Orange County has been really good to us cinephiles lately. Apart from the Vietnamese International Film Festival, the ongoing Newport Beach Film Festival, and the Cinema Orange series at OCMA, we now rejoice as UC Irvine hold its 14th annual Latin American Film Festival this week. It's a modest fe ... 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 >>
The Vietnamese International Film Festival showcases a national and diaspora movie industry on the rise
We told you last month about Santa Ana native Drake Doremus' film Breathe In getting picked up for international distribution. Now, the other distribution shoe has dropped.
Breathe In, the latest film from former Orange County theater wunderkinds Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones, has been picked up for non-North American distribution following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month.
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Home is swell, but ff Orange County-raised filmmakers Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones really want to feel the love, they go to Utah--Park City to be more precise and the Sundance Film Festival to be preciser.It was announced Monday that Breathe In, the latest independent film directed by Doremus wi ... More >>
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The five-day Anaheim Film Festival & Media Arts Expo opens Oct. 24 at the Ultraluxe Anaheim Cinemas at GardenWalk. It says so on the nonprofit Anaheim Film Arts Society's website. But if we've learned anything about showbiz, it's don't always believe your lying eyes.
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The Weekly has told you before about films from the burgeoning Vietnamese-American community, but a new one opening today in Orange also has cross-over appeal.Writer/director Minh Duc Nguyen's Touch tells the story of a white mechanic in Los Angeles striking up an unlikely friendship with a Vietn ... More >>
As many have you have likely heard in the past few days, South-by-Southwest, better known in the written form as SxSw, has descended onto Austin for its 25th rendition. What exactly is SxSw? For those of you not aware, SxSw used to be a cool event that took place in Austin every March when p ... More >>
Orange-born, Santa Ana-raised filmmaker Drake Doremus' 2011 movie Like Crazy is available starting today on DVD and Blu Ray. Co-written by Doremus and Corona del Mar's Ben York Jones, Like Crazy is the most adult of the filmmaker's three features (the other two being Spooner and Douchebag).
A thoughtful citizen took the time to "document" the homeless in downtown Santa Ana last year. The three-minute "short" probably won't make the Sundance Film Festival, and it has only 15 views on YouTube (three of which are mine). Gentle readers, is the homeless problem getting better or worse in S ... More >>
The 2012 fest was thick with the anxieties of our times
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The Orange County Film Society screening of the sorta-silent, black-and-white, buzz-deserving The Artist Monday night drew a packed audience to the historic Lido in Newport Beach, insider stories from executive producer Richard Middleton and supporting actors James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Mille ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 12, 9:37 A.M.: Introducing a new 3D version of his 2006 South Korean smash hit The Host to Friday's opening night Busan West Asian Film Festival audience at Chapman University's Knott Studios, director Bong Joon-ho said, "I don't like 3D."Cue nervous audience laughter and a smatteri ... More >>
Director Kevin Smith continues his Red State barnstorming in Long Beach tonight, presenting the Westboro Baptistesque shoot 'em up twice--and sticking around each time to take audience questions. Meanwhile, over in Newport Beach, there's a members-only screening of Santa Ana-bred filmmaker Drake ... More >>
Douchebag the movie.Before Drake Doremus' Like Crazy won the dramatic Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the Orange-born writer-director's previous dramedy Douchebag was nominated in the same category at the same prestigious event the year before. Now, as reported earlier on ... 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 >>
Heightened US-Vietnamese relationsThis weekend is you last chance to witness firsthand the emerging, impressive Vietnamese film industry at the Vietnamese International Film Festival in Orange County.Tonight's films air at the Bower's Museum in Santa Ana and include a 56-minute movie about the Ha ... More >>
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There's a lot of recapping to be done, but before anything else, last night--WE WON THE GRAND JURY PRIZE!!!!!!! The big one! Not only that, Felicity was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Best Actress! A prize is not given every year, unless deemed appropriate. The whole team was in disbelief. For ... More >>
Like Crazy, the little indie darling at Sundance by former Santa Anan and second-time U.S. Dramatic Competition entrant Drake Doremus, won the prestigious film festival's grand jury prize last night.Co-written by Doremus and his childhood friend Ben York Jones, a Chapman University film school gr ... More >>
It's madness to think how fast the week has gone. Friday, and I'm still pinching myself, expecting to wake up. An informal study I've been conducting via highly advanced methods of verbal interaction (having a conversation, some call it) seems to indicate most filmmakers here, including myself, a ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 23, 2:51 P.M.: The reaction to Like Crazy getting picked up from Ben York Jones:"I'm completely overwhelmed. I don't think anyone here with the film has gotten more than an hour or two of sleep in the past 36 hours. Those negotiating were up all night doing so, and the rest of us w ... More >>
Fans of Boo Radley, crusading lawyers and middle school book report fodder unite!Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was published 50 years ago, and the Regency South Coast Village Theatre in Santa Ana is celebrating with a screening of Robert Mulligan's much-beloved movie version, which came out ... More >>
The inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival opened Wednesday night at GardenWalk with five movie programs, a lauded UK director with a gift for gab, creepy Knott's Berry Farm Halloween Haunt extras, incredibly tall waifs gliding across the red carpet in incredibly high heels and a packed-in ... More >>
The announcement that UltraStar Cinemas at GardenWalk in Anaheim will be the official theater venue for the inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival (AIFF) packs all the wallop of heavily favored Jeff Bridges getting the last best actor Oscar.Seeing as how the festival office and its May pr ... More >>
A "historic moment" happened last night on the third level of the GardenWalk outdoor shopping mall (just follow the Disney Tower of Terror shadow)--historic not just for Anaheim but California and the whole world as we know it, according to Sinan Kanatsiz.www.facebook.com/anaheimfilmAIFF co-found ... More >>
The Anaheim International Film Festival (AIFF), not to be confused with the ongoing movie-promoting theme park at Harbor and Katella, debuts in October, "marking the addition of a world-class cultural event to Orange County and the international film festival circuit," according to organizers. Th ... More >>
"Orange County" starFrom a Friday morning plane ride to Salt Lake City with Todd Lowe to a Saturday afternoon bus ride through Park City with Colin Hanks. Since it's a confirmed fact everything happens in threes, one wonders what the next mode of transportation/young star combo will b ... More >>
Above are trailers to 17 pictures playing at the fifth anniversary SoCal Film Festival, which kicks off tonight at Huntington Beach Central Library and over the next 10 days will present 204 feature films, documentaries and shorts.
The library certainly isn't quiet tonight. There's a red carpet outside, though nobody's walking on it. There are some surprisingly nice T-shirts for sale. And everyone here is totally approachable – can this really be a film festival? Indeed. It's the opening night of the SoCal Independent Film ... More >>
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If there's one thing OC Weekly has in plentiful supply, it's Catholics of varying stripes-- devout, cafeteria, lapsed, vigorously lapsed, potential anti-pope-- with colorful and occasionally bizarre stories from their contacts with Holy Mother Church and its numerous franchises and subsidiaries. Fr ... More >>
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