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By Rhea Mahbubani | May 1, 2014
Angela Alford spent three months, silently, on the sidelines. The former professional athlete, who is 6-foot-5 and played for Vanderbilt University and USA Basketball in the 1990s, had a hard time believing the scene unfolding in front of her. A senior women's amateur basketball team from Raleigh, N.C., her hometown, was battling it out on the court. "I thought they must be genetic anomalies to still be playing in their 70s," she said. "Surely they just didn't age like the rest of us. " What started out as giving advice on a shot or calling out encouragement from the bleachers led to her coaching the Fabulous 70s at the National Senior Games in Texas in 2011.
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December 22, 2008
Future Spielbergs and Fassbinders take note: The Newport Beach Film Festival is calling for entries from student filmmakers for its ?2009 Youth Film Showcase presented by Volcom.? The free event will screen films by 18-and-younger filmmakers and features a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers. The competition is open to entries from anywhere. The short films can be live action or animated, in any genre, including drama, comedy, documentary, experimental, musical or science fiction.
NEWS
April 2, 2001
Young Chang One group of filmmakers and local hosts took it easy Friday afternoon. They could've hit the shopping scene, the amusement parks, maybe even Hollywood, but stars of the Hawaiian film "Ka'ililauokekoa" instead walked the Newport Pier on their first afternoon at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Down below, it was spring break incarnate. Kids invaded a beach that had earlier beheld only birds and morning walkers as the day imitated a June afternoon.
NEWS
April 11, 2003
Lolita Harper It is the quintessential Newport Beach experience. It is the place to be seen. It is yacht parties and Jacuzzi parties. It is "very high end." It's the Newport Beach Film Festival Cinema Guild, and it's all about keeping the filmmakers happy, guild Co-President Rita Goldberg said. The guild was created to give the local film festival a sense of intimacy, she said. Although the festival itself touts some very tony parties, the guild offers a more exclusive form of entertainment, fashioned with the filmmakers in mind.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2009
A pair of Costa Mesa filmmakers have racked up their latest accolade with a first-place win at a Tennessee film festival. Vincent Masciale, director of “Official Selection,” and Natalie Masciale, the film’s producer, took home the first-place award Aug. 29 at the Brigand Shorts Film Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn., for their depiction of dueling filmmakers working on the same production. The two creators clash creatively in mid-production, which results in a film split into two genres and based on their real-life situation.
NEWS
April 4, 2003
Deepa Bharath Velvets, chiffons, silks and sequins delicately kissing the red carpet amid camera flashes and the rhythmic beat of Chinese drums heralded the Newport Beach Film Festival on Thursday night. Fans from all over convened at the Edwards Big Newport theater for the gala that featured several actors, filmmakers and local figures, including Mayor Steve Bromberg. It was the first time at the festival for Harriet Whitmyer of Irvine. "I'm very excited," she said, trying to catch her breath.
NEWS
November 3, 1999
Noaki Schwartz In the early 1900s, rural Newport Beach must have sparked the imaginations of Hollywood filmmakers. With the addition of a few props -- farm animals, some costumes and boats -- the city was transformed into the Wild West, Egypt and even World War II Europe.It all began in the spring of 1912 when a group of women in peasant dresses and men in knee breeches emerged from the Balboa Hotel to the confusion of local residents. The filming company borrowed two cows from the Irvine Co. and proceeded to make the movie "The Sands O'Dee."
NEWS
April 10, 2003
Lolita Harper Like all filmmakers taking part in the Newport Beach Film Festival, local director Mike Goedecke wants to attract attention to his short film. Unlike other filmmakers, however, Goedecke has embarked on this endeavor by allowing other creative forces to create the final product. Goedecke's short film, "Untitled: 003 -- Embryo," follows various characters through a series of dreams and scenes that were each created by other filmmakers, animators and studios.
NEWS
March 9, 2003
While Hollywood's galaxy may be the most dazzling of those represented at this month's 75th annual Academy Awards, the world of cinema extends far beyond the constellations of local studios. Find evidence of distant stars as close as Newport Beach Public Library shelves. If you're looking for a crash course in foreign films, browse through Elliot Wilhelm's "VideoHound's World Cinema." With critiques of movies produced in the Far East, Europe, South America, Latin America and Canada, the Detroit Institute of Arts film curator illuminates a universe of cinematic achievement.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | May 1, 2014
Angela Alford spent three months, silently, on the sidelines. The former professional athlete, who is 6-foot-5 and played for Vanderbilt University and USA Basketball in the 1990s, had a hard time believing the scene unfolding in front of her. A senior women's amateur basketball team from Raleigh, N.C., her hometown, was battling it out on the court. "I thought they must be genetic anomalies to still be playing in their 70s," she said. "Surely they just didn't age like the rest of us. " What started out as giving advice on a shot or calling out encouragement from the bleachers led to her coaching the Fabulous 70s at the National Senior Games in Texas in 2011.
