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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | May 1, 2012
Vic and I attended the Newport Beach Film Festival this past weekend. Naturally, Vic and I focused on environmental documentaries. We saw three films, "A Fierce Green Fire,""Last Call at the Oasis,"and"Bitter Seeds. " "A Fierce Green Fire" is based on the book of the same name. The film explored the history of environmentalism from John Muir's failed attempt to save the Hetch Hetchy valley north of Yosemite from being dammed, up to today's battle to slow global warming.
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By Michael Miller and Tom Ragan | April 8, 2010
There was a long time in Vi Cowden’s life when she never imagined herself at a movie premiere. The Huntington Beach resident served among the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women to fly American military aircraft, during World War II. For decades, their efforts were barely recognized, until a push began in the 1970s to honor their contributions and grant them veteran status. The group reached a breakthrough last month when about 200 of the surviving female pilots received the Congressional Gold Medal.
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By Steve Virgen | April 22, 2009
Life was a party. Life was empty. Life was a drag. But that’s all in Joey Buran’s past. The famed surfer says he’s now living life beyond the dream, working as a pastor in Fountain Valley, coaching the U.S. surf team and national junior squad, and keeping busy as a father of four with his wife, Jennifer, in Costa Mesa. Does he ever relive his past? It’s hard not to, especially when he’s the producer of the film about his life. “Beyond the Dream: the Joey Buran Story,” a documentary-style movie will be part of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which starts Thursday and ends April 30. Buran’s film will be viewed at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at Lido Theatre, as part of the Action Sports series.
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By: Elia Powers | July 28, 2005
Rafe Esquith spent years developing a rapport with inner-city students, devoting his career to convincing them the public school system isn't broken. Esquith -- the Los Angeles teacher whose no-nonsense style is captured in an hourlong documentary entitled "The Hobart Shakespeareans" -- will be on hand to share his insights with the audience tonight when the film is shown at the Orange County Museum of Art. The film begins at 8:30 p.m. on an outdoor screen as part of the museum's free Cinema Orange series, which is co-sponsored by the Newport Beach Film Festival.
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April 10, 2003
Lolita Harper Like all filmmakers taking part in the Newport Beach Film Festival, Surf City director Mike Goedecke wants to attract attention to his short film. Unlike other filmmakers, however, Goedecke has embarked on this endeavor by allowing other creative forces to form the final product. Goedecke's film, "Untitled: 003 -- Embryo," follows various characters through a series of dreams and scenes that were each created by other filmmakers, animators and studios.
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By Imran Vittachi | January 4, 2012
Think of it as "The Bad News Bears" set to Klezmer music. Somewhat like the 1976 comedy film about the national pastime, which starred Walter Matthau as Coach Morris Buttermaker, "The Yankles" is about a washed-up ex-professional ballplayer who makes a comeback of sorts on the baseball diamond. If you watch the trailer to this 2009 independent film made by two brothers from the Huntington Beach area, you might see shades of Buttermaker in Coach Charlie Jones. What's different about this protagonist is that the hopeless players on his team are deeply religious grown-ups with side curls, not bleached-blond Little Leaguers from Southern California who cuss and get into dust-ups.
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By Michael Miller and Rhea Mahbubani | April 21, 2014
Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night attraction at Fashion Island, they chose "Sunset Blvd.," the 1950 Billy Wilder drama whose most famous moment features a faded Hollywood actress snapping, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small!" As co-founder Todd Quartararo fretted outside the Edwards Big Newport 6 theater before showtime, though, he was more concerned about the size of the crowd than the size of the pictures.
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By: Elia Powers | September 9, 2005
Martial arts sequences play a significant role in Zhang Yimou's films. But as many fans of foreign cinema know, the Chinese-born director prides himself on writing scripts that are heavy on social commentary. In less than two weeks, audiences will see Zhang Yimou's work in a new way, when his latest project, a ballet version of his 1991 film "Raise the Red Lantern," makes its Southern California premiere at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | April 13, 2011
Violet "Vi" Cowden, a Huntington Beach resident who served with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II and recently became the subject of an award-winning documentary, died Sunday at 94. Cowden died at 8:34 p.m. at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, according to the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department. A Congressional Gold Medal winner last year, Cowden was among the few surviving members of the service pilots, known as the WASPs, who were the first women to fly American military aircraft.
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By Greer Wylder | April 13, 2011
Looking for a youthful and vibrant night out in Huntington Beach? Shorebreak Hotel is spicing up Orange County's evenings with the "Culinary Sound" event series booked every other Wednesday from 6:30 to 11 p.m., with the next one April 20 at Zimzala Restaurant & Bar. Pairing food and music, "Culinary Sound" mixes the best in cuisine, sound and shopping. The after-dark series will feature DJ Wally Callerio's playlists, specialized menus from Executive Chef Roy Hendrickson and Uth, a pop-up shop of boutique items.
