Here we are with another year for NBFF. The 17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival is arriving this week (April 21-28th) and they have hundreds of films to present. This year, NBFF is proud to announce its Opening Night Film, the world- premiere of After The Reality starring Matthew Morrison and Sarah Chalke and Closing Night Film, The Fixer starring Dominic Rains and James Franco. I will be in attendance to cover as many films at the festival as I can and post my thoughts here. Continue on to learn more about the Opening and Closing Night films along with more about the festival.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WORLD PREMIERE OF AFTER THE REALITY TO OPEN THE 17th ANNUAL NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL ON THURSDAY, APRIL 21
The 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces AFTER THE REALITY as its Opening Night film. The screening of AFTER THE REALITY will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30pm at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive) followed by a gala reception at Fashion Island (401 Newport Center Drive). The 17h annual NBFF will run from April 21 – April 28, 2016.
AFTER THE REALITY tells the story of Scottie Olson (MATTHEW MORRISON) who escapes to the dating reality TV show “Young Bucks” when his father becomes terminally ill. But after his father’s death, Scottie is forced to quit the show and reunite at the family cabin with his estranged sister Kate (Sarah Chalke), creating a funny and poignant story about loss, reality show romance, and a brother and sister’s love.
“We are thrilled to have such a dynamic film starring an Orange County Native, Matthew Morrison, open the 17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival,” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO, Executive Director, and Founder of the Newport Beach Film Festival.
“This film is an incredibly personal story and to premiere it on opening night at such an esteemed festival like Newport Beach, is a dream come true. AFTER THE REALITY will make you laugh and cry,” stated AFTER THE REALITY director David Anderson.
Following the screening, the Festival will host an Opening Night gala at Fashion Island presented by Fashion Island, LA Times and Tito’s Vodka. The gala will feature culinary tastings from 25 of Orange County’s premiere restaurants, hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka and Stella Artois Beer with a special performance from KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand Las Vegas.
Tickets to the Opening Night screening and gala are $225 each and are available at www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com starting April 1. Patrons can also purchase tickets to the Opening Night gala only for $175 each. Guests must be at least 21 years old and cocktail attire is highly recommended.
The Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 350 films from 50 countries and host nightly special events, red carpet galas, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlight events and seminars. The Festival offers filmgoers unique opportunities to mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe and film industry professionals in a beautiful seaside locale.
The Newport Beach Film Festival is sponsored in part by Tito’s Vodka, Fashion Island, Los Angeles Times and the City of Newport Beach.
Passes and tickets for film screenings, galas and special events go on sale April 1. To purchase tickets and for information about the Newport Beach Film Festival visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com
2016 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUCES CLOSING NIGHT FILM AND CELEBRATION
17th Annual Festival to Close with The Fixer
Starring Dominic Rains, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Melissa Leo
The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces its Closing Night film and celebration. The Festival will end its eight-day run with the Southern California premier of THE FIXER on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:30pm at Regency Lido Live (3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA). Following the screening, the Newport Beach Film Festival, in partnership with Modern Luxury and Via Lido Plaza, will host the Closing Night Celebration at Via Lido Plaza (3425 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA). The outdoor event will feature culinary creations from top Orange County’s restaurants, hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Stella Artois, live entertainment and a special fashion presentation from Ted Baker London.
THE FIXER tells the story of a former Afghan journalist (Dominic Rains) who settles in a small town in Northern California and takes a job with a local newspaper. However, when he attempts to cover local crime, he stumbles into local corruption that puts himself and others in danger.
“The 17th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will enlighten the public with a first-class international film program and exciting seminars. We are honored to close an excellent festival with a world premiere of such an impressive film,” stated Gregg Schwenk, Executive Director/CEO of NBFF.
“We are thrilled to bring The Fixer to the Newport Beach Film Festival! I can’t wait to share the film with their audience,” said Ian Olds, The Fixer, Director.
“We couldn’t be more honored to close the Newport Beach Film Festival and are excited to have some of our cast there to celebrate this Northern California-made film with the festival,” added Caroline von Kuhn, The Fixer, Producer.
The Festival will showcase over 350 films from 50 countries, along with nightly special events, red carpet galas, post screening receptions, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlights, industry seminars and retrospectives. The Festival offers filmgoers unique opportunities to mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe and film industry professionals in a beautiful seaside locale. The NBFF is sponsored in part by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fashion Island and Los Angeles Times.
Tickets to the Closing Night Film and Celebration are $95 and can be purchased in advance at the Festival’s website. The minimum age for guests is 21 years old.
Passes and tickets for film screenings, galas and special events are available online at www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com
About the Newport Beach Film Festival
Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The 16th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 21st- April 28th and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world.
About KÀ by Cirque du Soleil
KÀ by Cirque du Soleil is a heroic journey of love and conflict, set within ever-changing theatrical landscapes that conjure an entire empire on stage. Presented in the unprecedented performance space, the KÀ Theatre at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, KÀ unfolds on a colossal, 360 degree rotating stage, which forms the backdrop for this cinematic journey of aerial adventure and perpendicular acrobatics. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the most lavish production in the history of Western theater,” KÀ is a gravity-defying production featuring a powerfully emotive soundtrack that enhances the innovative blend of acrobatic feats, Capoeira, puppetry, projections and martial arts. For more information visit www.ka.com.
About Newport Beach, California
Nestled among golden stretches of pristine Pacific coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach epitomizes the casually sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. This idyllic seaside destination is widely celebrated for its natural beauty and vibrant yachting community alongside stylish accommodations, eclectic coastal cuisine and upscale shopping. Ranked among the “Top 10 Resort Towns in the U.S.,” Newport Beach also is distinguished as one of the country’s “Top 10 Best Family Beaches.” A mild climate and picturesque backdrop minutes from John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) offers year-round appeal. For more information on Newport Beach or for a complimentary visitor guide, visit www.visitnewportbeach.com, or call (800) 94-COAST.