Coastal Awakenings Beat Movie Series

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

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.