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September 28, 2007
The UCI Film and Video Center presents a series on independent films. The weekly showings include the film and Q-and-A sessions with the filmmakers. Award-winning directors will give insight into their work. Jeffrey Blitz presents “Rocket Science,” a film that won him the Directing Award from the Sundance Film Festival. The program focuses on art-house films including experimental film and aims to expose students to contemporary filmmaking as well as provide moviegoers a chance to see the latest in experimental film.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Brooks | March 31, 2006
You can't help but root for Erick Macek. He's like that guy on "American Idol" you hope sticks around for another week. Never content to stir up the same old brew, Macek's caffeine-infused performances are part of a reemerging genre of coffeehouse crooners, full of open-mic banter and free refills on kitsch. His sound is part James Blunt, part James Taylor, with a squeeze of preppy vagabond and youthful optimism. He's got the whole Jude Law look thing going on, his intimate performances more "I Heart Huckabees" than "Alfie."
NEWS
March 30, 2000
TODAY EDWARDS BIG NEWPORT CINEMA Opening Night 7:30 p.m. 50th anniversary "Sunset Boulevard" United States FRIDAY FEATURE FILMS EDWARDS ISLAND CINEMAS 11:30 a.m. "Love Happens" United States, 1999 Dir.: Tony Cookson Prod.: Bent Morris Cast: Jenica Bergere, Ken Marino, Megyn Price Running time: 88 minutes Theatrical release scheduled in May Attended by director Woman constantly switches boyfriends, obsesses over their flaws 1:15 p.m. "You Can Thank Me Later" United States/Canada, 1999 Dir.: Shimon Dotan Prod.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | February 10, 2006
The Sundance Film Festival isn't the only creative-arts competition going on in Utah this time of the year. College theater companies are crowding into the Beehive State in a quest for recognition in the nation's capital. Costa Mesa's Vanguard University is among the colleges vying in the Kennedy center American College Theater Festival's southwest region competition, taking place all next week in Cedar City, Utah. It's the second year in a row for the local thespians, who took last season's production of "The Lion in Winter" to the 2005 festival in Arizona.
NEWS
June 21, 2005
Michael Miller Yvonne Rainer, an influential choreographer and filmmaker, has been appointed as a distinguished professor in UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. On July 1, Rainer will become the 16th distinguished professor currently at UCI and the first in the Claire Trevor school. The distinguished title is reserved for senior faculty members who have achieved the highest level of scholarship in their respective fields and won national and international acclaim for their efforts.
NEWS
December 7, 2000
'Count on' great independent film "You Can Count on Me" is, quite simply, a masterpiece. It is impossible to say which is better: the writing, the directing or the acting. I was so impressed by the film when I first saw it that I went back again a week later fully expecting to start seeing at least a few flaws. Instead, I found more moments of sheer perfection. No wonder this debut film for writer/director Kenneth Lonergan won two of the top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | January 19, 2007
The Arches restaurant has long been known as the place where famous people go to grab a bite to eat in Newport Beach. Little did owner Dan Marcheano know that one of those big names was on his staff. Arches' maitre d' and waiter for more than a decade Greg Weaver is recognized as a pioneer in the surfing community. For more than 40 years, Weaver traversed the globe, documenting the evolution of surf culture in the hottest and often most-secret spots in the world. Recently Weaver worked along with director Greg Schell to edit years of previously lost footage into a full-length film that will be screened this weekend in Park City, Utah.
