Check out SLO Film Fest’s new video and fall event!

Thanks to the talents and hard work of Cambria residents (and students!) Carlos and Kyle Plummer, and their amazing parents, Jeff and Lilliana, we have a new promotional video to unveil! This intrepid video team was here, there and everywhere at the 2018 festival and they managed to capture the energy, excitement and fun that our Festival embodies during those wild & crazy six days in March.

Check out the short promo video they have created and you might even see yourself! Major thanks to the Plummer family for another epic video!


Thanks to Bob Shanbrom and the Shanbrom Family Foundation, we are very excited to bring back a series of films that were screened last March during the festival.

This time we are partnering with the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art where there will be a show on display from September 21-October 28. Called Coast Awakening: An Esalen Perspective, their show will feature paintings, sculpture, photography and film by ten artists who either taught at, worked at or were inspired by Esalen. More info at sloma.org.

Howl, starring James Franco as Allen Ginsburg

On Saturday, October 20, the SLO Film Fest will present a series of films from 1-7pm, that all connect in one way or another to the Coastal Awakening theme.

A cultural movement that has been continually evolving on the Central Coast for nearly a century, it is best described as the art, music and literature that celebrate the interplay of our magical landscape with the liberation/personal growth/human potential movement. From the Dunites to the Big Sur Beats, Esalen seekers, writers, artists, surfers and hippies, it continues to manifest in the unique and diverse lifestyles, arts and avocations of the people of the Central Coast.

October 20 Movie Schedule:

1:00pm   PULL MY DAISY – 26 min. short comedy (1959)
and HOWL – 84 min. biography/drama ((2010)

4:00pm   THE SOURCE: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation
88 min. documentary (1999)

7:00pm   THE SANDPIPER – 2 hr. drama starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (1965)

Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton star in “The Sandpiper,” filmed in Big Sur in 1965.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $15 for each screening, with proceeds going directly to underwrite the 2019 SLO Film Fest.

Thanks to Bob Shanbrom and the Shanbrom Foundation for spearheading Coastal Awakenings and for giving the SLO Film Fest and SLOMA the opportunity to collaborate with so many other nonprofits on this project.

The SLO Film Fest also has a major late fall fundraiser brewing, so stay tuned for details on that coming very soon!

Lastly, a quick reminder that we want your input for our 25th Anniversary videos. If you are a longtime volunteer, attendee or sponsor, please contact me at info@slofilmfest.org so we can get your comments about the festival either on video or audio.

We want to hear:

1) How long you’ve been participating
2) What your favorite Festival memory is

3) What you love about the SLO Film Fest!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

Calling all SLO Film Fest Fans!

We are very excited about our upcoming 25th Silver Screen Anniversary and want to celebrate our cinematic history…with your help!

Festival Founder Mary Harris, and the first King Vidor Award recipient, film director/producer, George Sidney.

If you’ve been coming to the SLO Film Fest for a while and/or have been a long-time volunteer or sponsor…we’d love to hear from you. Using video, audio and just plain old written words, we’d like to share your memories and experiences from the past 25 years, starting way back with the first San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in 1993.

Please reply with your responses to the following questions and let us know if you’d be willing to do a short video interview. If you’re shy, we can also just record your voice.

We plan to produce a series of short videos and sound bites to use in our promotion for the next festival. No pressure…but just think! This could be your 15 seconds of fame!

Thanks so much for your participation, and for your support of this great festival that many say just keeps getting better and better!

PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS. Copy them into an email to info@slofilmfest.org, or call (805) 546-3456 and leave a voice mail with your responses.

Name:
Email:
Phone:

(Please limit each response to a short paragraph)

When did you start volunteering/attending/sponsoring the festival?

What is your favorite festival memory?

Why do you love the SLO Film Fest?

Would you be willing to do a short video interview?

Would you prefer to do an audio-only interview instead?

We’ll be in touch by email after collecting input and will schedule a short meeting with you in late August/early September if you’re interested.

Thanks again,

Wendy Eidson                    Grace Tucker                           Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director        Assistant to the Director          Special Projects Coordinator

We want your movies…and more from SLO Film Fest!

Happy summer! Hope you’re finding ways to handle heat wherever you may be!

The SLO Film Fest is excited to announce that we are now accepting new films for the 2019 Festival and we look forward to finding an exciting new program of movies and special guests in the coming months.

All details for submitting to our three competition categories can be found by clicking here. There is the George Sidney Independent Film Competition open to filmmakers all over the world, any film genre or length is acceptable. Then there’s the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase, open to filmmakers (writer, director and/or producer) who live in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Monterey counties. We also have a youth-oriented category called Filmmakers of Tomorrow, and that is open to young filmmakers 18 yrs. and younger.

If you’re a movie lover who thinks you’d be a good addition to our Screening Committee, we will be looking to add new people in the fall, so please send us an email to let us know you’re interested. We look for a wide variety of people with eclectic tastes, so we’ll send you an application with some information about this volunteer position. Please send your enquiry to info@slofilmfest.org with “Screener” in the subject heading.

I’m delighted to announce that we have a new staff member and a new board member joining our team for the 2019 season!

Grace Tucker with a couple of happy “Filmmakers of Tomorrow” at the 2018 Festival.

Cal Poly grad, Grace Tucker, worked with us last year as a Festival Assistant and was quickly dubbed “Amazing Grace” by staff and volunteers. Grace was just promoted to Assistant to the Director, and former incredible Assistant Nancy Ross Joynt will be focusing on Volunteer Coordination and assisting Grace when needed. Chris Aho continues as Development Director, John Wildman as publicist and Barry Goyette will create more inspired designs and photography for our special 25th Anniversary festival. What a team!

