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:
• THE GOONIES with special guest Josh Brolin – Sat. September 20, 7:00pm
• BREAKING AWAY with special guest Dennis Christopher – Sat. October 25, 7:00pm
• DADDY LONG LEGS with Malibu Silent Film Orchestra – Sat. November 22, 6:30pm
Sponsored 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 and Sands Inn & Suites.
On 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.
Oscar-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. Tickets for the film are $12/$10 in advance, $15/$10 at the box office on the day of show.
On 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.
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.
Dennis 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 Meatballs in San Luis Obispo, happening 5:00-6:30pm. The reception includes classic Italian appetizers, local wines, and 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.
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 event will take place at the SLO Masonic Lodge beginning at 6:30pm with a food and wine reception and the silent auction.
DADDY 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 slofilmfest.org 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.