NEWS
September 12, 2003
JOHN DEPKO 'Thirteen' is a real and convincing slice of teenage life Absolutely compelling and disturbing, "Thirteen" is a painfully realistic portrayal of the pressures and choices faced by teenage girls in urban America. This film is so honest and unnerving that it will make any parent gasp with alarm at the horrific situations that are exposed to our most vulnerable adolescent girls because of our hyper sexualized pop culture. The intense desire to be popular brings drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll and shoplifting into play at ever-earlier ages.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kelly Strodl | April 23, 2007
Payman Benz and Sean Becker stood before an audience who had just finished viewing a number of their films, fielding technical questions and mounds of praise to a packed theater at the Newport Beach Film Festival Sunday. For the last three years the duo from Studio City has attended the festival presenting a small number of comedy shorts and gained quite a cult following in a short amount of time among event regulars and organizers. This year Benz and Becker came to not only present the largest collection of their films in one sitting, they also had the entire program devoted to their work and a few outside films of their choosing.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2007
The UCI Film and Video Center presents a series on independent films. The weekly showings include the film and Q-and-A sessions with the filmmakers. Award-winning directors will give insight into their work. Jeffrey Blitz presents “Rocket Science,” a film that won him the Directing Award from the Sundance Film Festival. The program focuses on art-house films including experimental film and aims to expose students to contemporary filmmaking as well as provide moviegoers a chance to see the latest in experimental film.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Kelly Strodl | April 23, 2007
Payman Benz and Sean Becker stood before an audience who had just finished viewing a number of their films, fielding technical questions and mounds of praise to a packed theater at the Newport Beach Film Festival Sunday. For the last three years the duo from Studio City has attended the festival presenting a small number of comedy shorts and gained quite a cult following in a short amount of time among event regulars and organizers. This year Benz and Becker came to not only present the largest collection of their films in one sitting, they also had the entire program devoted to their work and a few outside films of their choosing.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | January 19, 2007
The Arches restaurant has long been known as the place where famous people go to grab a bite to eat in Newport Beach. Little did owner Dan Marcheano know that one of those big names was on his staff. Arches' maitre d' and waiter for more than a decade Greg Weaver is recognized as a pioneer in the surfing community. For more than 40 years, Weaver traversed the globe, documenting the evolution of surf culture in the hottest and often most-secret spots in the world. Recently Weaver worked along with director Greg Schell to edit years of previously lost footage into a full-length film that will be screened this weekend in Park City, Utah.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Brooks | March 31, 2006
You can't help but root for Erick Macek. He's like that guy on "American Idol" you hope sticks around for another week. Never content to stir up the same old brew, Macek's caffeine-infused performances are part of a reemerging genre of coffeehouse crooners, full of open-mic banter and free refills on kitsch. His sound is part James Blunt, part James Taylor, with a squeeze of preppy vagabond and youthful optimism. He's got the whole Jude Law look thing going on, his intimate performances more "I Heart Huckabees" than "Alfie."
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | February 10, 2006
The Sundance Film Festival isn't the only creative-arts competition going on in Utah this time of the year. College theater companies are crowding into the Beehive State in a quest for recognition in the nation's capital. Costa Mesa's Vanguard University is among the colleges vying in the Kennedy center American College Theater Festival's southwest region competition, taking place all next week in Cedar City, Utah. It's the second year in a row for the local thespians, who took last season's production of "The Lion in Winter" to the 2005 festival in Arizona.
NEWS
June 21, 2005
Michael Miller Yvonne Rainer, an influential choreographer and filmmaker, has been appointed as a distinguished professor in UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. On July 1, Rainer will become the 16th distinguished professor currently at UCI and the first in the Claire Trevor school. The distinguished title is reserved for senior faculty members who have achieved the highest level of scholarship in their respective fields and won national and international acclaim for their efforts.
NEWS
September 12, 2003
JOHN DEPKO 'Thirteen' is a real and convincing slice of teenage life Absolutely compelling and disturbing, "Thirteen" is a painfully realistic portrayal of the pressures and choices faced by teenage girls in urban America. This film is so honest and unnerving that it will make any parent gasp with alarm at the horrific situations that are exposed to our most vulnerable adolescent girls because of our hyper sexualized pop culture. The intense desire to be popular brings drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll and shoplifting into play at ever-earlier ages.
NEWS
December 7, 2000
'Count on' great independent film "You Can Count on Me" is, quite simply, a masterpiece. It is impossible to say which is better: the writing, the directing or the acting. I was so impressed by the film when I first saw it that I went back again a week later fully expecting to start seeing at least a few flaws. Instead, I found more moments of sheer perfection. No wonder this debut film for writer/director Kenneth Lonergan won two of the top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival.
NEWS
March 31, 2000
TODAY FEATURE FILMS EDWARDS ISLAND 7 CINEMAS 11:30 a.m. "Love Happens" United States, 1999 Dir.: Tony Cookson Prod.: Bent Morris Cast: Jenica Bergere, Ken Marino, Megyn Price Running time: 88 minutes Theatrical release scheduled in May Attended by director Woman constantly switches boyfriends, obsesses over their flaws 1:15 p.m. "You Can Thank Me Later" United States/Canada, 1999 Dir.: Shimon Dotan Prod.
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