The tent is up and SLO Film Fest starts tonight!!

The 22nd Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival kicks off tonight in the new Hollywood & Vines Festival Tent, sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo! Located directly behind the Fremont Theatre on Higuera St. it will be the hub for parties, networking, and weekend panels.




…and after. (still a work in progress though)










Many thanks to Bill Gaines and his awesome team at BGA, and the excellent folks at Got You Covered, as well as our intrepid “tent team” led by the unflappable Pat Harris. Thanks to Kristin and Daryl Bridgeford, Alissa Maddren and all the party contributors who are working hard today to get ready for our first shindig in there tonight!

SLO Jazz Festival’s Scott Andrews and his Black Market Trio will be playing some great jazz, and exceptional food, wine and beer will be on hand. Click here for details about this party and more to come!

And then we’re off to Spanos Theatre at 7:30pm for the live piano performance by Markus Horn as he accompanies the classic 1922 silent vampire film, “Nosferatu”. 

And there’s so much more ahead! I have so many favorite films, I don’t know where to start, but here are a few suggestions of movie experiences not to be missed:

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap – playing only once at the Fremont, this one is going to have a great Q&A – Friday at 4pm
Film Noir / Pinot Noir – featuring the great Jimmy Cagney classic “Public Enemy.” William Wellman Jr. (son of the director) will be here to host!
Haze – an eye-opening drama playing at the Mission Cinemas on Thursday and Palm on Friday
4th Man Out – the film’s star Evan Todd will be here for the Thursday screening at the Palm Theatre
Nathan East: For the Record – Incredible bass player Nathan East will be in attendance at the Thursday screening at the Palm Theatre
Harold and Lillian – Don’t miss Lillian Michelson in person at the Sunday screening at the Fremont Theatre.
Trails in Motion – Seven films for the price of one!! Plus a few running stars and filmmakers! Wednesday at the Mission Cinemas at 7pm.

More highlights to come! See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director