Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Newport Beach Film Festival Preview

I am so excited to be attending the annual Newport Beach Film Festival that will be showcased in the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach area from the dates April 23-April 30. There is something for everyone at this festival as there will be movies that focus on categories such as the family, Latinos, music, documentaries, and action sports just to name a few. There is lots more!

I plan on attending a few documentaries with my closest friends. There are four documentaries that look amazing and I'm hoping to see. First of all, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez story has been receiving a lot of buzz since she is such a great activist for anti-bullying. Then there is the Blood, Sweat and Beer documentary that focuses on four entrepreneurs that are in craft beer industry. Since I love beer, I figured it would be worth checking out. Chasing Red is a documentary that focuses on the famous Running of the Bulls festival that takes place in Pamplona, Spain every summer. I studied abroad in Spain many years ago and this event has always interested me and I would love to learn more about it. The last documentary that I hope to see is The AC Project: To The Ends Of The Earth which focuses on four Christians who embark on a one year trip to find their faith in Jesus. Being a Christian myself, I always feel fascinated by stories of other Christians who are on a quest to deepen their faith.

I also hope to attend the Latino showcase that takes place on Wednesday, April 29th. There will be four films showcased that night. I am planning on watching the Mexican film called One for the Road (En el Ultimo Trago) which is about three elderly men who go on a road trip together. There will also be a Chilean film and a Brazilian film showcased that night. The fourth film is a classic film titled La Bamba which is about the life of Ritchie Valens. There will be an after party for the Latino showcase that starts at 10pm and will take place at Via Lido Plaza. The movie and after party will cost you $45. The movie alone will cost you $20.

There are several feature films that will be showcased in the various theatres and I would advise you to visit the Newport Beach Film Festival website to check out the various films. You will find the various descriptions in their online catalogue. You can also pick up a catalogue at their office located at: 2000 Quail St, Newport Beach, CA 92660
I am hoping to watch Heartbeat which is about a musician with stage fright. Movie prices vary so you may want to check online or call the theatre in advance to check for prices.

All of the movies that will be showcased for the Newport Beach Film Festival will be taking place in these six theatres:

Islands Cinema
999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Sage Hill School
300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

The Triangle
1870 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Big Newport
20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92657

Lido Theatre
3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663

South Coast Village
1561 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana

For more information, please visit or you may call them at (949) 253-2880

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