2024 SLO Film Festival Progam Guide

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30 FestivalS ThE Festival Guide

APRIL 25-30, 2024

SPECIAL EVENTS, VIRTUAL + IN-PERSON SCREENINGS, FILMMAKER PANELS + MORE

VIRTUAL + PASO ROBLES ENCORE WEEK

MAY 1–5

CELEBRATING
OF INDEPENDENT FILM AND STORYTELLING

let’s meet up at hotel SLO

As proud sponsors of the 2024 SLO International Film Festival, Hotel SLO invites you to take advantage of our convenient location adjacent to the Palm Theater. Join us for a perfect night out before or after film screenings - where you can dine alfresco and enjoy craft cocktails.

OX + ANCHOR

A modern spin on the classic steakhouse, drawing inspiration from the hills and sea surrounding San Luis Obispo.

WED-SUN 5-9P

PIADINA

For a casual vibe with farm-fresh fare inspired by Italy and the Central Coast.

DAILY 11:30A-9P

HIGH BAR

Craft cocktails and shared bites al fresco on the rooftop

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(WEATHER PERMITTING)

DINING ROOM AT OX + ANCHOR MESSAGES 2 SPONSOR LISTINGS 3 PASSES + TICKETS 6 VIRTUAL ENCORE FESTIVAL 7 VENUES 8 SPECIAL EVENTS 10 SPECIAL PRESENTATION SCREENINGS 15 INDIVIDUAL FILM SPONSORS 24 GEORGE SIDNEY INDEPENDENT FILM COMPETITION 25 NARRATIVE FEATURES 26 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES 30 SCHEDULE 36 PASO ROBLES ENCORE FESTIVAL 41 NARRATIVE SHORTS 42 DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 48 CENTRAL COAST FILMMAKER SHOWCASE 52 SHORTS PROGRAMS 56 BEHIND THE SCENES PANELS 63 INDEX 68 Tabl E Of ConteNTS

MesSagE frOm the DireCtor

It’s incredible to think that we’ve reached our 30th festival! Back in 1993, a group of friends united by their love for movies came together to start this film festival, and we feel incredibly fortunate to still be embracing that same vision today. Film has a unique power to inspire and nurture creativity, serving as a beacon of hope for many. We’re privileged not only to reside in one of the most stunning places but also to be surrounded by a community that wholeheartedly believes in our mission. On behalf of the board and staff, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support over the years. Come celebrate with us!

SKYE MCLENNAN

SLO FILM FEST

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SLO FILM FEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS + STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR : Skye McLennan | ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Grace Tucker

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: Chelsea Baumberger

PROGRAMMER AND FESTIVAL ASSISTANT: Cindy Kitagawa

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Shanti Herzog | INTERN: Allison Sweeney

SponsOrs

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

BOARD : Alphabetical by last name: Lydia Bates, David Hardberger, Maria Kelly, Nina Leschinsky, Paul Metchik, Kyle Plummer, Janice Rohn, Suzanne Schonig, Tom Walters

ADDITIONAL THANKS

GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Elizabeth Kurrels | PUBLICIST: Ann Flower

SOCIAL MEDIA: Madison Quiring | LOUNGE COORDINATOR: Nicole LeBlanc + Melissa Bindi And a big thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors and venues!

MesSagE frOm the mayor

I enthusiastically support the 30th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. I’m honored to be a part of celebrating the history and longevity of this annual event and look forward to the special anniversary events, new films and important stories being told. This is truly one of the most exciting cultural events of the year within our community.

