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Apr 20
OCC Shorts Set to Premier at Newport Film Festival This Weekend

OCCSHORTS poster featuring anthropomorphic orange posing as film crew memberThis year's crop of OCC Shorts student filmmakers will see their work displayed on the big screen as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Lido Theatre.

This is the 14th year that Coast has participated in the Newport Film Festival, and the College traditionally has been the only school invited to screen films in the 600-seat Regency Lido Theatre in Newport Beach's Balboa Peninsula.

OCC Shorts showcases short films produced entirely by Coast film and television students for a letter grade in their production classes during the past year.

This year, seven short films created OCC student filmmakers have been selected to be part of OCC Shorts, including three documentaries spotlighting programs at the College. The entries were chosen by a committee of film instructors, who narrowed down the finalists among dozens of hopefuls looking to snag the highly coveted spots.

The student directors are Kit Tran, Vico Hernandez, Ivan Hoz, Themistocles Kaltsidis, Brandon Charley, Timothy Fraley and Josh McLendon.

The topics covered by the selected films run the gamut, from "Dance Like Nobody's Watching," a spotlight on OCC's dance program, to "Chance to Live," a drama about an inexperienced criminal and his dead accomplice.

Other films that will be featured are "Come Alive," a film that examines the beauty of life, "Lucha Dreams," a comedy film that follows a day in the life of a luchador as a student, "Solo Squadron," a documentary that follows the process of the Solo Squadron art project at OCC's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, "Idiots," comedy about three guys and their botched attempt to rob a bike shop, and "OCC Piano Program," a promotional piece for the piano program at Coast.

Tickets for OCC Shorts are $5 and can be purchased at the door or on the festival's website at