SLOIFF Announces the 2015 King Vidor Award Recipient

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and event sponsors BHE Renewables, New Times, Martin Resorts and KSBY are thrilled to announce that the 21st King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking will be presented to multi-Oscar® nominated director and screenwriter, Peter Bogdanovich. The award will be presented on Saturday, March 14 at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo.

Join us for a festive evening that begins with a celebration of winning films, hosted by KSBY-TV’s Dan Shadwell. George Sidney Independent Film and Central Coast Filmmaker Awards will be presented in several categories, juried by film and media professionals. Major festival sponsors and City officials will be on hand to present awards, which include the Audience Choice Awards, based on votes collected during the first four days of the festival.

BogdanovichAfter a short intermission, the 21st King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking will be presented to multi-Oscar® nominated director and screenwriter, Peter Bogdanovich. After the award presentation, Bogdanovich will discuss his storied career with Jim Dee, owner of local art-house Palm Theater, and then introduce a special screening of “The Last Picture Show.” A reception in Mr. Bogdanovich’s honor will follow at the Warden Building in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Best known for his directorial and writing efforts for “The Last Picture Show,” “What’s Up Doc,” “Paper Moon,” and “Mask”, the acclaimed writer, director, actor and longtime Hollywood personality, got his start working as an actor in live TV and theatre as a teenager in the late 50’s. At age 20 he began directing Off-Broadway plays. He achieved notoriety for programming movies at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. An obsessive cinema-goer, sometimes seeing up to 400 movies a year in his youth, Bogdanovich prominently showcased the work of American directors such as Orson Welles, John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock.

last_picture_showIn 1966, he began working as Roger Corman’s assistant on “The Wild Angels”, and then went on to direct his first film, “Targets”, starring Boris Karloff. He earned his first Oscar nod in 1971 with “The Last Picture Show,” starring then-unknowns Jeff Bridges (2014 King Vidor Award recipient), Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Ellen Burstyn, and Cloris Leachman, in this brilliant look at small-town Texan-American life in the early 1950s. The film won the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Screenplay (which Bogdanovich co-wrote with novelist Larry McMurtry), the British Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and received a total of eight Academy Award nominations, including three for Bogdanovich. Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman won for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. AFI listed “The Last Picture Show” as one of the “100 Best Films Ever Made.” In 1998, the Library of Congress designated the film as a National Treasure.

papermoonThe following year he directed “What’s Up Doc?,” a romantic farce starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, followed by “Paper Moon” (1973), a Depression era tale about a pair of unlikely con artists. That film garnered four Academy Award nominations and a win for Best Actress for the nine-year-old Tatum O’Neal – the youngest performer ever to win an Academy Award.

Highlights in the following years include “Mask”, starring Cher and Eric Stoltz (1985) “They All Laughed,” (1981) Audrey Hepburn’s last starring picture, “Noises Off” (1992) with an all-star cast, “The Cat’s Meow” (2001) and “Texasville” (1990), a sequel to “The Last Picture Show,” again starring Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd.

He is the author of a number of books that include This Is Orson Welles, John Ford and Who The Devil Made It, and Who The Hell’s In It, all fascinating biographies that continue to be read by avid cine-files.

As an actor, Bogdanovich continues to take on a variety of roles. The best known is his recurring role of the ‘shrink’s shrink’ in the award-winning HBO series, The Sopranos. A younger version of Bogdanovich will be seen again soon in the premiere of Orson Welle’s last film that was never completed – “The Other Side of the Wind.”  Filmed in the mid-70’s, it also stars Dennis Hopper, Susan Strasberg and John Huston. He also recently directed the spring release, “She’s Funny That Way,” with a cast that includes Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and Cybill Shepherd.

The SLOIFF’s awards event will begin at 7:00pm with the presentation of juried and audience awards for festival filmmakers, followed by the King Vidor Award presentation. After a conversation with Palm Theatre’s Jim Dee, Bogdanovich will introduce a screening of “The Last Picture Show.” An awards after-party will also be held at the Warden Building in downtown San Luis Obispo. See below for details.