ERICA A. STEWART

MAYOR OF SAN LUIS OBISPO

FEATURED WINERY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

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LINE PRIORITY

1. PASSHOLDER LINE: Patrons are let in 30 minutes before showtime

2. RESERVED TICKET HOLDER LINE: Patrons are let in 25 minutes before showtime

3. WALK UP LINE: Patrons are let in 10 minutes before showtime after all passholders and reserved ticket holders

FESTIVAL PASSES

ALL-ACCESS MOVIE MOGUL — $350

• Access to all screenings and special events

• Passholder Line

• Virtual access from May 1–5

• Encore screenings in Paso Robles

• Festival Lounge access

• RSVP required to some events

MOVIE STAR — $225

• Access to all general and special presentation film screenings and Closing Night

• Excludes all other Special Events and Paso Encore Festival

• Passholder Line

FAN PACK 6 — $80

• Six tickets for general or special screenings, in-person or virtual

• Excludes Special Events

• Daytime Lounge Access (before 5pm)

• Virtual access from May 1–5

SLOFILMFEST@HOME — $120

• Virtual access from May 1–5

• Not all films are available virtually

• Reserve tickets in advance OR join the Walk-Up Line to any screening

• Shareable between multiple people IF TICKETS ARE SELECTED IN ADVANCE. Walk-Ups can only be scanned in one time per screening.

FAN PACK 4 — $40

• Four tickets for general or special screenings only at the Fremont Theater

• Excludes Special Events

• Reserve tickets in advance OR join the Walk-Up Line at the Fremont Theater

We’re extending our festival past the 6-day experience! Whether you were out of town and couldn’t make the inperson screenings from April 25–30, would rather watch from the comfort of your home, or just want to continue the festivities into May, we have multiple offerings from May 1–5!

Tickets Virtual Encore Festival

• Shareable between multiple people IF TICKETS ARE SELECTED IN ADVANCE. Walk-Ups can only be scanned in one time per screening.

Individual tickets are available to each screening or event and can be purchased in advance across all venues, online or at the festival Box Office. Those with a purchased ticket to a specific film or event may stand in the Reserved Ticket Holder Line and will be let in 25 minutes before the showtime. All events are general admission and we suggest you arrive at least 30 minutes before showtime to ensure your seat.

SLOFILMFEST@HOME $120

INDIVIDUAL VIRTUAL TICKETS

$12 General / $10 Student + Film Society

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SPECIAL EVENTS $25 General $20 Student + Film Society GENERAL SCREENINGS $15 General $12 Student + Film Society SPECIAL PRESENTATION SCREENINGS $15 General $12 Student + Film Society VIRTUAL SCREENINGS $12 General $10 Student + Film Society R.A.C.E. MATTERS SHORTS FREE with registration PANELS $5 General Passes accepted We offer group and school discounts. Please inquire at info@slofilmfest.org REFUND POLICY: All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. In the event of a sellout, refunds will be honored for individual ticket holders. JOIN US VIRTUALLY FROM MAY 1–5 Look for the cloud icon on film descriptions to indicate whether the film is available in the virtual festival or not. Some films are restricted to California and some have limited virtual capacity, so we suggest booking online in advance for individual ticket buyers and Fan Pack holders. Please find the key below to determine any virtual restrictions. Films can be played on your desktop or on your Smart TV through Chromecast or the Elevent App in Apple and Roku stores. More information and FAQs can be found on our website. IN-PERSON SCREENINGS IN PASO ROBLES Get an in-depth look into our Paso Encore Week on page 41. SOMM + HARVEST CALLS TOKYO COWBOW + ANOTHER EIGHT SECONDS YOU WILL BE MY MUSIC LET THE CANARY SING UPROAR + GHOST KITCHEN THE MICHOACAN FILE H.M. PULHAM, ESQUIRE THE NETTLE DRESS + TASTING NOTES VISIT VIRTUAL.GOELEVENT.COM TO VIEW FILMS If you have an All-Access Pass (Movie Mogul Pass, Sponsor All-Access, Filmmaker All-Access) Movie Star or SLOFilmFest@Home Pass, please log in to the PASS HOLDER area. If you have a Fan Pack 6 Package or have purchased an individual ticket please use the TICKET HOLDER area. Please note that Fan Pack holders must select virtual films in advance and will be sent a voucher code after selection. Viewers will have 72 hours to complete the film once accessing the screening.

