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Four Women Cross the Ocean in “Losing Sight of Shore” PAGE 4 | Local Focus Former Investment Banker Battles Big Ag in “Bullish Farmer” PAGE 8 | Artscapes “Courses” Profiles the Life and Artistry of a Dynamic Chef PAGE 12 | Stepping Out online at newportbeachindy.com Independent “For Locals, by Locals” April 21, 2017 | Volume VIII, Issue 16 NEWPORT BEACH Newport Beach Police Shoot Domestic Violence Suspect By NB Indy Staff On Saturday, April 15, at 9:11 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dis-patch Center received a 911 call reporting an in-progress domestic violence incident in the 200 block of 61st Street. The caller also advised officers that the suspect had armed himself with a knife. According to information provided by the NBPD, an officer arrived at the scene and contacted the suspect outside on the sidewalk. The officer saw that the suspect was still in possession of a knife. Although he initially complied with the officer’s orders to drop the weapon, the suspect re-armed himself seconds later. The suspect then exhibited threatening actions towards the officer so the officer fired at the suspect, striking him. The suspect received medical atten-tion from Newport Beach Fire Depart-ment personnel at the scene before being transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries later that evening. The suspect’s name is being with-held pending identification by the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Fire Department personnel also treated the victim of the domestic violence inci-dent at the scene before transporting her to a local hospital for additional medical treatment. This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with further information should contact Detective Rick Henry at (949) 644-3797 or Sergeant Ryan Peters at (949) 644-3764. This is the Newport Beach Indy’s annual Film Festival issue. Look for the logo to read about a film in the festival. Upstart Touts Fundraising Prowess By Donna Furey | NB Indy Harley Rouda, a Democratic candi-date for the 48th Congressional District which includes Newport Beach, says he’s “neck-and-neck” with the longtime incumbent, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, in terms of fundraising. Rohrabacher, of Costa Mesa, who won re-election with 57 percent of the vote last November, reported a total of $222,501 in contributions as of March 30, according to Federal Election Com-mission disclosures filed Friday, April 14. Newport Beach Film Festival: Take 18 By Christopher Trela | NB Indy “Go Deeper.” That’s the message the Newport Beach Film Festival wants 50,000 filmgoers to embrace as they descend on the city for this year’s 18th annual cinematic confluence of filmmakers and moviegoers that started April 20 at the Edwards Big Newport Theatre with the West Coast Premiere of “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” and runs through April 27 at more than a dozen theaters in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Over the next seven days, nearly 400 films from 50 countries will be screened in a variety of categories, including feature, documentary, action sports, animation, music video, col-legiate, and short subject. Not content with merely scratching the surface, the theme “Go Deeper” is both a reflection of the coastal ambi-ance of the festival and a message that the Film Festival and its program-ming is indeed going deeper. The Go Deeper” logo itself is a bottle with a message inside, floating in the ocean. “It’s the idea that through film, we have different messages that are being conveyed, so you have to go deeper,” said Festival Co-Founder and CEO, Gregg Schwenk. “This year, we’ve been exceptionally rigorous in finding some of the best ROUDA Page 14 NBFF Page 14

Newport Beach Police Shoot Domestic Violence Suspect

NB Indy Staff

On Saturday, April 15, at 9:11 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting an in-progress domestic violence incident in the 200 block of 61st Street. The caller also advised officers that the suspect had armed himself with a knife.

According to information provided by the NBPD, an officer arrived at the scene and contacted the suspect outside on the sidewalk. The officer saw that the suspect was still in possession of a knife. Although he initially complied with the officer’s orders to drop the weapon, the suspect re-armed himself seconds later. The suspect then exhibited threatening actions towards the officer so the officer fired at the suspect, striking him.

The suspect received medical attention from Newport Beach Fire Department personnel at the scene before being transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries later that evening. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending identification by the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

Fire Department personnel also treated the victim of the domestic violence incident at the scene before transporting her to a local hospital for additional medical treatment.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with further information should contact Detective Rick Henry at (949) 644-3797 or Sergeant Ryan Peters at (949) 644-3764.

