SLO Film Fest – Let it Rain!!!

More rain is on the way!! In many places that would be a bit of a downer before a six-day festival begins, but here in drought-land, we celebrate rain as much as we do movies and moviemakers!

So bring it on!!! Movies and rain kind of go together anyway. Get your umbrellas ready for an incredible week of Film, Wine and Fun!

We are very excited to honor actress Pam Grier next Saturday night at the Fremont Theatre and equally excited to announce that our tribute film that night, after the awards ceremony will be the iconic JACKIE BROWN!

Quentin Tarantino’s follow-up hit after PULP FICTION, includes the all-star cast of Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Robert Forster, Brigette Fonda and Michael Keaton. Pam Grier plays a middle-aged woman who finds herself in the center of a major conflict that will either make her a profit… or cost her her life. She brilliantly outsmarts and outfoxes them all, staying true to her reputation as “the baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!”

Fortunately, she’s hitting OUR town on Saturday, March 17th and will be presented with this year’s King Vidor Award by Turner Classic Movie host, Ben Mankiewicz who will then sit down with her for a fascinating conversation. Then we’ll screen 1997’s JACKIE BROWN on the Fremont’s Big Screen.

The price of admission for all of this, plus the George Sidney Independent Film Awards to winning filmmakers in five categories, is only $20 ($15 for students and Film Society.) It’s a Red Carpet Event so Full Access passes and Red Carpet tickets only! To purchase tickets or find out more about the event and the after-party, click here.

If you’re interested in how movies get made (and who isn’t?) then you better not sleep in and miss our Behind-the-Scenes Panels that are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday mornings in the Festival Tent and at the Palm Theatre. Everything – from the challenges of shooting action footage, to screenwriting with the experts, to how Harvey Weinstein’s outing is changing things in Hollywood – will be discussed. Thanks to sponsors Martin Resorts and Blackhorse Espresso and Bakery for their support. Coffee and muffins will be available starting at 9am. Admission is free to all pass holders, and $5 for everyone else.

We are also excited about a Breakfast Screening at the Fremont Theatre on Saturday, March 17th at 10am. New this year, come and enjoy coffee and muffins from Blackhorse and a new documentary produced and narrated by 2015 King Vidor Award recipient, Jeff Bridges – LIVING IN THE FUTURE’S PAST. Director Susan Kucera will be there for a Q&A (Jeff wanted to be, but he’s in Vancouver shooting something I’m sure we’ll hear about soon!)

Looking forward to seeing you at the Festival!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

BIG THANKS TO MARTIN RESORTS and their beautiful and welcoming hotels. Martin Resorts has been a loyal Festival Sponsor for many years!