Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Taping my show with the terrific film reviewer Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor and KPCC's "Film Week" - and author of a new collection helpfully titled Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Time - I was happily affirmed in my sense that good wr ... More >>
Un Plan Parfait (Fly Me To The Moon), the romantic comedy that sold out its Tuesday night French Spotlight screening and earned a repeat showing last night, was the big winner of 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival awards.It won the juried Best Film, Best Actress (Diane Kruger), Best Director (Pascal C ... More >>
Women in combat is a hot topic and Kirby Dick is a hot documentary filmmaker.Both are coming to UC Irvine Tuesday, when Dick's Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War will be screened, followed by a panel discussion featuring the provocative director and the lead attorney in several cl ... More >>
The rambunctious lineup includes nine Oscar nominees
[Trendzilla] The street artist teams with Smashbox cosmetics for new spring collection
Grand Central Art Center
Behind the Orange Curtain, the award-winning documentary about an alarming rise in drug overdoses among South County's young, is going directly to its intended audience tonight.It screens at 7 p.m. at San Juan Hills High School, 29211 Vista Montana, San Juan Capistrano, where admission is free.
Grand Central Art Center
Santa Ana gets a closeup in tonight's HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation.Not that Santa Ana's chamber of commerce is trumpeting the appearance. The documentary is about the obesity epidemic in the United States.
The Oaxacan rapper brings xip-xop to OC
"I believe music is universal, and it responds to the context in which it was created," says Mare Advertencia Lirika--or Mare, as she's known professionally. "In my case, coming from indigenous roots, my music is the voice that speaks to this context." In Oaxaca, Mexico, where Mare makes her home, ... More >>
A curated sample of socially relevant offerings at the 2012 festival
Jack Kaprielian and Kevin Derek bring the unscreened to OC
A short documentary about homophobia, bullying and school violence screens tonight in Huntington Beach.Admission is $5 to Teach Your Children Well at 7 p.m. in Huntington Beach Central Library, with proceeds going to the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force.
In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore told you about the consequences from global warming.In Goold's Gold, Jonathan Goold tells you about the opportunities from global warming.You can see the documentary, which was directed and produced by Orange Coast College English instructor Tucker Capps, for fr ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 10, 10:43 A.M.: The Cuckoo's Nest documentary We Were Feared rolled on a screen at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood Wednesday night, and contributing photographer John Gilhooley was there, just as he had been for the world premiere at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival.Click here to s ... More >>
This isn't local, but it is amazing: Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelly--also known as the "West Memphis 3" from the Paradise Lost documentaries--were set free today after 18 years in prison in Arkansas.Filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky were in the Jonseboro, Ark., courtr ... More >>
You know it's a special day when the world celebrates not one, but two members of music royalty--one for his inspiring and everlasting contribution to rock & roll, and another for her long (and persisting) career in pop. We count down the similarities between Elvis Presley, the King and Madon ... More >>
[SUMMER GUIDE] Superheroes, sequels and TWO Conans!
Junger doesn't dress like this for speaking engagements.Sebastian Junger, the good looking guy with the manly-man jaw and intense gaze, spent five months in the crossfire in Afghanistan, but he never shot a gun. He did shoot tons of footage for his documentary and took plenty of notes for hi ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 29, 5:15 P.M.: Just finished watching the short documentary on Orange County naturalist Joel Robinson at Triangle Square and, I gotta tell you, it left me wanting to know more.Directors Jonathan Formica, Celesta Giaimo, Mj Lat and Alexandra Santoro present an eye-opening look at ar ... More >>
Tumult and tragedy resurrected in 'The Arbor'
A dozen of the finest the fest has to offer
A documentary opening Friday in Fullerton explores the drug-related violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon took office in December, 2006.8 Murders a Day focuses mostly on Juarez, Mexico, the murder capital of the world or, as producer-director Charlie Minn's puts it, "the greatest hum ... More >>
Keith MaySuper Girl, super flexible.First discussed in February of this year, and confirmed earlier this week, a documentary about the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego is about to go into production. The team behind it is sort of an all-star roster in the intersection of film and geeks ... More >>
Long Beach Art Theatre
Lion in Love
Body of War
A Day on the Grand Canal With the Emperor of China
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band