We discovered this gem at the Napa Valley Film Festival in the fall of 2017. I knew it was going to be a definite audience award contender at our festival and sure enough, it scored higher than any other movie in the festival that year. Director Mark Hayes and producer Gabriele Hayes came to the Festival for a few days and happily received the award at our Closing Night ceremony. Unfortunately the subject of the film, the amazing Judge Mitchell was just coming back from another overseas marathon trip that weekend so he wasn’t able to attend.
Critics loved this documentary and it won many awards from festivals around the country, including the Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Film Festivals.
“It’s a brilliant piece of documentary cinema.”– Michael Moore, Academy Award winner
“Highly motivational…Illustrates how rehabilitation can be fostered in the most unlikely ways.” – The Hollywood Reporter
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization! We could not put on a festival without them! For many weeks prior to our 2020 film festival we had multiple volunteers who came out to support us from helping us directly in HQ to planning events. Special shout out to Luann McDonald, our amazing swag bag coordinator and Pat Harris who planned many of what would been incredible events this year and Mona Jennings, sponsor and volunteer in our HQ! We’d also like to thank our amazing board for their year round commitment, learn more here.
Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their loyal support of the SLO Film Fest and for looking for ways to also support our community in these challenging times. Today’s Sponsor in the Spotlight is one of our 2020 Executive Producer Sponsors, BHE Renewables.
Did you know that Berkshire Hathaway is the largest owner of solar/wind/geothermal energy production in the U.S.? And that they have the largest solar farm in SLO County? Topaz Solar Farm is located in Carrizo Plain, and is not only the largest in SLO County, but also one of the largest solar farms in the world.
Our Festival is proud to say that they have been one of our largest and most loyal sponsors for many years now, so please join us in thanking them for their amazing community support!
Stay tuned each week for more of our Best In Fest line-up!
Wendy, Skye and the SLO Film Fest Board and Staff
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