74 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL | OCTOBER 13-20, 2022 ENVIROMENTAL Exposure After months of training, an expedition of ordinary women from the Arab World and the West strap on skis and haul heaving sleds to the North Pole, a goal that has become increasingly dangerous as the Arctic polar ice melts. Threats also come from frostbite, polar bears, sexism, and self-doubt in this intimate story of resilience, survival, and global citizenry, on what may be the last-ever expedition to the top of the world. Q & A with cast and crew after screening. Director: Holly Morris Producer: Katy Drake Bettner, Jill Mazursky, Sarah Cavanaugh Writer: Holly Morris Cast: Felicity Aston, Natasa Briski, Susan Gallon, Mariam Hamidaddin, Misba Khan, Lamees Najim, Ida Olsson, Anisa Al Raissi, Olga Rumyantseva, Stephanie Solomonides, Asma Al Thani 2022 - United Kingdom, United States ENVIROMENTAL FILMS Patrick and theWhale For 20 years, Patrick Dykstra dedicated his life to traveling the globe, following, and diving with whales. He has learned to see how whales see and hear, how they perceive other creatures in the water, and how they behave at close quarters. This allows him to consistently get closer than anyone else alive—a truly unique skill. Using stunning underwater footage, Patrick explores the fascinating nature of the sperm whale, attempting to shine a light on its intelligence and complexity. The film follows Patrick’s personal journey and explores the psychology of a man who has sacrificed everything in his single-minded quest to connect with and understand the biggest creatures in the ocean. Q & A with Patrick Dykstra. Director: Mark Fletcher Producer: Walter Köhler, Wolfgang Knöpfler (correct spellings of surnames) Cast: Patrick Dykstra Cinematography: Gail Jenkinson, Justin Knöpler, Cecile Barats, Romain Barats 2022 - Austria Who Are theMarcuses? This documentary tells the story of Howard and Lottie Marcus, a Jewish couple from Long Island who were also savvy investors, and re-imagines conflict resolution in the Middle East and peace through the Earth’s most precious resource: water. Q & A with cast and crew after screening. Director: Matthew Mishory Producer: Bradford L. Schlei, Álvaro Fernández Writer: Matthew Mishory, Golan Friedman Cast: Yitzhak Herzog, Warren Buffett, E. Randol Schoenberg, Ellen Marcus, Daniel Chamovitz, Nadav Boms, Daniel Gordis, Seth Siegel, Micah Goodman, Kevin Ehrhart 2022 - Israel