Saturday, March 14, 7:00pm Fremont Theatre
$12 General / $10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society – Only Movie Mogul, Sponsor Mogul and Filmmaker Passes accepted for this Red Carpet Event. Click here for tickets.

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Sponsored by Ancient Peaks Winery, Biddle Ranch Winery, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, Sextant Wines, Roxo Port Cellars, Novo,Big Sky, Tito’s Handmade Vodka/Young’s Market, Windows on the Water, and Spyglass Restaurants.

Rub elbows with the 2015 King Vidor honoree and special guests, and SLOIFF filmmakers while enjoying fine wines and great food in the cozy setting of the historic Warden Building in the middle of downtown San Luis Obispo.

Saturday, March 14, 9:00pm
Warden Building, 770 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo

$35 General / $25 Students & SLOIFF Film Society – Click here to purchase tickets now.
Only Movie Mogul, Sponsor Mogul and Filmmaker Passes accepted for this Red Carpet Event.

Opening Night Movie – THE ROAD WITHIN

Presented by Ultra Stereo Labs logoThe San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is kicking off its 21st birthday with a new and very unique coming-of-age movie. THE ROAD WITHIN, starring Dev Patel, Robert Sheehan, and Zoe Kravitz will open the festival on Tuesday, March 10th at a
Red Carpet Event at the Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo.


Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel and Zoe Kravitz.

Vincent (played by Irish native Robert Sheehan) has Tourette’s syndrome. When his mother dies, Vincent becomes obsessed with scattering her ashes by the ocean. Too much for his busy father to handle, Vincent is sent to a residential treatment center in Nevada where he befriends two other “inmates” struggling with their own personal issues. At odds with both his father and therapist, Vincent convinces his new friends to join him on a an epic road trip. As with most adventures of their nature, the destination ends up being less important than the journey. Writer/director Gren Wells (recently named on Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch list) has knocked one out of the park with this refreshingly original and heartwarming story of family, friendship and growing up. Leave the kids at home for this one though…as you might imagine, Vincent’s language is a little ripe, to say the least!

Also starring Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Patrick.

Also starring Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Patrick.

Here’s what one critic has to say about this great ensemble cast:
“Sheehan does an amazing job not just with the American accent but with capturing the physical manifestations of the ailment. Kravitz, best known for her roles in Divergent and X-Men: First Class, manages to be abrasive and compassionate at the same time; she delivers a vibrant performance. But it may be that Patel is most impressive of all. The star of Slumdog Millionaire and the HBO series The Newsroom has never had a role this demanding, and he does astonishing work that reveals a whole new side of his talent.” Stephen Farber / The Hollywood Reporter

Robert Sheehan, will be in attendance, along with fellow cast member, Alli Hillis, writer/director Gren Well and producer Brent Emery. You can meet them and fellow Festival-goers at the Opening Night Party happening at Luna Red in downtown SLO. From 5:00-6:30pm, enjoy mouth-watering appetizers, wines from Center of Effort and Bianchi Winery, craft beers and a signature cocktail in Luna Red’s relaxing yet elegant patio setting, right next to the Mission and just blocks from the Fremont Theatre.

Movie Mogul and Filmmaker passes will be accepted for the Opening Night Party and movie. Tickets for the reception will be available on a limited basis at the door for $30/person. Tickets for the movie are on sale now.

BUY NOWTHE ROAD WITHIN – Tuesday, March 10 – 7:00pm
Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo
$12 General / $10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society
All festival passes will be accepted for this event.

