June 24, 2009 — Willie Nelson was honored last weekend with the Maverick Award during the 10th annual Maui Film Festival the same day that the movie One Peace At A Time made its world premiere.
Directed by Turk Pipkin, who co-authored the book The Tao Of Willie, the picture takes a look at many of the issues that face the globe and offers solutions. The movie, in which Willie makes an appearance, took two years to make as Turk visited five of the seven continents in an effort to search for answers to one pointed question: "Can we provide basic rights — water, nutrition, education, healthcare and a sustainable and peaceful environment — to every child on earth?"
"Right and wrong is not that hard," Willie says in materials about the movie on the website for the Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute. "It's just what you choose to do."
Willie, who co-wrote a song with Mariah Carey for the recently released movie Tennessee, has been doggedly involved in efforts involving peace and the environment for some time. He authored the song "Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?" on Christmas 2003, founded his own brand of bio-diesel fuel and performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, in 2002.