Opening Night excitement and a few updates!!

It’s OPENING NIGHT at the SLO Film Fest…a day many of us have been waiting for for a long time! The sun is shining, the sky is blue and we are gearing up for some crazy fun that starts tonight at 5pm at Luna Red, and continues on to the Fremont Theatre for a very special Evening with Katharine Ross and the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra.

Tickets are still available for the Red Carpet Event at the Fremont Theatre that begins at 7pm. You can buy them online by clicking here, or tonight at the box office. Sorry, but tickets are no longer available for the party at Luna Red.

There’s lots more to come! We shine the spotlight on Central Coast Filmmakers tomorrow with a “Red Carpet” cocktail party at our new Festival Lounge, sponsored by Driscoll’s, which will be open to Central Coast filmmakers and mogul pass holders tomorrow evening. Special thanks to Festival Lounge Coordinator Tyler Skinner! She has been working hard over the last couple of months to create a cool vibe in the lounge and pull together many details to make it a fun and comfortable place to network and party. We have some incredible wine sponsors once again this year, and the amazing TASTE restaurant will be serving up some great food and beer from our generous beer sponsors.

We’ll also have live music playing there on Thursday and Friday evenings, from 5-7pm. The Taproots will be playing during the Magic Hour reception on Thursday and Susan Ritchie, also known as R & R will play on Friday evening. More music announcements coming up soon!

Don’t miss the 25 Film Retrospective, sponsored by Visit SLO Cal/Film SLO Cal, playing throughout the festival. You can see which films have been selected by clicking here! One of those fun films, that we wanted to screen at the festival but never did, is PICK OF THE LITTER, sponsored by Hughes Charitable Foundation. It’s playing on Saturday at 1pm at the Fremont Theatre. A donation from the proceeds of this screening will be made on behalf of the SLO Film Fest and Hughes Charitable Foundation to New Life K9 Training Service Dogs, a wonderful program run by Thousand Hills Pet Resort.

Finally, be sure to check out our newest (and very groovy) theatre – SLO Brew’s Rock! It’s a beautiful concert/theatre venue right next to the restaurant on Aerovista Rd. With 200 seats, state-of-the-art audio and video, and a fully-stocked bar, great craft beer on tap and a restaurant that serves a wide variety of delicious food – how can you go wrong? Festival Coordinator Nancy Ross Joynt will be there to greet you most days and we’ve selected some excellent festival films to screen there – so don’t be shy, give it a try!! Our new Movie Newbie Passes can be used there for up to 4 people per screening!

Here we go!! The 2019 SLO Film Fest is starting today! Woooohoooo!!!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director