SLO Film Fest Spring News

ahmad at micAfter eight years of dedicated service as President of the Board, Paul Metchik has “passed the gavel” to Ahmad Amir. A co-founding member and managing partner of Pacific Eye, Ahmad has been a board member for 4 years and is looking forward to leading the SLOIFF into its exciting 22nd year. Pacific Eye, an eye care practice with eight locations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, has been a loyal sponsor of the SLOIFF’s Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase for many years.

The festival also welcomes new board member, Gary Harkins, a retired oncologist who has a passion for film and has been a SLOIFF volunteer “screener” for the past two years. He and his wife Muriel were also film sponsors this year.

Joining the Festival’s Advisory Board this year is Morro Bay resident and screenwriter, Anthony Peckham. Well known for recent films, INVICTUS and SHERLOCK, Tony continues to work in Hollywood on a regular basis. He has been involved in workshops and as a juror for the SLOIFF and looks forward to greater participation in the coming years.

Lastly, we’re also excited to announce that former KCBX Account Executive, Rodger Mastako will be our new Development Director for the 2016 Festival. Rodger has volunteered with the SLOIFF in a variety of jobs, including screening films for the festival. He comes to us with a wealth of experience, great energy and a wonderful sense of humor. We are delighted to have him join our team!

We will be opening soon for 2016 Festival film submissions on June 22nd so stay tuned for more on that!

2015 Movie PosterMeanwhile, we are pleased to share some news about this year’s SLO LGBT Pride celebration. There will be mini film festival/fundraiser at the Palm Theatre on Sunday, June 21st along with a reception during intermission hosted by Big Sky Cafe at the GALA Center.

The afternoon begins at 1pm with BOY MEETS GIRL, a multiple award winning transsexual romantic comedy. This film about love, sex & friendship among twenty year olds in Kentucky has won “audience favorite” and “best picture” awards at various LGBT film festivals around the world. The story revolves around a young man played my Michael Welch (of “Twilight” fame) and his lifelong friend, a trans girl portrayed by Michelle Hendley.  After years of friendship the true nature of their feelings is forced to the surface when one of them starts to get serious about a beautiful new woman.

After the first film, the party moves to the GALA Center, right up the street from the theater for wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by Big Sky Cafe.  Following the reception the screenings continue at 5pm with the heart-felt new comedy HELICOPTER MOM, featuring the star of MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Nia Vardalos.  Nia plays the divorced mother of a studious high schooler who feels confused and undecided about his attractions to some of his fellow students.  His mother takes it upon herself to force him out of the closet with hilarious results. Playing the sexually inexperienced and ambivalent son is the Disney TV heart-throb, Jason Dolley.

You can purchase tickets for both films, including the reception, for $25 through the GALA Center: or by telephone: 805-541-4252.  A ticket or ticket stub will be necessary for entry into the reception at 2:30. If you would like to see just one film and join the reception, single tickets will be available at the door for $15.