News from the SLO Film Festival…

We’re just a little more than three weeks away from Opening Night!! We have lots of news that we’re almost ready to share…but meanwhile, our last official SLO County on the Silver Screen event is coming up this Saturday night and it’s going to be a great one!

Ruby_GentryRUBY GENTRY was partially filmed in San Luis Obispo County in 1952, directed by King Vidor who is the namesake of our annual career achievement award and a long-time resident of Paso Robles until his death there, in 1982. The movie was shot in Paso Robles and Morro Bay, although it was set in North Carolina!

A wonderful sizzling drama, the movie’s tagline when it was released in 1952 was: “The story of Ruby Gentry, who wrecked a whole town — man by man …sin by sin.” Starring the seductive beauty, Jennifer Jones, who plays an independent free-thinking woman; the muscle-bound Charleton Heston plays the bad boy she is drawn to; and lovable Karl Malden as the sensible not-very-sexy man she should marry. This is melodrama at its finest – the film really is a masterpiece and the story is timeless. This is a lesser known film from King Vidor and definitely worth seeing. Tickets are available now by clicking HERE, and they will also be sold at the Park Cinemas box office one hour before the 7:00pm showtime. Hope to see you there!

Our Festival Headquarters will be opening on Tuesday, Feb. 18th in the same location as last year – 1007 Monterey St., thanks to Rossi Enterprises generous donation. We will be sending more updates about the festival very soon! And with any luck, the full film listing and schedule will be on our website by Feb. 14th! Selected special events are on sale now – go to for details!