World Premiere of AFTER THE REALITY to Open the 17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival on Thursday, April 21

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AfterTheReality–The 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces AFTER
as its Opening Night film. The screening
of AFTER THE REALITY will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2016
at 7:30pm at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive) followed by
a gala reception at Fashion Island (401 Newport Center Drive). The 17th
annual NBFF runs from April 21 – April 28, 2016.

“After the Reality” tells the story of Scottie Olson (MATTHEW MORRISON)
who escapes to the dating reality TV show “Young Bucks” when his father
becomes terminally ill. But after his father’s death, Scottie is forced
to quit the show and reunite at the family cabin with
his estranged sister Kate (Sarah Chalke), creating a funny and poignant
story about loss, reality show romance, and a brother and sister’s love.

“We are thrilled to have such a dynamic film starring an Orange County
Native, Matthew Morrison, open the 17th Annual Newport Beach Film
Festival,” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO, Executive Director, and Founder of
the Newport Beach Film Festival.

“This film is an incredibly personal story and to premiere it on opening
night at such an esteemed festival like Newport Beach, is a dream come
true. “After the Reality” will make you laugh and cry,” stated “After
the Reality” director David Anderson.

Following the screening, the Festival will host an Opening Night gala at
Fashion Island presented by Fashion Island, LA Times and Tito’s
. The gala will feature culinary tastings from 25 of Orange
County’s premiere restaurants, hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka and Stella
Artois Beer with a special performance from KÀ by Cirque du Soleil
at MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Tickets to the Opening Night screening and gala are $225 each and are
available at
starting April 1. Patrons can also purchase tickets to the Opening Night
gala only for $175 each. Guests must be at least 21 years old and
cocktail attire is highly recommended.

The Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 350 films from
50 countries and host nightly special events, red carpet galas,
compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlight events
and seminars. The Festival offers filmgoers unique opportunities to
mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe and film
industry professionals in a beautiful seaside locale.

The Newport Beach Film Festival is sponsored in part by Tito’s Vodka,
Fashion Island, Los Angeles Times and the City of Newport Beach.

To purchase passes and tickets for film screenings, galas and special
events and for information about the Newport Beach Film Festival visit

About the Newport Beach Film Festival

Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United
States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County
the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world.
Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international
film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching
educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse
collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The
17th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 21st- April 28th and
will spotlight over 350 films from around the world.

About KÀ by Cirque du Soleil

KÀ by Cirque du Soleil is a heroic journey of love and conflict,
set within ever-changing theatrical landscapes that conjure an entire
empire on stage. Presented in the unprecedented performance space, the
KÀ Theatre at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, KÀ unfolds on a colossal, 360
degree rotating stage, which forms the backdrop for this cinematic
journey of aerial adventure and perpendicular acrobatics. Hailed by the
Los Angeles Times as “the most lavish production in the history of
Western theater,” KÀ is a gravity-defying production featuring a
powerfully emotive soundtrack that enhances the innovative blend of
acrobatic feats, Capoeira, puppetry, projections and martial arts. For
more information visit

About Newport Beach, California

Nestled among golden stretches of pristine Pacific coastline between Los
Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach epitomizes the casually
sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. This idyllic seaside
destination is widely celebrated for its natural beauty and vibrant
yachting community alongside stylish accommodations, eclectic coastal
cuisine and upscale shopping. Ranked among the “Top 10 Resort Towns in
the U.S.,” Newport Beach also is distinguished as one of the country’s
“Top 10 Best Family Beaches.” A mild climate and picturesque backdrop
minutes from John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) offers year-round
appeal. For more information on Newport Beach or for a complimentary
visitor guide, visit,
or call (800) 94-COAST.

Press check in will be from 5:30pm – 6:30pm and red carpet arrivals will
take place from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport
Center Dr.) The screening will commence at 7:30pm. All press must be
credentialed prior to covering the Opening Night event. Press can
register for credentials online at


Newport Beach Film Festival:
Quartararo & Associates (Q&A)
Ransom, 818-497-7750