Newport Beach Film Fest: For Film Aficionados And Popcorn Lovers

Newport Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Fest:  For Film Aficionados and Popcorn Lovers

By Pat Burns

Maybe you’re like me. I find there’s something special about giving my friends an insider scoop on little-known films. Or, perhaps, you find great satisfaction in simply seeing a meaningful story on the big screen while eating theater popcorn. Either way, you might want to attend film festivals to have such an experience. It’s a way to be hip and cool with insider knowledge; see films not yet released; film’s that may never be released; films that make an impact, spread a message, inspire, enlighten and teach us and have a wonderful time, too.

The New York Film Academy has compiled one of the most accurate, comprehensive, current film festival databases available. There are 482 film festivals in the United States and after you read my two documentary film reviews, I hope you’ll check out the list at the bottom of the article.

Recently I attended the Newport Beach Film Fest and was able to screen two extraordinary films that I highly recommend.

filmLOSING SIGHT OF SHORE

The first film title is Losing Sight of Shore which is the remarkable journey of four gutsy women that set the bar, and a new record, for an unbelievable, never been done before, accomplishment. In a 29-foot row boat named Doris, unaccompanied and alone at sea, they set out from San Francisco, California and crossed over 8,440 miles to reach Australia.

Imagine having to row 24-hours every day, navigating across the Pacific Ocean, eating freeze dried food and sleeping side-by-side, two at a time, in the cramped nose cone of the boat. It’s remarkable to watch. Their perseverance and discipline to overcome overwhelming physical and emotional encounters kept the entire audience pinned to their seats.

newport film festivalThis story is worthwhile to watch, share with friends, and most assuredly, with your grandchildren.

 

 

 

To listen to my interview and gain a deeper understanding of what the young women went through click below to meet the film’s director, Sarah Moshman.

Here’s a link to their website and how to watch the film http://losingsightofshore.com/

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I’LL PUSH YOU

I’ll Push You is the second film and another film you and your grandchildren could watch together. This documentary tells a heartfelt story of friendship, commitment, community, and perseverance. Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray tell their story of placing their lives on hold to accomplish a formidable quest. Together they took the journey to Europe to join other pilgrims in walking the 500-mile trek of the Santiago de Compostela. But instead of walking, like thousands of people before them, they went with a specially outfitted wheelchair and made the intimidating trek.

Back on November 17, 2011, I reviewed another film about the Camino de Santiago. It wasn’t a documentary it was a feature film called The Way. It’s a great story about the Camino and about family relationships.

The history of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela dates back to the ninth century to the discovery of the body of the Apostle St. James. Scholars believe St. James was a great evangelist in Spain at the time during the reign of King Alfonso II (792-842).

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Gradually, people started making their way to Santiago to pay homage to St. James at the Cathedral which was built over the site of the tomb. Between the 12th and 13th centuries, the pilgrimage became more established and more popular.

newport film festivalJustin and Patrick’s Camino goal, and with this film, is for others to recognize each life is not defined by its limitation but is defined by what is accomplished in spite of those limitations. I screened this film with two very dear friends who are also film lovers. They also walked the Camino and had a very special connection with the story. At the Newport Film Fest, this film was so popular that they had an unprecedented four different screenings and each one sold out.

When a movie ends and all you can think about are the people you hope will get the chance to experience what you just did – then you know you’ve seen a very good film that’s worth telling others.

Here’s a link to their website where you can join their mailing list with notifications on when the film will have distribution. https://www.illpushyou.com/

Here is the interview with the director, Terry Parrish.

Justin and Patrick were guest speakers at TedXBosie. You can gain wonderful insights to these men’s story. Here’s their presentation:  

About Film Festivals

Film Festival’s offer movie lovers an opportunity to screen unique films, and often times, world premiere films.  More times than not the directors and film stars attend the screenings and there is usually a Q&A period. During Q&A you learn some of the “insider” insights from the films. If you have the opportunity of attending a film festival, I hope you will go.

Here’s the extensive list of film festivals in the USA.