Thanks to generous sponsors:
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Two more Special Movie Events coming to the SLO Film Festival


The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and SLOIFF_POSTER_CitizenKane_11x17Friends of Hearst Castle announce a first-ever screening in the historic theater in Hearst Castle of Orson Welles’ masterpiece, CITIZEN KANE. Tickets are $1,000 per person for this joint fundraiser of SLOIFF and Friends of Hearst Castle, which supports conservation of, and education about, Hearst Castle. On Friday, March 13th, as part of the 21st Annual SLOIFF, the film will be screened for only 50 people in William Randolph Hearst’s original private theater in the hilltop estate. This is the first time this controversial film has ever been screened in Hearst Castle itself. The evening will include a VIP tour and a sunset reception overlooking the San Simeon Coastline. Proceeds from this event will also support the 2015 SLOIFF, an annual countywide film festival on California’s beautiful Central Coast.

SLOIFF Spotlight Award recipient John Milius, producer/director Greg MacGillivray, and Hollywood executives will be among special guests attending the event. The film will be introduced by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz. TV personality, writer and humorous raconteur, Ben is the grandson of CITIZEN KANE co-screenwriter, Herman Mankiewicz. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles received the only Oscar given to the film that is still considered by many to be the best movie ever made.

For a schedule of the evening and more information please click here.

Hollywood to Hearst Castle / CITIZEN KANE in the Hearst Castle Theater
Friday, March 13, 5:30pm • Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
Tickets: $1000/person include VIP tour, sunset reception, movie and gift bag

with special guest Stephen Jenkinson
Sponsored by Hospice of San Luis Obispo County

Tim Wilson’s 2008 National Film Board documentary introduces us to Canadian Stephen Jenkinson, once the leader of a palliative care counseling team at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Through his daytime job, he has been at the deathbed of well over 1,000 people. What he sees over and over, he says, is “a wretched anxiety and an existential terror” even when there is no pain. Indicting the practice of palliative care itself, he has made it his life’s mission to change the way we die – to turn the act of dying from denial and resistance into an essential part of life. Wilson has done a beautiful job of weaving together Jenkinson’s calm inspirational philosophy with poignant interviews and scenes of the stunning Canadian wilderness he lives in. This is truly a beautiful and important film and we are excited to share it with Central Coast audiences.

And what a bonus!! Stephen Jenkinson will be in attendance and will be on hand for a Q&A after the film. He will be in San Luis Obispo the following week for a reading and signing of his book Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul on March 20 and a day-long seminar on March 21. For more information:

Sunday, March 15    4:00pm    Downtown Center Cinemas, San Luis Obispo
Tickets will be available day of show at the theatre box office. All festival passes will be accepted and pass holders get priority seating up to 15 min. before the screening.

SLOIFF Announces 10th Anniversary SURF NITE IN SLO

PRESENTED BY slo collection logoThe San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and The San Luis Obispo Collection are excited to announce the 10th Annual Surf Nite in SLO featuring a double feature and filmmaker tribute. The California Premiere of HOLLYWOOD DON’T SURF will kick off the evening, followed by the presentation of the Festival’s Spotlight Award to BIG WEDNESDAY writer/director, John Milius, and a screening of BIG WEDNESDAY, introduced by invited cast and crew. It all takes place on Thursday, March 12th at 6:00pm, at the historic Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo.

GidgetBlueScreenHOLLYWOOD DON’T SURF is co-directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Greg MacGillivray (FIVE SUMMER STORIES, LIVING SEA, EVEREST, TO THE ARCTIC) and Emmy-winning director Sam George (HAWAIIAN: The Legend of Eddie Aikau), and is the ultimate celebration and dissection of surfing highlighted in Hollywood movies – raising the question for both surfers and non-surfers alike – “will Hollywood ever get it right?”

SpielbergMiliusLucasStudioThe feature-length documentary takes a comedic romp through the history of the most famous and recognizable surf films ever made. Through the lens and insights of various movie titans, A-list directors, stars and surf legends alike, the film features Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, John Milius, Stacy Peralta, Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gerry Lopez, Laird Hamilton, Nia Peeples, Lee Purcell, Peter Townend, Ian Cairns, Greg Noll, Frankie Avalon, the real-life ‘Gidget’ Kathy Kohner and world record holder of the biggest wave ever surfed, Garrett McNamara. HOLLYWOOD DON’T SURF features McNamara’s record-setting ride on the gargantuan wave seen for the first time ever in a feature film.

