Get ready SLO! Alfred Molina is coming!!!

Did we mention that we are VERY excited that critically acclaimed actor Alfred Molina will be this year’s King Vidor Award honoree?

Presented by BHE Renewables and JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, the King Vidor Award presentation will take place immediately after the George Sidney Independent Film Awards ceremony on Saturday, March 16 at 7:00PM at the Fremont Theater (1025 Monterey Street). See below for some interesting trivia about the history of our King Vidor Award!

Following the presentation, Turner Classic Movies’ Ben Mankiewicz will host a discussion of Molina’s career including a number of his iconic film roles.

This annual celebration of film is also sponsored by The Tribune, New Times, KSBY, 93.3 KZOZ, and The Movie Experience.

Alfred Molina is an accomplished London-born actor whose diverse and distinguished gallery of performances has led to a lengthy and triumphant career. Effortlessly moving between film, TV and theatre, Molina is an authentic artist who is able to morph into a diverse mix of nationalities and personalities.

Alfred Molina and Selma Hayak in “Frida”

As a chameleon actor, Molina possesses an uncanny ability to nail character driven roles. Some of his most unforgettable performances include his SAG Award-nominated performance as hedonistic Mexican muralist Diego Rivera in Julie Taymor’s rave reviewed multi-award nominated film FRIDA (2002) opposite Salma Hayek, deranged drug dealer Rahad Jackson in Paul Thomas Anderson’s modern classic BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997), and comic book villain Doc Ock in Sam Raimi’s blockbuster hit sequel SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004). READ MORE ABOUT ALFRED MOLINA >

Molina as Doc Ock in “Spiderman 2”

Many festival-goers will remember last year’s hilarious dark comedy short, SAM DID IT, starring Alfred Molina as himself! We’ll be bringing back this entertaining 10 minute film by Dominic Burgess as part of the 25th Anniversary Retrospective, and it will screen on Sunday, March 17 at 3:30pm at the Downtown Cinemas with the feature film, HAWAII.

The George Sidney Independent Film Awards, presented each year in several categories, are juried by film and media professionals. Major festival sponsors will be on hand to present the awards, and all winning films will screen at the Downtown Cinemas during the week after the festival (March 18-20) courtesy of the Sanborn Family/Downtown Centre Cinemas.

The evening will culminate with a screening of CHOCOLAT after the awards presentation and an Awards Night After-Party that will also begin right after the awards event at the SLO Museum of Art, an easy walk from the Fremont Theatre at 1010 Broad St. All full access passes will have priority access and then $50 rush tickets will be sold at the door. Wine, beer, martinis and food provided by local purveyors will be available and The Tipsy Gypsies will entertain with their unique blend of fabulous music.

BUY NOWSaturday, March 16
7:00pm
Fremont Theatre, SLO

$20 General / $15 Students
Movie Mogul (All Access) passes and Red Carpet tickets can be used for this Red Carpet Event.


Festival Founder Mary Harris, and the first King Vidor Award recipient, film director/producer, George Sidney.

We are proud to say that quite a few of the original board members of the SLO Film Fest are still involved in the festival, as volunteers, sponsors and attendees. I asked longtime festival volunteer John Harrington about those early years and he sent me this fun story that I had never heard…about how the first board of directors came up with the annual Career Achievement Award named for King Vidor.

King Vidor on set.

“Mary (Harris) said that we should have an award for a distinguished person at the festival, and asked for suggestions about someone in the industry whom we could honor with an annual award. Everyone looked at each other, but no one seemed to have anything even vaguely in mind.

I quickly suggested King Vidor. The name drew a few blank stares until I listed a few of his films. I met King not long after I came to Cal Poly in 1976 and spent a fair amount of time with him at his ranch as well as driving him around on various jaunts until he died in 1982. I very much enjoyed King (surprisingly, most of our conversations were not about movies) as well a spending time at his ranch on Vineyard drive in Templeton. Everyone on the board immediately agreed that we should honor this local and great master of American filmmaking, and I’m pleased that his name still honors our festival.” – John Harrington

Don’t miss this year’s King Vidor Award recipient, the legendary Alfred Molina, live and in person at the Fremont Theatre on Saturday, March 16!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director