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Filmmakers Pitch Their Wares at NBFF Director Party

By Matt Coker, Wednesday, Apr. 22 2009 @ 4:45PM

Categories: Newport Beach Film Festival

Photos by Justin Viega

Drake Doremus works the crowd.

A crowd estimated at 100-125 filmgoers, filmmakers and film presenters took over one side of Mesa restaurant in Costa Mesa Tuesday night for "An Evening with the Directors," a benefit that precedes the 10th annual Newport Beach Film Festival opening Thursday and continuing through April 30.

Guests paid $60 each, with proceeds going to NBFF and Irvine Barclay Theatre's young professionals' booster group NEXT@theBarclay, to hear indie directors
Sam Bozzo (Blue Gold: World Water Wars), Drake Doremus (Spooner), Brent Huff (Cat City).

Director Brent Huff

If your not busy Friday afternoon, see Brent Huff

Standing a couple bar stools over from me was Brent Huff, a nice fellow who seemed to enjoy swapping stories about our respective families as much as he did talking about his thriller set in Palm Springs. Seeing the Salton Sea for the first time, he decided right then he would shoot there one day. He got his wish with Cat City, although he--and certainly his gruff star Brian Dennehy--did not wish for the 114-degree heat. Or the swirling flies. Or the stench. Those are now long-ago annoyances. What bothers Huff now is his screening slot: 3:30 p.m. Friday at Edwards Island 6. "Will anyone even be there?" he asked. Later, when he took the microphone to speak to the crowd, he obviously still had the desert hot center on his mind when he mentioned how great it was being at the Palm Springs Film Festival. He did catch himself the second time, though.