Who's Watching Whom in This Clever Newport Beach Film Festival Spot?

Disconcerting Short Explores the Voyeurism of Cinema

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This year's trailer for the Newport Beach Film Festival explores the voyeuristic art of cinema with a clever film in which everyone is watching someone else.

The short, which has some disconcertingly edgy moments, opens on a scene of two lovers, but it's soon apparent that they are being watched by two horrified children, who are peering through a window of a tiny house. Not only that, the kids themselves are in a tiny house, being watched by a particularly creepy-looking guy. And it so it goes on... but we won't spoil the ending.

The film is by agency RPA (which has previous created some other great shorts for the festival, including 2013's Mandible) and it was directed by Jogger.

"'We're Being Watched' communicates how real life informs what happens on screen and vice-versa, as film is an exercise in capturing the human experience and the boundaries of human imagination," said RPA Co-Founder and Director of Marketing Todd Quartararo in a statement. "There is a fantastic opportunity to reimagine how we perceive reality and our traditional expectation of the way it unfolds before us."

The Festival will run throughout Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, beginning April 21 and concluding April 28, screening more than 350 films.

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Apr 05, 2016
Newport Beach Film Festival
Director of Marketing & PR:
Todd Quartararo
Executive Vice President:
Joseph Baratelli
Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer:
Joseph Baratelli
Senior Vice President & General Creative Director:
Pat Mendelson
VP, Creative Director/Art:
Scott McDonald
Creative Writer:
Joshua Hepburn
SVP Chief Production Officer:
Gary Paticoff
VP Executive Producer:
Selena Pizarro
Senior Producer:
Kay Lynn Dutcher
Music Track:
A Serial Universe
Composer & Sound Design:
Peter Lauridsen
Creative Director:
David Parker
Director of Photography:
Alice Gu
Executive Producer:
Rich Rama
Geno Imbriale
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Cut + Run
Lucas Eskin
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Amburr Farls
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Remy Foxx
Assistant Editor:
Lauren Brown
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Nancy Hwang
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Ben Sposato
Video Effects Production Coordinator:
Erica Cruz
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Shauna Prescott
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Gavin Camp
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Cole Schreiber
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The Mill
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Damien Van Der Cruyssen
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Creative Director:
PJ Richardson
Executive Producer:
Lindsay Bodanza
Lime Studios
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Matt Miller
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Asher Hung
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