The Woman Who Loves Giraffes: A Review

By Lexi Rafael Unless you’re seriously into giraffes, you’ve probably never heard of Anne Innis Dagg. Referred to by some as “the Jane Goodall of giraffes,” Anne was a true pioneer and the subject of the documentary, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes. In the mid-1950s, at just 23 years old, Anne took off for South…

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Film Review: Major Arcana

By Lexi Rafael It’s somewhat awkward at first for the busy, modern mind to slow down and catch onto the rhythm of Major Arcana. This is a visual poem, unconcerned with a strict adherence to standard film formula. There’s no high drama, no edge-of-your-seat stakes. Instead, we’re faced with a rather quiet story. A man…

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Inspired by Alva

This weekend I attended the world premiere of The Tony Alva Story presented by Vans at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The screening took place inside Lido Theater, Balboa Peninsula’s one-screen wonder plumped with 1920s decadence and bygone cinematic drama. (The glittering marquee! The thick, red curtain! The wide seats! The Vans-sticker-wrapped stage! The SHOW!) It was a…

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What to Watch: Newport Beach Film Festival Environmental Film Series

The Newport Beach Film Festival starts tomorrow, and in the days leading up to this grand, cinematic event, we’ve been going over some series you could watch if you’re into fun things like action sports or architecture. Today, we present you with the Environmental Film Series, a “curated program of documentary films designed to raise…

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Art, Architecture + Design Film Series Brings Aesthetics to Cinematic Life

The Art, Architecture + Design (AA+D) Film Series at the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will feature nine feature films and seven short films that showcase art, architecture, design, modernism, photography, sculpture, urban planning and immersive art. According to an official festival release, “The series highlights emerging and prominent artists, visionaries and icons of…

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What Not to Miss Next Week: The Action Sports Film Series Presented by Vans

Just like last year, this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival (the 20th iteration of its kind) will feature an entire swathe of films dedicated to action sports and adventure. The set, titled Action Sports Film Series will celebrate “athletes, visionaries, filmmakers, cinematographers, pioneers and designers who have shaped the action sports culture and cultivated its…

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The Dish on the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival Culinary Film Series

From serious gourmands to casual foodies, the 20th annual Newport Beach Film Festival (April 25 – May 2) is set to satisfy lovers of epicurean cinema in big way. The Culinary Film Series will showcase nine films that celebrate world-renowned chefs, the art of gastronomy, international food culture, sustainable farming, the craft of winemaking and…

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Underrated Christmas Movies: Five Films To Watch This Weekend

Classic Christmas movies are like the gingerbread cookies of Yuletide cinema: comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please. But you know what else is comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please? An open bar holiday party at your office. And nobody thinks that’s a good idea three hours deep into the festivities when the IT guy whose…

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Hollywood’s Awards Season Just Kicked Off in Newport Beach

In a room twinkling with some of Hollywood’s brightest, new stars, you’d think there’d be a least some small hint of ego. A sideways glance, an eyebrow raise, a question left unanswered, dangling in the awkward silence of a “Don’t you know who I am now?” stare. But at the 2018 Variety 10 to Watch…

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