Covering over 50 years of often outlandish but hugely entertaining surfing in cinema, the film tracks the absurd and kitsch early years of surfer portrayals, the evolution of the ultimate surf film cult classic culminating in writer/director John Milius’ BIG WEDNESDAY and modern day attempts to capture the essence and thrill of big wave riding. The yet-to-be-released documentary is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films, William S. Price III, Lincoln Forrest Phipps and Chris Kobin. Co-director/producer Greg MacGillivray was also intimately involved with BIG WEDNESDAY as the producer of the surfing sequences. The picture is also presented by Americas Film Conservancy, a non-profit founded by producer Oliver Kwon and dedicated to the preservation of film.

Big WednesdayAfter the Festival’s screening of HOLLYWOOD DON’T SURF, Greg MacGillivray will present the 4th Annual Spotlight Award to Writer/Director, John Milius. Best known as the screenwriter of iconic and often-quoted movie lines in box office hits APOCALYPSE NOW, DIRTY HARRY, and JAWS, Milius’s passion project was BIG WEDNESDAY. Himself a die-hard surfer, he had dreamed of writing and directing the first narrative surf film that surfers would relate to and embrace. In the process of making the ultimate, big budget surf film, Milius staked his career and reputation on a release that bombed at the box office only to be re-deemed years later as arguably the greatest surf film ever made. Milius also wrote and/or directed other notable films including CONAN THE BARBARIAN, RED DAWN and CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER. He has a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most outrageous and “macho” personalities and was immortalized on screen as the inspiration for the Coen Brothers gun-toting character John Goodman played in THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

big-wednesdayb&wFollowing the award presentation, there will be an intermission and a screening of BIG WEDNESDAY, starring Gary Busey, Jan Michael-Vincent and William Katt. Portraying three young California surfers in the 1960s in this coming-of-age tale, their carefree lives of beaches, girls and waves are interrupted by the Vietnam war, leaving them to wonder if they will survive until “Big Wednesday,” the mythical day when the greatest, cleanest, most transcendent wave of all to appear and be ridden. This iconic film will be introduced by Greg MacGillivray, John Milius, William Katt and more members of the cast.

Other special Surf Nite guests include legendary surfers, Peter Townend, Ian Cairns and Garrett McNamara. A meet-and-greet afterparty will be hosted by Creeky Tiki in downtown SLO, featuring Saint Archer beer and Head High Wines. Show your festival pass or Surf Nite ticket for half-price drinks and appetizers. More special guests will be announced in the coming weeks, but tickets are on sale now – click here for tickets or by calling (805) 546-3456.

Thursday, March 12, 6:00pm
Fremont Theatre, 1025 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo
Advance tickets: $25 general / $15 students & Film Society (purchased online or at HQ)
At the Door (if available): $30 general / $20 students & Film Society
Rush seats for BIG WEDNESDAY may also be available at the door at 8:30pm – $10

Only Movie Mogul passes can be used for this Red Carpet Event. All Festival passes are on sale now.

This event is also generously supported by:

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SLO Film Festival announces four Special Presentation Films

Sponsored by the
San Luis Obispo Marathon

From the filmmakers who brought you the award-winning documentary SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON (screened at the SLOIFF several years ago) comes the long anticipated sequel. Featuring the personal journeys of a new cast of seven athletes as they run the iconic streets of Rome, Italy, the film also includes interviews with marathon greats such as Stefano Baldini, Paula Radcliffe, Frank Shorter and many others. An entirely new running adventure, SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON II expands upon the first film looking further into this legendary event, its significance in people’s lives and ultimate impact on society.