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Newport Beach Film Festival: Take 18

Christopher Trela

“Go Deeper.”

That’s the message the Newport Beach Film Festival wants 50,000 filmgoers to embrace as they descend on the city for this year’s 18th annual cinematic confluence of filmmakers and moviegoers that started April 20 at the Edwards Big Newport Theatre with the West Coast Premiere of “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” and runs through April 27 at more than a dozen theaters in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Over the next seven days, nearly 400 films from 50 countries will be screened in a variety of categories, including feature, documentary, action sports, animation, music video, collegiate, and short subject.

Not content with merely scratching the surface, the theme “Go Deeper” is both a reflection of the coastal ambiance of the festival and a message that the Film Festival and its programming is indeed going deeper. The Go Deeper” logo itself is a bottle with a message inside, floating in the ocean.

“It’s the idea that through film, we have different messages that are being conveyed, so you have to go deeper,” said Festival Co-Founder and CEO, Gregg Schwenk.

“This year, we’ve been exceptionally rigorous in finding some of the best films on the festival circuit today,” he noted. “A unique aspect of our festival that we’re proud of is that we respect the films that are submitted. Every film is watched five times before a decision is made whether it’s in or out of the festival.”

The fact that the Newport Beach Film Festival has made it to its 18th year is a testament to the enthusiasm and determination of Schwenk, who has lived in Newport Beach his entire life, and Festival Co-Founder and Marketing Director Todd Quartararo.

“I remember that first year, standing at the red carpet, wondering if anyone would show up,” recalled Quartararo with a laugh.

Audiences have shown up and they continue to grow, as evidenced by the many sold out screenings this year.

“The Newport Beach Film Festival is for people who want a different, more interactive, sometimes more intellectual, experience,” said Schwenk. “We can be creative and celebrate things that unite cultures.”

And many culture are represented at the Film Festival this year, starting with the Friday Night U.K. Spotlight films, followed on Sunday by what Schwenk called the “largest array of Irish films on the West Coast. We’ve never had this many in the Festival before. There are 12 feature films making their premiere, and 14 short films. Many of the filmmakers are flying out, some for the first time to the U.S.”

And as always, the Irish Showcase after party is at Muldoon’s Irish Pub.

Monday features a Pacific Rim showcase with a spotlight on Vietnam, while Tuesday features European films from Germany, Sweden, Italy, and France.

Wednesday is a Latino Showcase with films from Mexico, Chile and Brazil.

Closing night is the West Coast premiere of “The Exception,” a romantic drama from the U.K. featuring Christopher Plummer.

The Newport Beach Film Festival also offers a handful of retrospective films, starting with the annual salute to John Wayne. This year is “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” directed by John Ford and starring Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin, and Vera Miles.

There is also a screening of “Singing in the Rain” on the eve of its 65th anniversary. That film was also the late Debbie Reynolds’ first starring role.

The animated film “Aladdin” also gets a special screening to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary.

Films in the Festival with an OC connection: “Frei Otto: Spanning the Future” (Producer Simon Chiu is a longtime Newport Beach resident); “Augie” (Augie Nieto, the subject of the film, is a resident of Corona del Mar); “Under An Arctic Sky” (surfer Tim Reyes is from Huntington Beach); Henry T. Segerstrom: Imagining the Future” (Segerstrom was a longtime resident of Newport Beach); “The Longest Road” (director Matthew Charles Hall was born in Placentia, lived in Newport Beach and is a Chapman University alum); and “The Men” (several crew members are former Chapman University film students).

There are also programs of family films, action sports, environmental, art and design, music videos, and a collegiate showcase of films from various Southern California universities and colleges, as well as Orange County School of the Arts.