LocatiOns

FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE 851 HIGUERA

BOX OFFICE HOURS

APRIL 4–APRIL 17 | MON, TUES, WED: CLOSED / THURS, FRI, SAT, SUN: 12PM–6PM

APRIL 18–APRIL 24 | DAILY: 12PM–6PM

APRIL 25–APRIL 30 | DAILY: 9AM–6PM

FESTIVAL LOUNGE 967 OSOS ST.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 25: CLOSED

FRIDAY, APRIL 26: NOON–10PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 27: 10AM–10PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 28: 10AM–9PM

MONDAY, APRIL 29: NOON–9PM

TUESDAY, APRIL 30: NOON–9PM

View a detailed schedule of lounge events online.

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Special Events

ROMEO, ROMEO, WHEREFORE ART THOU ROMEO?

Pre-Reception Supported by Luna Red & Ancient Peaks Winery

JOIN US FOR OUR OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION AS WE TAKE OVER THE FREMONT THEATER WITH FOOD, MINGLING AND SPECIAL FILM GHOSTLIGHT.

We’re celebrating the kick off to our 30th Anniversary Festival by meeting our special guests, filmmakers and major contributors at this year’s Opening Night Reception with catered bites by LUNA RED and wine from ANCIENT PEAKS in the pit of the Fremont Theater. With this year’s film centered around the preparation of

a theatrical performance of Romeo and Juliet, we thought what better way to get to know each other than amongst the ambiance of the iconic story, photo ops with theatrical set pieces, a live acoustic set from popular SLO County band, IMVA, and local wines, beer and appetizers to help us commence the start to a great week.

GHOSTLIGHT

Straight from Sundance, GHOSTLIGHT is the extraordinary and heartfelt film following a melancholic construction worker as he drifts away from his wife and daughter, only to discover solace and purpose within a local theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet. As the drama unfolds onstage, paralleling his own life, he and his family learn to confront their own personal loss. A poignant exploration of grief, GHOSTLIGHT is the quest for belonging and profoundly explores the impact of unexpected connections.

DIRECTORS: Kelly O’Sullivan, Alex Thompson

WRITER: Kelly O’Sullivan

PRODUCERS: Pierce Cravens, Ian Keiser, Chelsea Krant, Edwin Linker, Alex Thompson, Alex Wilson

SURF NITE IN SLO

Presented by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Supported by Surfing for Hope, Moondoggies Beach Club & 93.3 KZOZ

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2006, SURF NITE IN SLO HAS CONTINUED TO SERVE AS ONE OF THOSE RARE EVENTS FUELED BY THE ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM OF THE CROWD THAT ATTENDS EACH YEAR.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

FREMONT THEATER

5PM RECEPTION

7PM FILM SCREENING

Film Screening:

$25 General / $20 Student + Film Society

All-Access Passes accepted

Reception: Only open to All-Access Passholders. Must RSVP by Tuesday, April 23.

It is with great excitement that for our 30th Anniversary Festival we will be returning to the Fremont Theater to celebrate surfing on the big screen. With drinks in the lobby, live music from Riff Tide surf band, and mingling with other local surfers, join us for what’s been coined the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for film and surf lovers. This year, we’re excited to present new film, TRILOGY: NEW WAVE with special guests from the film.

TRILOGY: NEW WAVE

Three elite surfers—Griffin Colapinto, Ethan Ewing and Seth Moniz—travel to eight remote destinations searching for pristine waves and an escape from the stress of constant competition. As they travel and catch waves in these remote beaches, they are reminded of the importance of balancing their careers with their desire to rediscover the joy of surfing free from competition scores. Using a mix of mesmerizing big waves and big tricks, TRILOGY tells the stories of these three surfers before and after their winning titles and the bonds they’ve built along the way.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

FREMONT THEATER

5:30PM DOORS OPEN + LIVE MUSIC

7PM FILM BEGINS

$25 General / $20 Student + Film Society

All-Access Passes accepted with RSVP

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Special Events

KING VIDOR AWARD

Presented by Hotel San Luis Obispo

JOIN US FOR OUR MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AFTERNOON AS WE CELEBRATE AN EXCLUSIVE AND INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH OUR KING VIDOR RECIPIENT AT HOTEL SAN LUIS OBISPO.

