Custom Artwork by staff member Grace Tucker @blantongracedesigns, sticker included in our Vinyl Nation “Watch at Home” kits!

“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.

After the movie, enjoy a lively pre-recorded discussion led by Palm Theatre owner (and vinyl enthusiast) Jim Dee, when he talks to filmmakers Kevin Smokler, Christopher Boone, SLO vinyl expert Malik Miko Thorne, Traffic Record shop owner Manuel Barba and Kristy Duncan, Cal Poly/KCPR alum who built her own turntable after being inspired by VINYL NATION.

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

$12 – Virtual Access for 1
$15 – Virtual Access for 2+
(Please purchase if you plan on watching the film with more than one person)
$25 “Watch At Home” kit– virtual screening access, random vinyl record, popcorn and option of Wild Fields beer, Sans Liege “3-Day Weekend” Pinot Noir or apple cider. (non-alcoholic)  (LOCAL PICK-UP ONLY, MUST ORDER BY DEC. 4TH, FRIDAY 1PM)


THIS WEEK 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. Enjoy a spectacular twilight dining experience while the movie is projected onto the courtyard wall. A portion of cocktail sales for the evening will be donated to the SLO Film Fest.

12/2 – 6:00PM – CHARLIE CHAPLIN – TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE – 1914 (silent film)



WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Here at SLO Film Festival we work hard to offer the best experience to our audience and community. That’s why this year we are working with Film Festival Alliance and Independent Filmmaker Project to conduct a first ever national survey of film festival participants. As a thank you for your time and feedback, we’re offering all survey participants a chance to win a 2021 Virtual Movie Fanatic Pass.


Today is #givingtuesday and you can give to the film festival in many ways! You can make a donationsponsor a film at our 2021 festival or purchase a ticket at our Vinyl Nation event. Every little bit helps in our efforts to expand minds, open hearts, and entertain people through worldwide independent cinema. 

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director