Join SLO Marathon organizers Heather Hellman and Samantha Pruitt and the producer of the movie, Megan Williams, for a ‘spirited’ Q&A after the film, followed by a Pub Run through downtown San Luis Obispo. For more information about this event and the April 24-26 SLO Marathan, go to

BUY NOWSaturday, March 14 – Fremont Theatre, SLO – 12:00pm
$12 General / $7 Special Student Price
All Festival Passes welcome

THE BREAKFAST CLUB – A Tribute to John Hughes
with special guest writer/film critic Kirk Honeycutt

Sponsored by Union Bank and Q104.5

the breakfastclubThere is probably no other writer/director as well known for making financially and critically successful movies with a “coming of age” theme than John Hughes. He wrote 46 movies, produced 23 and directed 8 and his powerful influence in Hollywood can still be felt, although sadly he passed away in 2009. Author and film critic, Kirk Honeycutt will lead a discussion about the genius behind such hits as FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF, HOME ALONE, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, PRETTY IN PINK and many more. Hughes’ career is the subject of his new biography, John Hughes – A Life in Film, being released in February.

Join us for a screening of THE BREAKFAST CLUB with some invited guests who will join Honeycutt to talk about John Hughes and his affinity for making iconic and important “coming of age” films.

Former chief film critic at the The Hollywood Reporter, Kirk Honeycutt has written the first complete illustrated tribute to this legendary writer/producer/director. He will be signing his new book on Saturday, March 14 at Barnes & Noble at 2pm.

BUY NOWFriday, March 13 – Fremont Theatre, SLO – 8:30pm
$12 General / $10 Student/SLOIFF Film Society
All Festival Passes welcome

Sponsored by The Women’s Legacy Fund

Direct from its premiere at Sundance this month, The SLOIFF is delighted to bring THE MASK YOU LIVE IN to audiences in San Luis Obispo. This brand new documentary is made by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Jennifer Congdon, the filmmakers who premiered MISS REPRESENTATION at Sundance, followed by the SLOIFF in 2011.

Their new film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, they confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

THE MASK YOU LIVE IN ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a
healthier generation of boys and young men. After the film, a panel of local experts in education and gender studies will discuss the issues in the film and take questions from the audience. More details on the panel will be announced soon.

BUY NOWSaturday, March 14 – Fremont Theatre, SLO – 3:00pm
$12 General / $10 Student/SLOIFF Film Society
All Festival Passes welcome

with special guest Writer/Director George Gallo

We are delighted to collaborate with Seaside Gallery in Pismo Beach to present a film made by writer/director and talented artist, George Gallo. Best known for Hollywood hits like MIDNIGHT RUN, WISE GUYS and BAD BOYS, George Gallo is also well known in the art world for his impressionist paintings. Having grown up with a passion for art, he was fortunate enough to cross paths with Russian painter, George Cherepov who became a major influence in his life. He captured his own story in a wonderful “coming of age” independent movie called LOCAL COLOR, released in 2006.

george-gallo-seaside-gardenBetween screenings of the film on Friday, March 13 in downtown San Luis Obispo and Sunday, March 15 in Pismo Beach, Gallo will be at Seaside Gallery on Saturday, March 14 from 1-4pm for an Artists Reception. He will also be on hand for a Q&A at each of the screenings. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet an inspirational artist/filmmaker, who has also authored a book, Impressionist Painting for Landscapes.

Friday, March 13 – Downtown Cinemas, SLO – 7:00pm
Sunday, March 15 – La Perla Del Mar, Pismo Beach – 1:00pm
Tickets will be available day of show at the door: $12 General / $10 Student/SLOIFF Film Society / All Festival Passes welcome (pass holders get priority seating)

More Special Presentation Films will be announced very soon.
The full 2015 SLOIFF film lineup will be announced in mid-February.

DADDY LONG LEGS and the Malibu Silent Film Orchestra coming soon!

The last film in our autumn “coming of age” series is Mary Pickford’s silent comedy “DADDY LONG LEGS” accompanied live by the Malibu Silent Film Orchestra.

