NBFF 2001 Archive
March 29 - April 5, 2001
IT'S A WRAP -- NBFF 2001:
-Personal From Beginning to End-
A truly excellent film festival filled with
interesting and varied films, filmmakers, and
personalities as well as smashing galas -- one
is glad NBFF goes to Sundance amd Cannes while
all we have to do
here is to savor every morsel NBFF proffers!
My take on some of what is the montage of NBFF 2001
is personal -- appeal to art, appeal
to Walter Mitty dreams, interest in the inescapably
extraordinary, and films making dreams come true
between schmoozes and hand clasps.
The following are personal and subjective real time
commentaries. Subjective here is that out of many I
can not tell about all. I can tell about some
which I personally like more than others.
(Opening Night) (March 29, 2001)
What's in a print - A 1973 film in 2001!
One of best films of all time, "The Sting",
deserved the freshened print that made this classic
even more breath taking. Colors true, deep and strong
enhanced this excellent film. When one thinks of "the
20s" and "the 30s" one is inclined to think in black and white but we
know it had to be in color in real life. For all of the amazing set
decoration and art direction including the technical behind the scenes.
This film deserves the very best print at all times. What else is in
the print? Luscious detail. Acting supberb and lasts beyond the time
and place of
release. Noted are 1973 Oscars for "The Sting":
And Music Too
Remember the Scott Joplin and anything "rag" renaissance that followed
this film? The choice and style of music enhanced the lightness of
of the film story even during its more stressful plot moments.
Buddies and Friends
Stars and filmmakers lighted the
night with graciousness and poise to be found only
in this quality cast and crew. Reminds that filmmaking
is an effort hung on interrelated talents and
expertise. In person they shared some of their persons -
from battled life threatening illnesses to dedication to
life saving charitable causes to details of the production of
"The Sting". (Keeping in mind the film
team, film buddies Newman and Redford were
present in spirit.)
International Movie Data Base
awards list for
"The Sting" (1973)
The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation
Joplin music recordings
NBFF 2001 opening gala notes
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Tennis Club
Jumpin' and Jiv'n' Fun:
Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra
Thanks a million:
Marconi Foundation for Kids
Bountiful and de-lish!
(Never an empty plate or empty glass!)
Ristorante Mama Gina's
Clayton Shurley's Texas BBC
Bar Hosted by:
FRONT-DOOR-STEP GLITTER AND MORE
Opening night for Newport Beach Film Festival has all the
trappings and glitter that one expects - limos driving celebrities
and VIPs to the front red carpet disembarking through a bevy of cameras
dressy guests, filmmakers, and stars... Followed by a feature
presentation including representatives and participants in the
production of the feature film.
Top of the list for NBFF is its international representation.
Films are from the entire globe. This is one of the reasons that
I personally think that one does not have to attend any other film
festival unless one is working to bring films to NBFF and Orange
County, of course! [Attendance at other film festivals is encouraged,
the motto being "one can not take in too many films or
film parties!" However, if one must stay home, one is able to
take in NBFF and so keep pace with all.]
NBFF staff to date has, from my personal point of view, handled
every difficult situation that has occurred with priority being
attention to and caring for film festival attendees.
NBFF Party Time
Galas to date always have good location, good ambiance, good food, good
service, good music and good company.