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.