By OCinSite At-Large | April 25, 2012 2:18 PM
There’s been much mystery surrounding the opening of the Port Theater in Corona Del Mar, but this Saturday, it will open its doors once again as it invites Newport Beach Film Festival attendees in for free screenings and seminars. It’s not the grand opening, but rather a sneak-peek opportunity for people to stop by and check out the newly remodeled theater. (2905 E Coast Hwy.)
Here’s a line-up of festival events taking place at the Port Theater this weekend:
Saturday, April 28:
Seminar Series 1 - 5 p.m.
5 p.m. – “Kingdom Come” (with extended panel on Independent Filmmaking)
Director: John Lyons Murphy, Paiman Kalayeh
Synopsis: This documentary follows the journey of a first-time director Daniel Gillies, and his producer, John Lyons Murphy, through the challenging process of raising financing for the independent feature film, “Broken Kingdom.”
Sunday, April 29:
Seminar Series 3 p.m. - Music Composition
7 p.m. – “Right to Play” (Q&A with Frank Marshall)
Director: Frank Marshall
Synopsis: Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating, has led quite the Olympic career all the while working tirelessly on humanitarian efforts. In addition to detailing Koss’ impressive athletic career, the film also highlights his drive and idealism as he brings the joy of sport to disadvantaged children in war-torn and poverty-stricken areas throughout the world with his nonprofit organization, Right To Play.
Monday, April 30:
7:30 p.m. – “Girl In Progress” (Q&A with Director and Producer)
Director: Patricia Riggen
Synopsis: Grace, a single mom, is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Harford to give her daughter, Ansiedad, the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker, Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita, to plot her shortcut to “adulthood.” As her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing up means acting your age.