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Elissa Wiese, Parker Sanpei(805) email@example.com
Wendy Eidson, SLO Film Fest(805) 235-1507 firstname.lastname@example.org____________________________________
2016 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
announces film program, events and awards
February 18, 2016 (San Luis Obispo, Calif) â€“ The 22nd Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is proud to announce its full film schedule, online now at slofilmfest.org. The SLO Film Fest is scheduled for March 15-20, 2016 and will be headquartered in downtown San Luis Obispo, with screenings also planned for Paso Robles and Avila Beach. A new â€œHollywood & Vines Festival Tent,â€ sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo will be the hub of the Festival, which is conveniently located on the same block as the event headquarters, and two of the Festivalâ€™s venues. Each afternoon and evening, Cocktail and After-Party mixers in the tent will feature local wines, food and live music, as well as a Breakfast mixers and panels on the weekend.
The SLO Film Fest opens on Tuesday, March 15, with a unique vampire-themed Opening Night. German Pianist/Composer, Markus Horn, will accompany the silent film â€œNosferatu,â€ based on Bram Stokerâ€™s story of â€œDracula,â€ at Cal Polyâ€™s Spanos Theatre. He will play his original score with the newly mastered digital version. The evening will kick off with a cocktail party in the Festival Tent at 5 PM.
On Wednesday, March 16, the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase takes center stage with films from Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties on the seven Festival screens at various venues in downtown San Luis Obispo. A sneak preview of the locally produced film â€œLives Well Livedâ€ will screen at the Fremont Theatre at 7 PM to a sell-out audience, including many of the documentaryâ€™s subjects. Also screening that night, with director Jen Senko in attendance, is â€œThe Brainwashing of My Dad,â€ a fascinating new political documentary.
Thursday films begin at 1 PM at all San Luis Obispo venues, including official selections such as the World Premiere of â€œAfter the Curtain,â€ and a wide variety of foreign and domestic films. Filmmakers and special guests will be in attendance at many screenings, including Grammy-nominated musician Nathan East, at the screening of â€œNathan East: For the Record.â€
At 7 PM, before the screening of the newest movie in the â€œDivergentâ€ series, screenwriter and Central Coast resident, Anthony Peckham, will receive the Festivalâ€™s Spotlight Award. Peckham is currently writing the final film in the â€œDivergentâ€ series. His credits include the Oscar-nominated â€œInvictus,â€ â€œSherlock,â€ and â€œDonâ€™t Say a Word.â€ His upcoming projects include a TV adaptation of â€œKilling Patton,â€ based on the book by Bill Oâ€™Reilly. St. Patrick Day parties are planned for Happy Hour and an After-Party will be hosted in the Hollywood & Vines Festival Tent.
On Friday, the 11th Annual Surf Nite in SLO takes over the Fremont Theatre at 7:30 PM, after a busy afternoon of screenings and Q&Aâ€™s that include the new documentary by Robin Hauser Reynolds, â€œCODE: Debugging the Gender Gap.â€ South African Maverickâ€™s champion, Chris Bertish will arrive in San Luis Obispo to join Maverickâ€™s pioneer Jeff Clark and other big wave surfers, for the Central Coast Premiere of â€œOcean Driven.â€
In Paso Robles, the Paso Wine Country Alliance and Vintage Paso Robles: Zinfandel will sponsor an event that features â€œSomm: Into the Bottle,â€ a new documentary by Jason and Christina Wise. A â€œZinposiumâ€ will be hosted by â€œSommâ€ cast member Master Sommelier Fred Dame, and after the film there will be a dessert and wine party at the Park Ballroom near the Park Cinemas.
Saturday, March 19, starts with breakfast in the Festival Tent and a series of Behind-the-Scenes workshops and panels that include an Action for Directors stunt workshop and a Shoot in SLO panel sponsored by Visit San Luis Obispo County and the SLO County Film Commission.
Film screenings begin at 10 AM at all Festival venues, as well as a day-long series of films with an ocean theme at the Avila Beach Community Center. Youth films will be featured at Mission Cinemas at 1:00 PM during the Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase. A number of young filmmakers are traveling across the country to attend their movie screenings. Local youth films will also be screened and all are eligible for cash prizes.
On Saturday evening, the SLO Film Fest will award Academy Award nominee and five-time Golden Globe winner Ann-Margret with the prestigious King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. Academy Award-winner Alan Arkin, who received the King Vidor Award in 2010, will present the award to his friend and colleague at the historic Fremont Theatre in Downtown San Luis Obispo on Saturday, March 19. After his presentation, Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz will sit down with Ann-Margret for a casual conversation about her career and upcoming projects.
After the King Vidor Award ceremony, which is sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Collection, Ann-Margret, who worked with George Sidney on several films, will assist with the presentation of George Sidney Independent Film Awards to winning filmmakers. The whole evening will begin with a screening of â€œViva Las Vegas,â€ the 1964 comedy/musical starring Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley, and directed by George Sidney. An awards after-party will wrap up the evening at the SLO Masonic Lodge in downtown San Luis Obispo.
Sunday will be a full day of second screenings of many festival films and Special Presentation films throughout the festival include a retrospective of Ann-Margretâ€™s film career including a sing-along ofBye Bye Birdieon closing night. Sunday evening will also include a presentation of Audience and Central Coast Filmmaker Awards.
A Filmmaker and Media â€œFAMâ€ trip is also planned by the Visit San Luis Obispo and the SLO County Film Commission for Sunday, to help showcase a number of great filming locations. Wineries, ranches and beach towns will all be part of the day-long tour that will include meals and wine tasting.
All special event tickets are on sale now. The complete festival schedule and film lineup is available at slofilmfest.org. Press credentials will be available for approved media representatives, please email Elissa Wiese for those details. Photos are available upon request.