What do “Gidget” and Niner Wine Estates have in common?

Nothing really….except that they involve two exciting fundraising events that the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is proud to present this fall!

The Frank Anderson / 2007 Best Short Film

On Saturday, September 22nd (that’s next weekend!), Niner Wine Estates will host another evening of my favorite Comedy Shorts featuring some award-winning short films from the SLOIFF archives. Sip on great wines as you watch the sun set (6:30-7:30pm) and then enjoy the movies in the cozy building next to the tasting room. I’ll be introducing the films and we’ll also raffle off Niner Wine and 2013 Festival passes between films. For film lineup and more details about this FREE Fall Fundraising event, click here.

Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, “the real Gidget”!

Then “Gidget Goes San Luis Obispo” when we present a new documentary, Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story, on Wednesday, October 10th in collaboration with our friends at the Women’s Legacy Fund. This is our third annual co-fundraising event and this year we look forward to hosting special guests, Kathy “Gidget” Zuckerman, surfing pioneer Linda Benson and filmmaker Brian Gillogly. A meet-and-greet reception will be held at Luis Wine Bar (5:30-7:00pm) followed by the movie and a lively Q&A at the historic Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo. Tickets for the movie are FREE (suggested donation is $15 with proceeds split between the SLOIFF and WLF). Tickets to the reception are $50 and are limited so don’t delay – order soon. Click here for more details and to reserve tickets. We hope you join us for both or either of these Film, Wine, Fun events!

I also wanted to share that the excellent documentary, Money and Medicine, that had its California premiere during the last SLOIFF, is airing on PBS on Tuesday, September 25 at 8pm (EST). Try to tune in if you missed it at the Festival – I highly recommend it!

Our new brochures are done and we are gearing up for another great Festival next March. Watch for them in the mail and please consider supporting the 2013 SLOIFF with a donation of $50 or more to our Film Society. We are also actively looking for film sponsorships of $250, $500 and $1000. This support is crucial to making the next Festival happen, so if you believe that Movies Matter, please consider making a donation or a sponsorship pledge today. Click here for more information.

Thanks so much for your support…and I look forward to seeing you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLOIFF Festival Director