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Join us for our most highly anticipated and festive evening as we celebrate award-winning films as well as our 2020 Spotlight and King Vidor Award recipients on the stage of the historic Fremont Theater.

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.

The 26th Annual King Vidor Award will be presented to Director/Screenwriter/Producer, Lawrence Kasdan.

With a long impressive list of screenwriting and directing credits, Lawrence Kasdan is the perfect honoree for our 26th Annual Career Achievement Award. His movies are an eclectic mix of genres, showing his vast range as an artist, much like the namesake of this award, King Vidor.
His earliest screenplays in 1977, BODY HEAT and CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, brought attention to him as a fresh new talent in Hollywood prompting him to be hired by George Lucas to write RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and shortly after, the first sequel to STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

He then focused on movies that he wrote, directed, and produced and garnered four Oscar and two Golden Globe nominations for THE BIG CHILL (1984), ACCIDENTAL TOURIST (1989) and GRAND CANYON (1992.) He also wrote and directed BODY HEAT, WYATT EARP, SILVERADO and many more, some in partnership with his wife Meg Kasdan.

More recently he wrote STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and then collaborated with his son Jonathan to write the screenplay for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. He and Meg also directed and produced the short documentary LAST WEEK AT ED’S, screening in competition at this year’s SLO Film Fest.

Saturday, March 21
7pm | Fremont Theater, SLO
$20 General / $15 Students
All Access passes and Red Carpet tickets

9pm |Screening of STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
Rush tickets for screening only available at the door

“The Star Wars saga continues!” While the Death Star has been destroyed, the battle between the Empire and Rebel Alliance rages on…and the evil Darth Vader continues his relentless search for Luke Skywalker.
This was Lawrence Kasdan’s first Star Wars writing assignment in a series of sequels and is still considered by many the best of the entire blockbuster franchise. “The Empire Strikes Back isn’t just the best Star Wars film. As a piece of filmmaking, it’s all by itself.” Vulture – Every Star Wars Movie Ranked, David Edelstein, 12/18/19.

Sponsored by
Big Sky Cafe, Windows on the Water, Novo, SLO Provisions, Sheila Kearns Chocolate & Confections and SLO Cider,Ancient Peaks, Sculpterra, Insomnia Cookies, Stanger Vineyards, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Party the night away with the award winners and great live music by The Tipsy Gypsies at the SLO Museum of Art, just a quick walk from the Fremont Theater through Mission Plaza. Enjoy epic food, wine, beer and cider from local purveyors and festival sponsors.

Saturday, March 21
9pm | SLO Museum of Art
All Access passes only (Movie Mogul, Sponsors)
Rush tickets: $50 General / $45 Students

Who Was King Vidor?
The King Vidor Award is named for prolific director King Vidor, who became a leader in a fledgling industry that began around the time he was born, in 1894. He was the first president of the Directors Guild of America, one of the few directors to successfully shift from the silent era to “talkies,” and was responsible for a mind-boggling number of enduring classics. For 25 years, this award has been presented to a series of talented individuals who fulfill the high standards set by this amazing man, who also had a passion for his ranch in Paso Robles.

King Vidor’s THE BIG PARADE (1925) will screen
Sunday, March 22 | 3pm | Palm Theatre, SLO