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.