Its my favorite time of year, the 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival is back. I do have to admit I must beat my record of 24 films to at least 30 this year. With over 300 films in the archive I cannot wait to indulge in the festivities.
Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Southern California the best of classic and contemporary film making from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF showcases a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. Come out to see what the love of film is all about. Be sure to pick up your tickets in advance. For shows, dates and times. Visit their website. www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com
Chasing Yesterday is a heart warming film about a young adult who made a mistake and gets washed up by society. The Eric Nelsen plays junior as the lead character he shows so much range in his ability to win back his life. Courtney Baxter plays Jenny who pushes him to be better than what he thinks about himself. The story is uplifting, and carries the torch of triumph to stay in the race because the victory is already won you just have to believe in yourself.
The parents played an important role in that they stood by their child through thick and thin. Depression is a serious issue if left untreated or nurtured the same can happen to others. I too had depression it was a post-partum.
Did you know that 1 in 8 women suffer the first few months after giving birth to a child? As a mom of six I felt for his parents. Doing any and everything to make what he’s going through right for him. I think the best part of the story is when he decided for himself that it was up to him to get off his ass and win. And he did. Every parent learns differently on what their children want and need. I am certain that the film will be in theater’s near you. The movie was funny and uplifting to watch. I would like to thank Andrea Simmons for sending this great film my way. To the cast and crew it was awesome to see it happen. To the director Joe Pernice Bravo.
The Newport Beach Film Festival provided me with a press pass. All opinions are my own.
The Unpunished uncovers the thrill in organized crime. Was once a past time Director Agnes Gattegno brings Newport Beach the drug lords of Mexico. Let’s delve on what he had to say about his latest project:
Q: How did you decide on telling the story of The Unpunished?
A: I’ve been working on organized crime for years. Since the Mexican narcos are the more powerful cartels worldwide because they are the N° 1 distributors of cocaine, I wanted to do a piece about them. Then, the HSBC case broke and, unfortunately, it shows exactly what we call “the grey zone”. Legal business partners and the link of international finance with blood money.
Q:How much research was involved in doing the film? Did you travel to different areas for the project?
A:More than two years of research. Very secretive, very difficult to convince people to speak out. And almost impossible to get any support from the Mexican government. We’ve been shooting in Mexico City and the states of Michoachan, Vera Cruz and Tamaulipas. Then in Texas,the U.S. Mexico border, Washington DC and New York. Then in London and in Lebanon.
Q: Without giving away too much of the story, what do you want the audience to know about your film?
A:What do we know about violence in Mexico? For the narcos, violence is part of a business plan. A business plan which expands beyond borders and mix with legal business and finance. And all of this in an almost total impunity. That’s the story “The unpunished” investigates.
Q:What can we expect next?
A:I’m working on another blood money story: terrorism financing.
Special thank you to Agnes Gattegno for the interview. #beachiebeautyapproved
Blood, Sweat and Beer is on my radar at this year’s Film Festival in Newport Beach. I caught up with the Directors for a quick Q&A about the film. Read on.
Q: How did you decide on telling your story through film?
A: My co-director and girlfriend, Alexis Irvin, and I travel a lot with our first documentary,The Dream Share Project, which we’ve screened at about 200 colleges. As we’ve been traveling, we’ve noticed that there is a craft beer revolution brewing in almost every town we visit – breweries and craft beer bars are springing up everywhere. We knew that there had to be a story in the midst of the explosive growth of the craft beer industry.
Q: How in-depth was your research while filming in Braddock, PA?
A: …We filmed with the owners… Matt Katase and Asa Foster – Matt and Asa are a pair of 22-year-olds fresh out of college. They are seeking to use their brewery to revitalize the once-prosperous steel town of Braddock, PA. For the last several decades, Braddock has been plagued by violence, apathy, and neglect. However, the Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. hopes to bring manufacturing jobs back into town. This story grabbed onto our hearts and wouldn’t let go – we knew we had to make a film about it.
Q: What makes craft beer special?
A:For decades, the only kind of beer available in the U.S. was a light lager style. Basically, there were 3 major companies alll making this same kind of light beer – Budweiser, Coors, and Miller. However, craft beer gives consumers so much more choice – beer can literally have hundreds of different flavors, from bitter, to sweet, to spicy, to roasty, and on and on. It’s really exciting to live in a time when food and drink options are becoming more diverse.
I think consumers also really enjoy buying local products and meeting the people who produce their food and drink – which is something the big faceless corporations can’t offer.
Q: There are a lot of craft beers coming to market, How does their brew stand out?
A: Your question is one that we explore in the film. With so many breweries opening up, there seems to be some worries about whether or not the market is over staturated. Right now, the craft beer industry has had consistent growth for over a decade and is showing no signs of slowing down. There are over 3000 breweries in the country, which is the most we’ve had since prohibition.
I think we will continue to see increased demand for local breweries like the ones in our film: Backshore Brewing Co and the Brew Gentlement Beer Co. I’m not sure we’ll see too many more huge national craf beer brands like Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium.
Q: Will you be at the Newport Beach Film Festival?
A: Yes! Our film is screening at 6pm on Friday April 24th. We’re flying in to be at the screening for a live Q&A after the film. We’re also going to have an after party at Iron Press following the event. Tickets to the screening are available here: http://tinyurl.com/mqcxp7z
Q: Without giving away too much of the story, what do you want the audience to know about Blood, Sweat, & Beer?
A: This film is about much more than beer. It’s about the people behind the pint and the entrepreneur’s journey from blueprint to brewery. Even though beer is a fun product, we don’t shy away from showcasing the struggles and the blood, sweat, and tears behind the brewery doors.
Q: What can we expect next?
A: Blood, Sweat, and Beer was made entirely by two people – Alexis Irvin and myself Chip Hiden – which means that we have to wear many hats – cinematographers, editors, and now full-time publicists. All of our energy is devoted to promoting the film and trying to distribute it (netflix is a huge goal for us)
We have a bunch of ideas for new films – one project is tentatively called “Pretty Poision” and is a documenaty about dangerous chemicals in U.S. which is known to cause cancer and fertility problems and has banned by other countries.
Check out a few stills from the movie:
I look forward to Blood, Sweat, & Beer. Join in the fun this week in Newport Beach. #beachiebeautyapproved
The wealthy belle (Lois Frazer) divorces her husband, kills him with the gun he purchased in front of her new beau Lt. Ed Cullen a homicide detective. Lois Frazer convinces him to get rid of the body and hide the murder weapon. Everything was great until Lt. Ed Cullen takes over the case with his brother Andy. The gun is found and is used in another murder. Andy the younger brother is trying to pin the murder on Ed. He bounds and gags Andy and tell Lois they have to run because his brother was getting too close. Ed overhears Lois begging her lawyer offering him anything to not get convicted…. This movie is a must see!
I put on my 1950’s Besame Cosmetics fragrance to get in the mood.