Stay tuned for a late announcement on our awardee! We present the King Vidor Award as an annual tribute to a talented filmmaker, actor, or film artist in recognition of his or her exceptional artistic contributions and impacts on the motion picture industry and to filmmaking in general. See a history of the award and our past attendees at slofilmfest.org/history

Before the conversation, enjoy a pre-reception with mimosas and a red carpet opportunity for filmmakers and special guests, then head over to the Festival Lounge after the conversation for a special celebration of our 30th Festival. Enjoy drinks, bites, live music and an interactive photobooth to commemorate the memories!

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

HOTEL SAN LUIS OBISPO, SEVEN SISTERS BALLROOM

12PM PRE-RECEPTION WITH MIMOSAS

1PM KING VIDOR CONVERSATION

COMMUNITY OF SKATE

Presented by Skate Warehouse Supported by HOP WTR, Ceremony Skate Shop & 93.3 KZOZ

Skate films have been a fundamental part of independent filmmaking since its early origins, allowing any kid the ability to pick up a camera and make content regardless of cost, distribution or fame. It has often been the launchpad to cultural art movements, social change, music and athleticism, but skateboarding has also always been about community. This year, we’re excited to honor this community and its contributions to film with multiple films that celebrate the culture and community of skateboarding.

Join us before the film for live music from THE BOGEYS, a showcase of custom skateboard designs and livescreen printing by the San Luis Obispo High School Advanced Graphic Design class. Stay after the screening for a discussion with the legendary Stacy Peralta, Rob Cahill, Mike Crum and Kareem Campbell along with 4DWN director Danny Schmidt.

3PM AFTER PARTY AT THE FESTIVAL LOUNGE

$25 General / $20 Student + Film Society

All Access Passes accepted with RSVP

After Party

All-Access Passes only

MUSIC VIDEO SHOWCASE

Remember back in the ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s when MTV actually played music videos? For the fourth year in a row, music videos officially have a home at our festival. We are elated to once again be able to experience and celebrate the eclectic mix of creative music videos at a new venue, Kreuzberg, alongside a live music performance from KROOKS.

Awards will be presented to videos in three categories on Saturday, April 27 during our Music Video Showcase. Juried by JILL SACHS, DANGER and LYLE RUMON.

See page 60 for more information on our Music Video Showcase and a full list of our Music Videos

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

KREUZBERG / 685 HIGUERA ST

6PM DOORS OPEN

7PM MUSIC VIDEOS + AWARDS

$25 General

$20 Student + Film Society

All-Access Passes accepted

DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS

(91 mins)

This award-winning, thrilling story is about a group of discarded kids who revolutionized skateboarding and shaped the attitude and culture of modern day extreme sports. Featuring old school skating footage, exclusive interviews and a blistering rock soundtrack, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice’s Dogtown, a tough “locals only” beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing.

4DWN

(17 mins)

Sponsored by Swift Action Fund

Before the feature we’ll showcase the short film 4DWN, telling the unconventional and deeply personal story of a South Dallas skatepark whose mission is to change the lives of everyone who walks through the gate. The 4DWN skatepark is a resilience hub rooted in skate culture, tackling head-on the challenges of food insecurity and social justice in one of the city’s poorest communities.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

