TONY – THE MOVIE makes its OC premiere

Orange Coast River Park and the Newport Beach City Arts Commission in partnership with Illumination Foundation and the Newport Beach Film Festival are presenting the OC premiere of TONY – THE MOVIE, a documentary about homelessness on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The free screening takes place at Marina Park Community Center with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tony with Bike

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Directed by Dennis Stein, this 2017 film revolves around Tony, who ends up homeless after losing his job as a waiter in San Diego, and is faced with the daily struggles of life on the streets. His search for housing begins, but then turns into a quest for solutions to homelessness, not just for himself, but for thousands of people living on the streets across the country. The investigation takes him to the top levels of government locally, but also to regions across the country where progress is being made. What do communities do to significantly reduce homelessness? What is happening in San Diego? And does Tony find housing?

Following the screening, there is a panel discussion featuring Dennis Stein, Tony Rodriguez (lead subject) and Paul Leon, president and CEO of Illumination Foundation, beginning at 8:15 p.m.

Seating is first come, first served.

Marina Park Community Center is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

For more information, visit www.ocriverpark.org and www.tony-themovie.com.