D23 Member Discount for the Newport Beach Film Festival

According to D23:

We are thrilled to announce that D23 members can receive a discount on three very special nights at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival, including a screening of the boys: the sherman brothers’ story, a night of Disney animation rarities and an evening of music with Oscar®-nominated composer Marc Shaiman.

Even better, for screenings of the boys and Disney Rarities, D23 members will also receive priority seating!

NOTE: D23 members MUST bring their D23 membership card and a valid photo ID to gain admittance to the presentations. Guests of D23 members must be with D23 member at time of entry. The Newport Beach Film Festival reserves the right to refuse entry to any D23 ticket-holder who does not bring their D23 membership card.

Special Events:

An Evening of Film and Fun Set to Music: A Gala Reception & Concert with Marc Shaiman
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Palm Garden Terrace — The Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
D23 Member Special Ticket Price: $20 (Regular price $30)

May not be suitable for children.

Join multiple Academy Award® nominee, Tony Award® and Grammy Award®-winning film composer and songwriter Marc Shaiman for a tune-filled evening of performance and memorable behind-the-camera stories of his many film projects including such modern day movie classics as Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, My Giant, Sleepless in Seattle, Sister Act, City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally and Beaches. Shaiman received the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards for his work on the Broadway hit Hairspray. He has been nominated five times for an Oscar and lost every time. His collaboration with long time partner Bette Midler on her Emmy Award-winning performance for Johnny Carson’s final Tonight Show is considered a TV classic. Marc was Emmy nominated for writing on Saturday Night Live (the Sweeney Sisters) and became an actual Emmy Award winner for co-writing Billy Crystal’s memorable “Oscar Medleys.” His arrangements for Harry Connick Jr. were Grammy nominated, and he has worked with many other artists including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Eric Clapton, Jenifer Lewis, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, John Mayer, Martin Short and Barbra Streisand.

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Fashion Island Edwards Island 1
999 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, California 92660
D23 Member Special Ticket Price: $8 (Regular price $10)

The new film documentary the boys: the sherman brothers’ story, makes its Southern California debut at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival on April 28. The film provides an intimate look at the acclaimed songwriting duo of brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman and chronicles their triumphs and discord over the past 50 years as the most successful musical collaboration in the field of family entertainment.

People the world over have been entertained and enchanted by the music of the Sherman Brothers. The Academy Award-winning brothers arguably defined family musical entertainment with unforgettable songs for such classic films as Mary Poppins, The Parent Trap, The Jungle Book, The AristoCats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, etc. Due to their creative contributions to the Disney Theme Parks around the globe, including penning the song “It’s a Small World (After All),” the sun never sets on a Sherman Brothers song.

While both audiences and Walt Disney himself cherished their songs, the boys’ personal relationship with each other was far less harmonious. In the boys: the sherman brothers’ story, a wide array of notable celebrities, professional peers, close friends, family members and the brothers themselves describe the Shermans’ eight-decade journey through love and partnership, loyalty and estrangement. The film was produced and directed by first cousins Gregory and Jeff Sherman (the sons of Richard and Robert Sherman themselves), who upon meeting again for the first time as young adults after years of family estrangement, were moved to do some collaborating of their own and will personally host the screening of the film in Newport Beach. The film opens in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco on May 1.

Another Evening of Disney Rarities with Oscar Nominated Film Producer Don Hahn & Disney Creative Director David Bossert
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. Lido Theatre
3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, California 92663
D23 Member Special Ticket Price $10 (Regular price $15)

The Newport Beach Film Festival’s first “Evening of Disney Animation Rarities” was a standing-room only success in 2008. So on the occasion of the festival’s 10th anniversary the festival is again privileged to offer a very special night of Disney film magic. Join Academy Award nominated film producer Don Hahn and Dave Bossert, creative director for Walt Disney Animation Studios, for an equally unforgettable evening as they present a collection of rarely seen Disney animated treasures (some of which have not been seen by a general audience in more than 60 years). Audiences can look forward to seeing seldom screened films such as the 1982 stop-motion animated short Vincent (directed by a young Tim Burton), a collection of vintage World War II era cartoons, and many others.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit newportbeachfilmfest.com.

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs April 23–30, 2009.

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