“Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid” turns 50 soon! Don’t miss seeing it on the Big Screen on November 17!

Legendary actress Katharine Ross will join 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 New Times, Luis Wine Bar and American General Media.

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 Gyllenhall.

In 1984, Katharine Ross married actor Sam Elliott. They met in London on a movie, The Legacy and have worked together on several projects. They co-wrote and starred in Louis L’Amour’s Conagher. They also co-starred in The Shadow Riders, Murder in Texas and most recently in The Hero,  released in 2017.

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.

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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 chris@slofilmfest.org for more information.


Thanks to Bob Shanbrom and the Shanbrom Family Foundation, we are very excited to bring back a series of films that were screened last March during the festival.

This time we are partnering with the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art where there will be a show on display from September 21-October 28. Called Coastal Awakening: An Esalen Perspective, their show will feature paintings, sculpture, photography and film by ten artists who either taught at, worked at or were inspired by Esalen. More info at sloma.org.

Howl, starring James Franco as Allen Ginsburg

On Saturday, October 20, the SLO Film Fest will present a series of films from 1-7pm, that all connect in one way or another to the Coastal Awakening theme.

A cultural movement that has been continually evolving on the Central Coast for nearly a century, it is best described as the art, music and literature that celebrate the interplay of our magical landscape with the liberation/personal growth/human potential movement. From the Dunites to the Big Sur Beats, Esalen seekers, writers, artists, surfers and hippies, it continues to manifest in the unique and diverse lifestyles, arts and avocations of the people of the Central Coast.

October 20 Movie Schedule:

1:00pm   PULL MY DAISY – 26 min. short comedy (1959)
and HOWL – 84 min. biography/drama ((2010)

4:00pm   THE SOURCE: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation
88 min. documentary (1999)

7:00pm   THE SANDPIPER – 2 hr. drama starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (1965)

Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton star in “The Sandpiper,” filmed in Big Sur in 1965.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $15 for each screening, with proceeds going directly to underwrite the 2019 SLO Film Fest.

Thanks to Bob Shanbrom and the Shanbrom Foundation for spearheading Coastal Awakenings and for giving the SLO Film Fest and SLOMA the opportunity to collaborate with so many other nonprofits on this project.

Coastal Awakening FLYER