Documentaries

The Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase an extensive documentary program exploring a broad range of topics, including films that focus on the arts, pop culture, the environment, human rights, social, political, historical, LGBT and other subjects. Special programs include Art, Architecture + Design Film Series, Music Film Series and Environmental Film Series. The Newport Beach Film Festival traditionally screens over 60 feature-length documentaries. Filmmakers may submit a feature documentary film 40 minutes or over, or submit a short documentary 40 minutes or under.

 

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April 2018

California’s Forgotten Children

Friday, April 27 @ 5:45 pm - 7:17 pm
The Lot- SCREEN 4, 999 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

California's Forgotten Children "California's Forgotten Children" is a feature documentary about child sex trafficking. The film recounts true stories of girls and boys who were commercially sexually exploited in California and are now survivors and courageous leaders fighting for the rights of victims worldwide.   The survivors stories show that any child can be exploited regardless of ethnicity or social economic background.  Highlighting heroic stories from abolitionist and advocates who work night and day to protect children and to put…

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Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story

Friday, April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:25 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 5, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story Behind the curtain of the ever-entertaining world of burlesque dwell four performers who thrive under the spotlight. After finding a new identity in the beautiful society of sexy comedy and striptease in New York City, each delves into the liberations and hardships of a community where youth and talent are all that matter. Despite each woman being a talented artist, none are immune to disease or sexism in what should be one of the most…

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Minding the Gap

Friday, April 27 @ 8:30 pm - 10:03 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 8, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00

Minding the Gap In their Rust Belt hometown of Rockford, Illinois, the lives of three young men are explored as they try to escape the harsh reality of their volatile lives through their love of skateboarding. Follow filmmaker Bing Liu and his two childhood friends as they come to terms with their troubled pasts while facing adult responsibilities and unexpected revelations that threaten their decade-long relationship.

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VIF

Saturday, April 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:07 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 6, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00

VIF An icon of the fashion industry, suddenly faced with an unchangeable future that ends in death, must find the strength to move forward. To do that, he searches his past to learn how he got where he is. Along the way he rediscovers the things that had once made him happy and also the things that matter most to him. This introspective look at one man’s life explores the reality of life, love, and the sad truth that death…

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Through My Father’s Eyes

Saturday, April 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:10 pm
Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States
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$15.00

Through My Father's Eyes The documentary follows the life and early career of Olympic Bronze medalist in Judo turned UFC fighter Ronda Rousey. From her humble beginnings, at times living in her car, to becoming the first woman ever to fight in the UFC, she opened the door for women to earn multimillion dollar salaries as she became the highest paid athlete in the male dominated UFC in 2015.   Q&A with Director Gary Stretch, Producer Pete Antico, Executive Producer Yin…

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Albert Frey: The Architectural Envoy (Part I)

Saturday, April 28 @ 2:45 pm - 3:48 pm
The Lot- SCREEN 4, 999 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

Albert Frey, the unpretentious Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, aided in the introduction of Corbusian-influenced modernism to the USA. Through his innate curiosity of the American landscape, he developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature. This is evident by his work on the famed Aluminaire House, the Canvas Weekend House, the New York Museum of Modern Art, as well as his Kocher-Samson Building in Palm Springs. Featuring Frey's early life up until 1939, it is…

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The S Word

Saturday, April 28 @ 2:45 pm - 4:19 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 4, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00

The S Word THE S WORD is a powerful feature documentary that puts a human face on a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. The film gives a platform to those with lived experience - people who have attempted to take their own lives and survived to tell their stories. Capturing personal revelations and surprising moments of humor, it opens a door on this most taboo of subjects through the eyes of…

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Turning Point

Saturday, April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 5, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00

Turning Point It's been called the final frontier of medicine, the real health care moonshot, the holy grail of science. Alzheimer's disease - the most feared of all maladies, with no way to cure, stop or even slow its insidious progression. But now, after decades of perseverance in the lab, researchers are on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough that could be the first step toward making Alzheimer's itself a distant memory. In this gripping new documentary, acclaimed filmmaker James…

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The Bill Murray Stories

Saturday, April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm
The Lot- SCREEN 3, 999 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

The Bill Murray Stories From crashing engagement shoots to popping up at your friends house party, you never know where legendary actor Bill Murray will show up next. Follow documentarian Tommy Avallone as he gets to the bottom of the how, where and why of it all through interviews from those who have had random encounters and once in a lifetime experiences with the man himself.

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