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Newport Film Festival to Screen “OCC Shorts” April 27 at Lido Theatre
Monday, April 14, 2014

“OCC Shorts,” this year’s crop Orange Coast College entries in the Newport Beach Film Festival, represents a variety of film genres, including drama, documentary as well as a pair of comedies.

“OCC Shorts” will screen on Sunday, April 27, at 11:00 a.m. at the Regency Lido Theatre, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at newportbeachfilmfestival.com.

A committee including OCC film instructors Kirk Hulstrom and Erik Forssell whittled down 35 potential entries to the six finalists. OCC’s submissions this year are “a very nice cross section” of what OCC students have to offer, according to Forssell.

Forssell should know. He has been involved with the Newport Beach Film Festival for the past 14 years, including director of programming for five years. He now focuses on presentations and screenings for the event. In addition, he has been an instructor for OCC’s Film & Video Department for the past four years, teaching classes in digital cinema, cinematography and electronic field production.
Here’s a list of OCC’s films in show order:

“What not to Do in a Zombie Apocalypse,” a comedy by Matthew Yoo and John Nguyen. The filmmakers create a 1950s-style instructional film taking a whimsical look at, as the title says, “what NOT to do in a zombie apocalypse!”

“Life on the Line" is a documentary produced by J.R. Racine that follows group of extreme athletes as they visit breathtaking landscapes and defy the laws of gravity to find the balance of a lifetime. They walk from one rock to another, hundreds of feet off of the ground, in a sport called "highlining."

“Still,” a drama by Jacob Hilger, is set in a war-torn, apocalyptic landscape. The film is a music-based, narrative journey of self-sacrifice as a former soldier travels through a ravaged and contaminated land in search of his love.

A documentary, "Standing Up" was produced by Kayci Zukowski, Ryan Jones and Maddy Macdonald. The film revolves around aspiring stand-up comedians in Orange County. Outside of Los Angeles, there is a small community of up-and-coming performers who are trying to get their start. The film follows a few of these comedians on stage and behind the scenes in personal interviews to expose their struggles.

“Eat Me Taco: The Promotion,” a comedy by Daniel Sorrento, Mel Harsh, Henry Torres and Steven Brown, is set in a puppet-filled world of a local taco shop. Brad, a disgruntled employee, finds renewed enthusiasm for his job when Amy, a new hire, begins her first day of work. Brad’s plan to win Amy’s affection goes badly, but gives him a chance to prove his valor, save the restaurant and win Amy’s love.
OCC’s final submission, “Juliet,” was produced by Alaa Abuadas and Matt Caponi. After allowing his girlfriend to die in a “Romeo and Juliet” suicide reenactment, a psychologist’s dreams turn into nightmares when a new woman enters his life.

What: OCC Shorts
Newport Beach Film Festival


When: Sunday, April 27
11:00 a.m.


Where: Regency Lido Theatre, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach.

Admission: $5 online at newportbeachfilmfestival.com


Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation's top transfer schools. With a student population of 22,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 145 career programs. The college's 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa.