Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival July 31-August 4


The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival returns in its 5th year featuring the latest indie film talent from Brazil. Talize Sayegh, the founder, is passionate about bringing the newest voices in Brazilian cinema to the forefront here in Hollywood, building bridges between the 2 influential hubs of film-making and showing insightful films that reflect a country and culture that is ever-changing and fast-growing. With Brazil dominating the global news lately and the social transformation that is taking place, it’s a great opportunity to see how independent Brazilian cinema is reflecting the dynamic diversity, changing times and social consciousness of the country.

This year’s festival honors Anna Muylaert, one of Brazil’s most prominent and prolific filmmakers. Her films will open the festival with the international premiere of While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Além de Tudo Me Deixou Mudo o Violão) on Thursday, July 31, and close out the festival with Durval Records (Durval Discos), a cult favorite on Sunday, August 4. The festival features fiction, documentary and short films, many of them making their West Coast or US premieres, and there is a special spotlight on new Portuguese cinema too. All public screenings take place at the Egyptian Theater and are completely FREE. There are a limited number of tickets for purchase to the opening night gala on Wednesday, July 31, which will include a live performance by Brazilian samba dancers and a surprise guest from Brazil and the closing night awards gala on Sunday, August 4. Click below for the lineup and trailers and here is the full schedule.

Documentary    Fiction     Short

Newport Beach Film Festival Film Showcases & Galas April 25-May 2


Having grown up in Orange County, I’m proud to say one of the most dynamic and well-run film festivals in Southern California and OC’s largest one is the Newport Beach Film Festival and this year’s 14th annual festival runs Thursday, April 25 – May 2. They screen an enormous amount of films in a week in many categories: Features, Documentaries, Action Sports, Shorts, Art, Architecture and Design (AA+D), Environmental, Music, Family, Youth and Collegiate. This year, they’re also partnering with the OC Music Awards to feature music videos. My favorite of the festival are the Showcases spotlighting films from different regions of the world, followed by a gala parties in the beautiful outdoor courtyard of Fashion Island in Newport Beach. These after-parties offer hordoevers  from select area restaurants, drinks by Absolut and Stella Artois, and live entertainment and are well worth the additional ticket (Discount tickets for some of them available below!). The OC Weekly has a good run-down on this year’s festival and here are the showcases: Continue Reading →