FREMONT THEATER

5:30PM | DOORS OPEN + LIVE MUSIC FROM THE BOGEYS

6:30PM INTRO AND FILMS

8:40PM Q&A WITH STACY PERALTA AND 4DWN TEAM

Moderated by Dan Parks of unearthed skateboarding and Loose Bearings Artwork

$25 General / $20 Student + Film Society

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OTHER SKATE-THEMED FILMS THROUGHOUT THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. ART AND LIFE: THE STORY OF JIM PHILLIPS (P30) SKATEBOARD (P20) THIS IS BRIGHTON (P34) PANEL: THE ART OF SKATE (P63)
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Special Events

CLOSING NIGHT

Supported by KVEC News Talk 920 AM 96.5 FM

THELMA

WE’RE PRIVILEGED TO PRESENT THIS SUNDANCE FAVORITE, MARKING THE FEATURE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT OF JOSH MARGOLIN. Inspired by his own grandmother’s real-life experiences, the film stars June Squibb as Thelma Post, a victim of a phone scam who mails thousands of dollars to help her jailed grandson, only to discover he’s not actually in jail. Determined to reclaim her money, Thelma embarks on a journey, unsupported by her daughter and son-in-law (Parker Posey and Clark Gregg) but aided by a longtime family friend, played by Shaft legend Richard Roundtree in his final onscreen performance. This intergenerational tale reminds us to never underestimate age and that it’s never too late for an adventure.

Comedy / 97 min / USA

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Josh Margolin

PRODUCERS: Zoë Worth, Chris Kaye, Karl Spoerri, Viviana Vezzani, Nicholas Weinstock, Benjamin Simpson

THE 30TH ANNUAL SLO FILM FESTIVAL WILL WRAP UP WITH AN AWARD CEREMONY FOR BOTH OUR JURIED AWARDS AND AUDIENCE AWARD VOTED ON THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL, ALONGSIDE A SHOWING OF THELMA.

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

FREMONT THEATER

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CENTRAL COAST FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

Presented by Pacific Gas & Electric Company

JUST A SHORT DRIVE TO NEARBY MAJOR CITIES, THE CENTRAL COAST BOASTS INCREDIBLE SCENIC FILMING LOCATIONS AND SOME OF THE MOST AMAZING TALENT.

Join us on Monday, April 29, as we spend the day showcasing films from our Central Coast Filmmakers and celebrate this outstanding community. At the top of the evening we are proud to present the Cal Poly Short Cuts at the Fremont Theater. See page 52 for more information on the Central Coast Showcase films.

THE DEATH OF RECESS

KEY CAST: June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Richard Roundtree, Parker Posey, Clark Gregg, Malcolm McDowell

6PM AWARDS + FILM SCREENING

$25 General

$20 Student + Film Society

All-Access Passes + Movie Star passes accepted

MONDAY, APRIL 29, DOWNTOWN 10:30AM

WRESTLED AWAY:

THE LEE KEMP STORY

MONDAY, APRIL 29, DOWNTOWN 7:30PM

YOU WILL BE MY MUSIC

MONDAY, APRIL 29, DOWNTOWN 7PM

CENTRAL COAST SHORTS #1 TASTING NOTES + GHOST KITCHEN + ANOTHER EIGHT SECONDS + HARVEST CALLS

MONDAY, APRIL 29, FREMONT 10AM

CENTRAL COAST SHORTS #2

POSTSCRIPT + HOMECOMING + EL HALCON + SUPERSTAR

MONDAY, APRIL 29, DOWNTOWN 1PM

CENTRAL COAST SHORTS #3

MEET ME AT OUR SPOT + PLEASING PLOVERS + THE SALT ON OUR SKIN + BINARY + THE UNBROKEN SKY

MONDAY, APRIL 29, PALM 7:15PM

ADDITIONAL CENTRAL COAST PROGRAMS:

48-HOUR FILM CHALLENGE

MONDAY, APRIL 29, DOWNTOWN 1:30PM

ACTOR’S EDGE STUDENT PROJECT

MONDAY, APRIL 29, DOWNTOWN 4PM

CAL POLY SHORT CUTS

MONDAY, APRIL 29, FREMONT 7PM

CAMERA

MONDAY, APRIL 29, FREMONT 3:30PM

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RED EYE CINEMA SERIES

Sponsored by Megan’s Organic Market

JOIN US LATE INTO THE NIGHT FOR A SERIES OF FRIGHTS, VAMPIRES AND ZOMBIES!

