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By Ashley Breeding | April 24, 2009
For filmmaker John Keitel, the Boom Boom Room was more than a gay hangout: It was a place of community, and the battle to save it is personal. The second screening of Keitel?s ?Saving the Boom,? a 2008 film documentary about efforts to keep the iconic gay bar ? and the gay community in Laguna Beach ? alive, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Edwards Island 4 cinema during the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival. The film premiered last summer at Outfest, a popular gay and lesbian film festival in Los Angeles.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | April 28, 2011
"People would walk into my booth and they'd say, 'You call this art? This is just junk,'" James Koch says in "Sculptor of the Found Object. " The short documentary film based on artistic process of Koch, a regular at the Sawdust Art Festival, is showing during the Newport Beach Film Festival. However, to director Carole Zavala, his art — made from reclaimed items — was anything but junk. As Koch's neighbor in Laguna Beach, Zavala would hear about his process while drinking coffee on his front porch.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2014
Greg MacGillivray doesn't mince words when it comes to the Newport Beach Film Festival. "It's A+," he said. The producer-director co-founded MacGillivray Freeman Films with Jim Freeman in the mid-1960s. Although the duo started out producing surfing documentaries and TV commercials and filming for Hollywood features, they quickly moved into the distribution of IMAX films. Since 1972, the Laguna Beach-based studio has distributed more than 30 giant-screen movies and in excess of 7 million feet of 70-millimeter film and earned two Academy Awards.
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By Dan Beighley | April 21, 2006
Two sets of Laguna Beach filmmakers are focusing on humanitarian concerns in documentaries set to debut at next week's Newport Beach Film Festival. "Lakota: Voices in the 21st Century" is a collection of interviews from Native Americans who tell their stories of life on a reservation. "Tsunami Diaries" documents a group of surfers who in 2004 traveled to Indonesia to give aid to villagers whose homes were destroyed by the massive tsunami. After 22 years of making commercials for major corporations, Robert Celecia and Amanda Strolin were inspired to make a documentary upon hearing a radio interview with Lakota Indian Basil Bravehart.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 11, 2013
The Laguna Art Museum dismissed a volunteer film curator last month after finding "financial irregularities" in her work, according to a museum official. Sharon "Keiko" Beatie, who curated films that were showcased by the Laguna Beach Film Society, received an email from the museum's executive director, Malcolm Warner, that the nonprofit museum, which receives some city funding, was severing its relationship with her March 3, according to Beatie. Warner said he and George Weiss, head of the film society, made the decision to cut ties.
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By Joanna Clay | November 23, 2011
For kids, animated films have a way of jumping out of the screen and manifesting in their lives through games, toys and the way they speak. Austin Fickman, an eighth-grader at Thurston Middle School, took a more literal approach with his love of movies. After seeing stop-motion animation films in third grade - such as "Wallace and Gromit" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" - he wanted to bring the fantastic stories to his living room, making his first stop-motion film with stuffed animals.
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April 16, 2004
Suzie Harrison Laguna Beach resident Jimbeau Andrews knows waves well, as a young lifeguard in town and surfer and now as a producer with his company, Aloha Films. Lately he has been riding the wave of success with his award-winning documentary "Nihi." The film will be shown Saturday at the Newport Beach Film Festival. "Nihi" is a documentary about surfing legend and waterman, Titus Nihi Kinimaka, "A tale of a modern Hawaiian Warrior." It depicts his life on the water and his respect for the ocean.
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By Ashley Breeding | October 17, 2008
Laguna filmmaker Cyrus Sutton?s latest film, ?Under the Sun,? premiered at South Coast Cinemas in September, in collaboration with West Coast Record and Ubiquity Records. The film?s debut in Laguna Beach was fitting for the filmmaker, who says he rode his best waves at Thalia Street Beach while splitting his time between Laguna and Seal Beach as a youngster. The 16 mm feature documentary about surf culture won ?Best Action Sports Film? at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April and ?
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | April 30, 2011
As adults, the biggest stressors might be a mortgage, a marriage or a demanding job. In middle school, a zit can ruin your day. Maybe even a full week. Filmmaker Alyssa Price shows the power of the pimple in her short film "The Monstrosity," showing May 4 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Her husband, Jesse Singer, lends a hand as executive producer. The UC Irvine alumna was excited to come back to Orange County for the screening of her coming-of-age tale. Inspired by Mary Karr's memoir "Cherry," which involves an embarrassing zit scene, the book caused Price to recollect her own experience while on a high school trip.
