It's almost time for SLO CAL to turn into Tinseltown! The SLO Film Festival will be transforming San Luis Obispo and several surrounding cities into SLO CAL's movie hub March 13-18, 2018. Film buffs will be able to experience the Historic Fremont Theatre, Palm Theatre, Downtown Center Cinemas, Park Cinemas in Paso Robles, Bay Theatre in Morro Bay and even Tolosa Winery. Whether you attend the star-studded King Vidor Award Ceremony or hop in your VW Van and hang ten at Surf Nite, the SLO Film Festival is sure to bring the joy of film to SLO CAL once again this year. Check out some of this year's special events below!

Coastal Awakenings: Beat Generation Film Series

Date: March 14

Time: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: The Palm Theatre, 817 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo

Price: $15 General / $12 Students (each screening requires a separate ticket) All Festival Passes

The Coastal Awakening is the cultural movement that has been continually evolving on the Central Coast for nearly a century. From the Dunites through 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. Movies include Pull My Daisy, Howl, The Source: The Story of The Beats and the Beat Generation, and A Bucket of Blood. 

Dreaming of Wine at Tolosa Winery

Date: March 15

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Tolosa Winery, 4910 Edna Road, San Luis Obispo

Price: $75/person Festival Passes cannot be used for this special event

This special festival event will introduce wine (and movie) lovers in San Luis Obispo to Tolosa’s newest “sister winery.” Tolosa will be rolling out the red carpet to introduce guests to Perinet! Guests will enjoy a welcome splash paired with welcome bites while mingling while anticipation builds for the film. Glasses in hand, guests will take their seats in the Barrel Room and enjoy a screening of “Dreaming of Wine.” (see description below.) After the film, there will be a Q&A with the Perinet winemaker, who will translate the experience on screen to the experience in the glass.

Surf Nite in SLO

Date: March 16

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Fremont Theatre, 1035 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo

Price: $20 General $15 Students and Film Society Members. Only Full Access passes and Red Carpet tickets will be accepted for this event

Sit back and enjoy some jaw-dropping cinematography documenting GIANT WAVES around the world in California, Hawaii, Australia, Tahiti and Europe. The Big Wave Project is one of those surf films you simply need to see on a big screen to appreciate how GIGANTIC the waves really are, and the Fremont Theatre is just the place! Before The Big Wave Project, enjoy THE AGAVE GUN, a 10-minute short featuring Gary Linden, the founder of The Big Wave Tour. Gary is one of the few remaining masters of his craft, still skillfully shaping surfboards by hand. At 68, he still experiments with untested materials, like the wood from agave, the plant tequila is made from. This film takes us through the growth cycle of the agave, the shaping of a board, and the joy of the end product.

Movies by the Bay: Surf & Skate

Date: March 17

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Bay Theatre, 464 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay

Price: $15 General/$12 Students. Each screening requires a separate ticket. All Festival Passes accepted


Last Men in Aleppo

Date: March 17

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Fremont Theatre, 1035 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo

Price: $15 General/$12 Students. All Festival Passes accepted. $8 at door for Cal Poly/Hancock students (must show ID)

Winner of the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and a 2018 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, Syrian filmmaker Firas Fayyad’s breathtaking work is a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage. His film follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. A portion of the proceeds from this special event will benefit the White Helmets.

King Vidor Award & After Party

Date: March 17

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Fremont Theatre, 1035 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo

Price: $20 General/$15 Students. All Access Passes & Red Carpet Tickets accepted. After Party: 8:30pm Festival Tent in Mission Plaza All Access Passes only. Rush Tickets: $50 General/$45 Students

Celebrate award-winning films and the 2018 King Vidor Award recipient on the stage of the historic Fremont Theatre. The George Sidney Independent Film Awards, presented each year in several categories, are juried by film and media professionals. Party the night away with award winners and some great SLO Jazz, and vie for your own awards! Come dressed as your favorite celebrity, or even better as a Celebrity Look-a-Like and win passes to the 2019 SLO Film Fest...and more! Special St. Patrick’s Day prize goes to the Best Irish Celebrity costume! 

Tribute to King Vidor

Date: March 18

Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Whalebone Vineyard, 8325 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles & Park Cinemas, Downtown Paso Robles

Price: 12:00pm Reception: Mogul passes & pre-purchased tickets only; 3:00pm Movie: Park Cinemas, Paso Robles $15 General / $12 Students. All Festival Passes accepted

Prior to the screening of Ruby Gentry, ticket holders and Mogul Pass holders are invited to a reception at Whalebone Vineyard, a cabernet-centric winery and vineyard planted on King Vidor’s former ranch in Willow Creek on Sunday at noon. 

Women Belong in the Kitchen

Date: March 18

Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Fremont Theatre, 1035 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo

Price: $60 – General/Student Only 300 tickets will be sold. All Access Passes only for this special event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Women’s March SLO.

Women have long been synonymous with cooking, recipes, grocery shopping and answering that age-old daily question – “Mom, what’s for dinner?” So why is it that so few women are working in commercial kitchens or running restaurants? What’s up with that? Special guests for this foodie event are proud to be in that minority, and will be sharing with you their talents, their stories and, most importantly their creative dishes, going head-to-head in a classic culinary battle right on the stage of the Fremont Theatre. Four female chefs paired with four female restaurant owners will prep and plate four distinct dishes based on what they receive in a Talley Farms Fresh Harvest Box of local fruit and vegetables. Participants include Shanny Covey (Luna Red, Novo, Mint+Craft and Robin’s), Brooke Town (Spoon Trade), Carole MacDonal (Il Cortile Ristorante, La Cosecha Bar & Restaurant), Kari Ziegler (Comfort Market), Sierra Day (Rosa’s Restaurante Italiano) and Sarah Paddock (Chipwrecked), Molly Bohlman (Niner Wine Estates), Nicole Pope(Stolo Family Vineyards), Katie Povah (Cambria Estate Vineyard and Winery) and Clarissa Nagy (Nagy Wines.)

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