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By Michael Miller and Rhea Mahbubani | April 21, 2014
Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night attraction at Fashion Island, they chose "Sunset Blvd.," the 1950 Billy Wilder drama whose most famous moment features a faded Hollywood actress snapping, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small!" As co-founder Todd Quartararo fretted outside the Edwards Big Newport 6 theater before showtime, though, he was more concerned about the size of the crowd than the size of the pictures.
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By Alnas Zia | April 3, 2013
Cameron Lew is truly one of the cool kids of the social media age. The 17-year-old Huntington Beach High School junior has been shooting and editing videos for his YouTube channel since eighth grade. However, Cameron's filming career started as early as 8 years old. Armed with an old DV tape camera that he used to "steal" from his dad, he would film his Lego figures and Hot Wheels and just make "silly stuff" with his friends. On his 13th birthday, he got a camera and saved up enough money to buy a computer of his own. Today, he is winning film festivals and has expanded his genre beyond building blocks and toy cars.
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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | May 1, 2012
Vic and I attended the Newport Beach Film Festival this past weekend. Naturally, Vic and I focused on environmental documentaries. We saw three films, "A Fierce Green Fire,""Last Call at the Oasis,"and"Bitter Seeds. " "A Fierce Green Fire" is based on the book of the same name. The film explored the history of environmentalism from John Muir's failed attempt to save the Hetch Hetchy valley north of Yosemite from being dammed, up to today's battle to slow global warming.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Imran Vittachi | January 4, 2012
Think of it as "The Bad News Bears" set to Klezmer music. Somewhat like the 1976 comedy film about the national pastime, which starred Walter Matthau as Coach Morris Buttermaker, "The Yankles" is about a washed-up ex-professional ballplayer who makes a comeback of sorts on the baseball diamond. If you watch the trailer to this 2009 independent film made by two brothers from the Huntington Beach area, you might see shades of Buttermaker in Coach Charlie Jones. What's different about this protagonist is that the hopeless players on his team are deeply religious grown-ups with side curls, not bleached-blond Little Leaguers from Southern California who cuss and get into dust-ups.
NEWS
By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | April 13, 2011
Violet "Vi" Cowden, a Huntington Beach resident who served with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II and recently became the subject of an award-winning documentary, died Sunday at 94. Cowden died at 8:34 p.m. at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, according to the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department. A Congressional Gold Medal winner last year, Cowden was among the few surviving members of the service pilots, known as the WASPs, who were the first women to fly American military aircraft.
NEWS
By Greer Wylder | April 13, 2011
Looking for a youthful and vibrant night out in Huntington Beach? Shorebreak Hotel is spicing up Orange County's evenings with the "Culinary Sound" event series booked every other Wednesday from 6:30 to 11 p.m., with the next one April 20 at Zimzala Restaurant & Bar. Pairing food and music, "Culinary Sound" mixes the best in cuisine, sound and shopping. The after-dark series will feature DJ Wally Callerio's playlists, specialized menus from Executive Chef Roy Hendrickson and Uth, a pop-up shop of boutique items.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller and Tom Ragan | April 8, 2010
There was a long time in Vi Cowden’s life when she never imagined herself at a movie premiere. The Huntington Beach resident served among the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women to fly American military aircraft, during World War II. For decades, their efforts were barely recognized, until a push began in the 1970s to honor their contributions and grant them veteran status. The group reached a breakthrough last month when about 200 of the surviving female pilots received the Congressional Gold Medal.
NEWS
By Steve Virgen | April 22, 2009
Life was a party. Life was empty. Life was a drag. But that’s all in Joey Buran’s past. The famed surfer says he’s now living life beyond the dream, working as a pastor in Fountain Valley, coaching the U.S. surf team and national junior squad, and keeping busy as a father of four with his wife, Jennifer, in Costa Mesa. Does he ever relive his past? It’s hard not to, especially when he’s the producer of the film about his life. “Beyond the Dream: the Joey Buran Story,” a documentary-style movie will be part of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which starts Thursday and ends April 30. Buran’s film will be viewed at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at Lido Theatre, as part of the Action Sports series.
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By Sue Thoensen | December 26, 2007
The large, black swan appeared out of nowhere, casting a shadow over the spot in Newport Harbor where Bill Spitalnick and his family had just scattered his father’s ashes. Spitalnick didn’t realize the swan was Rupert until four days later, when he saw a newspaper report detailing the swan’s death. Rupert was well known in the waters around Newport Beach. The swan was accidentally struck by a speeding Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol boat on its way to retrieve a human body found in the water in 2006.
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By Jessie Brunner | April 12, 2007
Huntington Beach has found a place for itself in the 2007 Newport Beach Film Festival, and, not surprisingly, it has done so in the form of a surf documentary. But "Chasing the Dream" is not the traditional collage of exotic surf spots or world-champion surfers. Following eight Huntington Beach High School teens as they pursue their dream of becoming world-championship surfers, the film aims to show the behind-the-scenes reality of professional surfing. "In a lot of the surf films out there, you see this elite, hard-bodied, tan group of people — not vulnerable human beings," said director Angelo Mei. "This film shows you what it really takes to become a professional surfer."
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