Every year we strive to cater to everyone’s tastes, so we’re thrilled to announce the continuation of our Red Eye Cinema series, a selection of late-night flicks designed to entice both genre and horror enthusiasts.

$15 General | $12 Film Society + Student All-Access Passes accepted | Movie Star Passes accepted

DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)

Sponsored by 93.3 KZOZ

FILMS OF MINDFULNESS AND CONTEMPLATION

Sponsored by The Coastal Awakening & KVEC News Talk 920 AM 96.5 FM

EVERY YEAR THE COASTAL AWAKENING—A LOOSE COLLECTION OF WRITERS, WORKERS, SURFERS, ARTISTS, STUDENTS, AND FILM BUFFS—SPONSORS A FILM SERIES GROUPED AROUND A SINGLE THEME DEAR TO THE CREATIVE SPIRIT OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE CENTRAL COAST. EACH FILM IS INTRODUCED “LIVE” BY VARIOUS SCHOLARS, FILM MAKERS AND EXPERTS. THIS YEAR WE FOCUS ON FILMS CELEBRATING “MINDFULNESS AND CONTEMPLATION.”

$15 General | $12 Film Society + Student All-Access Passes accepted | Movie Star Passes accepted

GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)

The series starts out with Groundhog Day (1993)—starring Bill Murray—a look into a life of “time out of time.” Murray is forced into a mindful contemplative existence when he finds himself reliving the same day over and over again. This very “Zen” film will be introduced by a local Buddhist from the Blue Heron Sangha, who will also lead a short discussion after the film.

Comedy / 101 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Harold Ramis

WRITERS: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis

During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. Katie Neville and Jason Kaiser, founders of the annual community festival, MicroHorrors, present an exclusive screening of DAWN OF THE DEAD in celebration of its 45th anniversary. The film’s presentation of humanity, culture, and consumerism are just as ripe for conversation today as they were upon its release. Join us at the Fremont Theater for a special screening of this film rarely available on the big screen... and then question what you know about being human! Content Warning: This film is presented as it was originally created and contains outdated cultural depictions and slurs.

Horror / 127 min / USA

DIRECTOR/WRITER: George A. Romero

PRODUCERS: Richard P. Rubinstein, Dario Argento, Billy Baxter, Herbert R. Steinmann

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, FREMONT 8:30PM

HUMANIST VAMPIRE SEEKING CONSENTING SUICIDAL PERSON

Sasha is a young vampire with a serious problem: she’s too sensitive to kill! When her parents cut off her blood supply, Sasha’s life is in jeopardy. Luckily, she meets Paul, a lonely teenager with suicidal tendencies who is willing to give his life to save hers, but their friendly agreement soon becomes a nocturnal quest to fulfill Paul’s last wishes before day breaks.

Comedy, Drama, Horror / 90 min / Canada

DIRECTOR: Ariane Louis-Seize

WRITERS: Christine Doyon, Ariane Louis-Seize

PRODUCERS: Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Line Sander Egede

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, DOWNTOWN 8:30PM

PRODUCERS: Trevor Albert, Harold Ramis, C.O. Erickson

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, PALM 10:15AM

THE MATRIX (1999)

If you haven’t seen The Matrix (1999) directed by the Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves, here’s your chance to see what all the talk is about. And if you’ve already seen it, here’s your chance to reconsider what it means to take “the red or the blue pill.” A local Vendantist will introduce the film’s metaphysical dimensions and lead a short discussion afterwards.

