SLO Film Festival Fall Series will Highlight “Coming of Age” Movies & Stars

In honor of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival’s 21st birthday next year, the SLOIFF will celebrate early by screening three classic movies with a “coming of age” theme this fall, with special events that include Hollywood celebrities and musical guests.

Sponsored by MidAmerican Solar, owner of Topaz Solar Farms, the series will begin in September and run through November, and is a fundraiser for the 2015 Festival which is scheduled for March 10th to 15th.

Goonies 5On Saturday, September 20th, Templeton-native Josh Brolin will be the special guest for a screening of THE GOONIES, at the Fremont Theatre at 7:00pm in downtown San Luis Obispo. The 1985 adventure/comedy which turns 30 next year, was produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner, and has a cult following of nostalgic adults as well as younger audiences. Josh Brolin plays “Brand”, the older brother in a group of misfit pre-teens who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon. While attempting to save their homes from demolition, they discover an ancient map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate. Josh Brolin will be on hand for a Q&A session right after the movie and looks forward to sharing memories of his first major movie role.

Goonies 4Oscar-nominated in 2009 for his role in MILK, Brolin has a long list of impressive credits in successful films that include NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, TRUE GRIT, and GANGSTER SQUAD. Currently he has major roles in several new films being released this fall and winter, among them, INHERENT VICE (Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film) and EVEREST. He will also co-star in the Coen Brothers new film HAIL CAESAR. There will be a meet-and-greet reception with details to be announced soon. Tickets for the film are $12/$10 in advance, $15/$13 at the box office on the day of show.

Breaking Away 7On Saturday, October 25, the 1979 comedy, BREAKING AWAY will screen at the Fremont Theatre at 7:00pm, with the film’s star Dennis Christopher in attendance. Dennis Christopher was also the star of CALIFORNIA DREAMING (screened in Avila Beach last summer), as well as having featured roles in CHARIOTS OF FIRE and the Oscar-winning, DJANGO UNCHAINED.

The critically acclaimed BREAKING AWAY, directed by Peter Yates, won an Oscar in 1980 for Best Screenplay and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy. Dennis Christopher was nominated for several major awards that year, winning the BAFTA award for Most Promising Newcomer in a Leading Film Role, as well as the Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actor.

IMG_6586Christopher plays a small-town boy in the Midwest who is obsessed with the Italian bicycling team. His buddies, played by young Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern and Jackie Earle Haley, don’t understand him and his father (Paul Dooley) thinks he’s out of his mind, but somehow his enthusiasm winds up inspiring not only his friends, but his entire town. The film celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and is a timeless classic that ranks high on many lists. It’s #8 on AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time and #8 on Sports Illustrated list of Top 50 Best Sports Movies. Dennis Christopher will do a Q&A after the movie and will also be at a meet-and-greet reception, with details to be announced soon. Tickets for the film are $12/$10 in advance, $15/$13 at the box office day of show.

Finally, on Saturday, November 22nd, the SLOIFF will present “A Silent Night” with a screening of the 1919 silent comedy/drama, DADDY LONG LEGS along with a Silent Auction to benefit the upcoming 2015 Festival. The film will be accompanied by the Malibu Silent Film Orchestra, led by composer/violist Maria Newman, with an original score played by a 7-piece orchestra. The SLO Masonic Lodge will host the event, which will begin at 7:00pm with a food and wine reception and the silent auction.

DaddlyLongLegs1DADDY LONG LEGS was one of Mary Pickford’s most well-known and popular films. It was based on a play that opened in 1914 in New York. The movie was re-made in 1955 with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron, and a new musical stage version premiered just four years ago.

A mischievous orphan’s dismal prospects suddenly improve when an anonymous benefactor pays for her college education. Endearing, funny and highly entertaining, this will be a rare opportunity to see this beautifully re-mastered film in black, white and sepia with a live orchestra, in a very unique setting. Maria Newman’s melodic and moving score is one of several she has composed for silent films her foundation now owns the rights to. She is the daughter of multi-Oscar-winning composer, Alfred Newman. Advance tickets are $35/$30 ($45/$40 at door) and include food, wine, silent auction and the film. Seating is limited.

