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Newport Beach Film Festival Celebrates the Grand Opening of Island Cinema
Special Benefit Event Featuring a Screening of "Young Adult", Followed by a Celebration at True Food Kitchen
By Gregg Schwenk

The Newport Beach Film Festival celebrates the official grand opening of Island Cinema, Fashion Island's new state of the art theatre complex on December 13th with a special benefit event featuring a screening of Young Adult, followed by a celebration at True Food Kitchen.

Young Adult is a comedy-drama film about Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.

Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, Young Adult stars Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (Monster, North County, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), Patrick Wilson (Insidious) and Patton Oswalt (The Informant!). Distributed by Paramount Pictures, Young Adult will open in theaters on December 16th, 2011.

Tickets are $50 and available online at: http://www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com or at the door.

The event is 21 years old+. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Newport Beach Film Festival, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For information visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com or call (949) 253-2880.

The 31,300 square foot Island Cinema has been transformed into an upscale, state-of-the-art theater that offers a premier movie-going experience. Theater patrons are greeted by a spacious, luxurious lobby with a classic Italian look that reflects the recently completed reinvestment of Fashion Island.

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
7:00PM Screening of Young Adult (2011, 94 minutes, Comedy, Rated R), followed by post-screening celebration at True Food Kitchen

Young Adult screening
Island Cinema
999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Post-Screening Celebration
True Food Kitchen
451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.

True Food Kitchen is an innovative eatery developed in partnership with Fox Restaurant Concepts and best-selling author Dr. Andrew Weil. Under the guidance of Brand Chef, Michael Stebner, True Food Kitchen offers a globally inspired, seasonal menu appealing to anyone seeking a more balanced lifestyle. True Food Kitchen celebrates high quality locally and regionally sourced ingredients to create a pure, simple menu that tastes great while nourishing mind, body and spirit. Reservations are available for parties of eight or more. For more information, call (949) 644-2400 or visit www.truefoodkitchen.com


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Gregg Schwenk is a writer, educator, and entrepreneur. He reports on a number of various subjects including: film, art, technology and politics. Mr. Schwenk is an adjunct professor at CSUF's Center for Entertainment and Tourism located in Orange County, California. He is also a consultant and advisor to several entertainment and technology firms. In 2005, Mr. Schwenk was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce, to the District Export Council. He has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and completed the Advanced Management Program at USC.

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