22nd Annual Newport Beach Film Festival returns in person after digital hiatus


Light, camera, action! – The Newport Beach Film Festival is back up and running this weekend after the pandemic prevented its visitors from seeing their film premieres on the big screen last year.

The festival kicked off Thursday night at the Regal Edwards Big Newport with a red carpet event and the screening of “Never Catch Pigeons: And Eleven More Hard Lessons from Mr. Paul Van Doren”, a documentary on the life of Paul Van Doren, who helped found Vans shoe business. Van Doren died in May.

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Paul Van Doren Jr. and his wife Mary Van Doren at the red carpet event for the Newport Beach Film Festival.

(James Carbone)

The film was directed by Doug Pray, a festival alumnus.

The festival will run until October 28 and conclude with a screening of “War on the Diamond,” a documentary about former Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman, the only Major League baseball player to die. straight from an injury sustained in a game while being struck in the head by a footstep – and the rivalry his death in 1920 led to.

Tickets to attend the closing night are $ 95 and the event is only open to those over 21.

More than 100 films will be presented during the eight days of the festival.

The Newport Beach Film Festival, founded in 1999, is traditionally held in April. This year it was postponed to October, following the state’s official reopening.

Festival organizers said in June that the festival’s fall relaunch will strategically position it in the middle of Oscar season, which could allow the festival to field potential candidates for that race.

About 56,000 people attend the festival each year.

“The Newport Beach Film Festival is extremely pleased to be back on the big screen,” General Manager and Executive Director Gregg Schwenk said in a statement Thursday.

“We are proud to bring exceptional world cinema to our local theaters. The incredible range of narrative feature films, non-fiction films and short film programs selected this year reflects the incredible storytelling skills of our filmmakers, ”said Schwenk. “We are delighted to open and close the festival with documentary films that have strong ties to Orange County.”

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk smiles with Steve Van Doren during the red carpet event for the Newport Beach Film Festival.

(James Carbone)

For more information on the festival, visit newportbeachfilmfest.com.

Tickets and information about the screenings are available at nbff2021.eventive.org.

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Darcy J. Skinner

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