The March 2009 Festival featured an unusual opening night gala at Corbett Vineyards, where Malcolm McDowell received the King Vidor Award. The Festival boasted a great lineup of new films and many filmmakers and attendees enjoyed the multitude of parties and special events throughout the 10 days, in venues all over the county. Robert and David Carradine, along with stuntmen Norman Howell and other riders, robbed the train at Santa Margarita Ranch; Australian surf legend Nat Young was honored at the 4th annual Surf Nite, with his son Beau and world champion Linda Benson in attendance; and John Waters helped close the Festival with a hilarious show at the Fremont Theatre, after the Independent Film Awards hosted by film critic, Mick LaSalle.