WHERE MY LATINOS AT?!
Wednesday night, they were being celebrated for their recent achievements in cinema at Newport Beach Film Festival's Latino Showcase through three spotlight films from Mexico, Chile, and Brazil at the Lido, Triangle, and Big Newport theaters, respectively.
While I wish I coul ... More >>
For the first time in its fourteen-year long history, the Newport Beach Film Festival kicked off the year's season with a documentary film that packs as much wallop and frenetic energy as a mosh pit circle.
Director Doug Hamilton's Broadway Idiot follows world-famous punk band Green Day as their al ... More >>
Orange Coast College is not the only institution of higher learning celebrating 10 years at the 14-year-old Newport Beach Film Festival.This also marks the 10th anniversary of the "Yale in Cinema" celebration organized by 1983 graduate Jim Gonzales. The New Haven, CT, university that educated Willia ... More >>
The greatest thing about last Thursday's Newport Beach Film Festival issue was that I freely said with pride that I was on the cover, the idea being people assumed that was a reference to the rock-hard abbed fellow holding the giant film reels, not the "By Matt Coker" type on the lower right.Those w ... More >>
As you can read here . . .Apartment in Athens, Nazi Drama from Italy, is Big Winner of Newport Beach Film Fest Awards. . . NBFF awards have been dished out for the weeklong cinextravaganza that ended Thursday night. But, like American television producers, I feel even more awards need to be bestowed ... More >>
Jesse Vile's heartbreaking documentary Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is about a guitar prodigy who discovered he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at the tender age of 20 and on the cusp of international fame. Thanks to interviews with Jason Becker's family, friends and peers, ... More >>
Random notes, observations and stuff plucked off the cutting room floor from the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Thursday night.The hierarchy of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is the main antagonist in Macky Alston's excellent documentary Love Free or Die, which is a ... More >>
I'm going to go out on a limb--a dangerous but familiar place for me, I know--and say
that at the halfway point of the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival, No. 13 has been among the most problem-plagued. The first sign there was trouble in paradise came Friday night, as folks stood in line atop the Fa ... More >>
There's a line from I Wish, Monday night's heartwarming Pacific
Rim Spotlight film from Japan that showed at Big Newport, that will resonate with independent filmmakers. A boy looking at a CD cover of his father's rock band asks his younger brother what "indie" means.The kid answers, "I think it me ... More >>
The 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival opening night: very Jewy.Not that there's anything wrong with that.The 13th annual festival opened at Big Newport Thursday night with the world premiere of director/co-writer/co-producer Bryan Fogel's Jewtopia, which had an overflow audience next door to the larg ... More >>
The week-long 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival opens tonight with a Big Newport presentation of Jewtopia, one of 16 world premieres at the 13th annual event, followed by the boozy, schmoozy opening night gala at Fashion Island.However, to be in the busy festival offices across from John Wayne Airpor ... More >>
Prescription drug abuse by South County teens has been a hot topic lately thanks to the documentary Behind the Orange Curtain making its world premiere May 2 at the Newport Beach Film Festival and, due to a sell out, getting a second showing May 3 in the huge Big Newport theater.That makes a couple ... More >>
The Newport Beach Film Festival's annual occupation of Fashion Island began last night with another boozy, schmoozy and cruisey coming-out party in the Bloomingdale's Courtyard.Stars spotted on the red carpet leading into Big Newport, in front of the screen after the end credits of opening night ... More >>
This week's edition of OC Weekly includes 12 films that most excite the Newport Beach Film Festival programmers who selected them--in honor of the 12th year of the county's most-established cinextravaganza.But what of those other trend-setters: universally beloved film critics? Your humble servan ... More >>
Photos by Bleu Cotton
The scene at Fashion Island.The 10th Newport Beach Film Festival opened Thursday night at Edwards "Big Newport" with "celebrity" arrivals, flashing cameras and my exclusive red-carpet interview with Oscar-nominated film composer Marc Shaiman of Hairspray! and South Park: ... More >>