distinguished guests who have given of their extraordinary talents to influence and elevate the film industry and its global audience.” They represent the commitment of the 8th annual Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival, to celebrate eminent artists that connect Hawaii with the cultures and storytelling of European cinema.” said Patrick Gey, President of HEC.

The Hawaii European Cinema Awards Gala on Friday, March 31, celebrates European Cinema, student film scholarships for the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media; culture; couture red carpet style; cuisine of the Pacific, Moet & Chandon, and an after party.  Tax deductible tickets to the gala-of-the-year are available for $150 per person at http://hawaiieuropeancinema.org/awards-gala.  Gala schedule is as follows:

  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM: Iconic Red Carpet Arrival fronting The Moana Surfrider with DJ Godiva
  • 7:00PM - 10:00PMHosted Bar and Gourmet Reception on the Diamond Head Lawn featuring: The Pig & The Lady, Tiki’s Bar & Grill, Koko Head Café, Taormina, MW Restaurant
  • 7:30PM: Awards Program with Guests of Honor 
  • 10:00 PM: After Party in the Grand Salon with DJ Kieran
  • Complimentary valet and preferred HEC hotel rates available at The Moana and Sheraton Waikiki, for the perfect Gala staycation. Use code HEC17 when making reservations. 

2017 HAWAII EUROPEAN CINEMA AWARD HONOREE BIOGRAPHIES

About PIERCE BROSNAN

Pierce Brosnan was born in County Meath, Ireland and moved to London at age 11.  At age 20, he enrolled in drama school and while in London, performed in several West End stage productions including Franco Zeffirelli’s Fulimena and Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign at the York Theater Royal.  Brosnan relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 and landed the role of private investigator Remington Steele on the popular ABC television series of the same name. 

Brosnan’s upcoming projects include AMC’s new dramatic series The Son, based on the Philipp Meyer novel of the same name about the rise and fall of a Texas oil family; the thriller The Foreigner for director Martin Campbell and based on the book The Chinaman by Stephen Leather; Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York alongside Kate Beckinsale and Jeff Bridges for Amazon Studios; and the action thriller Final Score with Dave Bautista for director Scott Mann.

Brosnan made his feature film debut in The Long Good Friday (1980). His film credits include Bruce Beresford’s Mr. Johnson (1990), The Lawnmower Man (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Goldeneye (1995), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), Mars Attacks (1996), Dante's Peak (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Sir Richard Attenborough’s Grey Owl (1999), The Thomas Crown Affair  (1999), The World Is Not Enough (1999) John Boorman’s The Tailor of Panama (2001), Die Another Day (2002), The Matador (2005) for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor Motion Picture – Drama, Seraphim Falls (2007), Married Life (2007), Mamma Mia! (2008), Percy Jackson (2010), The Ghost Writer (2010), Remember Me (2010) and The Greatest (2010) Salvation Boulevard (2011) and I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011), The World’s End (2013), Love is All You Need (2013), A Long Way Down (2014), Love Punch (2014), The November Man (2015), No Escape (2015) and I.T. (2016).

In addition to his work in front of the camera, Brosnan has long had a passion for the art of filmmaking. Having achieved international stardom as an actor, Brosnan launched his own production company, Irish DreamTime in 1996.

Irish DreamTime has produced 11 films to date including I.T. (2016); The November Man (2014); Some Kind of Beautiful (2014); The Greatest (2010); Shattered (2007); The Matador (2005); Laws of Attraction (2004); Evelyn (2002); The Thomas Crown (1998); The Match (1999); and The Nephew (1998). The company’s first studio project, The Thomas Crown Affair, was a critical and box-office success and one of the best-loved romantic thrillers in years. Evelyn, directed by Bruce Beresford, opened to critical acclaim at the Toronto and Chicago Film Festivals and garnered rave reviews.

