SLO Film Fest celebrates Int’l Women’s Day with movies and panels!

We are proud of the great lineup of films and panels at this year’s SLO Film Fest that celebrate women in diverse ways. Highlighting inspiring and talented role models, strong protagonists and just all-round cool chicks, check out this must-see selection in this year’s program:

Equal Means Equal
Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
A Tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
Kick Ass Katie Lee
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Joanie: Queen of the Paradiddle
Signature Move
Hearing is Believing
Big Sonia
The Buddy System

Nadia Comaneci: The Gymnast & the Dictator
Take My Nose….Please!
Women In Film Panel
Fereshteh, Daughter of Ahmad
Heavens Floor
My Mother’s Wound
Girl Meets Roach
The Whole World
Free to Laugh
Unslut: A Documentary Film
Finding Home, For Now
Shining Brightly: Haley Comes Home

Bamboozled by all the choices in our festival? We do have a lot of amazing films playing in a very short time, so how do you decide what to see? I’ve asked our board members to make some “insider” suggestions. They may not have seen all the films yet, but they made some choices based on what they’ve heard so far, and what they would choose if they could “fest” 24/7.

Many of you regular festival goers know Denise Dudley. She practically lives at the theatre she hosts during the entire festival. This year she will be at the Downtown Cinemas again, with another loyal volunteer host, BK Richard, and she’ll be welcoming festival goers and filmmakers with big smiles and open arms. I asked her what she would pick if she could watch movies all day and night instead of greeting, MCing and picking up spilled popcorn between shows!

Hello from Denise Dudley, SLO Film Fest Board Member and Venue Coordinator for the Downtown Cinemas! Once again, we have a great festival lined up for this year. Here are some of my favorite (and a few less-than-obvious) screening picks:

Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase (It’s always fun to witness the pure, unbridled creativity of young filmmakers of all ages!)
Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase (Come see what our local filmmakers are doing—we definitely have some talented people in our community. In particular, don’t miss the screenings on Wednesday night at the Downtown Cinemas, 7pm.)
The Whole World (The filmmaker will be here from Madrid, Spain, for both screenings.)
The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Barn Dance at the Octagon Barn (Can you imagine a more fun evening?)
Joani: Queen of the Paradiddle (And who wouldn’t want to hang out with a bunch of fun lovin’ lesbian grandmas?)
Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World (I now want my son to become a Sea Gypsy.)
Rebels on Pointe (Because I happen to love the Trocs!)

See you at the festival!