The Newport Beach Film Festival’s Music Film Series puts music center stage showcasing music videos, documentary, and narrative films propelled by music. Highlighting performances, historical headlines, struggling musicians and their unique stories this growing series explores the binding relationship that links music and film.
Just as Orange County is a necessary stop for a touring band, our Music Series has found a devoted audience here in Newport Beach. Past highlights include Paul Simon’s journey to make the Graceland album in “Under African Skies,” 2012’s Sundance breakout “I Am Not a Hipster,” and “I Want My Name Back,” a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the original members of the Sugar Hill Gang.
In addition to our Music Film Series, the Festival is also proud to host our Music Video Program, a collection of music videos filmed for modern, original music.
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Blaze BLAZE is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact his songs and death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided…Find out more »
Creating a business with family tends to put a strain on a relationship, especially when loss and trials grow to tear them apart. Despite the rise and fall of a successful music career, two brothers have managed to reconcile their differences and discover that family is more important than anything else. Learn to live life without regrets and do what you love before it's too late along with these brothers born and bred in music.Find out more »
The Jazz Ambassadors The Cold War and Civil Rights movement collide in this remarkable story of music, diplomacy and race. In 1955, as the Soviet Union’s pervasive propaganda about the U.S. and American racism spread globally, African-American Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. convinced President Eisenhower that jazz was the best way to intervene in the Cold War cultural conflict. For the next decade, America’s most influential jazz artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Dave Brubeck,…Find out more »