Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine Director Participates in Saturday Showing at the Frida

Frida Cinema just received confirmation that director Michele Josue is coming to downtown Santa Ana Saturday night to introduce her new documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

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Zotfest Exposes Campus, Public and Movie Industry to UCI Student Filmmakers Saturday

Chapman University's Dodge School of Film and Media Arts in Orange seems to get all the collegiate filmmaker publicity love, but students are making interesting movies over at UC Irvine as well. Need proof? Attend Zotfest Saturday afternoon.

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Michael Morell Brings a Very un-Fox News Benghazi Analysis to Nixon Library TONIGHT

Categories: Events, Politics

Courtesy of Richard Nixon Foundation
Michael Morell and his book come to Yorba Linda tonight.
Call me a bigot (or a cab or a broach), but I tend to surmise many Richard Nixon Foundation members are also Fox News viewers. So it is interesting that the foundation tonight hosts Michael Morell at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, where the former CIA deputy director will get to share a central theme of his recent writings: that Fox News pundits are getting it all wrong on Benghazi.

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Diary of a Mad Newport Beach Film Festival Starring the Ghost of Wes Anderson

Mr. Kicks and Lady Megs
Things look bright for Miss India America.
What follows is some of what was observed at this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, which ended its eight-day 2015 run Thursday night.

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NBFF 2015: The Syndrome, Excellent Shaken Baby Legal Tactic Documentary, at 8 TONIGHT

Prodigy Public Relations
A woman who was under suspicion tells how difficult it was to disprove she shook a baby who was under her care in The Syndrome.
UPDATE, APRIL 30, 10:22 A.M.: Meryl Goldsmith's must-see documentary The Syndrome, which is based on her cousin Susan Goldsmith's reporting on the shaky shaken baby legal tactic that has put several people behind bars unjustly, plays tonight at 8 at Big Newport. Read more after the jump ...

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NBFF 2015: Davids & Goliath on China's Organ Trade is on Thought-Provoking Slate TONIGHT

The first rotating banner heading on the website for the documentary Davids & Goliath reads: "This is about the most monstrous crime that I can conceive of." It's by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach). But don't let that stop you tonight from seeing the film that has also been known as Human Harvest.

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Pump Documentary on Breaking the Oil Monopoly Rolls at UC Irvine TONIGHT

Fuel Freedom Foundation
It's a gas, gas, gas ...
UPDATE, APRIL 27, 7:42 A.M.: Updating to remind that the documentary about oil dependence Pump screens at 6 this evening in Room 134 of Steinhaus Hall at UC Irvine. For more details, visit:

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Big-Time Film and TV Composers Tell You the Score at Free NBFF Seminar SATURDAY

Marvel Studios
Digging the Guardians of the Galaxy score.
Composers from hit films and television shows such as Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy, Kingsman: Secret Service, The Odd Couple and The Girl Next Door discuss how they do what they do during a free seminar presented by the Newport Beach Film Festival Saturday.

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Girl on the Edge at Newport Beach Film Festival Features One of Elizabeth Peña's Last Roles

Jay Silverman Productions
Veteran actress Elizabeth Peña appears as a counselor for troubled youth in Girl on the Edge.
If you go to the late Elizabeth Peña's imdb page, you'll discover her final film role was in an untitled project by director Ari Gold that also stars Rory Culkin and is currently in post production. Girl on the Edge, which plays Monday as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival, is the last completed picture the New Jersey-born, Cuban-American actress appears in.

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Peter Mathews Shares His Book and Thoughts About "Dollar Democracy" in OC This Week

Peter Mathews talks money.
You may know Peter Mathews as a longtime political science professor at Cypress College, an adjunct professor at Cal State Long Beach or a guest lecturer at Cal State Fullerton.

Or, you may know Mathews as a political analyst on Southern California radio and television news programs.

Or, you may know Mathews from North County ballots, as he has run for several elected offices over the years. Now you'll get to know Mathews the author. He's got a new book out titled Money in Politics: the Destruction of the American Dream, and How to Restore It.

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