Lots of Love, and Bananas!

Anyone who loves elephants (and honestly, how could you not?) is bound to love this deeply moving documentary by actor/director Ashley Bell. She teams up with Lek Chailert, an amazing conservationist in Thailand, and together they do the near impossible – rescue an abused and elderly elephant from a life of captivity in the Thai tourist trade. The journey is unforgettable (you’ll definitely need some Kleenex for this one) and when I met the petite and adorable Ashley Bell at the Festival, I was reminded that small people can move mountains (in this case, elephants) when they have the passion and support to do so. She was yet another incredibly inspiring festival visitor, and Ashley had some nice things to say about our festival too:
“The SLO Film Fest had such a genuine and authentic feeling to it. Everyone felt like they were really there for the art and the films. That’s such a rarity and I can’t tell you how exciting it was to be part of that environment. Also, because everyone had a like-minded sensibility–it made it so easy to connect with other filmmakers!” – Ashley Bell, March 2019
We are delighted to share this beautiful film with you again, and want to congratulate Ashley Bell and her team for helping to make a difference in the lives of countless Asian elephants.

Director Ashley Bell with Best in Fest award

While unfortunately Pride cannot happen in person this year, GALA Pride and Diversity Center has organized an incredible line-up of films for the month of June. Highlights include documentary THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (2017) which investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black transgender activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. And don’t miss the doc KIKI (2017) about the 1980’s ballroom scene in New York City.


SELMA (2014)

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

13TH (2016)

Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

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 Producers, American General Media.

AGM has been SLO Film Festival exclusive radio sponsor for many years.  Although a large regional organization, their local focus with stations like Coast 104.5, the Krush, KJUG Country 98.1, 93.3 KZOZ, and KVEC talk radio have added immensely to our Festival promotion every year.  With on air interviews, ticket giveaways, event promotion and radio celebrity hosts for our events, AGM donates an essential part of our marketing promotion.  Thank you AGM for all your efforts to help us make the SLO Film Festival one of the best Film Festivals in the country and for entertaining many homes these past few months.

The world is in an interesting place right now. We hope that these films continue to entertain and inspire you and want you to know that we are listening, learning and growing with you.

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

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