  1. Sundance Film Festival
  2. Dragon Con Independent Film Festival
  3. WilliFest
  4. Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
  5. American Black Film Festival
  6. Offshoot Film Festival
  7. All American High School Film Festival
  8. Just A Minute Festival
  9. Texas Independent Film Festival
  10. Three Rivers Film Festival
  11. VCU Southern Film Festival
  12. Ann Arbor Film Festival
  13. African American Women In Cinema Film Festival
  14. Accolade Competition
  15. Action/Cut Short Film Competition
  16. Architecture and Design Film Festival
  17. International Student Media Festival
  18. Arpa International Film Festival
  19. AFI FEST
  20. Dallas International Film Festival
  21. African Film Festival New York
  22. Austin Gay And Lesbian International Film Festival
  23. American Indian Film Festival
  24. America’s Low Budget Superstar
  25. Margaret Mead Film Festival
  26. Animation Block Party
  27. Annapolis Film Festival
  28. Action On Film International Film Festival
  29. Aperture Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary Festival
  30. South Appalachian International Film Festival
  31. Wild Rose Independent Film Festival
  32. Black Harvest Film Festival
  33. Artivist Film Festival
  34. Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
  35. DIGit Media Arts Exposition
  36. Asbury Shorts New York
  37. Asheville Cinema Festival
  38. Ashland Independent Film Festival
  39. Asian American International Film Festival
  40. Aspen Shortsfest
  41. Davis Feminist Film Festival
  42. Athens International Film + Video Festival
  43. Atlanta Film Festival
  44. A3C Festival
  45. Atlanta Underground Film Festival
  46. Austin Film Festival & Conference
  47. Arizona International Film Festival
  48. Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival
  49. San Francisco Sex Workers Film & Arts Festival
  50. Beaufort International Film Festival
  51. Belin Film Festival
  52. Online New England Film Festival
  53. BendFilm Festival
  54. Bentonville Film Festival
  55. Berkeley Video Film Festival
  56. Berkshire International Film Festival
  57. Beverly Hills Film Festival
  58. Beverly Hills Shorts Festival
  59. African-American Film Marketplace
  60. Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival
  61. Bicycle Film Festival
  62. Boulder International Film Festival
  63. Boston International Film Festival
  64. Boise Student International Video Festival (BoVi Fest)
  65. Big Apple Film Festival
  66. Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
  67. Big Mini Media Festival
  68. Big Muddy Film Festival
  69. Big River Film Festival
  70. Boston Jewish Film Festival
  71. Boston Turkish Film Festival
  72. Black Earth Film Festival
  73. Black Maria Film Festival
  74. Boston Latino International Film Festival
  75. Scare-A-Con Film Festival
  76. Boston Comedy Festival
  77. Boston Film Festival
  78. Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival
  79. Boston Underground Film Festival
  80. Adventure Film Festival
  81. box[ur]shorts Film Festival
  82. Brainwash Movie Festival
  83. Breck Film Fest
  84. Broad Humor Film Festival
  85. Bronx International Film Festival
  86. Brooklyn Film Festival
  87. Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
  88. International Buddhist Film Festival
  89. Buffalo International Film Festival
  90. Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
  91. Buried Alive Film Fest 
  92. 1 Reel Film Festival
  93. Reel Paddling Film Festival
  94. California Independent Film Festival
  95. Camden International Film Festival
  96. Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival (CATE)
  97. North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  98. Crested Butte Film Festival
  99. Colorado Environmental Film Festival
  100. Asian American Showcase
  101. Charleston International Film Festival
  102. Chicago International Film Festival
  103. Chicago Horror Festival
  104. Chicago Latino Film Festival
  105. LUNAFEST Short Films
  106. Chick Flicks Film Festival
  107. Chlotrudis Short Film Festival
  108. Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  109. Christian Life International Film Festival
  110. Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
  111. Cincinnati Film Festival
  112. The CINDY Competitions
  113. CINE Golden Eagle Competition
  114. CineKink NYC
  115. Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove
  116. Cinema on the Bayou
  117. Cinema Society of San Diego
  118. Cinema St. Louis International Film Festival
  119. Cinequest Film Festival
  120. CineSol Film Festival
  121. CINEPLAY Film Awards
  122. The Claremont 5 Second Film Festival
  123. Cleveland International Film Festival
  124. Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  125. NBC Comedy Short Cuts
  126. Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival
  127. Crossroads Film Festival
  128. The Connecticut Film Festival
