Still a few tickets left for CITIZEN KANE at Hearst Castle

We have just released the last remaining tickets for the first-ever screening in the historic theater in Hearst Castle of Orson Welles’ masterpiece, CITIZEN KANE. Tickets are $1,000 per person for this joint fundraiser of SLOIFF and Friends of Hearst Castle, which supports conservation of, and education about, Hearst Castle. On Friday, March 13th, as part of the 21st Annual SLOIFF, the film will be screened for only 50 people in William Randolph Hearst’s original private theater in the hilltop estate. This is the first time this controversial film has ever been screened in Hearst Castle itself. The evening will include a VIP tour and a sunset reception overlooking the San Simeon Coastline.

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TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz will introduce CITIZEN KANE

SLOIFF Spotlight Award recipient John Milius and Warner Brothers executives will be among special guests attending the event. Ned Price, Warner Brothers Film Restoration expert will also be there and will briefly discuss his process of restoring the movie. The film will be introduced by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz. TV personality, writer and humorous raconteur, Ben is the grandson of CITIZEN KANE co-screenwriter, Herman Mankiewicz. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles received the only Oscar given to the film that is still considered by many to be the best movie ever made.

The evening will begin at 5:30pm when guests check in at Hearst Castle’s Visitor Center in San Simeon. A VIP bus will transport guests up the hill before sunset, where they will be greeted at the front gate of the estate. An expert guide will lead guests on a short tour through parts of the historic estate, winding up at sunset on the terrace overlooking the vast ranchlands and ocean. Cocktails, Hearst Ranch wines and a selection of gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Field to Table Catering will be served on the terrace, or poolside at the indoor Roman Swimming Pool depending on the weather. Guests will then be led to the private theater where W.R. Hearst entertained his houseguests after dinner. Hearst was renowned for his hospitality, magnificent art collections, and worldwide business acumen. His guests included a wide variety of famous politicians, sports legends and Hollywoodcelebrities.sanluisobipsofilmfestivalhearstcastle27

Before the movie, two exclusive Hearst Castle party packages will be live auctioned. One is a Movie Night for 10 that includes a sunset reception. Within approved parameters, the winning bidder would choose the movie, date and invited guests. The second is a Pool Party for 10 in the spectacular indoor Roman Pool, famous for its exotic tiles inlaid with real gold. The swimming party would include a poolside reception and the use of the historic dressing rooms next to the pool. Bidding for both packages will begin at $10,000 each, the proceeds of which will directly benefit Friends of Hearst Castle and conservation treatments for the castle’s collections, with the remainder designated for SLOIFF.

Guests will also be given a gift bag with collectible items to celebrate CITIZEN KANE’s 75th Anniversary, as well as a Movie Mogul pass for the 2015 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (retail value of the passes is $285 each and passes can be used for all festival films and special events from March 10-15).

At approximately 10pm, guests will be driven back down to the Visitor Center via VIP bus. There are hotels nearby in San Simeon and Cambria, a short drive from the castle. Lodging and more visitor information is available at https://slofilmfest.org/festival/visit-slo/

BUY NOWFriday, March 13 – 5:30pm
Check-in at Hearst Castle Visitor Center, San Simeon
$1000 / person

Two more Special Movie Events coming to the SLO Film Festival

HISTORIC SCREENING of CITIZEN KANE in HEARST CASTLE’S HILLTOP THEATER

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and SLOIFF_POSTER_CitizenKane_11x17Friends of Hearst Castle announce a first-ever screening in the historic theater in Hearst Castle of Orson Welles’ masterpiece, CITIZEN KANE. Tickets are $1,000 per person for this joint fundraiser of SLOIFF and Friends of Hearst Castle, which supports conservation of, and education about, Hearst Castle. On Friday, March 13th, as part of the 21st Annual SLOIFF, the film will be screened for only 50 people in William Randolph Hearst’s original private theater in the hilltop estate. This is the first time this controversial film has ever been screened in Hearst Castle itself. The evening will include a VIP tour and a sunset reception overlooking the San Simeon Coastline. Proceeds from this event will also support the 2015 SLOIFF, an annual countywide film festival on California’s beautiful Central Coast.

SLOIFF Spotlight Award recipient John Milius, producer/director Greg MacGillivray, and Hollywood executives will be among special guests attending the event. The film will be introduced by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz. TV personality, writer and humorous raconteur, Ben is the grandson of CITIZEN KANE co-screenwriter, Herman Mankiewicz. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles received the only Oscar given to the film that is still considered by many to be the best movie ever made.

For a schedule of the evening and more information please click here.

Hollywood to Hearst Castle / CITIZEN KANE in the Hearst Castle Theater
Friday, March 13, 5:30pm • Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
Tickets: $1000/person include VIP tour, sunset reception, movie and gift bag


Griefwalker posterSPECIAL PRESENTATION: GRIEFWALKER
with special guest Stephen Jenkinson
Sponsored by Hospice of San Luis Obispo County

Tim Wilson’s 2008 National Film Board documentary introduces us to Canadian Stephen Jenkinson, once the leader of a palliative care counseling team at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Through his daytime job, he has been at the deathbed of well over 1,000 people. What he sees over and over, he says, is “a wretched anxiety and an existential terror” even when there is no pain. Indicting the practice of palliative care itself, he has made it his life’s mission to change the way we die – to turn the act of dying from denial and resistance into an essential part of life. Wilson has done a beautiful job of weaving together Jenkinson’s calm inspirational philosophy with poignant interviews and scenes of the stunning Canadian wilderness he lives in. This is truly a beautiful and important film and we are excited to share it with Central Coast audiences.

And what a bonus!! Stephen Jenkinson will be in attendance and will be on hand for a Q&A after the film. He will be in San Luis Obispo the following week for a reading and signing of his book Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul on March 20 and a day-long seminar on March 21. For more information: http://orphanwisdom.com/events/
MOVIE TRAILER

Sunday, March 15    4:00pm    Downtown Center Cinemas, San Luis Obispo
Tickets will be available day of show at the theatre box office. All festival passes will be accepted and pass holders get priority seating up to 15 min. before the screening.