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Virgen's View: 'Augie' documentary emotional, funny and powerful

Virgen's View: 'Augie' documentary emotional, funny and powerful

Moviegoers at the Newport Beach Film Festival are given a ballot that has four ratings: Bad, Fair, Good and Excellent. It would be a great surprise if everyone who saw, “Augie,” didn’t enter: Excellent.

The documentary about the Corona del Mar resident who battles ALS was gripping, honest, humorous and emotionally powerful. Director James Keach, who was in attendance for Thursday afternoon’s screening, wanted the audience to leave the film feeling empowered, but you also can’t help but feel saddened for Augie Nieto and his family.

Overall, viewers were left with the knowledge that Augie has become iconic in the ALS community, a true champion for research and awareness of the...

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