The Newport Beach Film Festival, which kicks off April 24 and continues through April 27, will honor five talented artists who will be on hand to accept their awards. The event kicks off opening night with the West Coast premiere of Sundance indie hit “Luce
,” a provocative racial drama from director Julius Onah
starring Naomi Watts
, Octavia Spencer
, Tim Roth
and rising star Kelvin Harrison Jr.
The fest closes with the world premiere of “Part of Water,” a documentary about local lifeguard hero Ben Carlson
who lost his life saving a drowning swimmer in 2014.
Between those bookends, Nbff screens the Ted Bundy
crime drama “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
,” starring Zac Efron
as the notorious serial killer; “Official Secrets
,” Gavin Hood
’s political thriller starring Keira Knightley
and Ralph Fiennes
; and the world premiere of “The Tony Alva Story,” which chronicles the life of the skateboarding legend.
The fest and Vans