Tickets for all three movie events are on sale now at or by calling (805) 546-3456. Tickets are discounted for SLOIFF Film Society members (donors of $50 or more for the 2014/15 season) and for students. Festival Passes are also available now with an early-bird discount.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for both the Coming of Age series and the 2015 Festival – please contact if you’d like more information.

2015-row-of-icons-small.jpgAnd while you’re buying tickets and passes, check out our newly designed website which corresponds to our new annual brochure, being distributed around SLO County now. Thank you to Missy Reitner and the creative folks at iiiDesign for all their support!

Actor Jeff Bridges to receive the 2014 King Vidor Award

JB Headshot 2013The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is very excited to announce their 20th Anniversary King Vidor Award recipient: Academy Award®-winning actor, Jeff Bridges! Former King Vidor Award recipient, James Cromwell will present the award, followed by a conversation with Jeff Bridges, and a screening of one of his films (title TBA.)

One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award® nominee, Bridges’ performance in “Crazy Heart”—as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer —deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.  The performance also earned him the Golden Globe, SAG Award and the IFP/Spirit Award for Lead Actor.

He earned his first Oscar® nod in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor in Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Last Picture Show,” co-starring Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Three years later, he received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Michael Cimino’s “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.” By 1984 he landed top kudos with a Best Actor nomination for “Starman”; that performance also earned him a Golden Globe nomination. In 2001, he was honored with another Golden Globe nomination and his fourth Oscar® nomination for his role in “The Contender,” Rod Lurie’s political thriller, co-starring Gary Oldman and Joan Allen, in which Bridges played the President of the United States.

In December 2010 his reunion with the Coen Brothers in the critically acclaimed western “True Grit” landed him his sixth Oscar® nomination. His list of credits is long and impressive! He recently wrapped production on “The Giver” opposite Meryl Streep, based on the children’s novel by Lois Lowry. The film has been a passion project for more than a decade and he is serving as a producer.

In his “spare time”, Bridges plays with his band The Abiders and has played in San Luis Obispo several times in the past couple of years to enthusiastic audiences at SLO Brewing Co. and the Fremont Theatre. He is also a very talented photographer, artist and an inspiring humanitarian. He is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. A portion of the proceeds of this event will be donated to this charity in his honor.

BUY NOWSaturday, March 8, 7:00pm Fremont Theatre
$15 General / $10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society
Only Movie Mogul Passes accepted

Sponsored by Novo, Luna Red, Mama’s Meatballs, Granada Bistro, Windows on the Water, Bello Mundo Cafe, Ancient Peaks Winery, Baileyana Winery, Roxo Port Cellars, Stolichnaya Vodka/Young’s Market, Center of Effort Winery, and Chamisal Vineyards.

Rub elbows with the 2014 King Vidor honoree and special guests, and SLOIFF filmmakers while enjoying fine wines and great food in the cozy setting of the SLO Masonic Lodge. Magician Rich Ferguson will be working the room while a SLO Jazz Festival duo entertains.

Saturday, March 8, 9:00pm
SLO Masonic Lodge, 859 Marsh St. San Luis Obispo
$35 General / $25 Students & SLOIFF Film Society
Only Movie Mogul Passes accepted.

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Sundance hit ANITA coming to the San Luis Obispo Film Festival

anita-posterIt’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, ANITA, Hill tells her story for the first time on film since the hearing. The film’s director, Freida Mock, says the film tries to bring resolution to the hearing’s many unanswered questions. This beautifully crafted and eye-opening film is her follow up to last year’s, award-winning documentary, G-DOG, which won the “Best in the Fest” award at the SLO International Film Festival. Continue reading

Silent Classic METROPOLIS with German Pianist, Markus Horn

Presented by Union Bank logoOn Thursday, March 6, the 1927 silent classic, METROPOLIS will screen at the San Luis Obispo Masonic Lodge, accompanied live by German pianist, Markus Horn.

metropolis_poster_2Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS is considered by many to be one of the most important silent films ever made, and the foundation of the science fiction movie genre. Kino Lorber’s 2010 restored version includes 25 minutes of previously lost footage that had not been seen since its Berlin debut.

