THE CREATIVE COALITION HOSTS WEST COAST PREMIERE OF
THREE SHORT FILMS AT THE NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL, 10/23
WHAT: The Creative Coalition will premiere the winning films of its short film competition at the Newport Beach Film Festival on October 23rd during the Blurred Short Lines program. The winning films shining light on the untold story of obesity, include:
Written and Directed by Emmy and Tony Award-winner David Gallo (“Sesame Street,” The Drowsy Chaperone, August Wilson’s Jitney)
A silent musical that celebrates the legacy of physical comedy greats such as Buster Keaton, Jackie Chan, and Carol Burnett with a magnificent score, a diverse cast, and original choreography to craft a love letter to a time when jokes were told without words and playful sound effects, brilliant music, and the audience’s laughter provided the only needed sound.
Written and Directed by Greg DePaul (Bride Wars, Saving Silverman)
It’s Christmas Eve, and Frank, a single father who struggles with obesity, is working overtime. When wealthy, clueless Nick jumps in Frank’s Uber and says something Frank can’t ignore, it’s time for a detour. St. Nick is an homage to the faceless heroes who provided the simple necessities to keep the world functioning during the heart of a devastating pandemic.
You Just Big Boned
Written and Produced by Emmy Award-nominated actor Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “All American: Homecoming”)
Black women have the highest rates of obesity with 4 out of 5 being impacted. In a community that prides itself on being “thick,” a young Black girl wants to free herself from her family’s “big boned” label. Shelly is from the Deep South where fatback, oxtails, and all things greasy are a way of life.
WHO: The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk; Greg DePaul (“Bride Wars,” “Saving Silverman”); Emmy and Tony Award-winner David Gallo (“Sesame Street,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” August Wilson’s “Jitney”); and Emmy-nominated actor Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “All American: Homecoming”).
WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11:00 am PDT
WHERE: The Lot Fashion Island – Theater #4
THE CREATIVE COALITION is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the entertainment industry dedicated to using the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s president. www.TheCreativeCoalition.org
Recognized as one of the largest luxury lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival brings an international curated collection of films and vibrant cultural gatherings to the beautiful Southern California coast. Committed to championing the work of original storytellers from around the globe, the Festival celebrates contemporary screen culture, cinematic excellence and engages the community in compelling conversations with filmmakers and artists. The 22nd Annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs October 21-28, 2021 and will spotlight over 300 films from around the world. The Newport Beach Film Festival is sponsored in part by Morgan Stanley, UCI Health, Fashion Island, Aston Martin, and the City of Newport Beach.
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