Special Presentation Films

Sponsored by Women’s Legacy Fund,
Dawn Legg & Victoria Grostick

It’s been more than 20 years since Anita Hill was subpoenaed to testify about alleged sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, who was undergoing Senate confirmation for the Supreme Court at the time. Hill’s testimony sparked a national conversation on the issue of workplace sexual harassment, but many questions were left unanswered at the hearing’s end.

In a new documentary, by filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, Hill tells her story for the first time on film.This beautifully crafted and eye-opening film is Mock’s follow up to last year’s award-winning documentary “G-Dog”, which won the “Best in the Fest” award at the SLOIFF. This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Legacy Fund, an endowment fund at the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo which provides grants to organizations that benefit women and girls. After the screening, a group of local professionals will join Freida Lee Mock who will be calling in live, to discuss the film and its issues, and take questions from the audience. Rachel Fernflores, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cal Poly will moderate the panel that will include Attorney Jacqueline Frederick and Betsey Nash, Senior HR Specialist. This is going to be a fascinating and inspiring event, and we encourage men and women of all ages to attend. Documentary. 95 min. TRAILER
BUY NOWSunday, March 9, 1:00pm
Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo
$10 General / $8 Students & SLOIFF Film Society – All passes welcome.

Sponsored by Growing Together Initiative & Tranz Central Coast
A high school sophomore discusses his decision to come out as a transgendered male, and the philosophical considerations behind his identity. Directed by 17-year-old Mary Adams, a high school student in Decatur, Georgia. Documentary. 3 min.
Friday, March 7, 7:00pm
Palm Theatre, San Luis Obispo
$10/$8 for all three films and a reception hosted by the Growing Together Initiative

Sponsored by Cal Poly’s Center for Expressive Technologies, CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative, Journeyman International & ConsciousBuild, Inc.
“If You Build It” follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie
County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they worked with local high school students
to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller led their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible. This inspiring film offers a compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures.
Documentary. 95 min. TRAILER
Friday, March 7, 6:30pm
Business Rotunda, Bldg. 3 Room 213, Cal Poly
$10 General / Free to anyone with active Cal Poly ID but reservations must be made by clicking here
Only Movie Mogul Passes accepted.

Sponsored by Dolly Llama
Our final evening of the Festival begins with an award presentation to a number of deserving filmmakers in the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase competition. Then Central Coast audiences will be treated to a sneak preview of a brand new film starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams. FACE OF LOVE is the story of a widow named Nikki (Annette Bening) who, several years after the loss of her husband meets a man named Tom (Ed Harris) who looks exactly like her deceased husband. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings rush back to her: she’s met the love of her life. Again. The film is a romantic story filled with surprise, humor and reflections on the mystery of love surrounding us. Robin Williams plays Nikki’s confidante and would-be lover.

tracey paintingThere is a surprising co-star in the film with a local connection. Thirty paintings by local artist Tracey Sylvester Harris are featured and she will be on hand to share her unusual story with the audience. Her paintings were chosen by director Ari Posin to help illustrate the transformation in Tom’s character as he rediscovers painting and creates beautiful, large format pieces, painted in real life by Tracey Harris (no relation). She also spent time on the set, coaching Ed Harris on his painting technique.  MOVIE TRAILER

thelovestoryProjectThere will be a reception in the SLOIFF Headquarters (1007 Monterey) after the film where several of the artist’s paintings will be on display.
And just outside the Fremont Theatre, The Love Story Project will have its Airstream Story/Photobooth set up and ready to record your love story, and give you a photobooth picture.  Created by Shari and Alan Fraser, the Project aims to record 500 love stories between Valentine’s Day 2014 and 2015. Stories can be yours, family’s, or a long distance love message and will be posted one per day on the project’s site, www.thelovestoryproject.org.

Sunday, March 9, 6:30pm Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo
$10 General / $8 Students & SLOIFF Film Society    All passes welcome.

We Shall Overcome2FOLLOWING THE NINTH: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony
Sponsored by KCBX FM Public Radio
Filmed on five continents and in twelve countries, “Following The Ninth” tells the story of four people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by Beethoven’s Ninth message: Alle Menschen werden Brüder (All People Are Connected). At Tienanmen Square in 1989, students play the Ninth over loudspeakers as the army comes in to crush their protests for freedom. In Chile, women under the Pinochet dictatorship sing the Ninth at torture prisons. In Japan each December, the Ninth is performed hundreds of times, often with 10,000 people in the chorus. Part road trip, part adventure, “Following The Ninth” is an inspirational story about the power of music and human resilience in dark times. Director Kerry Candaele will be in attendance for a Q&A. TRAILER
Sunday, March 9, 4:00pm
Downtown Cinemas, San Luis Obispo
$10 General / $8 Students & SLOIFF Film Society – All passes welcome.

