Free tickets to see Katharine Ross…it’s FUNdraising time!

Besides being lots of FUN, legendary actress Katharine Ross is also helping us kick off our FUNdraising season! She is coming to San Luis Obispo next month for a unique personal appearance when she joins The Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra to perform the exciting true story of “Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express,” before introducing the 1969 classic, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Fremont Theatre, in San Luis Obispo, CA.

This special fall fundraiser is presented by BHE Renewables, and sponsored by Justin Vineyards & Winery, New Times, Luis Wine Bar, The Butler Hotel, The Krush 92.5, KJUG 98.1, and KVEC News Talk 920am

For a limited time only, we are offering a free ticket to the event at the Fremont Theatre for every donation to our Film Society of $50 or more, or the purchase of a Movie Mogul pass.

Film Society membership gives the member perks depending on the level of support, and they include discounts on festival tickets, promotional opportunities, festival passes and more. Click on the link above to find out more. For sponsorship enquiries, please contact

A Movie Mogul pass is our “full access” pass that allows the pass holder access to all festival films and special events, as well as the Festival Hospitality Tent in Mission Plaza, open daily/nightly throughout the festival, with food, wine, beer and lots of great networking and parties.

We will contact you after you make a donation or Mogul pass purchase to confirm that your free ticket to see Katharine Ross will be at Will Call on November 17th.

Katharine Ross is an acclaimed, award-winning American film and stage actress who is renowned for her performances in two of the most popular films of the late 1960’s. She played the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for an Academy Award. She also played Etta Place in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress. Additionally, Katharine starred in The Stepford Wives (1975), won a second Golden Globe Award for Voyage of the Damned (1976) and co-starred in the cult classic Donnie Darko (2001) with Jake Gyllenhaal. She married actor Sam Elliott in 1984 and they have worked together on several projects.

The acclaimed five-piece Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra 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 will feature Katharine Ross as the story-teller and composer Maria Newman’s original music. This will be the orchestra’s fourth visit to San Luis Obispo after impressing audiences at past Festival fundraising events, including Daddy Long Legs and last year’s Silent Shorts event at the Madonna Inn.

After a short intermission, Katharine Ross will join a notable film expert on the Fremont Theatre stage for a conversation about her career and her role in Butch Cassidy & 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 the lovely free spirit whose charm bewitched the outlaws…as well as audiences then and now.

After this unique introduction to the film, audiences will enjoy 1969’s digitally restored Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, on the Big Screen at the Fremont Theatre. The film is rated PG so this is a great event for families of all ages (although please note, there is gun violence typical of most Westerns.)

There will be an opportunity to meet Katharine Ross at a small reception before the event at Luis Wine Bar, directly behind the Fremont Theatre. Appetizers, wine and beer will be available from 5:30-6:30pm for this private meet-and-greet and limited tickets are available for the reception and movie/music event.

BUY NOWTickets are on sale now! $25 to celebrate our 25 years of Film, Wine and Fun!

Proceeds from this Fall Fundraiser will directly support the 25th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, happening March 12-17, 2019. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event, and the 2019 SLO Film Fest. Contact for more information.