  129. Animal Voices Film Festival
  130. Cucalorus Film Festival
  131. Chicago Underground Film Festival
  132. Columbia University Film Festival
  133. Dam Short Film Festival
  134. DC Independent Film Festival
  135. DC Shorts Film Festival
  136. deadCENTER Film Festival
  137. Delta Moon Student Film Festival
  138. Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles
  139. Stanley Film Festival
  140. Digital Hollywood
  141. The Disposable Film Festival
  142. The DIY Film Festival
  143. Doc NYC
  144. DOCUTAH International Film Festival
  145. IDA Documentary Awards
  146. VISIONFEST
  147. Durango Independent Film Festival
  148. Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival
  149. East Lansing Film Festival
  150. Ellensburg Film Festival
  151. Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
  152. PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
  153. Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase
  154. Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival
  155. The Explorers Club Polar Film Festival
  156. Fantastic Fest
  157. Fargo Film Festival
  158. FilmColumbia Festival
  159. New Haven International Film Festival
  160. US International Film & Video Festival
  161. Rhode Island International Film Festival
  162. Diabolique International Film Festival
  163. Kansas City Film Fest
  164. New Directors/New Films
  165. New York Film Festival
  166. Milwaukee Underground Film Festival
  167. Cine-World Film Festival
  168. Fresno Film Festival
  169. Film Festival O
  170. FirstGlance Film Fest
  171. Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series
  172. Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
  173. Flatland Film Festival
  174. Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
  175. The Food Film Festival
  176. Florida Film Festival
  177. Fly Fishing Film Tour
  178. Forest Film Festival
  179. San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
  180. Freedom Cinema Festival
  181. Free Range Film Festival
  182. San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
  183. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  184. BigPictureCon Film & Technology Conference
  185. Gasparilla International Film Festival
  186. Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
  187. GI Film Festival
  188. New York International Children’s Film Festival
  189. Golden Door Film Festival
  190. Tacoma Film Festival
  191. Ocean Film Festival
  192. Ocean Awareness Student Contest
  193. Great Lakes International Film Festival
  194. Greenwich International Film Festival
  195. Garden State Film Festival
  196. San Antonio Cinefestival
  197. Fast Forward Film Festival
  198. Hamptons International Film Festival
  199. Harlem International Film Festival
  200. Hollyweb Festival
  201. Hollywood Black Film Festival
  202. The High Desert International Film Festival
  203. Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival
  204. Hawaii International Film Festival
  205. Highbridge Film Festival
  206. High Falls Film Festival
  207. Miami Hispanic Film Festival
  208. Hollywood Film Festival
  209. NYC PictureStart Film Festival
  210. NYC Teen Film Festival
  211. Honolulu Film Awards
  212. International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival
  213. P. Lovecraft Film Festival – Los Angeles
  214. Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
  215. Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  216. Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival
  217. Humboldt Film Festival
  218. New York Indian Film Festival
  219. Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival
  220. Independent Film Festival of Boston
  221. International Family Film Festival
  222. International Youth Film Festival
  223. American Film Market
  224. Illinois International Film Festival
  225. ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film and Video Festival
  226. Manhattan Film Festival
  227. Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
  228. San Diego Black Film Festival
  229. Atlanta International Documentary Film Festial
  230. Coney Island Film Festival
  231. Doc NYC
  232. Indie Memphis: The Soul of Southern Film Festival
  233. Oakland International Film Festival
  234. Midwest Christian-Inspirational Indie Film Festival
  235. Indianapolis International Film Festival
  236. Bayou City Inspiration Film Festival
  237. Iowa Independent Film Festival
  238. Irish Film Festival Boston
  239. International Student Film Festival Hollywood
  240. Israel Film Festival (Los Angeles)
  241. Los Angeles, Italia
  242. Independent Television Festival
  243. The Mid-Atlantic Film Festival
  244. Louis Jewish Film Festival
  245. Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival
  246. Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
  247. Jersey City International Television & Film Festival
  248. Josiah Media Festival (Urban 15)