Of course that team also includes a dedicated board of directors and we are very excited to welcome Christine Williams this year!

Christine Williams was born and raised in Chicago, Il, and moved to Pismo Beach in 2011 with her husband Bob. Christine had retired from a successful 30-year career as a health care business development executive, working at CIGNA, United HealthGroup, Medline and CVS. She particularly excelled at, and enjoyed working with, Fortune 500 companies, employer alliances and joint ventures.

A passionate supporter of the Arts, Christine has served on various Theatre Boards including the Raven Theatre located in Chicago, Solvang Theaterfest (Solvang, CA), and SLORep (formerly: SLO Little Theatre. She and Bob have been fervent supporters of the SLO Film Festival, volunteering in various roles and Bob has been thrilled to have a few of his films shown as part of the Central Coast Filmmakers’ Showcase.

An urban dweller in Chicago throughout her life, Christine has an intense and impassioned sense of community. She is excited about the opportunity to use her sales skills and love of “the hunt” to help the Film Festival raise funds for its wonderful contributions towards enhancing the culture of the San Luis Obispo area.

To find out more about all of our exemplary board of directors, click here!

Lastly, I am happy to share this fun memory of our last festival’s Women Belong in the Kitchen event which was turned into an episode for Teri Bayus’ foodie cable show, “Tastebuds.” The event brought together a wonderful mix of female Central Coast chefs, restaurant owners and wine makers, as well as the film and filmmaker that inspired the event – Joanna James and A FINE LINE. To relive the fun of that Sunday afternoon event, click here!

That’s it for now! Stay tuned for news coming soon about a few fall fundraising events you won’t want to miss.

Stay out of the heat…and I’ll see you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

Surf Nite poster has a new home at Wooly’s in Pismo Beach!

Join us for the “hanging” tonight (Wednesday, May 30) at 5pm!

We’ll toast the 2008 commemorative Surf Nite poster and its new owner, Mark Woolpert! Poster designer and Surf Nite coordinator Tim Eidson will be there, along with some long-time Surf Nite sponsors, including some City of Pismo Beach council members.

Wooly’s Beach Bar & Grill is located at 101 Pomeroy, Pismo Beach and Happy Hour is 4-7pm. Hope to see some Surf Nite devotees there!

We have a winner!! And two more tickets for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” to give away!

Congratulations to William Pendergrass who won two tickets to Orchestra Novo’s special event by answering the question: Director Steven Spielberg collaborated with a number of women in key positions on this award-winning film. Name at least two of them. The answer was Kathleen Kennedy (producer), Melissa Mathison (writer) and/or Carol Littleton (editor.)

Experience all the mystery and fun of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece that has captivated audiences around the world. Film and studio conductor Michael Nowak will lead his full symphony orchestra to play John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score with the film projected on a huge HD screen!

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see this great classic with Hollywood conductor Michael Nowak and his talented orchestra! Tickets are available now for this unique family-friendly event, happening Sunday, May 27th at 7pm. Click here for tickets. See promotional ad below!

 

We have two more tickets to randomly select from anyone who can answer our new trivia question. This one’s a little harder and the question is:

E.T. at first says “E.T. Home Phone.” But which character in the movie first says the classic line, “E.T. Phone Home,” which became one of the most quotable movie lines of all time?

Send your answers to info@slofilmfest.org with TICKET GIVEAWAY in the subject heading.

Good luck & see you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

Win two tickets to see “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” with live music!

 

We love to partner with other SLO County non-profits and we are doing just that this month by helping to promote a very exciting movie/music event that Orchestra Novo is presenting.

Experience all the mystery and fun of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece that has captivated audiences around the world. Film and studio conductor Michael Nowak will lead his full symphony orchestra to play John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score with the film projected on a huge HD screen!

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see this great classic with Hollywood conductor Michael Nowak and his talented orchestra! Tickets are available now for this unique family-friendly event, happening Sunday, May 27th at 7pm. Click here for tickets. See promotional ad below!

 

This week and next we’ll give away two tickets randomly selected from anyone who can answer our trivia question. This week’s question is:

Director Steven Spielberg collaborated with a number of women in key positions on this award-winning film. Name at least two of them. 

Send your answers to info@slofilmfest.org with TICKET GIVEAWAY in the subject heading.

Good luck & see you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

SLO Film Fest updates and exciting events coming soon….

In case you missed it, today’s Tribune article by Sarah Linn echoes a recent news blast from us. READ ARTICLE

We are proud of our consistent growth and thank our community, sponsors, volunteers, filmmakers and visitors for helping us to raise the bar each year! And we hope to do it again in 2019. Please save the dates: March 12-17 and plan to take full advantage of a festival pass. 2019 Passes go on sale in mid-May.

We are also working on plans for some mid-year movie events and screenings, and fundraising has already begun for the 2019 season.

We love to partner with other SLO County non-profits and we are doing just that next month by helping to promote a very exciting movie/music event that Orchestra Novo is presenting.

Experience all the mystery and fun of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece that has captivated audiences around the world. Film and studio conductor Michael Nowak will lead his full symphony orchestra to play John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score with the film projected on a huge HD screen!

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see this great classic with Hollywood conductor Michael Nowak and his talented orchestra! Tickets are available now for this unique family-friendly event, happening Sunday, May 27th at 7pm. Click here for tickets. See promotional ad below!

We’ll be giving away a few tickets early in May but you’ll have to brush up on your ET trivia to win. Stay tuned for details coming soon!

See you at the movies (there’s no way I’m missing that one!)

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director