Drama, Sci-Fi / 136 min / USA

DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

PRODUCER: Joel Silver

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, PALM 1:15PM

A MAN ESCAPED (1956)

Finally, A Man Escaped or The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth (1956) concludes our series. Considered by many the greatest prison escape movie of all time, the legendary French director Robert Bresson turns Andre Devigny’s memoir of life in the World War II French Resistance into a stunning, meditation on the deepest meanings of freedom, struggle and liberation. Considered Bresson’s “masterpiece,” this film will be introduced by one of the Monks from the Monastery of the Risen Christ. Discussion to follow.

Drama / 99 min / France

DIRECTOR: Robert Bresson

WRITERS: André Devigny, Robert Bresson

PRODUCERS: Alain Poiré, Jean Thuillier

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, PALM 4:30PM

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30TH ANNIVERSARY PAST DIRECTORS SERIES

AS WE’VE SPENT THIS YEAR LOOKING BACK ON THE LAST 30 FESTIVALS, WE THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO GET A FEW OF THE FESTIVALS INFLUENTIAL AND KEY CONTRIBUTORS INVOLVED.

The festival wouldn’t be what it is today without these key people, so we asked each to choose two films that were meaningful to them throughout their time at the festival or that were impactful to them in their film journeys. Each person interpreted the prompt differently, resulting in a wide array of retrospective films we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

PURSUIT OF EQUALITY (2005) (WENDY EIDSON’S PICK)

By issuing marriage licenses to same gender couples, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom uproots the status quo and attempts to change the way the nation looks at life, love, and marriage.

Documentary / 85 min / USA

DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Geoff Callan, Mike Shaw

PRODUCER: Geoff Callan

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, PALM 10AM

RIDING GIANTS (2004) (WENDY EIDSON’S PICK)

Part sports history, part thrill ride, skateboarder Stacy Peralta’s documentary pays homage to the brave, foolish surfers who dare ride the world’s biggest waves.

Documentary / 105 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Stacy Peralta

BIG NIGHT (1996) (JIM DEE’S PICK)

Set in the 1950s on the Jersey Shore, the film follows two Italian immigrant brothers as they host an evening of free food at their restaurant in an effort to grow its exposure.

Comedy, Drama / 107 min / USA

DIRECTORS: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci

WRITERS: Stanley Tucci, Joseph Tropiano

PRODUCERS: Jonathan Filley, Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci, David Paul Kirkpatrick, Keith Samples

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, PALM 4:30PM

DERSU UZALA (1975) (JIM DEE’S PICK)

The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Drama / 144 min / Russia, Japan

DIRECTOR: Akira Kurosawa

WRITERS: Akira Kurosawa, Yuriy Nagibin, Vladimir Arsenev

PRODUCERS: Yoichi Matsue, Nikolay Sizov

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, PALM 1PM

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994) (SKYE MCLENNAN’S PICK)

WRITERS: Stacy Peralta, Sam George

PRODUCERS: Stacy Peralta, Agi Orsi, Jane Kachmer, Nathalie Delest, Franck Marty

MONDAY, APRIL 29, BAY THEATRE 5:30PM

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) (MARY HARRIS’ PICK)

A Los Angeles insurance representative lets an alluring housewife seduce him into a scheme of insurance fraud and murder that arouses the suspicion of his colleague, an insurance investigator.

Film Noir, Drama/ 107 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Billy Wilder WRITERS: Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain

PRODUCERS: Buddy G. DeSylva, Joseph Sistrom

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, PALM 7PM

WILD BILL: HOLLYWOOD MAVERICK (1995) (MARY

HARRIS’ PICK)

Sponsored by Alan Strasbaugh & Janice Noll

Alec Baldwin narrates this account of the life of prolific Hollywood director William A. Wellman, the first ever winner of the Oscar for best picture.

Documentary / 95 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Todd Robinson WRITERS: Todd Robinson, William Wellman Jr. PRODUCERS: Kenneth A. Carlson, Frank Thompson, William Wellman Jr.

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, DOWNTOWN 3PM

Please check out the full descriptions online, including personal notes from former Executive Director Wendy Eidson, Founder Mary Harris, Palm Theatre owner Jim Dee, as well as the current Executive Director Skye McLennan.

