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Monday, February 24, 2014

20th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

The Fremont Theatre
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF). I first attended this cinematic celebration in 2007 and that was that. The next year I put my volunteer efforts to good use and didn't look back for the next six years. I morphed into the role of wine coordinator, and eventually served on the board of directors. 

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.

Adam West
At the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, audiences have the rare opportunity to attend movies with filmmakers in attendance. At screenings in various theaters and venues around the county, attendees can ask questions and hear stories directly from the filmmakers about how their movies transpired. And at the special events, we all have the occasion to hobnob with celebrities. 

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.

Jeff Bridges
On March 8, the Dude himselfAcademy Award®-winning actor Jeff Bridges—will receive the 2014 King Vidor Award.  Presented by actor James Cromwell, a former King Vidor Award recipient, Bridges and Cromwell will engage in an onstage conversation, followed by a screening of "The Big Lebowski." Guests can rub elbows with these fine actors at the SLO Masonic Lodge, where local restaurants and wineries will provide a taste of the SLO life at the after party. 

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

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