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Newport Beach Film Festival 2017

Updated on May 6, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

I have always been interested in the movie industry. I love watching films especially the old classics and the independent films. My nephew recently graduated from the film school at University of California. As it turned out, he was part of a project that directed the movie Actors Anonymous which was one of the film featured at this years film festival. It was an honor to attend the showing.

- Apr. 2017

Background

I am from the old school when it comes to art, music and film. I am a traditionalist and belief that art is a medium that is ideal to communicate ideas and be entertaining at the same time.

I grew up in the era of the 1960s, along with the epic films and musicals and classics. It was also the era of movie stars and icons. A few of my favorite movies of all time was the Godfather, Fiddler on the Roof and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

This film festival was a new experience for me. It is different when you have a connection with someone who is involved with the actual making of a film. My nephrew, who is a recent graduate of the USC film school was present at this event. This film was the result of a class he took under the actor James Franco. The film is loosely based on the book he wrote a few years ago about the lives of struggling actors in Hollywood.

It was a powerful piece of reality in the movie business and it was riveting. The film was unique because it was a joint effort directed by 12 of his students.

A Bit of Trivia

One of the character in the movie was named Jake Lamont who is a famous actor in the movie played by James Franco. The name sounded very much like Jake Lamotta, the boxer featured in the movie Raging Bull. As it turned out, it was just a coincidence. The name was actually an anagram - taken from the first letters of each of the student writers' names, which were then rearranged to form a new name that sounded like a famous person.

Q and A session after the showing

Summary

It was a joy and a priviledge to attend this film festival. I was proud of my nephew for his dedication and passion for this film and for the film making industry. I sincerely hope he gets the recognition and the reward.

© 2017 Jack Lee

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