Local Films Get Their Due at NBFF

Works by Cherie Kerr, Joseph Armario, Doug Penikas, among others, make appearances alongside Jon Carnoy and Michael Horelick's skateboard doc

From action sports, you can run counter to a sport with action thanks to Randy Hamilton's Touchdown Newport, which shows how 26 years of football futility ended at Newport Harbor High School with the arrival of coach Ernie Johnson. Members of Johnson's 1970 squad, coaches and cheerleaders return to revel in their glory days as Sailors. By the way, did I mention NBFF chief executive Gregg Schwenk is a Sailor? His programmers made sure to tell me.

Touchdown Newport screens with What It Takes, Rick Davitt and Mark Powell's documentary on the water-polo program at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. How does the coach follow four consecutive state championships, an undefeated season and two team captains graduating? By sending his young players off for U.S. Navy SEAL leadership training. (Pity the opposing player who resembles bin Laden.)

 

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