“Everything old is new again!” That idiom perfectly sums up the fascinating history of the vinyl record, which seemingly vanished into relative obscurity in the 1980s, but is now one of the hottest trends again worldwide. Some wonder how that can be, given the ease, quality and accessibility of digital music. But there’s just something about spinning vinyl, and VINYL NATION does a deep dive into what that something might be.

Filmmakers Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone trace the history as well as the technical side of record production, and find a collection of passionate fans, musicians, technicians and designers who share their knowledge and theories.

You don’t need to be a diehard record lover to enjoy this movie. Everyone from aging boomers to millennials and Gen Z’s will enjoy this tribute to an ageless and even addictive art form.

So grab one of our “Watch At Home Kits” —which includes a vinyl record, your choice of local beer or Sans Liege wine and a virtual screening ticket — and enjoy a sneak preview of one of our 2021 Official Festival Selections in the comfort of your own home. 

The movie will be available to stream at our March 2021 Festival as well! Ticket purchasers will also have access to a pre-recorded Q&A session hosted by Palm Theatre owner Jim Dee with the filmmakers and several San Luis Obispo record store owners, who will have fun talking about their love of vinyl!

VIRTUAL SCREENING
ACCESS STARTS DECEMBER 4TH, 7PM till midnight DECEMBER 6TH

$25 “Watch At Home” kit– virtual screening access, random vinyl record, popcorn and option of local beer, Sans Liege “3-Day Weekend” Pinot Noir or local apple cider. (non-alcoholic) 
$12 – Virtual Access for 1
$15 – Virtual Access for 2+ (
Please purchase if you plan on watching the film with more than one person)


JOIN US AT CINEMA PIADINA!
On Wednesday evenings at Piadina on the Courtyard at Hotel San Luis Obispo, we take you back to the classic screen era featuring movie favorites under the stars. Projected onto the courtyard wall — enjoy a community gathering for a spectacular twilight dining experience. A portion of the cocktail sales for the evening will be donated to the SLO Film Fest.


OUR NOVEMBER 16TH LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APPROACHING!
Don’t miss your last chance to submit your film at our late deadline submission fee! We have two new categories this year — Best Music Video and Best Animation. We can’t wait to receive your submissions!


We can’t wait to share this film with you and hope you can join us!

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director