SLO Film Festival is revving its engines….


“The Road Within” starring Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel and Zoe Kravitz

We’re only a week away from unleashing over one hundred new independent films on Central Coast and out-of-town audiences…and we’re getting excited!

These movies are so new, so undiscovered that some of them don’t even have trailers yet! We are very excited to finally be able to share with you the new trailer for our opening night movie,


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“The Road Within” Director, Gren Wells

We’re also thrilled that the red carpet that night will feature not only the director, Gren Wells and her producer/husband Brent Emery…but also one of the stars of the movie, Robert Sheehan along with girlfriend, Sofia Boutella (KINGSMAN: The Secret Service) and fellow cast member, Alli Hillis. Several producers will also be in attendance, so expect a lively Q&A after the movie.

Synopsis: Vincent (played by Irish native Robert Sheehan) has Tourette’s syndrome. When his mother dies, Vincent becomes obsessed with scattering her ashes by the ocean. Too much for his busy father to handle, Vincent is sent to a residential treatment center in Nevada where he befriends two other “inmates” struggling with their own personal issues. At odds with both his father and therapist, Vincent convinces his new friends to join him on a an epic road trip. As with most adventures of their nature, the destination ends up being less important than the journey. Writer/director Gren Wells (recently named on Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch list) has knocked one out of the park with this refreshingly original and heartwarming story of family, friendship and growing up. Leave the kids at home for this one though…as you might imagine, Vincent’s language is a little ripe, to say the least!

Meet the filmmakers, cast and fellow Festival-goers at the Opening Night Party happening at Luna Red in downtown SLO. From 5:00-6:30pm, enjoy mouth-watering appetizers, wines from Center of Effort and Bianchi Winery, craft beers and a signature cocktail in Luna Red’s relaxing yet elegant patio setting, right next to the Mission and just blocks from the Fremont Theatre.

Movie Mogul and Filmmaker passes will be accepted for the Opening Night Party and movie. Tickets for the reception will be available on a limited basis at the door for $30/person. Tickets for the movie are on sale now.

BUY NOWTHE ROAD WITHIN – Tuesday, March 10 – 7:00pm
Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo
$12 General / $10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society
All festival passes will be accepted for this event.

Thanks to generous sponsors:
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Another Special Event You Shouldn’t Miss: RED OBSESSION!

Sponsored by Tooth & Nail Winery, SLO Wine Country and Krush 92.5

Red ObsessionFor over three centuries Bordeaux has commanded an almost mythical status in the world of wine as a symbol of wealth, power and influence. But recently prices for the prestige red wines have been skyrocketing. Something unprecedented is happening to the Bordeaux fine wine market and that something is China.

Red Obsession sets out to explore the Bordeaux phenomenon. Just how good can
really good wine be? What compels a cashed up industrialist to pay hundreds of
thousands of dollars for a single bottle? Is it taste, prestige or investment that is driving
the demand for the wines of Bordeaux? Or is it simply the need to own something
ethereal, unworldly and limited? Red Obsession is a story of aspiration for greatness.
It is also a study of power and passion in high places and the economic power shift
from West to East. Narrated by Russell Crowe. Documentary. Australia/China/France/
Hong Kong/UK. 75 min. MOVIE TRAILER.

Toothnail logoJoin us for a pre-screening reception on Thursday, March 12 at the new Tooth & Nail Winery (formerly Eagle Castle) where you’ll be treated to delectable appetizers from their award-winning chef and first-class wines, all in the charmingly eccentric setting of this spectacular winery on Highway 46 West, a 10-15 drive from the Park Cinemas.
On Sunday, March 15, the film will be screened again at the Fremont Theatre in SLO, with a pre-screening wine tasting sponsored by SLO Wine Country Association in the lobby.

Thursday, March 12
Reception and Movie: Tooth & Nail Winery Reception, 5:30pm

$30 – Tickets online/at door, Mogul Passes AcceptedBUY NOW
Movie Only: Park Cinemas, 7:00pm
$12 General/$10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society – All passes welcome

Sunday, March 15, Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo
2:00pm Wine Tasting – Sponsored by SLO Wine Country, Cal Poly Viticulture and Saucelito Canyon Winery
3:00pm Movie – $12 General/$10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society – All passes welcome