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Filmmaker Dustin Kahia is no stranger to the Newport Beach Film Festival. Twice he’s been invited to screen his short films VALEDICTION (2012) and MASTERPIECES (2010), now three’s a charm as he’s back to share with us his feature length suspenseful  psychological film noir, CALL OF THE VOID, which makes its world premiere on Sunday, April 24th at 2:30pm.


Call of the Void is a neo-noir exploration of obsession, attachment, and addiction. Drawn from the French psychoanalytical term l’appel du vide (literally “the call of the void”), it refers to that neurotic self-destructive impulse to jump from the bridge or swerve into oncoming traffic. In Call of the Void, we witness a broken young man’s ingrained pattern of refusing to hear the truth about his girlfriend (Ashley Clement), her fate, and hi

Things get complicated when Steve ignores the counsel of his A.A. sponsor (James Morrison) and confronts the cop who stole his girl only to discover that what seems to be terra firma…may be quick sand. One troubling revelation after another climaxes in a confrontation with the one thing Steve never saw coming.

Shot in lush black and white, Call of the Void is a nod to Hitchcock’s Freudian probings, an homage to the misunderstood noir genre, and a celebration of the power of hope over despair. Maybe.



Sunday, April 24th 
Islands Theater #7
Fashion Islands Cinemas
999 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA

Newport Beach Film Festival Update

The 17th annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is set for April 21st through April 28th, 2016. While the 8 day long festival featuring over 350 films and attracting over 55,000 visitors to Orange County may seem a little ways off, not so for filmmakers wanting to make a submission. The deadline is tomorrow, Friday, December 18, 2015 for Film Submissions.

Founded in 1999, NBFF prides itself on its lifestyle films and focuses on bringing the best local, national, international and critically acclaimed films to the Newport Beach community.

The program for this year includes:

Features                                                                     Community Cinema

Shorts                                                                         Environmental Film Series

Documentaries                                                         Family Film Series

Action Sports Series                                                Music

Art, Architecture, and Design Series                   Music Video

Collegiate Showcase                                                Youth Film Showcase


NBFF strives to bring the best in contemporary and classical filmmaking from around the world. In addition, the Festival stimulates interest and passion in film goers of all ages and backgrounds through its integration of local community and educational institutions to foster and develop an appreciation in the art of film.