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Fright Fest: 7 Films to Watch in the Dark

‘Tis the season for the spooks and creeps. Southern California may lack the natural aesthetic one expects from autumn: browning leaves, cooler weather, etc., but that certainly doesn’t stop the people from getting into the spirit of Halloween. In honor of the season, we’ve gathered some favorite Halloween films from the NBFF team, along with...

October 31, 2015July 18, 2018

The Making of NIGHTMARE ON SHORT STREET

Here at the Newport Beach Film Festival, there are films that cater to just about every moviegoer. There are featured dramas, comedies, action sports, international films, and more. But there is one genre that hasn’t gotten the same exposure: Horror. However, that changed last year when we introduced a new horror showcase to the program....

October 29, 2015July 18, 2018

Columbus Day Tales of Journey

Perhaps you have the day free to attend to your (own) daily items. Perhaps not. Regardless, my fellow compatriots, it is Columbus Day. We turn our attention to the story of one character, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (you’ve heard of him?), who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and in 1492 landed in the Bahamas. He, to...

October 12, 2015July 18, 2018

Theater Watch: What to See in October

As we say goodbye to September and all its amazing film releases, we welcome October as another month of many must watch films. From drama, comedy, supernatural, or thriller… no matter your preference of genre, October has it all in store. Here are our top picks to look out for! Freeheld: Written by Ron Nyswaner,...

October 10, 2015July 18, 2018

Theater Watch: What to See in September

This is the first in our “Theater Watch” series, where we review what we’re excited to see this month in theaters. 2015 has been a year full of amazing film releases in all categories and genres. The latter has been impeccable as films range from Biography such as Straight Outta Compton, to Drama like Southpaw,...

September 10, 2015July 18, 2018

11th Annual HollyShorts Expands, Honors NBFF Alumni Films and More!

From its star-powered opening night to its raucous Award Celebration at OHM Nightclub to its additional two days on the calendar this year, HollyShorts cut its widest swath yet. The eleventh annual HollyShorts Film Festival ran August 13th-22nd and continued to establish itself as a hub for short film in Los Angeles and beyond. This...

September 6, 2015July 18, 2018

The Fruits of Labor Day (Hardly Working)

Labor Day is just around the corner. And contrary to its name, you, the reader, more than likely do not conduct your said labors on that day. But film never sleeps, you see, and consequently the characters within them work every time they’re watched. Their actions are recorded and ultimately looped ad infinitum. Whether their...

September 4, 2015July 18, 2018

Fincher Files

The 28th. August 28th, to be exact. Year? 1962. The atmosphere is stale, the light is saturated, the frame is tightly composed—carefully shot but seemingly always dislocated. The inner psychology of the character has its external limits. Are we talking about the conditions in which David Fincher was born? Quite possibly. His filmmaking style seems...

August 28, 2015July 18, 2018

The Nouns of Film: ‘People, Places, Things’

Yet another installment of OCFS screenings for all you attentive cinephiles! James Strouse’s People, Places, Things (2015) continued this year’s line-up at the Lido Live theater on Tuesday night. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2015 and our programming team has since been awaiting the opportunity to get this one in front...

August 16, 2015July 18, 2018