|The Fremont Theatre|
Once again the SLOIFF is gearing up to bring film, wine and fun to San Luis Obispo County from March 5 - 9. Since I personally feel this festival is the most outstanding event to take place in SLO County during the year, I wouldn't miss the 20th annual celebration for anything. Although I might be biased, one thing's for certain: Movies matter!
When's the last time you laughed, cried, screamed, cringed in disgust, learned something enlightening, felt compelled to help an egregious injustice, or felt the hairs on the back of your neck stand up...just from watching a movie? That's the human connection at play. Watching stories unfold on the big screen is more than just a pastime.
Over the years at the SLOIFF, I've watched countless documentaries, independent films, classic movies and short films that have left a lasting impression. By viewing films I normally wouldn't have the opportunity to see or might never hear of otherwise, my mind has broadened, my heart has expanded, and I've developed a new appreciation for filmmaking.
I'm no name dropper, but here are a few highlights. Batman will be attending Opening Night at the Fremont Theatre in Downtown SLO. Actually, the actor Adam West, best known for his lead role in the 1960s Batman TV series and the1966 Batman feature film, is this year's Spotlight Award recipient. The new documentary, "Starring Adam West" by Director James Tooley, will play on the big screen followed by a Q & A.
Whether you're planning a visit to San Luis Obispo County next week, or if you're a SLO resident in need of a staycation, check out the festival web site for the full film schedule and entire lineup of special events. Tickets are currently on sale and it will be money well spent.
Remember: Movies matter!
|2013 King Vidor Award Recipient, Oscar-nominated Actor John Hawkes|
|2010 Surf Nite at the Fremont Theatre|
|2010 King Vidor Award Recipient, Academy Award®-winning Actor Alan Arkin|
|Hobnobbing with Actors Robert Carradine and James Cromwell at the 2010 SLOIFF|