Cinema Orange Returns with Docs on Esquire in the Swinging '60s, Creative Thinkers and More

Categories: Film

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It's something all right.
Cinema Orange, the intriguing collaboration between Orange County Museum of Art and the Newport Beach Film Festival, on Thursday kicks off its summer and fall lineup of documentaries that celebrate art, architecture, design and cultural icons.

All five films are undoubtedly awesome, but what most excites me personally are the first two: Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60's and, on Aug. 1, From Nothing, Something.

Visitors to the screenings at OCMA also get to check out the exhibits. Currently up is 2013 California-Pacific Triennial. And you can grub out at the gourmet food trucks parked outside. Oh, yeah, it's a total scene, man ...

The food trucks serve from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The regular ticket into the museum at 850 San Clemente Drive (Newport Center) in Newport Beach includes the exhibits and flick, which starts rolling at 8 p.m. For more attendance information, visit the OCMA Cinema Orange event page.

Here are brief rundowns of each film courtesy of Team Cinema Orange:

July 11

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SMILING THROUGH THE APOCALYPSE: ESQUIRE IN THE 60'S

(2013, Documentary, 98 minutes)
Director: Thomas Hayes
Featuring: Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Nora Ephron, Peter Bogdanovich, Candice Bergen, Gore Vidal, Robert Benton
In the jungle of the American apocalypse of race, war, and demonstration, came Harold Hayes, the swinging editor and cultural provocateur of the iconic Esquire Magazine of the 1960s. With his son Tom as tour guide, Smiling Through the Apocalypse tells the story of how Hayes transformed Esquire Magazine into a stable of fearless, brash, and irreverent journalism of the most turbulent decade since the Civil War. By harnessing irony, satire and a novelistic approach to reporting current affairs, Hayes created a magazine where point-of-view and iconic art and photography were put first and foremost. The unique voice Harold Hayes channeled by combining subject and talent became singular to the generation, and a technique that would change journalism forever.



August 1

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FROM NOTHING, SOMETHING

(2012, Documentary, 79 minutes)
Director: Tim Cawley
Featuring: Tom Perrotta, Sara Quin, Maria Bamford, Alexa Adams, Flora Gill, Keith Young, Neville Page, Jay Greenberg, W. David Lee, Moungi Bawendi, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, Steve Breen, Jason Rohrer, Preston Scott Cohen, Huma Bhabha
Everyone has ideas. But what where do they come from? And what ensures they keep coming? How do you sort the genius ideas from the useless ones? Why invest all this hope and energy into making things in the first place? From Nothing, Something profiles creative thinkers across a spectrum of disciplines and finds the methods, habits, beliefs and neuroses that lead to breakthrough ideas. This is a thoughtful, intimate, often funny look at the creative process--straight from the brains of some of our culture's most accomplished and inspiring talents.

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