OCTOBER 13-20, 2022 | NewportBeachFilmFest.com | NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL 89 The Pez Outlaw There was a period in the 90s when Pez dispensers were worth more gram-for-gram, than cocaine or even gold. During this magical time, a small-town farmer and factory worker lived his wildest dreams, smuggling Pez dispensers into the USA from Eastern Europe and making millions of dollars. It was all wonderful until his arch-nemesis, the Pezident, decided to destroy him. Director: Amy Bandlien Storkel, Bryan Storkel Producer: Chris Smith, Amy Bandlien Storkel Cast: Eric Leukert, Jim Blaine, Katie Chrzanowski, Steven J. Glew, Jon Hicks 2021 - United States 2021 - United States WhetūMārama – Bright Star For Māori, the canoe underpins their culture. They once built waka/canoes from giant trees and sailed the vast Pacific by the stars. These arts were lost to them for 600 years before the stars re-aligned and three men from far-flung islands revived their place as the greatest navigators on the planet. This is their story, and the significance for Māori in rekindling their wayfinding DNA and for all New Zealanders in reclaiming their place as traditional star voyagers on the world map. Q & A with cast and crew after screening. Director: Toby Mills, Aileen O’Sullivan Cast: Hek Busby, Nainoa Thompson, Mau Pialug 2022 - New Zealand Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of theWest An immersive journey into the world of wild horses, WILD BEAUTY illuminates both the profound beauty, and desperate plight faced by the wild horses in the Western United States. Filmmaker Ashley Avis (Disney’s BLACK BEAUTY) and crew go on a multi-year expedition to uncover the truth in hopes to protect them, before wild horses disappear forever. Director: Ashley Avis Producer: Ashley Avis, Edward Winters, Richard Avis Writer: Ashley Avis Cast: Ashley Avis 2022 - United States DOCUMENTARIES The Shadow Between Us The film tells the story of Nehemiah, a Black dancer trapped in a pandemic lockdown in Cleveland. He is asked to join a mostly white dance troupe in Colorado to create a silhouette-based dance performance that seeks solutions to police brutality in the killing of George Floyd. The resulting performance transforms all participants in unexpected ways, reinforcing that our shadows are all the same color and only light can drive out darkness. Q & A with cast and crew after screening. Director: Lance Murphey Producer: Obadiah Baker, Lance Murphey, Lynne Waggoner-Patton Writer: Lance Murphey, Lynne Waggoner-Patton, Nehemiah Spencer, Obadiah Baker Cast: Nehemiah Spencer, Lynne Waggoner-Patton, Obadiah Baker