  249. The Johns Hopkins Film Festival
  250. Juggernaut: Chicago’s Sci-Fi and Fantasmic Short Film Festival
  251. International Christian Film Festival
  252. Kansas International Film Festival
  253. Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee
  254. Katra Film Series
  255. KIDS FIRST! Film and Video Festival
  256. Los Angeles Animation Festival
  257. Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival
  258. La Femme Film Festival
  259. Los Angeles Film Festival
  260. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
  261. Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
  262. Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
  263. Chicago Latino Film Festival
  264. LDS Film Festival
  265. The Lower East Side Film Festival
  266. Long Island Film Festival
  267. The Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  268. George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
  269. Landlocked Film Festival
  270. Long Beach International Film Festival
  271. Long Beach QFilm Festival
  272. Long Island International Film Expo
  273. Fear Fete
  274. Malibu International Film Festival
  275. LIVE Internet Film Festival
  276. SLO International Film Festival
  277. Mayfair Film Festival
  278. Maryland Film Festival
  279. Mendocino Film Festival
  280. Boston LGBT Film Festival
  281. Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  282. Miami International Film Festival
  283. Miami Short Film Festival
  284. Maine International Film Festival
  285. Milwaukee International Film Festival
  286. MIX NYC: New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival
  287. Denver Jewish Film Festival
  288. Maine Jewish Film Festival
  289. Minneapolis / St. Paul International Film Festival
  290. Mockumentary Film Festival (MOCKFEST)
  291. Moondance International Film Festival
  292. Mountainfilm in Telluride
  293. Manhattan Short Film Festival
  294. Midwest WeirdFest
  295. Mill Valley Film Festival
  296. Mid-Valley Video Festival
  297. MY HERO International Film Festival
  298. Myrtle Beach International Film Festival
  299. Atlanta Horror Film Fest
  300. High Desert Shorts International Film Festival
  301. Nantucket Film Festival
  302. Nashville Film Festival
  303. Nashville Jewish Film Festival
  304. Nevada City Film Festival
  305. Newark Black Film Festival
  306. New York Chinese Film Festival
  307. NewFilmmakers
  308. New Orleans Film Festival
  309. Newport Beach Film Festival
  310. New York Television Festival
  311. Reality Bytes Independent Student Festival
  312. New Jersey International Film Festival
  313. New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest
  314. Cape May New Jersey State Film Festival
  315. No Dance Film & Multimedia Festival
  316. Noise Pop Film Festival
  317. Northwest Film and Video Festival
  318. Northwest Folklife Festival
  319. African Diaspora International Film Festival
  320. The New York City Horror Film Festival
  321. New York City Short Film Festival
  322. New York City Independent Film Festival
  323. New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
  324. NY Shorts Fest
  325. Ohio Independent Film Festival
  326. Ojai Film Festival
  327. 23rd Olympia Film Festival
  328. Omaha Film Festival
  329. Orlando Film Festival
  330. The Other Venice Film Festival
  331. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
  332. OutFlix Film Festival
  333. OutWest Film Fest
  334. Out On Film: Atlanta’s LGBT Film Festival
  335. The Oxford Film Festival
  336. “Pan-African, African-American Film Festival”
  337. Pacific Palisades Film Festival
  338. Park City Film Music Festival
  339. PBIFF Student Showcase of Films
  340. Palm Beach International Film Festival
  341. Philadelphia Film Festival
  342. Philadelphia QFest
  343. Phoenix Comicon
  344. Phoenix Film Festival
  345. Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
  346. Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival
  347. ScriptFest – The Great American Pitchfest
  348. Providence Festival of New Latin American Cinema
  349. Platform International Animation Festival
  350. Pocono Mountains Film festival
  351. Polish Film Festival Los Angeles
  352. Poppy Jasper Film Festival
  353. Post Alley Film Festival
  354. Palm Springs International Film Festival
  355. Port Townsend Film Festival
  356. Provincetown Film Festival
  357. Portland Underground OnlineFilm Festival
  358. Queens World Film Festival
  359. Fort Worth Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
  360. Rainier Independent Film Festival
  361. Real to Reel Film & Video Festival
  362. Red Wasp Film Festival
  363. Reelblack Presents
  364. Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival
  365. Reel Life Disability Film Festival
  366. Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival (Spark Media Project)
  367. Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
  368. Rome International Film Festival