How The West Was WonThe Last Days of Cinerama &

Sponsored by Mona and Gordon Jennings
Filmmakers Robert Garren and Mike Celestino take a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the first three-panel Cinerama film since 1962. While delving into the history and technical challenges, they re-create the process 50 years later and document the experience in “The Last Days of Cinerama.

Less than ten Cinerama films were made between 1952 and 1962, before the technique
evolved into a single-camera 70mm film process. “How The West Was Won” (1962) is still
one of the most successful and enduring examples of this early widescreen format that involved four directors (including John Ford), each directing a different sequence. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Henry Fonda, and John Wayne, it is a sprawling epic that follows the Prescotts, an emigrant family, through four generations. Former child star Stanley Livingston will be on hand to discuss Cinerama with filmmaker Robert Garren. After a short break, Livingston
will introduce “How The West Was Won” in which he played the role of Prescott Rawlings as a 12-year-old. Livingston appeared in many movies and TV shows, including “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” and 12 years as Chip in the popular series “My Three Sons.” TRAILER
Saturday, March 8, 10:00am – “The Last Days of Cinerama” (25 min.)
followed by “How the West Was Won” (164 min)

Fremont Theatre
$10 General / $8 Students & SLOIFF Film Society – All passes welcome.

les.mizSING-ALONG with LES MISERABLES (2012)
Sponsored by Galaxy Theatre Atascadero & Sheila Blake
“Do you you hear the people sing?” You will if you’re at the Galaxy Theatre on Thursday, March 6 at 7:00pm! Last year’s sensational Oscar-winning musical is back, and this time, it’s okay to sing along! English subtitles will allow you to harmonize with Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and the cast of “Les Miz” – it will be almost like being right there at the barricades with them!
Come early and loosen your vocal cords with a drink or two at the welcoming Galaxy
Theatre bar. Take drinks and food into the theatre and test your Les Miz knowledge in a trivia contest before the show – win festival passes and more! Feeling a little nervous about singing in public? Don’t worry about it! If Russell Crowe can do it, you can too! PG-13. USA. 158 min. OFFICIAL TRAILER / PARODY TRAILER
Thursday, March 6, 7:00pm
Galaxy Theatre, Atascadero – $10 General / $8 Students & SLOIFF Film Society
All passes welcome

RunningforJim2-300RUNNING FOR JIM (plus Running Blind)
Sponsored by SLO Marathon + Half
presented by Leftlane Sports

A coach. His team. Their fight to finish. “Running for Jim” is a portrayal of grit, determination and the powerful will to finish. The film chronicles the story of Jim Tracy, the most decorated high school cross-country coach in California history, and his battle with fatal Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Tracy’s 2010 girls cross-country team gains international attention when 16-year-old Holland Reynolds collapses in the state championship race and crawls across the finish line to secure the title for her team and her ailing coach. First-time filmmakers Dan Noyes and Robin Hauser Reynolds present this film about the tenacity of the human spirit. Documentary. USA. 78 min. TRAILER

finishlineThe short film “Running Blind” will screen first. In 2012, EJ Scott set out to run 12 marathons in 12 states for charity. Suffering from a rare degenerative eye disease, and diagnosed as legally blind, EJ takes us on an inspiring journey proving that if there’s a will, there’s a way! Documentary. USA. 32 min. TRAILER
Thursday, March 6, 7:00pmBUY NOW
Fremont Theatre
$10 General / $8 Students & SLOIFF Film Society
All passes welcome.

Sponsored by Ron and Cathy Sexton
Considered one of the best epic movies of all time, Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” (1960) is meant to be seen on a BIG screen! Don’t miss this chance to see it on the biggest screen in the county (next to Sunset Drive-in, that is). Hearst Castle’s Visitor Center Theatre will host the movie as the final film in the SLO County on the Silver Screen series. One scene in the film was shot at Hearst Castle and no Hollywood film crew has been allowed to film there since…until Lady Gaga, that is!
With its all-star cast, spectacular fight scenes, and lots of men in togas, “Spartacus” takes you back centuries to Ancient Rome and still makes you want to stand up and shout, “I Am Spartacus!” PG-13. 197 min. TRAILER
Friday, March 7, 6:30pm
Hearst Castle Visitor Center Theatre, San Simeon
$10 General / $8 Students & SLOIFF Film Society
All passes welcome, including “SLO County on the Silver Screen” passes.