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Newport Beach Film Festival Presents Official Premiere of Highwater
Benefit Launch of Theatrical Release to Feature Appearance by Filmmaker Dana Brown
By Leslie Feibleman

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) in partnership with Regency Theatres and Apostrophe Films is pleased to present the official theatrical premiere of Dana Brown's new adventure film Highwater on Friday, July 24 at 7:30 pm at the historic Regency Lido Theatre at 3459 Via Lido Drive in Newport Beach. The special screening of Highwater (2009, Documentary, 90 min.) will kick off the film's week long run in Newport Beach at the Regency Lido Theater, the location where  Brown's films Dust to Glory and Step Into Liquid opened to sold out audiences. Continuing the momentum of its popular Action Sports Film Series, the Newport Beach Film Festival is proud to welcome filmmaker Dana Brown back to Newport Beach for the launch of his new film Highwater.  Brown is scheduled to attend the event and participate in a post-screening Q&A session. Tickets for the event are $15 and available at

Directed and written by Dana Brown and produced by C. Rich Wilson, Highwater chronicles the action-packed Vans Triple Crown professional surfing competition which takes place from November to January on the magnificent North Shore of Oahu. The Vans Triple Crown is comprised of a series of challenging and historic contests that conclude the pro surfing world tour and ultimately crown a world champion: the OP Pro Hawaii in Haleiwa, the O'Neill World Cup on Sunset Beach and the grand finale, The Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters. 

An Apostrophe Films production, Highwater features interviews and footage of adrenaline charged surfers from around the world who gather each year in Hawaii to ride the notoriously powerful waves breaking at the height of the winter swell season. From surfing legends to rising stars, Highwater spotlights surfers from Kelly Slater, Tom Curren, Sunny Garcia, Kalani Chapman, Jon-Jon Florence, Malik Joyeux, Mark Healy, Poncho Sullivan, Pat O'Connell and Jessie Billauer. The film highlights champions of women's surfing, such as Sofia Mulanovich, Chelsea Georgeson, Rochelle Ballard, Lisa Anderson, Layne Beachley, Kealla Kennelly, Carissa Moore and Bethany Hamilton competing in The Roxy Pro at Haleiwa and the Billabong Pro.

Highwater dives deep into the heart of the North Shore with uncensored portrayals of locals and a look into the surf spots' rich history. Cinematographer Steve Matzinger and world renown underwater shooters Larry Haynes and Mike Prikette, capture footage of incredible surfing, along with the essence and beauty of the North Shore surrounds.

Highwater features original music written for the film by Switchfoot, an alternative rock/power pop band from San
Diego, rising ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Sprung Monkeys' Steve Somers, and guitarist and singer/songwriter Ryan Ferguson, with an original score by Phil Marshall. Other noteworthy soundtrack artists include Matt Costa, Wolf Mother, Rodrigo y Gabrielle, The Mother Hips, and southern California soul band Slightly Stoopid.

A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit the Newport Beach Film Festival, a 501 ©3 non profit organization. For additional information, visit

ABOUT Apostrophe Films
Apostrophe Films is a full service independent film, television and commercial video production studio specializing in the non-fiction feature film genre.  We are driven to share the inherent beauty that unfolds everyday in the real-life triumph of the human spirit.  Sometimes quirky and unexpected, often in defiance of stereotypes, and always visually and viscerally gripping, we are committed to creating high-impact entertainment of the utmost emotive and technological quality.

ABOUT  The Newport Beach Film Festival
Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival 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, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The NBFF is proud to continue its tradition of presenting the ultimate in cutting edge action sports cinema from around the globe. Past NBFF action sports films include Step into Liquid, Riding Giants, Dust to Glory, Waveriders, Street Dreams, Out of the Pond, That's It That's All, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Chasing the Lotus, Let It Ride, Sliding Liberia, Under the Sun, Sofia, Islands in the Stream, Stoked, Zen & Zero, Klunkerz, Chasing the Horizon, Adrenaline Hunters, Monster Thursday and Wassup Rockers. The eleventh annual Newport Beach Film Festival will run April 22-29, 2010 and will spotlight over 400 films from around the world. 

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Based in Orange County, California, Leslie Feibleman is a freelance arts writer and the director of special programs and the senior film programmer at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Orange County Film Society. Leslie is the curator of the Art, Architecture + Design Film Series and the director of the Action Sports Film Series film programming at the Festival. Leslie oversees the Festivals family, youth, film education and outreach programs and specializes in organizing community cultural cinema programs. Leslie is the co-creator and curator of the Cinema Orange film series at the Orange County Museum of Art and the Cinema Sage Hill film series at The Studio at Sage Hill. Leslie also works as the marketing director for the celebrity, culinary venture, The Hollywood Cookbook: Cooking for Causes. Leslie holds a BA degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and has over ten years experience in design, 3D CAD and project management.


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