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By Ashley Breeding | January 1, 2010
Amid a year that will be remembered mostly for upheaval and downturn, many Laguna Beach folks reminded us that there is still a lot to be thankful for, and beyond that, there is hope for the future. The following Best of 2009 events were those that helped us tuck our own grievances aside and reach out to those in greater need, brought the community together to bring positive change, and focused on what’s important — each other. And some served only to help us escape reality and forget our troubles for a short while, and will be remembered as nothing more than a really good time.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2014
Greg MacGillivray doesn't mince words when it comes to the Newport Beach Film Festival. "It's A+," he said. The producer-director co-founded MacGillivray Freeman Films with Jim Freeman in the mid-1960s. Although the duo started out producing surfing documentaries and TV commercials and filming for Hollywood features, they quickly moved into the distribution of IMAX films. Since 1972, the Laguna Beach-based studio has distributed more than 30 giant-screen movies and in excess of 7 million feet of 70-millimeter film and earned two Academy Awards.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 11, 2013
The Laguna Art Museum dismissed a volunteer film curator last month after finding "financial irregularities" in her work, according to a museum official. Sharon "Keiko" Beatie, who curated films that were showcased by the Laguna Beach Film Society, received an email from the museum's executive director, Malcolm Warner, that the nonprofit museum, which receives some city funding, was severing its relationship with her March 3, according to Beatie. Warner said he and George Weiss, head of the film society, made the decision to cut ties.
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By Joanna Clay | November 23, 2011
For kids, animated films have a way of jumping out of the screen and manifesting in their lives through games, toys and the way they speak. Austin Fickman, an eighth-grader at Thurston Middle School, took a more literal approach with his love of movies. After seeing stop-motion animation films in third grade - such as "Wallace and Gromit" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" - he wanted to bring the fantastic stories to his living room, making his first stop-motion film with stuffed animals.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | April 30, 2011
As adults, the biggest stressors might be a mortgage, a marriage or a demanding job. In middle school, a zit can ruin your day. Maybe even a full week. Filmmaker Alyssa Price shows the power of the pimple in her short film "The Monstrosity," showing May 4 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Her husband, Jesse Singer, lends a hand as executive producer. The UC Irvine alumna was excited to come back to Orange County for the screening of her coming-of-age tale. Inspired by Mary Karr's memoir "Cherry," which involves an embarrassing zit scene, the book caused Price to recollect her own experience while on a high school trip.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | April 28, 2011
"People would walk into my booth and they'd say, 'You call this art? This is just junk,'" James Koch says in "Sculptor of the Found Object. " The short documentary film based on artistic process of Koch, a regular at the Sawdust Art Festival, is showing during the Newport Beach Film Festival. However, to director Carole Zavala, his art — made from reclaimed items — was anything but junk. As Koch's neighbor in Laguna Beach, Zavala would hear about his process while drinking coffee on his front porch.
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April 23, 2010
Local filmmakers at Newport festival Laguna native and film director Nathan Apffel will having a screening of his film, ?Lost Prophets ? Search for the Collective,? at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The film, which premiered in Laguna last year, explores the lives of eight surfers ? including locals Kolohe Andino, Hans Hagen and Mike Parsons. Narrated by Tom Morey, inventor of the boogie board, the documentary takes viewers on a global adventure as their stories unfold while riding some of the best waves documented in the past decade.
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By Ashley Breeding | January 1, 2010
Amid a year that will be remembered mostly for upheaval and downturn, many Laguna Beach folks reminded us that there is still a lot to be thankful for, and beyond that, there is hope for the future. The following Best of 2009 events were those that helped us tuck our own grievances aside and reach out to those in greater need, brought the community together to bring positive change, and focused on what’s important — each other. And some served only to help us escape reality and forget our troubles for a short while, and will be remembered as nothing more than a really good time.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding | April 24, 2009
For filmmaker John Keitel, the Boom Boom Room was more than a gay hangout: It was a place of community, and the battle to save it is personal. The second screening of Keitel?s ?Saving the Boom,? a 2008 film documentary about efforts to keep the iconic gay bar ? and the gay community in Laguna Beach ? alive, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Edwards Island 4 cinema during the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival. The film premiered last summer at Outfest, a popular gay and lesbian film festival in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding | October 17, 2008
Laguna filmmaker Cyrus Sutton?s latest film, ?Under the Sun,? premiered at South Coast Cinemas in September, in collaboration with West Coast Record and Ubiquity Records. The film?s debut in Laguna Beach was fitting for the filmmaker, who says he rode his best waves at Thalia Street Beach while splitting his time between Laguna and Seal Beach as a youngster. The 16 mm feature documentary about surf culture won ?Best Action Sports Film? at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April and ?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2008
New IMAX film to screen April 25 MacGillivray Freeman Films’ newest offering, “Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D,” will be screened to the public as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival at 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. April 25 at the Edwards Irvine Spectrum IMAX Theatre, 65 Fortune Drive. Tickets are $11, and must be purchased online at www.newportbeachfilmfest.comor at the Fashion Island Edwards Island Cinemas. On Earth Day, $1 for every ticket sold will be used to construct wells at African schools that are in need of fresh water; the donation will be matched by the Ryans Well Foundation.
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