Newport Beach Film Festival – April 19-28
Scarlett Johansson hasn’t called yet about accompanying her to Cannes. And I’m not a big fan of cold weather so Park City and its oh-so-cool Sundance Film Festival is out. Luckily (for my wallet if nothing else) the Newport Beach Film Festival is just around the corner. You can read all of the usual promotional text (“more than 400 films from around the world”, “interactive panels that focus on the art of filmmaking,” etc.) here. And of course every event these days needs its own blog.
So what’s special about this years festival? First, the Duke as he was ment to be seen: in his own back yard on the big screen! To commemorate John Wayne’s 100th birthday, the Newport Film Festival will feature a number of his films including “The Cowboys”, “Rio Bravo”, “The Quiet Man”, and “True Grit”.
Also, a film I’ve been looking forward to for a while will be showing in Newport a few days prior to its west coast opening: “Paprika” produced by Satoshi Kon.