One fan favorite is the annual evening of Disney Rarities on Sunday, April 23, hosted by producer Don Hahn and Disney creative director David Bossert. You never know what gems the duo has uncovered, but it’s always an entertaining and educational program.

And over the weekend, there are free seminars and panels open to the public that explore the worlds of cinematography, screenwriting, visual effects, music in film, acting, and editing.

For more information and a complete list of films, screening dates and times, visit the festival’s website at Newport- BeachFilmFest.com.

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Upstart Touts Fundraising Prowess

Donna Furey

Harley Rouda, a Democratic candidate for the 48th Congressional District which includes Newport Beach, says he’s “neck-and-neck” with the longtime incumbent, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, in terms of fundraising.

Rohrabacher, of Costa Mesa, who won re-election with 57 percent of the vote last November, reported a total of $222,501 in contributions as of March 30, according to Federal Election Commission disclosures filed Friday, April14.

Rouda, a political newcomer from Laguna Beach who declared his intent to unseat Rohrabacher in March, is close on the incumbent’s heels with $214,758 in contributions, disclosure reports show. That includes a $55,000 contribution out of the candidate’s own pocket.

The 48th Congressional District, which spans Seal Beach to Laguna Beach, is one of 23 in the nation where voters split their votes in the last election, casting a bare 1.7 percent majority of their ballots for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but re-electing the Republican in the House race. Thus, the 48th Congressional District is considered a ripe pickup opportunity and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is keeping on eye on the contest.

“They won’t make a pledge to anybody until after the primary,” said Rouda, who nevertheless already underwent a background check by the committee to unearth any potential fodder for opponents. “I came through with flying colors,” said Rouda, a lawyer and entrepreneur.

Two other candidates are also positioning themselves in the 48th District. The former chair of the Orange County Republican Party, Scott Baugh, has $524,428 in cash on hand, an amount that is unchanged from the previous FEC filing. He has yet to declare his candidacy.

Rouda believes Baugh readied the war chest for a special election, anticipating that Rohrabacher would receive a cabinet appointment in the Trump administration. Now, since that did not occur, “Scott would not oppose him,” Rouda predicted.

Another Laguna resident, Boyd Roberts, also set his sights on unseating Rohrabacher, declaring his candidacy in February. Roberts has yet to report receiving contributions.

Rouda said Rohrabacher hasn’t responded to his invitation to debate. “It’s been radio-silence, unfortunately, though predictable nonetheless,” his campaign strategist, Dave Jacobson, said. “If the incumbent has continuously failed to meet with his own constituents, it’s no surprise he’s scared to meet with his most formidable challenger to discuss the issues at hand.”

To be successful in ousting Rohrabacher, Rouda knows he needs to woo independents, coastal Republicans and some of the 250,000 unregistered, eligible voters in the district.

“We need to do voter registration for 18 months,” he said, describing his campaign infrastructure during a recent get-together at the home of Jane and Joe Hanauer in Laguna Beach.

The upstart’s platform differs considerably from his opponent. Rouda believes in global warming, he’s supportive of women’s rights and minority rights, and thinks the incumbent has returned little money back to the district.

Among the 20 or so people in attendance, filmmaker and environmental advocate Greg MacGillivray pointed out a vulnerability Rouda could exploit, noting that Rohrabacher surfs.

“Surfing places all over the world will be destroyed,” said MacGillivray, due to rising sea levels. “That might be an issue.”

After Rouda described why he switched his political registration, Betsy Jenkins urged him to fold that into his message. “That’s an asset, telling that story,” she said.

While Rouda’s campaign has already picked up endorsements from some high-powered Democrats -- Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman, former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and former Orange County Democratic Party Chair Frank Barbaro – he hopes to define his candidacy around his own beliefs rather than party ideology.

“I don’t see a willingness of either party to come to the middle,” he said, noting that 56 percent of votes in congress followed party affiliation in 1980, while today 90 percent do. “I think we need to focus on the people, not the party,” Rouda said.

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