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. This new edition beautifully illustrates the film’s dazzling visual design and special effects, dramatizing the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and the rebellious subterranean laborers. Continue reading

Surf Nite in SLO – FIVE SUMMER STORIES with Honk in Concert!

Presented by… slo collection logoThe San Luis Obispo International Film Festival’s most popular event, Surf Nite in SLO is back and this year’s event will include a movie and a music concert at the Fremont Theatre, on Friday, March 7th. Heralded as the finest surf movie ever made, FIVE SUMMER STORIES is a cultural icon, a time capsule from the watershed era of the early 1970s. Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman’s documentary portrays a young, outlaw sport at a strategic point in its creative evolution, with a soundtrack that introduced an original new sound to surf films. Continue reading


Presented byUltra Stereo Labs logoAlso sponsored by kzoz new 07adam-west-2On Wednesday, March 5, at the Fremont Theatre, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival’s Opening Night event will feature STARRING ADAM WEST, a new documentary by Director, James Tooley.

Adam West will be at the screening for a Q&A and will receive the Festival’s third annual Spotlight Award, presented by self-confessed Batman idol and popular Los Angeles radio host on KROQ, Ralph Garman.

Adam West is a true American icon. Adam skyrocketed to fame in Hollywood in the mid-1960s, and has had an extraordinary career in entertainment that has spanned half a century. His role as Batman in the classic television series and feature of the same name continues to be seen throughout the world more thAdam_West_on_Family_Guyan 40 years after its debut. While Batman and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, remain his signature role, Adam has a multitude of motion picture, theater, and TV credits to his name. He has lent his voice to animated characters in such well-known series as Family Guy, The Simpsons, Rugrats, Batman, Animaniacs, Johnny Bravo, and many others.

The delightfully funny STARRING ADAM WEST tells the story of a Hollywood survivor, a family man, and the loyal fans who will stop at nothing to see their super hero justly rewarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

BUY NOWWednesday, March 5   7:00pm
Fremont Theatre, 1025 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo
$15 General / $10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society members

MURDER BY NUMBERS returns to Morro Bay!

murder-by-numbersThe SLO County on the Silver Screen series continues in January with another Hollywood movie filmed locally. In the winter of 2001, mega stars Sandra Bullock (Gravity, The Blind Side) and a very young Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines) were in San Luis Obispo County shooting Barbet Schroeder’s murder/mystery, MURDER BY NUMBERS. You can see it on the big screen on Saturday, January 11 at 12:00pm at the Bay Theatre in Morro Bay.

MURDER BY NUMBERS is a story about two gifted high school students who execute a “perfect” murder – then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective. The film also stars Ben Chaplin and Michael Pitt, who played Ryan Gosling’s best friend and accomplice who’s characters are loosely based on real-life murderers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold.
2002_Murder_by_Numbers_023The movie was shot primarily in Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, and there are many recognizable locations throughout the film including the SLO Courthouse and Fremont Theatre, the waterfront in Morro Bay where Sandra Bullock’s character lives in a houseboat, a house near Montana De Oro, and the SLO Mission/creek.
A number of local people were hired to work on the film in a variety of capacities, and we encourage anyone who was involved in the filming in any way to come to the screening to tell their stories!

Tickets are available now and at the door one hour before showtime. They are $10/$8 for students and SLOIFF Film Society, and $5 (at the door) for anyone who was in or worked on the movie.

Stay tuned for exciting news about the 2014 SLOIFF coming soon! Happy New Year!

