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Newport Beach Film Festival

by sara ferrerPublished: April 01, 2011

This year’s Newport Beach Film Festival, which will take place from April 28 through May 5, will feature more than 300 movies and provide an intimate venue for the mingling of filmmakers, actors and fans. As always, it will include classic flicks, debuts from emerging filmmakers, and screenings of short and full-length features, documentaries, animation and student works. Films compete for Jury, Festival Honors and Audience awards.
   
The Festival’s Community Outreach Program will pair screenings with nonprofit organizations to promote philanthropy and awareness throughout Orange County.
   
The 2011 lineup includes the feature-length drama “A Bag of Hammers,” the modern-day Western “Good Day For It” and the Norwegian thriller “The Troll Hunter.” Among the documentaries that will be shown: “Patagonia Rising,” an exposé on the potential damming of Chile‘s most pristine rivers, and “Superheroes,” a glimpse into the adventures, secret identities and costumes of fiction-inspired crime-fighters.
   
Films will be shown at the Edwards Big Newport 6 and the Regency Lido Theater, among other locales. The Edwards Cinemas at Fashion Island, where the majority of the festival is traditionally held, is closed for renovations this year.

What: The Newport Beach Film Festival
When: April 28–May 5
Where: Edwards Big Newport and Regency Lido
Phone: 949.387.2975
Web: newportbeachfilmfest.com


≈ MORE LOCAL EVENTS ≈


‘THE GREAT BROADWAY SING-A-LONG’
The Brea Curtis Theatre
April 8-10
Audience members can sing along with musical-theater professionals in this lively show composed of Broadway melodies, trivia and anecdotes. Featured songs come from beloved hits such as “Guys and Dolls” and “The Lion King.” 
1 Civic Center Circle, Brea
714.990.7722; curtistheatre.com

‘DON QUIXOTE’
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
April 26-May 1
The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg – led by Boris Eifman, Russia’s greatest living choreographer – will showcase its own interpretation of Cervantes’ tale of madness and romance through a fusion of classical ballet and drama.
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
714.556.2122; scfta.org

MUSICIANS FROM MARLBORO
Irvine Barclay Theatre
April 5
The touring ensemble of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont will feature a beautiful collection of string instruments playing the chamber music of Mozart, Janacek and Mendelssohn.
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine
949.854.4646; thebarclay.org


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