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By Michael Miller | April 25, 2014
The director's hand is constantly evident throughout Vincenzo Cosentino's feature film debut, which will screen Saturday at the Newport Beach Film Festival. And in this case, that's not simply a cliche. Cosentino's hand - which plays the title character, Handy - occupies nearly every scene of the 83-minute film about an extremity that detaches itself from a man's body and sets off on a journey around the world. On his travels, Handy wields a pen and finds himself under the tutelage of a demanding Italian writer, rides a tiny motorcycle, scores a job in a pizzeria and falls in love with a detached female hand named Manicure.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 19, 2014
Dennis Baker is inclined to associate with winners. That's not to say he won't help an organization, initiative or individual get closer to victory. But, when that doesn't work, he has no misgivings about cutting loose or moving on. "My energy goes to where I see success," the Corona del Mar resident said. "I like being associated with things that work. I like to think that I'm part of why they work. " One such alliance is with the Newport Beach Film Festival. In 2001, Baker, then a member of the city's Arts Commission, attended an event where he met Leslie Feibleman, director of special programs and community cinema.
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By Michael Miller and Rhea Mahbubani | April 1, 2014
However long other ticket buyers stand in line to see "Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story," Mike White has waited longer. Nearly four decades, in fact. White, the former football coach at UC Berkeley, has hoped to see a film about the story of Roth, the promising quarterback who played two seasons on the university's team, since shortly after Roth's 1977 death at age 21 of melanoma. For years, White heard rumblings about proposed scripts, but no project ever came to fruition. Then, five years ago, a pair of Berkeley alums who attended the school after Roth's time there got to work on a documentary.
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By Patrice Apodaca | April 13, 2013
It was a little slice of Cannes in Newport Beach. Girls in impossibly short dresses and stratospherically high heels posed for pictures on the red carpet next to boys self-consciously styled in everything from hipster black suit and shades to skate chic. They munched on canapés and crudités, chatted excitedly and tried to ignore the gale-force Santa Ana winds that threatened to topple the strategically placed potted palms. This was the scene as the crowd gathered for the first-ever Newport Mesa Film Festival, where finalists in design, photography, animation and film were about to learn who among them would receive the top prizes in their categories.
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By Jill Cowan | March 15, 2013
What do giraffes dream of when they take a little giraffe snooze? Tough to say, but it probably has little to do with meeting the Campus Drive 73 Freeway overpass face-first. About five months after shooting for "The Hangover Part 3" closed down a 3-milestretch of the 73 from the 405 Freeway to Jamboree Road, area residents can see part of the final product in the movie's trailer, which features a pretty sizeable Newport Beach cameo. VIDEO: Watch the trailer Actor Zach Galifianakis is shown driving a silver Mercedes-Benz convertible southbound on the 73, past a backdrop of fluffy white clouds, palm trees and verdant hills.
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By Britney Barnes | April 28, 2012
Having a movie shown at a film festival is no small feat, but imagine being a fledgling filmmaker still in college - or even younger. The Newport Beach Film Festival gives the next generation's Woody Allens or Francis Ford Coppolas their start with dedicated screening time during the festival's week-long celebration. The festival hosts a youth film showcase that screens short films made by students 18 or younger, a "teen screen" for filmmakers older than 14 and a collegiate showcase featuring student shorts.
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By Lauren Williams | November 17, 2011
IRVINE — Pro-Palestine Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni gave a speech Wednesday evening at UC Irvine that advocated bi-nationalism. Aloni addressed a group of about 30 concerning his recent book, "What Does a Jew Want?," and about putting on a production of "Waiting for Godot" with people in a refugee camp in Jenin in the West Bank. Event organizers said Jewish groups on campus boycotted the event because Aloni supports a Palestinian state. Aloni had harsh words for groups who did not attend.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | April 29, 2011
The Newport Beach Film Festival documentary "This is Your Ocean: Sharks," was recognized by MacGillivray Freeman Films with the Special Achievement Award in Environmental Filmmaking, a MacGillivray spokeswoman announced Friday. The film was set to be screened Friday night at the Regency Lido Theatre as the festival's "Eco Spotlight. " "Sharks play a critical role in the health of our oceans," said film director George C. Schellenger in a prepared statement. "The decisions we make right now determine the future of these animals.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | April 16, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects where "Everday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" premiered. When Irvine filmmaker Lev Anderson set out to make a music documentary, he needed a band whose personality and story was as captivating as its music. He found all of that and more in punk rock-fusion legends Fishbone. The resulting film, "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone," named for one of their hits, will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival on May 4. The film follows the eccentric band members' rise and plummet from the limelight.
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