  369. Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIFF)
  370. RiverRun International Film Festival
  371. River’s Edge International Film Festival
  372. Riverside International Film Festival
  373. James River Shorts
  374. Rochester International Film Festival
  375. Rooftop Films
  376. Rosebud Film & Video Festival
  377. Rural Route Film Festival
  378. Sacramento Film and Music Festival
  379. Sacramento International Film Festival
  380. San Antonio Film Festival
  381. Santa Cruz Film Festival
  382. Santa Fe Film Festival
  383. Sarasota Film Festival
  384. Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  385. Savannah Film Festival
  386. Science Film Festival
  387. Scottsdale International Film Festival
  388. One In Ten Screenplay Content
  389. San Diego Asian Film Festival
  390. San Diego International Children’s Film Festival
  391. San Diego Film Festival
  392. San Diego Jewish Film Festival
  393. San Diego Latino Film Festival
  394. Seattle International Film Festival
  395. Seattle Polish Film Festival
  396. Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop
  397. Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
  398. San Francisco Black Film Festival
  399. San Francisco International Film Festival
  400. San Francisco Independent Film Festival
  401. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  402. SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films
  403. San Francisco Women’s Film Festival
  404. ShockerFest International Film Festival
  405. Shriekfest Horror/SciFi Film Festival
  406. Sidewalk Film Festival
  407. Silk Screen Film Festival
  408. AFIDOCS: Documentary Festival
  409. Siouxland Film Festival
  410. Slamdance Film Festival
  411. Santa Monica Film Festival
  412. N.O.B.(Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival
  413. SoCal Film Festival
  414. Sonoma International Film Festival
  415. SONscreen Film Festival
  416. Southern Circuit – Tour of Independent Filmmakers
  417. Spokane International Film Festival
  418. Southside Film Festival
  419. Stony Brook Film Festival
  420. Sunscreen Film Festival – Los Angeles
  421. Sun Valley Film Festival
  422. South By Southwest Film Festival
  423. SXSWClick!
  424. Syracuse International Film Festival
  425. Tallgrass Film Festival
  426. Taos Shortz Film Fest 
  427. MPLS Underground Film Festival
  428. Teaneck International Film Festival
  429. Telluride Film Festival
  430. NextFrame: International Student Film Festival
  431. Terror Film Festival
  432. Texas Black Film Festival
  433. A3F International Short Film Festival
  434. The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival
  435. The Crown Heights Film Festival
  436. The Indie Gathering
  437. The Los Angeles Fear + Fantasy Film Festival
  438. New York Jewish Film Festival
  439. Peace on Earth Film Festival
  440. Global Peace Film Festival
  441. Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival
  442. Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  443. Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival
  444. Trail Dance Film Festival
  445. San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
  446. Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival
  447. Tahoe Film Festival
  448. Trenton Film Festival
  449. Tribeca Film Festival
  450. Tahoe Adventure Film Festival
  451. TromaDance Film Festival
  452. True/False Film Festival
  453. Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival
  454. Tupelo Film Festival
  455. Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival
  456. Twin Rivers Multimedia Festival
  457. Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
  458. United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)
  459. USA Film Festival
  460. Utopia Film Festival
  461. Virginia Film Festival
  462. Vail Film Festival
  463. Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
  464. The Valley Film Festival
  465. VC FILMFEST: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  466. Dallas Video Festival
  467. Vermont International Film Festival
  468. Waterfront Film Festival
  469. West Chester Short Film Festival
  470. White Sands International Film Festival
  471. Women’s International Film Festival South Florida
  472. Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival
  473. Wisconsin Film Festival
  474. International Wildlife Film Festival
  475. Wildwood Film Festival
  476. Winter Film Awards Indie Film Fest
  477. Washington Jewish Film Festival
  478. Seattle International Film Festival
  479. Woods Hole Film Festival
  480. Woodstock Film Festival
  481. WorldFest Houston
  482. West Virginia International Film Festival

About the Author – Pat Burns

filmPat is the co-founder of the Orange County Children’s Book Festival; a film reporter, Regional Editor of GRAND Magazine, author of Grandparents Rock®, and the happy grandmother of four.

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