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TUESDAY, APRIL 16EDWARDS ISLAND 1A Short Look at Us. See April 12 listing. 11 a.m. Nynke. See April 13 listing. 1:30 p.m. Obaachan's Garden. See April 12 listing. 3:30 p.m. X. Nope, not a doc about the LA punk band—sorry. This is Japanese anime from an all-female studio, with a story line that sounds very Japanese indeed, concerning a young man who must destroy either the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven, with the fate of the universe somehow hanging in the balance. We've all had days like that, haven't we? 5 p.m. The Best in the West Advertising. A collection of some of the most notable (which is to say, most evilly effective) advertising in TV history, specifically the stuff that came out of the Left Coast. 7 p.m. Dogtown and Z-Boys. Documentary look at the, uh, art of vertical skateboarding, that thing the kids do where they go shooting up and down the walls for a while before eventually breaking their fingers and shins and limping off to the ER. Narrated by . . . Sean Penn?! 9 p.m. EDWARDS ISLAND 2 The Trespasser. See April 13 listing. 11:30 a.m. Docu-Short O-Rama. Give the title points for eccentricity, at least. They're documentaries; they're short. Any questions? 2 p.m. Par 6. Überquirky comedy about a man who receives a message from the Great Spirit telling him to build a golf course in Valhalla, Texas. 5 p.m.Did Someone Say "Shorts"? I think, at this point, that the person who had to come up with all the titles for these various shorts programs started to go a little nuts. This batch of shorts includes Jeff Bemiss' The Book and the Rose and Suzie Templeton's Dog. 7 p.m. Bad Trip. See April 13 listing. 9:30 p.m. LIDO THEATER According to Spencer. See April 14 listing. 11 a.m. A Fine Balance. West Coast premiere of a documentary that takes a sharp, uncompromising look at the experience of competing for a spot on the US Olympic rowing team. 1 p.m. The Cabbie. See April 14 listing. 3:30 p.m. Cherish. West Coast premiere of a thriller about a love-starved animator who runs down a policeman and is punished by being incarcerated in her own apartment for two years. Jason Priestly and Liz Phair highlight the oddball cast. 6 p.m.There's Something Fun in My Shorts. See April 12 listing. 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17EDWARDS ISLAND 1 The Medicine Show. See Film feature, page 38. 11:30 a.m. Bro. Comedy about three Miami thirtysomething pals who jeopardize their friendship in pursuit of making it big. 2:30 p.m.The "The" Shorts. No, not shorts about that band The The. They're shorts with the word "the" in the title. Guess somebody was desperate for a linking device. 4 p.m. The Power of Truth—According to the Dalai Lama. See April 14 listing. 7 p.m. On the Nose. Robbie "Hagrid" Coltrane stars in this tale of a Dublin medical porter who believes he has finally found a gambling scheme that will lift him out of his petty existence. Dan Ackroyd co-stars. 8 p.m. EDWARDS ISLAND 2 Drive-In Movie Memories. See April 13 listing. 11 a.m. I Don't Know Jack. See Film feature, page 38. Noon. Maangamizi—The Ancient One.An African-American doctor journeys to Africa and encounters a patient who has not spoken in 20 years. The screening of this drama will be attended by cast and crew. 2:30 p.m. A Strange World. Mexican comedy with a plot redolent of The King of Comedy, concerning a thief/would-be comic who hopes to hit the big time by assaulting a famous comedian. 5 p.m. Youth Shorts. See April 14 listing. 7 p.m. The Broken Wings of Elijah Footfalls. See April 12 listing. 9:30 p.m. Blood: The Last Vampire. See April 13 listing. 10 p.m. LIDO THEATER Crash Boats—Air Force Sailors in World War II and Korea. Documentary look at small, fast boats that supported air squadrons on overseas missions. 11 a.m. Best Wishes. Romantic comedy about two birthday wishes made on the same night in 1958 Texas that eventually bring together two women. 1:30 p.m. Kytice (Wild Flowers). See Film feature, page 38. 4 p.m. Joint Security Area. See April 12 listing. 6 p.m. When the Rain Lifts. A down-on-his luck samurai is convinced his wife is unhappy with their financial situation and becomes obsessed with bringing in the Benjamins. Well, he wouldn't put it that way, of course. 8 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18EDWARDS ISLAND 1 Bark. See April 12 listing. 11 a.m.Today in Shorts. A news program about daily events in the short-pants industry. Ho, ho, what a kidder I am. No, it's another program of short films, including Andrew Neel's billy528 and Steven Austin's Moment of Silence. 1:30 p.m. Bang the Machine. SoCal premiere of this doc about the bitter rivalry among the competitors in the national Street Fighter video game tournament. 4 p.m. Grownups. Ouchy-sounding comedy about wife-swapping, starring the likes of John Stamos, Meredith Salenger and Carol Alt. Attended by cast and crew! 6 p.m. Kytice (Wild Flowers). See Film feature, page 38. 8 p.m. EDWARDS ISLAND 2 The Kiss You Gave Me. Oddball Puerto Rican drama set in 2006, about a TV star attempting to retrieve her son after her estranged husband kidnaps him. Attended by cast and crew. 12:30 p.m. No Socks, No Shoes, Just You and a Bag of Chips. U.S. premiere of this story about two country bumpkins who hit the road in search of fame and fortune. No good can come from a romantic comedy with a title like this. None. 2 p.m.Shorts From Afar. A collection of shorts from around the globe, featuring Eternity from France and England's Moving On Up. 4:30 p.m. One-Eyed King. A gallery of gangster-movie supporting players (Armand Assante, Chazz Palminteri, Bruno Kirby) are featured in this dramatic tale of life in Hell's Kitchen. 7 p.m.Bucket o' Shorts. See April 12 listing. 9:30 p.m. LIDO THEATER Cherish. See April 16 listing. 11:30 a.m. Interstate 60. See Film feature, page 36. 1:30 p.m. Silent Partner. U.S. premiere of an Australian comedy about two hapless losers who spend a lot of time at the dog tracks and get involved in a scheme to race a greyhound named Silent Partner. 4 p.m. Runaway. Iranian documentary about five girls who dared to challenge the rules of their homeland; having run away from home, they now reside in a shelter for Iranian women. 6 p.m. Eugenio, I Love You. Gentle Italian story about a disabled, fortysomething bachelor who toils away in a rest home until the day a girl in a coma awakens something in his spirit. The closing-night reception party follows. 8 p.m. Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach; Edwards Island, 999 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach; Lido, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach. (949) 253-2880; www.newportbeachfilmfest.com or www.tickets.com. Tickets are $7 per screening; special events cost much more.
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