Richard Bare is a veteran of the Hollywood studio system, when those fortunate enough to have a job could rely on a steady paycheck. But he also knows something about being an unknown filmmaker trying to slip a foot in the door.
The 99-year-old Newport Beach resident, who will appear at the Island Cinema 7 on Sunday to talk about his life and career, made a Hollywood career in the 1940s and 50s with his educational Joe McDoakes series — live-action shorts about how to give up smoking, build muscles, buy a used car and more. Bare made the first entry as an educational exercise for his USC students, then "brazenly" offered it to Warner Bros., which accepted.
Bare, who went on to direct episodes of "Green Acres," "The Twilight Zone" and other shows in addition to movies, has never been to the Newport Beach Film Festival before despite living in town for four decades. He counts his movie tastes as mostly conservative and prefers Turner Movie Classics to most modern releases. But he suspects he has at least something in common with the up-and-coming filmmakers in this year's program.