52 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL | OCTOBER 13-20, 2022 FEATURES The Banality As a small town and its residents reel from the sudden death of “Feral Boy”, a local legend since his discovery in the woods as a child, Father Moss, a priest with a loose grip on his faith, attempts to counsel the forlorn couple that raised the boy. As answers are uncovered and mysteries revealed, he discovers parallels between this grisly incident and his own recurring nightmares, haunted in both sleeping and waking hours. Q & A with cast and crew after screening. Director: Michael Stevantoni, Strack Azar Producer: Sho Schrock, Michael Nicholas Writer: Michael Stevantoni, Strack Azar Cast: Sherman Augustus, Karole Foreman, Ramsay Midwood, Arianna Ngnomire 2022 - United Kingdom, United States FEATURE FILMS The Inspection Ellis French is a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life. Director: Elegance Bratton Producer: Effie Brown, Chester Algernal Gordon Writer: Elegance Bratton Cast: Jeremy Pope, Gabrielle Union, Bokeem Woodbine 2020 - Australia The Integrity of Joseph Chambers In this dramatic psychological thriller about a man losing his grip on reality, family man Joe sets out to prove his survivalist capabilities and manliness to his family by irresponsibly heading off into the woods by himself to go deer hunting. Director: Robert Machoian Producer: Kiki Crawford, Robert Machoian Writer: Robert Machoian Cast: Clayne Crawford, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jordana Brewster 2022 - United States Tehranto In Toronto lively music, intricate textiles and vibrant colours paint an unlikely story of love and family when Badi and Sharon, two young students with very different upbringings from a divided Iranian community, accidentally fall in love. Q & A with cast and crew after screening. Director: Faran Moradi Producer: Jacqueline de Niverville Writer: Faran Moradi Cast: Sammy Azero, Mo Zeighami 2022 - Canada