Two-time Oscar winner for GREEN BOOK coming to the SLO Film Fest!

Nick Vallelonga celebrates after winning two Academy Awards for “Green Book,” at last Sunday’s awards ceremony. Photo courtesy Nick Vallelonga.

Screenwriter/Producer Nick Vallelonga probably didn’t dare to dream that he’d win an Oscar at last Sunday’s Academy Awards. But incredibly, there he was on stage to accept TWO! One for Best Original Screenplay that he wrote with Peter Farrelly and Brian Currie and the Best Picture Oscar, which went to producers Vallelonga, Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly.

Vallelonga celebrates backstage with fellow winner, Lady Gaga. Photo courtesy Nick Vallelonga.

GREEN BOOK is based on a story about his father, Frank Anthony Vallelonga (played by Viggo Mortensen) who struck up an unusual friendship with pianist/composer Don Shirley (played by Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) on a Southern road trip in the early 60’s.

We are thrilled to welcome Nick Vallelonga to the SLO Film Fest for three screenings of the short film he directed, UNORGANIZED CRIME. He’ll be here with the film’s writer/producer/actor, Kenny D’Aquila, on Thursday and Friday for screenings at the Downtown Cinemas and Palm Theatre.

Alex Meneses and Kenny D’Aquila co-star with an excellent ensemble cast in “Unorganized Crime.”

The entertaining UNORGANIZED CRIME features an all-star cast that includes Chazz Palminteri, Lani Kazan, and Carmine Caridi. Under-appreciated “family” member Gino Corso (Kenny D’Aquila) is finally given an opportunity to prove himself worthy of New York’s fifth largest crime syndicate. What transpires is a humorous tale of a family seeking common ground and a loving wife torn between loyalty and survival. This 30 minute comedy/drama is sponsored by Tom Sant & Susan Hirsch / Hyde Park Partners.

It screens on Thursday, March 14 at 1:15pm at the Downtown Cinemas with THE TRAFFIC SEPARATING DEVICE, and again that day at 4:15pm at the Downtown Cinemas with THE MODERN LIVES and SOPHIE’S QUINCEANERA. It also screens on Friday at 10:00am at the Palm Theatre with A GIRL NAMED C. Tickets are not sold in advance, but Festival Passes can be used for these screenings and pass holders will have priority seating up to 15 minutes before each screening.

For more information about Festival Passes, and to see which film/events are being pre-sold, please click here. For the full festival schedule, click here.

Thanks to the City of San Luis Obispo for its loyal support of the SLO Film Fest since its inception in 1993! We are very proud to be one of the most important (and most fun!) cultural events in the city each year. Staying in San Luis Obispo is half the fun since it’s an almost entirely “walkable” festival. Click here to find out where to stay and book your SLO Film Fest adventure soon!

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