Beginning this Thursday, April 22nd, until the following Thursday, April 29th, is the annual Newport Beach Film Festival. Established in 1999, the festival features independent films from around the world and the U.S. Held in Newport Beach, they have showcased more than 350 films to more than 30,000 attendees annually. The festival has presented many acclaimed films such as Crash, Layer Cake, Joint Security Area, Sexy Beast, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Dust to Glory, Just Like the Son, and as well as anniversary screenings of classics.
A few blocks away from the coastline, the festival hosts several premieres, galas, and yacht parties, along with fine dining, shopping, and recreational activities.
According to Wikipedia, the festival pioneered a Community Outreach Program through which they partner with over 30 non-profit organizations in Orange County (California) from various sectors including the arts, health and human services, the environment, education, children’s causes and alumni clubs.
The Newport Beach Film Festival Community Outreach Program provides a forum for each organization to further its mission through the medium of film and co-host a film screening during the Festival. Each organization is paired with a film that is likely to attract an audience interested in its cause. With an opportunity to speak to film audiences prior to the screenings and display information at the theater, the groups receive wonderful exposure and a chance to connect with filmgoers, filmmakers, other non-profit groups and thousands of attendee. (Source: www.newportbeachfilmfest.com)
Two of the films that seem to have an a high rating among users according to the website are The Four-Faced Liar (2010) and My Run (2009), while the most scheduled and visited films (on the site) are Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale (2010) and Five Star Day (2010).
There’s also an unusual feature film called 140 (2009), which has been created by 140 filmmakers in 140 locations worldwide, synchronized through the website Twitter.com to film 140 seconds at the same time. The theme being “connection,” they were assigned to film whatever it is that connected them to their home in 140 seconds of continuous footage.
Some of the foreign films shown will be Private Eye (2009) from South Korea; Looking for Jackie Chan (2009) from China; Air Doll (2009) from Japan; L’affaire Farewell (2009) from France; Alamar (2009) from Mexico; Starring Maja (or Princessa) from Sweden; The Journey (or Ije) from Nigeria; The Wild Hunt from Canada; and many many more. The festival is also showing fantasy action flicks, such as Solomon Kane (2009), based on a Robert E. Howard (creator/writer of Conan novels) character. Many of the individual screenings appear to be around $12-$15 range.
At the opening night, the festival will screen Five Star Day (2010) at Edwards Big Newport along with a Gala reception ($125 for Film and Gala, $80 for Gala only). At the closing night, they will show Letters to Juliet (2010), starring Amanda Seyfried, at the Lido Theater.
For more information, their official website is at www.newportbeachfilmfest.com.
To see the film schedules and to purchase tickets (approximately $12-$15), go to http://schedule.newportbeachfilmfest.com/
The theater and hotel addresses with phone numbers (all located in Newport Beach, CA) are:
Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive. Ph# 949-644-0760)
Edwards Island Cinemas (999 Newpoer Center Drive. Ph# 949-640-1218)
Regency Lido Theater (3459 Via Lido. Ph# 949-673-8350)
Orange County Museum of Art (850 San Clemente Drive. Ph# 949-759-1122)
Newport Beach Public Library (1000 Avocado Ave. Ph# 949-759-9667)
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center (2301 University Drive. Ph# 949-923-2290)
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