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March 29, 2001

The Newport Beach Film Festival opens tonight and runs through April 5

with more than 50 feature and 100 short films. Here is a listing of the

galas to be offered during the festival.

OPENING NIGHT

"The Sting," a seven-time Academy Award winner in 1973, will be

honored tonight with a gala screening at Edwards Big Newport, followed by

a post-party at the Newport Beach Marriott.

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Sally Kirkland and Charles Durning are expected to attend the

festivities, along with other members of the cast and production crew,

including Jack Kehow, screenwriter David S. Ward, producer Tony Bill and

cinematographer Robert Surtees.

The post-party, hosted by Lucy and Leigh Steinberg, will include

gourmet food, a hosted bar, a wine tasting, music by the Johnny Crawford

Dance Orchestra and a show of classic cars.

Film: 7 p.m. tonight

Location: Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Gala: 9 p.m.

Location: Newport Marriott, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Cost: $75, black-tie optional.

Call: (888) 464-2468

GALA: 20TH ANNIVERSARY 'ZOOT SUIT'

Luis Valdez' "Zoot Suit" will be honored Friday with a special 20th

anniversary screening and gala, presented in conjunction with the Orange

County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Several cast members -- including Edward James Olmos -- and others in

the Latino film community will be in attendance at the gala reception at

El Torito in Fashion Island.

Zoot Suit

o7 United States, 1981

f7 Producers: Kenneth Brecher, Peter J. Burrell, Gordon Davidson,

William P. Wingate

Director: Luis Valdez

Screenwriter: Luiz Valdez

Cast: Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, Tyne Daly,

John Anderson, Abel Franco, Mike Gomez, Alma Martinez, Frank McCarthy,

Tony Plana, Robert Beltran

Running time: 103:00

o7 Four men, mostly Chicano, are put on trial for murder at the

height of the racial tensions and rioting that plagued Los Angeles during

World War II. f7

Film: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Edwards Island Cinema, 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Gala: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: El Torito Grill, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Cost: $40

Call: (888) 464-2468

GALA: 30TH ANNIVERSARY 'THE FRENCH CONNECTION'

In 1971, "The French Connection" won five Academy Awards, including

best picture, best actor and best director. After its 30th anniversary

screening, director William Friedkin will be honored with a reception at

Atrium Court hosted by the Newport Beach Premiere Cinema Guild.

The French Connection

o7 United States, 1971

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