Romantic Indie Gem and Craft Beer Doc Caught Our Attention, Newport Beach Film Festival


Have you ever wanted to attend Sundance or Cannes Film Festival? Wanted to get a first hand look at possible Oscar buzz indie films of the year? Well, here is your chance! The 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival opens in Orange County this Thursday, April 23rd and will run through the 30th.

According to festival organizers, of the 400 films being shown, new genres will be making debuts like horror films, plus free outdoor screenings of fan loved films like “Clueless and a showcase of Disney clips, since Disneyland is celebrating its 60th Anniversary.

What To See?

Jackie & Ryan Romantic Indie and the Blood Sweat and Beer Documentary, really jumped out at us and wanted to spotlight them here. However, to learn more check out all the films being unveiled visit the Newport Film Festival Genius List.

J&R_Digi_PostcardJackie & Ryan

Romantic Indie Film
7:30 PM Saturday, April 25
Venue: The Triangle

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Description: Ryan Brenner, a traveling musician, and Jackie Laurel, a former singer at a crossroads in her marriage, meet by chance while Ryan is busking on the street. They share an immediate but fleeting connection until a freak accident drags them back together. Soon, Ryan finds himself at Jackie’s house for dinner, where they discover they share more than a passion for music. Ryan’s battling to find the courage to write his own music and Jackie’s fighting an estranged husband who wants custody of her daughter. The two form an unlikely relationship that may change their lives forever.

By: Main Street Films
Cast: Ben Barnes and Kathrine Heigl
Review: The Hollywood Reporter

BloodSweatandBeerDocBlood Sweat and Beer

6:00 PM Friday, April 24
Venue: Island Cinema

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Follow the journeys of four entrepreneurs in the craft beer industry as two start-up breweries play the underdog and try to carve out a bespoke niche in a global market. In the once-thriving town of Braddock, PA the Gentlemen Beer Company gives new hope of business and community to the deserted town, while on the boardwalks of Maryland the Shore Billy Brewing Company faces a trademark lawsuit that could leave the brewery completely destitute.

Cast: Danny Robinson, Brandon Capps, Matt Katase, Asa Foste
Review: OC Register



Karen a TV-aholic, enjoys the finer things in life, like sipping on wine, guzzling craft beer, reading thrillers and running. Studied nutrition and anthropology at University of Santa Barbara, but decided to follow a career in creative. Follow me on Twitter @confessiongirl2

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