"Best of Chapman University Student Films" at the Frida Cinema for First Time FRI.-SAT.

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Chapman University
Where the magic happens: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
For the first (hopefully not last) time, OC Cinematheque at the Frida Cinema in downtown Santa Ana presents the "'Best of Chapman University Student Films" tonight and Saturday.

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Did a Serbian-Born Performance Artist Get a San Clemente High School Principal Fired?

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Music Box Films
Here's looking at you, Marina Abramovic.
Did the Serbian-born "Grandmother of Performance Art" get a San Clemente High School principal fired without even knowing it?

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Weaving The Past Screens TONIGHT at The Frida Cinema

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Courtesy of Walter Dominguez
Actors portray the life of Emilio Hernandez and his friends
While Hollywood struggles to include Latinos behind and in front of the camera, it's imperative to raise up the efforts of Latino filmmakers working outside of the studio system with their independent films. One such project, screening in time for the Cinco de Mayo bacchanal to come this weekend, is a film that focuses on Mexican history, culture, and one person's quest to uncover his lost grandfather's family lineage. Weaving the Past, directed by Walter Dominguez, finishes its run TONIGHT.

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La Passion d'Augustine Wins Five of the Eight 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival Jury Awards

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Séville International
La Passion d'Augustine won five of the eight top Newport Beach Film Festival awards.
La Passion d'Augustine (The Passion of Augustine), a French-Canadian drama about a nun who runs a respected music program in the early 1960s dealing with changing times and a threatened government shutdown, was the big winner of jury awards at the 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival that ended its eight-day run Thursday.

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

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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

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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: True Tales of Intrigue, Extraordinary Individuals and Adventure

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De Warrene Pictures
The Last Executioner

It's the seventh inning stretch of the Newport Beach Film Festival, and much of what remains in the line up are short films, music videos, and even some repeats of earlier feature screenings. But there are also plenty of quality feature films left to be mentioned, including a wide array of films based on harrowing, uplifting and surprising true stories you never heard of. Whether you have or haven't, these stories make for great subject matter to sink your teeth into, so enjoy reading through this list and make your way to their screenings before time runs out.


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

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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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NBFF 2015: Fear No Fruit Tells the Story of Produce Pioneer Frieda Caplan

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Photo by The Mexican
Frieda's Staircase of Fame

One of OC's most influential yet unheralded pioneers is Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, the founder and head of Frieda's Specialty Produce in Los Alamitos. The produce industry respects her like crazy: not only was she one of the first women in that rough-and-tumble, male-dominated, muy macho world, Frieda also proved to be one of the best produce people ever, specializing in then-obscure products like kiwifruit, jícama, habaneros, Asian pears, and so many more fruits and vegetables that we now take for granted. And her company continues to differentiate itself in the field: it's largely female-driven (Frida's daughters now run the company), they love the color purple, and employee enthusiasm makes kindergarten teachers seem like morticians.

The story of Frieda and her company are the subject of a 90-minute documentary, the awesomely titled Fear No Fruit, that's playing at the Newport Beach Film Festival TOMORROW.


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Want to Hang Out with George Clooney at Disneyland? First, Chip in $10 for Sudan Relief

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Walt Disney Pictures
The Cloon, line one ...
Last year, George Clooney invited one winner drawn from a pool of folks who donated $10 to South Sudan relief to join him at the premiere of his film The Monuments Men at New York's Ziegfeld Theater. He's doing the same thing May 9 with his new movie Tomorrowland, only the venue has changed to Disneyland.

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