2018 Fall Fundraiser – An Evening with Katharine Ross

Music, Movies, Trains and Outlaws!

Presented by BHE Renewables

Also sponsored by Justin Vineyards, New Times, Luis Wine Bar, The Krush 92.5, KJUG 98.1, KVEC News Talk 920am and The Butler Hotel

We regret that this event has been postponed due to the Malibu fire and the fact that all special guests live in Malibu and have been effected. All are safe but unable to travel to San Luis Obispo for the event on Nov. 17th. It will be rescheduled for an evening during the next SLO Film Fest, and the new date will be announced as soon as possible.


Legendary actress Katharine Ross will join The Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra to perform the exciting story of “Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express.”

The acclaimed five-piece ensemble from Malibu will accompany Katharine Ross as she recounts the exciting true story of Kate Shelley, a fifteen-year-old Iowa teenager who helped avert a train disaster in 1881 and went on to become a national heroine. Based on Mary Kay Shanley’s spoken short story, it was originally written for the Wonder of Words Festival in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra wowed audiences in November 2014 at the SLO Masonic Lodge.

This new version featuring Katharine Ross as the story-teller and composer Maria Newman’s incredible original music, will thrill music and train lovers of all ages! This will be the orchestra’s fourth visit back to San Luis Obispo after wowing audiences at past Festival fundraising events, including DADDY LONG-LEGS and last year’s Silent Shorts event at the Madonna Inn.

And there’s more!

After a short intermission, Katharine Ross will join a notable film expert on the Fremont Theatre stage for a conversation about her career and BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, the 1970 Academy Award winner that is still considered one of the best Westerns of all time. This timeless classic stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the true-life outlaws in the early 1900’s, and Katharine Ross as Etta Place, the lovely free spirit whose charm bewitched the outlaws…as well as audiences then and now!

After this unique introduction to the film, sit back and enjoy 1969’s BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, in all its digitally-restored glory on the Big Screen at the Fremont Theatre. The film is rated PG so this is a perfect event for families of all ages too!

There will be an opportunity to meet Katharine Ross at a small reception at Luis Wine Bar before the event.

All proceeds for this Fall Fundraiser will support the 25thAnnual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, happening March 12-17, 2019.

Date TBA

General: $25 ($30 at the door on day of event)
Student: $15 ($20 at door)
Reception and film event: $75 (21+ only)