NEWPORT BEACH — An employee on a ladder changed the letters on the Lido Theater marquee to announce not the latest art film, but the premiere of Newport Harbor High School's eighth annual freshman feature film.
Past participants, parents and friends queued outside Tuesday evening to watch the ninth-grade actors' big-screen debut, "Giving Up the Ghost."
The movie is about two former Harbor students, now ghosts, who haunt the campus until they figure out what they did wrong, all while working to help fix the problems of two current (living) students.
"Overall, as a whole, I was really proud of it," said leading man Sam Bush, 16. "I didn't think it would be that good."
Advanced Placement art history teacher Joe Robinson brought the film project to the school as an extracurricular activity when his children came to Harbor.
The project started as a play before becoming a film.
The idea came from when his daughter, Sara Robinson, now 32, was in elementary school and needed entertainment for the summer.