Newport was a smashing success!

Newport Beach Film Festival was excellent. I had multiple people tell me that the program “Down Her Shorts” in which Beat Around the Bush screening, was actually created to surround it. How sweet is that! My programmer Bojana Sandic is also the bees knees.

Brianne with filmmaker Doug Roland, and actress Michelle Luchese

Brianne at NBFF opening night with director/actor Doug Roland (Jada), and actress Michelle Luchese (Buddy Solitaire).

The day I arrived in LA, I went to Jason Reitman’s Live Reading Series – my first one! – only for him to announce it was going to be the last one ever. Wah wah. I couldn’t be upset for more than a second before he explained, “I gotta make films guys.” I get it. Totally on board. The group of dope actors read Jason’s first feature, Thank You for Smoking. Talk about a break through film.

And the evening wouldn’t have been my own if I hadn’t said farewell to my date and quickly discovered I had chosen a parking lot with 100ft iron gates that locked at 10pm. It was 10:05. I had no other choice but to drive my very practical Yaris rental, through the grass and paved walkways of the LACMA park so that I could attend the Newport Beach opening party. (Yes I did wave at the Valet as I smacked back down on the road off the curb…)

Now let me tell you – Newport spares no expense when it comes to throwing a party. I recruited to strangers to be friends with me, and got another stranger to document our fabulous new red carpet friendship. (Which has probably turned into real friendship separated by many many miles.)


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