Newport Beach International sets Lineup, Special Screenings
by Mark Rabinowitz
The Third Annual Newport Beach International Film Festival (NBIFF) is
set to kick off on March 26th with a lineup of over 100 films from more
than 30 countries. The opening night lineup consists of Stuart Gordon's
"The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" starring Edward James Olmos, Joe Mantegna
and Esai Morales and the preceding short, "Waiting for Woody." "Woody,"
directed by Grant Heflov, boasts a cast that includes Jennifer Aniston
and George Clooney. The fest features 6 World premiere features,
including "Girl Cottage" by Steve Morris and "The Definite Maybe" by Sam
Sokolow. U.S. few premieres include David Latt's "Killers" and
several West Coast premieres, including Tom Rooney's award-winning "You
The festival also boasts some special events, including a "surprise"
birthday party for Michael York, starring in fest pic, "Merchants of
Venus"; a beach party after a 20th anniversary screening of John Milius'
surf classic, "Big Wednesday" to raise money for the Surfrider
Foundation, and a special screening of 1928 Academy Award winning
"Wings," to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first Best Picture
Oscar. "Wings" will be shown with live orchestral accompaniment.
In a prepared statement, NBIFF Executive Director Jeffrey S. Conner
remarked on the growth of this year's fest. " The response from the
filmmaking community has been phenomenal. Our Entries are up 25% from
last year and we still have films rolling in even after the deadline."
The festival is located in Newport Beach, California, just south of L.A.
and runs from March 26 through April 5.
[For more information, visit the NBIFF's web site at:
www.nbiff.org or call (714) 546-FILM.]