Recap: Day One at NBFF
 

Lori Miller's new film, Day One, premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and the response was everything we'd hoped for.

It's an incredible thing, seeing years of work finally make it onto the big screen. Director Lori Miller has been traveling back and forth between St. Louis and our edit suites here in LA steadily for two years in her efforts to bring the story of Nahed Chapman New American Academy to audiences around the country. The Newport Beach Film Festival premiere was the first time the film had been watched by a large audience and their reaction thoroughly validated her efforts.

About an hour before the screening, both filmmakers and Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) members alike had a chance to discuss both past and premiering projects, while others took the opportunity to document their experience with a NBFF backdrop selfie. 

Post-screening, both Hydro Studios and the Day One film crew gathered at the front of the theater for a short Q & A, followed by a few audience reviews:

Day One was a great look at efforts to assimilate refugees into American culture through education and community. The interview subjects were varied and showed a complete look of how a program like the Nahed Chapman New American Academy works.
— Aron Garst, Netflix
 Director Lori Miller and Director of Photography Brian O'Connell pose for the camera pre-screening of  Day One .

Director Lori Miller and Director of Photography Brian O'Connell pose for the camera pre-screening of Day One.

 Hydro Studios' Director of Entertainment, Kirt Eftekhar and Editor David Beerman are all smiles in front of our newly printed Day One poster. 

Hydro Studios' Director of Entertainment, Kirt Eftekhar and Editor David Beerman are all smiles in front of our newly printed Day One poster. 

Overall, the NBFF premiere was a major success. We couldn't be happier with the outcome, and we can't wait to see where Day One goes from here. If you'd like updates on future festival appearances, follow our Day One journey on Facebook

 

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