Speaking of sports-related documentaries making their world premieres at NBFF, San Clemente's Brent Deal, a director of commercials, realized his long-held dream of making feature-length films with his first two at NBFF 2012: the stand-up paddling (SUP) flicks H2indO and Decade of Dominance. Two years later, he's back with two more world premieres: H2mexicO, which puts some of the first film's SUP stars on a "surfing yacht" in waters south of the border, and XOXO, which follows five female athletes from different sports to Maui, where they give something back to local girls.

Another documentary that made its world premiere at NBFF 2012 was Behind the Orange Curtain, which was about the alarming number of teens dying of drug overdoses in South County. It was partly inspired by the late Jarrod Barber of Laguna Niguel, and his mother Jodi Barber had her own short film in that same festival, Overtaken, which featured young people sharing their drug-abuse horror stories. Jodi Barber is back at NBFF 2014 with Overtaken 2, which checks back in with the first film's subjects to see how they are coping with their addictions.

Also making its world premiere at NBFF is Untouchables: The Children of God, a documentary about the callous abuse of little girls in the brothels of India. Director Grant Knisely resides in Newport Beach, as does one of the executive producers, Jaime Elizabeth Saul.

Overtaken 2
Overtaken 2


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Franki Doll, a trainer at Rise Above Fitness in Huntington Beach (and musician, composer, sound engineer, motivator and more, according to her LinkedIn profile), was a production assistant on writer/director Keith Palmer's Swelter. Making its world premiere at NBFF 2014, the drama with Alfred Molina, Josh Henderson and Jean-Claude Van Damme is about robbers of a Las Vegas casino breaking out of prison after 10 years to chase the lone member of the gang who escaped capture—with $10 million.

Dirk Behlau and Jesper Bram's documentary Flake & Flames chronicles the Kustom Kulture movement around the globe and includes Orange County and Long Beach punkers, rockabillies, hot-rodders, tattoo artists, illustrators and all-around scenesters.

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