Independent drama Jackie & Ryan, which stars Katherine Heigl as Jackie Laurel and Ben Barnes as Ryan Brenner, makes its North American debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Saturday, April 25th.

Katherine Heigl Stars As Jackie Laurel In Jackie & Ryan

Shot in Utah, the Ami Canaan Mann picture sees Ryan, a traveling musician, and Jackie, a former singer at a crossroads in her marriage, meet by chance while Ryan is busking on the street. They share an immediate connection, but it's fleeting, until a sudden accident propels them together. Soon, Ryan finds himself at Jackie's house for dinner, where they discover they share more than a passion for music. Ryan's battling to find the courage to write his own music and Jackie's fighting an estranged husband who wants custody of her daughter. The two form an unlikely relationship that may change their lives forever.

Tickets for the Newport Beach premiere of Jackie & Ryan are available from the official web site for the film festival.