Summer is winding down and my favorite season is almost here! Autumn is movie season! The Toronto International Film Festival kicks things off in early September with sneak peeks of what’s to come later this year and into 2016. The Palm Theatre’s Jim Dee will be there, searching for the best for his audiences among a dizzying array of more than 360 films!
Our new season at the SLO Film Fest is kicking off as well, and we have already started receiving and watching dozens of new films that may or may not make the 2016 cut. We’re busy planning for the next festival (March 15-20) and also for a few special fundraising events happening later this fall. Stay tuned for news coming soon about those October and November events…they’re going to be fun!
Meanwhile, on September 16th, we are teaming up with the Central Coast Bioneers for a screening of a new documentary called WRENCHED. Fans of Edward Abbey and “The Monkey Wrench Gang” will not want to miss this film! It chronicles his own brand of environmental activism that has helped inspire modern day activists. WRENCHED will screen at the Palm Theatre on Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm and tickets are only $10 ($8 for students.) The proceeds will be split between CCB and SLOIFF. Click here to purchase advance tickets.
At the end of September, Cal Poly is planning an exciting screening of the excellent documentary, TIM’S VERMEER. The free screening will be followed by a Q & A segment with Tim Jenison himself, at Spanos Theatre on September 30 at 7pm.
Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically — 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. And he’s not even a painter!
This is an amazing film and I was lucky to see the premiere in Toronto a couple of years ago, sitting right behind Tim Jenison, and producer’s, Penn and Teller! Watch the trailer and learn more.
And finally – have you seen the new video with highlights of the 2015 festival, produced by the talented young Plummer Brothers? Be sure you check it out…it’s short and lively…just like our Festival! Many thanks to Kyle and Carlos Plummer (and their supportive mom and dad) for spending countless hours at the last festival recording events, interviews and more and then editing it into this terrific three minute whirlwind of memories! Check it out…you might see yourself!
Stay tuned for lots more news coming soon! Enjoy the last few warm summer days and nights. And head for your closest air conditioned theatre if you can’t take the heat!
SLO Film Fest Director