Orange Coast College is not the only institution of higher learning celebrating 10 years at the 14-year-old Newport Beach Film Festival.
This also marks the 10th anniversary of the "Yale in Cinema" celebration organized by 1983 graduate Jim Gonzales. The New Haven, CT, university that educated William Howard Taft and George H.W. Bush--and which George W. Bush attended--won't have a short-film program like other colleges at NBFF. No, Yalies are cooking up something different.
The celebration runs during half the festival because 11 NBFF entries have ties to Yale, including the opening night documentary Broadway Idiot, which is about the neo-punk band Green Day staging of the musical American Idiot.
Q&A's with Yale filmmakers, panels, receptions and after parties accompany these screenings, coalescing into the 10th annual Yale in Cinema Celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday at Fashion Island.
Here is the film program:
Broadway Idiot, 7 tonight, Big Newport: 1987 Yale School of Music graduate Doug Hamilton directed the doc about the blockbuster Green Day album that became an acclaimed musical.
Some Girl(s), 8 p.m. Friday, Triangle Square: 2005 Yale grad Zoe Kazan is among the stars of this flick, based on the Neil LaBute play (and his script) that finds a travel writer (played by The O.C.'s Adam Brody) crossing the country to meet up with ex-lovers and make amends for past relationship transgressions--on the eve of his wedding.
Terms And Conditions May Apply, 8 p.m. Friday, Fashion Island: 1991 graduate Ben Wolf was the cinematographer on this documentary that has the filmmakers actually reading the fine print on the contracts we sign or click "I agree" to online. Those binding pacts apparently allow corporations to do things with your personal information you could never even imagine.
In Security, 8:15 p.m. Friday, Lido: Amy Aquino, a 1986 drama grad, appears in this comedy about a failing home security business that decides to start robbing local homes to drum up more business.