SLO Film Fest welcomes another new board member…and much more!

We are delighted to announce that Sandra Duerr has joined the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Board of Directors, after recently retiring from a very successful 19-year tenure as Executive Editor and Vice-President of The Tribune. Under her leadership, The Tribune was recognized for its public service journalism, including its in-depth reporting on a number of important Central Coast issues. During this time, The Tribune won more than 300 state, regional and national awards, including three McClatchy President’s Awards, the company’s top honor.

Duerr, who was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 1989-90, was president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 1991-92, where she established the Gary L. Klott Journalism Ethics Fund in 2003 in memory of her late husband. She has been a Pulitzer Prize juror three times and was given the Knight Ridder General Excellence Award in 2000 for her accomplishments at The Tribune. She is an adjunct journalism professor at Cal Poly and is a member of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Before moving here in 1998, Duerr was a reporter and editor at newspapers in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Kentucky.

Duerr is very excited to join the SLO Film Fest board to assist with its growth and development in future years, and we’re excited to get her involved!

We are now scheduling short interviews with long-time volunteers, sponsors and SLO Film Fest festival goers who would like to be part of a series of short videos to help promote our upcoming 25th Anniversary.

If you’d like to participate, please contact us at so we can get your comments about the festival either on video or audio. We’ll be shooting on Saturday, September 15th and each interview will only take 15-20 minutes! Hope to hear from you soon!


You may have heard about the movie that was shot in SLO County last summer, starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder?

Apple Farm and the Downtown Centre Cinemas present a special reception and screening of the feature film, Destination Wedding. Help celebrate this “local” movie that was filmed at the Apple Farm and other parts of San Luis Obispo County. Your ticket includes the screening of the film at the Downtown Center Cinemas and a pre-reception with wine tasting courtesy of Claiborne and Churchill, a special dessert trio from the Apple Farm Bakery, a small popcorn per guest and entry into a raffle to win a one night stay in the Millhouse Suite featured in the film!

Tickets are $25 per person plus ticketing fees.  Guests can purchase them here:

Destination Wedding is the story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, Lindsay and Frank, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves. The film is rated R and is 1h 30min long. Doors will open for the reception in the Downtown Centre Cinemas lobby at 6pm and the movie will start at 7pm. Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older.

Movie & theatre lovers…this one’s for you!

Moonlight and Magnolias, Ron Hutchinson’s Off-Broadway comic celebration of one of the greatest movies of all time, opens Friday, September 21 and runs through September 30at the Park Ballroom, 1232 Park Street in downtown Paso Robles.

Wine Country Theatre continues its fourth season with the zany stage comedy directed by Lisa Woske. This wildly funny and engaging tale illuminates the behind-the-scenes business of movie-making during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

For tickets go to or call 800-838-3006!

Enjoy the last few official days of summer and I’ll see you at the movies!
Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director