In addition to his stellar film career, Brosnan along with his wife Keely Shaye have been drawn into a passionate leadership role in environmental issues. They are actively involved with many causes and conservation organizations, particularly in support of marine mammal rights. The Jane Goodall Institute, Environmental Hall of Fame, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Environmental Media Association, Earth Communications Office, Heal the Bay, Women in Film, In Defense of Animals, Peace Over Violence, and The Malibu Times have all honored them for their ongoing commitment to the environment. Brosnan serves as Campaign Chairman for the Entertainment Industry Foundation

About KEELY SHAYE BROSNAN

Keely Shaye Brosnan is an award-winning broadcast journalist turned award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has nurtured a diverse career covering a wide range of topics, from environmental journalism and animal advocacy to celebrity journalism and apprehending fugitives. 

In 2016, Keely made her directorial debut with Poisoning Paradise, which opened at the Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu. Since then, Poisoning Paradise has garnered four awards and continues to screen at film festivals across the country.

Formerly an entertainment correspondent for NBC’s weekend edition of the “Today Show,” and CBS’s “Entertainment Tonight,” Keely has interviewed a myriad of A-list celebrities. Previously, Keely was a correspondent on NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries” and served as a correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and ABC’s Home Show which earned her two Genesis Awards, a Special Achievement Award at the Environmental Film Festival, and a nomination from the Environmental Media Association.

Keely hosted “Great Bears,” a series for the Outdoor Life Network as well as E! Coming Attractions and HBO’s “World Entertainment Report.” As a producer, she created and hosted “Home Green Home” for PBS, an eco-friendly home and garden “how-to” series.  Keely was a contributor to Los Angeles Confidential Magazine and is currently completing her first book, Gourmet Gardener. 

A world traveler, Keely’s interests have led her to report on everything from toxic waste and biodiversity to children’s issues and organic gardening. She regularly volunteers her time and talent to numerous environmental causes such as marine mammal and wetland protection, anti-nuclear, clean air and clean water campaigns, endangered species and environmental educational in the classroom for grades K-12. 

The Jane Goodall Institute, Environmental Hall of Fame, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Environmental Media Association, Earth Communications Office, Heal the Bay, Women in Film, In Defense of Animals, Senator Barbara Boxer, Peace Over Violence, Organic Style Magazine and The Malibu Times have all honored Keely for her ongoing commitment to the environment. 

Native to California, Keely resides in Malibu and Hawaii with her husband, Pierce Brosnan, their 20 year-old son Dylan, and 16 year-old son Paris.

About NANCY KWAN

Nancy Kwan was catapulted from her native Hong Kong at 19 to become an international star in such famed American Films as The World of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song.  Kwan, the daughter of a prominent architect, was born in Hong Kong and educated in England, where she also studied dancing at the Royal Ballet School. By chance, while on vacation from school in Hong Kong, she saw spotted by famed American producer Ray Stark, then on a hunt to find an Asian beauty to star in the film version of The World of Suzie Wong. After a number of screen tests in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and London, Kwan finally got the part starring opposite William Holden. For this role, she was nominated for Best Actress and International Star of Tomorrow by the Hollywood Foreign Press. 

Kwan’s second starring role, which allowed her to display her dancing talents, was in Flower Drum Song, based on the acclaimed Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway Musical. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards. 

An authentic global player, Ms. Kwan has written, and produced film and TV commercials in South East Asia while continuing to perform in America, Asia and Europe. In 2002 Ms. Kwan was appointed Hong Kong’s Film Ambassador. Kwan has starred in over fifty films. Some of her films include Fate is the Hunter with Glenn Ford, Walking the Edge, with Robert Forster, Keys to Freedom with Jane Seymour and Omar Sharif. Dragon, The life of Bruce Lee, with Jason Scott Lee. Mr. P’s Dancing Sushi Bar, a project that was developed at Sundance. 

