The premiere of "The First Ten," a film celebration of the Newport Beach Film Festival produced and directed by Jack Gallagher, was a big hit with the crowd on April 8th. The all-volunteer Media Alliance-sponsored production relied on a number of MCAi members who were honored as well. The evening was also highlighted by a number of notable speakers.
After the screening, Gallagher acknowledged the valuable efforts of cinematographers Bill Ennis and Bill O'Neill, both MCAi members, as well as gaffer Brian Bishop and Production Assistant Linda Ivanov. Editing services were provided by Nathan Meade and Greg DePetro. He then pointed out to everyone's amazement that the entire production had a budget of $0 dollars!
Brown Forum on the campus of Orange Coast College was the site of the screening and the audience included a number of OCC film students as well as faculty. The crowd, including students, professionals and cinephiles, enjoyed the 26 minute film and appreciated the speakers that followed the screening. Besides Gallagher, the panel included Todd Quarterero, Co-Founder of NBFF, Erik Forssell, the festival's Director of Programming and Janice Arrington, Orange County Film Commissioner. Media Alliance of Orange County co-president, Tim Keenan, also a member of MCAi, was the MC.
Gallagher's film has been the subject of features on the OC Register and premiered on KOCE-TV 4 nights after the premiere. It will run on Cox Cable and Time-Warner Cable as well.
Gallagher said his goal was, "to tell the story of a genuine, 10 year local success story showcasing international cinema as well as honoring an event that is one of Orange County's major social, cultural and educational experiences of the year." According to the crowd's enthusiastic response, he was successful.