Take a trip to Nashville on Opening Night!

Announcing our Opening Night Film: 
IT ALL BEGINS WITH A SONG: The Story of the Nashville Songwriter
With Special Guests Jude Johnstone and Jade Jackson

Presented by French Hospital Medical Center
Also Sponsored by Luna Red, Novo, Mint + Craft, 98.1 KJUG and Adamski Moroski Madden Cumberland and Green LLP

Join us for a celebration of the unsung heroes of Nashville! We all hum their tunes. We know their words by heart. And we tell the story of our own lives through their art. Yet few of us know their names. This is a film about one of the most important and unknown forces in music: the Nashville songwriter.

Jade Jackson

Drawing from more than 100 hours of footage this entertaining documentary directed by Chusy Jardine includes more than 80 interviews with well-known and lesser-known music industry figures and songwriters, such as Garth Brooks, Ben Folds, John Hiatt, Alison Mosshart, Kacey Musgraves and Keb’ Mo.’

Jude Johnstone

After the movie, we’ll meet Nashville singer-songwriters, with Central Coast roots, Jude Johnstone and Jade Jackson. They’ll chat with the film’s director Chusy Jardine, about their personal experiences and entertain with a few of their original songs.

Tuesday, March 17
Opening Night Party at Luna Red      
Only open to All Access Passholders – RSVP link will be emailed next week
It All Begins with a Song plus Q&A and performances by Jude Johnstone and Jade Jackson – Fremont Theater$25/ All access passes for this Red Carpet Event


Pre-Festival Party at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes

Join the staff of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on Wednesday, February 26th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Avila Room for a preview of several short films in this year’s Festival. Find out why our local film event has been included in the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine for over 5 years. Appetizers and a no-host bar will be provided by the Monarch Club.


Major thanks to our brand new Producer level supporter and Presenting Sponsor of Opening Night, French Hospital Medical Center!

At French Hospital Medical Center, we’re transforming medicine on the Central Coast by investing in today’s most advanced equipment and procedures. Beyond Health is a movement to treat the mind, body, spirit, and community, creating wellness and happiness for every life we touch. We’re expanding our services, providing new medical capabilities, recruiting the best doctors, and doubling our capacity for more complex conditions. 

On Wednesday, February 19th our entire program will be live on our website and next Monday, February 24th you can stop by our Headquarters at Hotel San Luis Obispo to pick up your physical program guide!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

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