Kwan appeared on television in the pilot for Hawaii 5-0, with Jack Lord. The two-part Cenotaph episode of Kung Fu, with David Carradine. Chicago Story, The Last Ninja, James Clavell’s Noble House, Miracle Landing, and Babies.  Stage plays are The Quartered Man, Love Letters, Arthur and Leila, and as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. 

A woman devoted to spiritual growth, Ms. Kwan developed the concept for Tai Chi Chuan – Touching the Clouds, based on the ancient Chinese exercise. 

Recently Ms. Kwan starred in the documentary film, To Whom it May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey, based on her life. Which will screen at the 8th Annual Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival. 

About SHEP GORDON

Shep Gordon is known in the entertainment industry as having an eye for talent and an innate understanding of what people find entertaining.  After graduating from SUNY Buffalo, Shep moved to LA and in 1969 co-founded Alive Enterprises.  Over the years, Gordon has been responsible for managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, and countless others.  He’s also credited as creating the celebrity chef, which revolutionized the food industry and turned the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today.  His clients that included culinary legends, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu, Daniel Boulud and many more. 

Gordon’s first film as a producer, The Duelist won the Cannes Film Festival in 1977.  He went on to create one of the first independent film production companies in the U.S., Alive Films – making and distributing  films.  Koyaanisqatsi, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Stop Making Sense.   In addition to the impact he’s had on the music, film and food industries, he’s also highly regarded for his philanthropic endeavors.  Shep was named one of the 100 most influential people in Rolling Stone magazine.  He was the subject of Mike Myers 2013 documentary - Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon.  Anthony Bourdain ECCO will be releasing his book - They Call Me Supermensch A Backstage Pass To The Amazing World Of Film, Food, and Rock ’N’ Roll in September 2016

About LUDI LIN

Ludi Lin (林路迪) is one of Asia’s fastest rising stars.  He will make his US Film Debut as Zach, the Black Ranger in the Lionsgate franchise SABAN’S POWER RANGERS, which will be released in theatres on March 24th, 2017. 

For Ludi, the appeal to become an actor began at an early age when he watched his mother perform from behind the curtain of a Chinese Theatrical stage. Although she urged him not to follow her footsteps, he continued to pursue the art and eventually graduated with a double major in Dietetics and Theatre from the University of British Columbia. 

His television credits include roles in Netflix’s MARCO POLO, LEVEL UP! and HOLIDAY SPIN and his Chinese film credits include the upcoming feature COME ACROSS LOVE (不期而遇), CRAZY IN LOVE (疯富的爱, 2012), I’M SORRY, I LOVE YOU (对不起我爱你, 2013), A Servant of Two Masters (一仆二主, 2014), as well as MONSTER HUNT (捉妖记) which is currently the second biggest box office grossing Chinese film released to date.

Ludi is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and proficient in Muay Thai and JiuJitsu. He currently maintains residences in Beijing and Vancouver.

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The 8th Annual Hawaii European Cinema is made possible by the generous contributions of the following valued sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

Luxury Row

Major Sponsors:

Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Hawaiian Airlines

HI LUXURY

Supporting Sponsors:

Consolidated Theatres Ward with TITAN XC

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Sunny DuPree Family Foundation

Vittorio Alliata di Montereale

Hawaii Life One (HL1) & Christie’s

Galleria Allegra Ravizza

Moet & Chandon

Hawaii News Now

Southern Wine & Spirits

 

About Hawaii European Cinema

Founded and Incorporated as a 501c3 in 2009, Hawai`i European Cinema is dedicated to cultural exchanges between the people of Europe and Hawai'i through film and to providing financial support to Hawaii-based creative media students.  Our Hawai`i European Cinema annually showcases the very best films of Europe. 

French director Jean Cocteau quotes, “Il faut faire aujourd’hui ce que tout le monde fera demain” - "Today we must do what everyone will do tomorrow”.

It will be my mission to accomplish and pursue the development of HEC for what it must be tomorrow.” said Patrick Gey, President of Hawai`i European Cinema.


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