10 YEARS LATER returns to SLO County 3 years later!

aaronWriter/director/actor, Aaron Metchik will be returning home for an encore screening of 10 YEARS LATER on Saturday, December 14 at 9:00pm at the Fair Oaks Theatre in Arroyo Grande. The 2010 film was shot in Nipomo and surrounding areas with many community members involved as cast and crew, so this will be a little reunion for a movie about a reunion!

This is the 10th event in the SLO County on the Silver Screen series, showcasing Hollywood movies filmed in San Luis Obispo County. Presented by MidAmerican Solar, proud owner of Topaz Solar Farms, the fundraising series for the 2014 SLOIFF is also sponsored by Visit San Luis Obispo County & Film Commission; Cliffs Resort, Apple Farm, Sycamore Mineral Springs and SeaVenture Resort; Q104.5 and the New Times.

10-years-later10 YEARS LATER is a dark comedy about six childhood best friends returning home for
their ten year high school reunion. When one of them kidnaps an enemy from their past and inadvertently gets the others involved, each must decide whether to turn in a best friend or become accomplices in a dark plot that none of them are sure they can pull off.

The film stars Jake Hoffman (Barney’s Version, The Wolf of Wall Street), Rachel Boston
(500 Days of Summer, The Witches of East End), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes, The
Pact), Senta Moses (Home Alone, Beakman’s World), Aaron Metchik (The Babysitters
Club, Trading Mom), McKinley Freeman (Days of our Lives, Sharpshooter) and James
DeBello (American Pie, Cabin Fever.) The cast was rounded out by a number of local
actors, including PCPA’s Eric Stein, John Kepler and Dottie Thompson.

The high school reunion was filmed at Nipomo High School with dozens of local extras,
and the main scenes of the movie were shot in a lovely Victorian house in Nipomo that
was un-beautified (to look like a run-down hovel) by local set designer, Shelley Malcolm.

Tickets for 10 YEARS LATER are available online now for $10 general and $8 for students and SLOIFF Film Society members. Tickets are only $5 (at the door) for anyone who was in or worked on the film. The Fair Oaks Theatre, located at 1007 E. Grand Ave. Arroyo Grande, will host the screening at 9:00pm on Saturday, December 14th. The movie is rated PG-13 for mature themes and some adult language.

Stars of LITTLE GIANTS coming to Arroyo Grande!

little_giantsOn Saturday, December 7 at 12 noon, several members of the LITTLE GIANTS cast will be at the Fair Oaks Theatre in Arroyo Grande for a screening of the popular 1994 family film. Shawna Waldron who played Becky “Icebox” O’Shea, Todd Bosley and Marcus Toji were all kids when the movie was shot in Arroyo Grande. They are looking forward to coming back and sharing stories of the filming. Associate Producer/Production Manager, D. Scott Easton will also be on hand to share his favorite (and not-so-favorite) memories and community members who were involved in the filming are invited to come and share their stories too!

This is the eighth event in the “SLO County on the Silver Screen” series, showcasing Hollywood movies filmed in San Luis Obispo County. A total of 20 films are being shown in the cities they were shot in from August 2013 to March 2014, to celebrate the SLOIFF’s 20th Anniversary, happening March 5-9, 2014. Presented by MidAmerican Solar, owner of Topaz Solar Farms, the fundraising series for the 2014 SLOIFF is also sponsored by Visit San Luis Obispo County & Film Commission; Cliffs Resort, Apple Farm, Sycamore Mineral Springs and SeaVenture Resort; Q104.5 and the New Times. Continue reading

“The Monster of Piedras Blancas” was no vegetarian!

monster-of-piedra-biancas-01-gThe San Luis Obispo International Film Festival continues its SLO County on the Silver Screen series on Friday, November 15th with 1959’s THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS!
Filmed in Cayucos in only two weeks in 1958, for $50,000, the B-movie features a 7-foot tall, lizard-like creature who really likes meat! Any kind of meat apparently! The 7-foot crab-man terrorizes the town, beheading its victims and sucking their bodies dry of blood. In one memorable scene, the creature flees with a man’s severed head dangling from its claws. It would be very scary….if it wasn’t so funny! Continue reading