MEHC Renewables LLCPresented by MidAmerican Solar, owner of Topaz Solar Farms, the series is a fundraiser for the 2015 Festival, scheduled for March 10th to 15th. The series is also sponsored by Q104.5, New Times, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Sands Inn and Suites.

On Saturday, November 22nd, the evening will begin with a reception and silent auction at the San Luis Obispo Masonic Lodge in downtown San Luis Obispo (859 Higuera St.) at 6:30pm. Wine, appetizers and period-themed cocktails will be served by costumed volunteers. At 8:00pm, there will be a short live auction followed by the 1919 silent film, DADDY LONG LEGS, with an JT_08043original score composed by Maria Newman and performed by a seven-piece orchestra from Malibu.

DADDY LONG LEGS was one of Mary Pickford’s most well-known and popular films. Based on a play that opened in New York in 1914, the movie was re-made in 1955 with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron, and a new musical stage version premiered just four years ago. It tells the story of a mischievous orphan who’s dismal prospects suddenly improve when an anonymous benefactor pays for her collegeDaddy-Long-Legs_(1919) education. Endearing, funny and highly entertaining, this will be a unique opportunity to see this beautifully re-mastered film with a live orchestra, in a very unique setting. Maria Newman’s melodic and moving original score is one of several she has composed for silent films her foundation owns the rights to. She is the daughter of multi-Oscar winning composer, Alfred Newman, whose incredibly talented musical family includes Thomas and Randy Newman.

Advance tickets are only $35 General and $30 for students and SLOIFF Film Society ($45/$40 at door) and include food, wine, silent auction and the film. Seating is limited. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling (805) 546-3456. 2015 Festival Passes are also available now with an early-bird discount.

Denise's planeSilent and live auction items are perfectly timed for the holidays, and include hotel stays and private homes in the US and Italy, vintage plane rides, winemaker dinners, art and jewelry, and many other great gift options. CLICK HERE to see the list of items.

This event is generously sponsored by Filipponi Ranch Cellars, Sculpterra Winery, Biddle Ranch Vineyards, DeAngelis Wines, Me & Z’s Mexican Seafood, TASTE, Pizza Solo, San Luis BBQ, Sidecar Restaurant and Young’s Market.

Proceeds of this event directly support the 2015 SLOIFF!

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Don’t miss the 35th Anniversary of “Breaking Away”

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.

MEHC Renewables LLCSponsored by MidAmerican Solar, proud 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.
The series is also generously sponsored by Q104.5, New Times, Sands Inn & Suites and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Breaking Away 7On Saturday, October 25, the 1979 comedy, BREAKING AWAY will screen at the Fremont Theatre at 7:00pm, with the film’s stars Dennis Christopher and Paul Dooley 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. Paul Dooley, who plays the befuddled and hilarious father in BREAKING AWAY, is a character actor also known for SIXTEEN CANDLES, CARS and as the guest star of many TV shows.

This film event is generously sponsored by Best Bike Zone, Flanders Bicycle, Paso Bike Tours, Foothill CycleryMama’s Meatball and Peloton Cellars! Partial proceeds will go to support the SLO County Bicycle Coalition whose mission is to improve the quality of life in SLO County
through bicycle advocacy, education and inspiration.

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.

Christopher 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.

mamasmeatballslogoDennis Christopher and Paul Dooley will do a Q&A after the movie and will also be at a meet-and-greet reception at Mama’s Meatball in San Luis Obispo, happening 5:00-6:30pm. The reception includes classic Italian appetizers, wine courtesy of Peloton Cellars, and of course, some Cinzano! Tickets for the reception AND movie are $30/person. Individual reception tickets are $20. Tickets for the film are $12 (general), $10 (students) in advance, $15/$13 at the box office day of show. To purchase tickets now, click here.

Stay tuned for more details about our last movie night of this series, DADDY LONG LEGS with the Malibu Silent Film Orchestra on November 22!

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