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Newport Beach Film Festival and Orange County Museum of Art Announce 2008 Cinema Orange Summer Films Series

Series will showcase a collection of indie films from the recent 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival By Leslie Feibleman

The Newport Beach Film Festival Orange County Museum of Art and come together again to present Cinema Orange, a summer film series that spotlights the cinematic works of independent filmmakers from around the world. Celebrating its fourth season, the 2008 Cinema Orange will showcase feature-length narrative, documentary, short, and animated films films from the recent 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Highlights of the multigenre film series include award winners from the recent 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival. The co-winner of the prestigious Audience Award for Documentary Film, Sliding Liberia from OC native Britton Caillouette will kick off the series on June 5th taking filmgoers on an eye opening surfer's journey to war torn Liberia.

The Winner of Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award, The Art of Travel  follows a solo honeymooner on an adventure to Central America where he and his newly made friends attempt to cross the Darien Gap in record time.

Shelly Cole, the Winner of the NBFF's Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award stars with Cheers actor John Ratzenberger in Chris Ford's refreshing indie comedy The Village Barbershop.

Other documentaries in the series include fascinating portrayals about icons of American modern art, movie horror and the journey of 1000 sketchbooks. From director Christina Clausen, The Universe of Keith Haring documents the life and works of 20th Century artist Keith Haring, known for his chalk drawings in New York subway stations.

Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story brings to life the story of legendary American showman William Castle and his famous ballyhoo and audience participation gimmicks popular in the 1950's and 60's.

Exploring one of the most amazing collaborative art experiments utilizing the internet and sketchbooks, 1000 Journals documents the experience of collecting and tracking of stories and drawings from a global message in a bottle.

The Animation Showcase will spotlight eclectic short animated films, both hand drawn and computer generated, from seasoned and emerging filmmakers utilizing traditional and cutting edge techniques. 2008 NBFF award winners in the showcase include  Yoga Noga Reyoga; The Enlightenment Competition Best Animated Short Film and  Some Like it Heavy, the winner of the Best Animated Youth Film.  

Films screen on Thursday evenings at 8 pm and are free with museum admission. Following select screenings, filmgoers will have the opportunity to participate in informal filmmaker question-and-answer sessions with cast and crew.

Cinema Orange guests may also visit the museum galleries up to 8 pm, prior to the start of the films. Exhibitions on view include the provocative retrospective of Peter Saul and Art Since the 1960s: California Experiments, featuring key works from the museum s permanent collection. For more information, visit

2008 Cinema Orange Film Series Lineup


June 5
Sliding Liberia
(2008, Documentary, USA, 48 minutes)
Director: Britton Caillouette
Cast: Dan Malloy, Nicholai Lidow, Chris Del Moro, Crystal Thornburg, Alfred Lomax, Dorothy Schellart, Bill Roberts, Maurice Davis

Four young surfers travel through the war-torn West African nation of Liberia in search of the perfect wave. With the recent war shadowing the landscape, the group must face the everyday realities of life in a war-torn world.

June 12
The Art of Travel 
(2007, Adventure, USA, 97 minutes)
Director: Thomas Whelan
Cast: Christopher Masterson, Brooke Burns, Johnny Messner, James Duval, Shalim Ortiz, Jake Muxworthy, Angelika Baran, Maria Conchita Alonso

A groom sees his dreams come crashing down when he is left at the altar.  A twist of fate leads him to Central America, where he meets an adventurer leading an expedition across a dangerous jungle.


July 10
1,000 Journals 
(2007, Documentary, USA, 88 minutes)
Director: Andrea Kreuzhage

Take a thousand sketchbooks, stamp them a thousand times, hand-number them from 1 to 1,000, and send them out into the world.  Then create a Web site and try to keep track of them all. 1,000 Journals shares the experience of their worldwide journeys, and chronicles the self-governed collaboration of thousands of random people who have added to this global 'message in a bottle.'

July 31
The Village Barbershop 
(2008, Comedy, USA, 99 minutes)
Director: Chris Ford
Cast: John Ratzenberger, Shelly Cole, Cindy Pickett

A small-time barber is hit with the death of his longtime partner.  Faced with losing his barbershop, he is forced to hire the last person on earth he d ever want working there- a spitfire young girl who suddenly finds herself unable to take no for an answer. This is the humorous, sweet story of two unlikely people offered a second chance in one unlikely place - The Village Barbershop.

August 7
Animation Showcase

The Animation Showcase will feature a unique collection of short animated films, including hand-drawn and computer-generated works created by cutting-edge and traditional animators from around the globe. A sampling of films in the showcase include Bobble & Sqweek, The Golden Hour, The Interior Monologue of Gill the Goldfish, The Life and Death of Wriggly Chew, Pretend, Sleeping Betty, Some Like It Heavy, 'Till Death Do Us Part, The Toll, Yoga Noga Reyoga; The Enlightenment Competition.


August 21
The Universe of Keith Haring
(2008, Documentary, USA, 82 minutes)
Director: Christina Clausen

A thorough and intimate exploration of the background and career of Keith Haring, one of the most popular and significant artists of the 20th century. featuring Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Kim Hastreiter, Grace Jones, Madonna, Yoko Ono, David LaChapelle, Kenny Scharf, Carlo McCormick, Andy Warhol, among others.

August 28
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story
(2007, Documentary, USA, 78 minutes)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Cast: John Waters, Terry Castle , John Landis, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, Leonard Maltin , John Badham, Diane Baker, Marcel Marceau

A hilarious documentary that chronicles the last great American showman, filmmaker William Castle, a master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks.

*Image credit: Keith Haring image © Estate of Keith Haring, courtesy of Haring Archive, New York.

About the Newport Beach Film Festival
Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event that brings to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking 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 Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films. The tenth annual Newport Beach Film Festival will run April 23 -30, 2009.  

About the Orange County Museum of Art
The Orange County Museum of Art is the premier visual arts museum in Orange County, California. Located one hour south of Los Angeles, the museum's main facility is in Newport Beach, with a satellite Orange Lounge, a new media space in Costa Mesa at South Coast Plaza. The museum's program of dynamic solo exhibitions and landmark group shows links historical and contemporary art and ideas, bridges local and global perspectives, and embraces a diverse array of cultural activities and media. The museum is dedicated to engaging diverse audiences by providing creative commentary and illuminating dialogue on issues in our society through the arts.

Museum Information
The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach is located at 850 San Clemente Drive. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours Thursdays from 11 am to 8 pm. Admission is $10/adults; $8/seniors and students; children twelve and under and OCMA members are free. OCMA is free to the public every third Thursday of the month. Visit for additional information.


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Based in Orange County, California, Leslie Feibleman is a freelance arts writer and the director of special programs and the senior film programmer at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Orange County Film Society. Leslie is the curator of the Art, Architecture + Design Film Series and the director of the Action Sports Film Series film programming at the Festival. Leslie oversees the Festivals family, youth, film education and outreach programs and specializes in organizing community cultural cinema programs. Leslie is the co-creator and curator of the Cinema Orange film series at the Orange County Museum of Art and the Cinema Sage Hill film series at The Studio at Sage Hill. Leslie also works as the marketing director for the celebrity, culinary venture, The Hollywood Cookbook: Cooking for Causes. Leslie holds a BA degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and has over ten years experience in design, 3D CAD and project management.

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