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Newport Beach, Calif. - April 18, 2011 - The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces its 2011 Action Sports Film Series (ASFS), an international showcase of films celebrating athletes, visionaries, filmmakers, cinematographers, pioneers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, artists and designers who have shaped the Action Sports culture and cultivated its progression with their innovation, energy and creativity. The event will take place during the week of the Newport Beach Film Festival (April 28 - May 5, 2011) in Orange County, CA, a location celebrated as the epicenter of the surf wear and action gear industry and the ultimate destination to experience music infused cutting-edge adventure on the big screen. ASFS films will screen at Triangle Square (1870 Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa) and at Regency Lido Theatre (3459 Via Lido Drive in Newport Beach).
Co-produced by the NBFF Action Sports Core Team and ChopShop, with promotional support by SKATEBOARDER Magazine, SURFING Magazine, Blue C Advertising and Travis Poe, the NBFF Action Sports Film Series will spotlight twenty-three films from around the world. The Action Sports Film Series will celebrate athletes pushing the limits in some of the world's most challenging and spectacular outdoor playgrounds and give filmgoers an opportunity to experience breathtaking cinematography, cultural journeys, in-depth portrayals and compelling stories that explore the physical, emotional, historical and spiritual realms of surfing, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, cycling and motocross. Highlights include red carpet film premieres, spotlight screenings, post-parties, filmmaker panels, athlete guest appearances, autograph signings and the participation of action sports retailers.
On Saturday, April 30 at 8:00pm at Triangle Square, the NBFF will host its Action Sports Spotlight, featuring a special screening of 2010 XXL Global Big Wave Awards, starring Shane Dorian, Greg Noll, Mark Healy, Greg Long, Keala Kenneally, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Sam George, Paul Taubleib and athletes from the film. Prior to the feature, the NBFF will present Tanker Love, a production of explore.org, about stand up paddle boarding (SUP) in Galveston Bay. Following the screening, the NBFF will host its Saturday Night Showcase Party presented by 944 Magazine at The Sports Club/LA - Orange County (1980 Main St in Irvine) with entertainment, hosted bars by Absolut and Stella Artois and culinary samplings from top area restaurants.
West Coast Premieres include Adam Pesce's Splinters, (produced by Perrin Chiles and co-produced by NBFF alumni filmmakers TJ Barrack and Wes Brown) chronicling the evolution of indigenous surfing in Papau New Guinea, its emerging surf talent and the sports impact on one village's social dynamics; Like A Lion, an in-depth behind the scenes portrayal of ski champion Tanner Hall; and Alex DePhillipo's Dark Fall following the adventures of brave cold-water surfers catching killer waves on the East Coast.
The Festival will showcase Quiksilver's surf film Eddie's Day, chronicling the annual Eddie Aikau event on Waimea Bay and Quiksilver's new short film Moments, starring Dane Reynolds, Kelly Slater, Jeremy Flores, Clay Marzo and Craig Anderson. The Festival will screen Body Glove's surf film Drop Zone: Fiji with surfers Holly Beck, Alex Gray, Cheyne Magnusson and filmmakers Greg Browning, Scott Daley, Scott Smith, Jenny Lane scheduled to attend.
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