5 Best Music Videos from Newport Beach Film Fest's Program Premiering Tonight
Tonight at 8 at The Triangle, the Newport Beach Film Festival debuts its Music Videos program, which is part of the three-year-old Music Series of features and documentaries that focus on musicians. Confession time: I had my doubts about the video program when I first heard about it. Who wants to see something shot for the small screen on the big screen, right? But after viewing a DVD screener graciously supplied by the festival's Bojana Sandic, I can honestly state my thinking was whack.
First, all 18 videos in the 68-minute program are presented in wide, movie screen format. More importantly, each is also cinematic; many could have run in the festival's short film programs.
Included is director Sophie Muller's driving "Settle Down" video for No Doubt, the Best Video winner at March's 2013 Orange County Music Awards, which co-sponsors the film festival's Music Series. But that one actually worked the least for me; it seemed as bloated and over-produced as the music accompanying it. But we here at OC Weekly are nothing if not all about the positive, so what follows are five videos from the NBFF program that I found brilliant, based solely on seeing them on my laptop, which means they'll surely play even greater on the big screen (and there won't be any ads to skip).