By: Bryan Seltzer IPAnews.com
The Newport Beach Film Festival opens up Thursday April 20th with a stellar line up of movies including on Friday April 21st, one from acclaimed actor/director Blake Robbins (director of the award winning ‘The Sublime and Beautiful’), and starring Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence, It Follows) in a nuanced breakout lead performance, “THE SCENT OF RAIN & LIGHTNING” features a veteran acting ensemble, including Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken, Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Mark Webber (Green Room, Scott Pilgrim vs the World), Bonnie Bedelia (Parenthood), Will Patton (The Good Wife) and Justin Chatwin (American Gothic).
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 NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The 18th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 20th – April 27th and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world.