$15 General | $12 Film Society + Student All-Access Passes accepted Movie Star Passes accepted

Two drag queens and a transgender woman travel across the Australian Outback in a tour bus they’ve named “Priscilla” to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Comedy, Drama / 103min / Australia

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Stephan Elliott

PRODUCERS: Al Clark, Michael Hamlyn, Rebel Penfold-Russell, Stuart Quin

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, PALM 1PM

MURIEL’S WEDDING (1994) (SKYE MCLENNAN’S PICK)

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

Comedy, Romance / 106 min / Australia, France

DIRECTOR/WRITER: P.J. Hogan

PRODUCERS: Lynda House, Jocelyn Moorhouse

MONDAY, APRIL 29, PALM 7:45PM

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CAMERA

Sponsored by Med Stop Urgent Care Center Madonna Plaza

Filmed in Morro Bay and showcasing iconic local landmarks, CAMERA shares the heartwarming story of loss, hope and healing. With the help of a broken film camera, an unlikely friendship develops between Eric (Beau Bridges), an eccentric repairman, and Oscar, a bullied 9-year old boy who cannot speak. Under Eric’s mentorship, Oscar finds his voice through photography, and in doing so, heals a wounded community.

Drama / 112 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Jay Silverman

WRITERS: Jamie Murphy, Joe Gamache

PRODUCERS: Jay Silverman, Bethany Cerrona, Ian Christian Blanche, Beau Bridges, Joe Gamache

MONDAY, APRIL 29, FREMONT 3:30PM

SOMM: CUP OF SALVATION

Sponsored by The Krush 92.5

This sweeping documentary follows a father and daughter as they set out to revive the ancient grapes of their homeland in Armenia. To do so, they must breathe life into the post-Soviet infrastructure of their country, harvest grapes during war, and then market their wine globally. From the team that made the SOMM documentaries, CUP OF SALVATION unveils the primal origins of our enduring passion for wine and how it continues to shape the very fabric of human existence.

ACTOR’S EDGE STUDENT PROJECT

Come see this entertaining collection of shorts created by youth and teen students at Actor’s Edge, a film and TV acting school in San Luis Obispo. Spanning a diverse range of genres including drama, comedy, horror, and mystery, each film is a testament to the boundless creativity and heart of our young Central Coast artists. These shorts not only entertain but showcase the remarkable abilities of these aspiring actors and writers, as they bring their unique visions and, at times, deeply personal stories to life on the big screen. Join us to celebrate the emerging talent, and vivid imaginations of our budding young Central Coast actors and filmmakers!

MONDAY, APRIL 29, DOWNTOWN 4PM

Documentary / 90 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Jason Wise

PRODUCERS: Christina Wise, Jackson Myers, Jason Wise

WRITERS: Jason Wise, Christina Wise

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, PALM 7PM

ENCORE THURSDAY, MAY 2, PASO 7PM

SKATEBOARD (1978)

As a part of our skate day, join us for a retrospective screening of 1978 film SKATEBOARD, following a Hollywood agent that finds himself in debt to a powerful bookie. Backed into a corner, he creates a team of exceptionally talented skateboarders and enters them in a downhill race in order to make a quick buck. In what many refer to as the Bad News Bears of skateboarding, its star studded cast includes Allen Garfield, 70’s teen idol Leif Garrett, skateboarding legend Tony Alva, and iconic Skateboarding Hall of Famer Ellen O’Neal.

Comedy / 97 min / USA

DIRECTOR: George Gage WRITERS: George Gage, Dick Wolf PRODUCERS: Harry Blum, Dick Wolf

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, DOWNTOWN 3:30PM

H.M. PULHAM, ESQUIRE (1941)

Known for his large-scale epics such as The Big Parade and War and Peace, King Vidor was also adept at intimate American stories told with humor, romance and a generous sprinkling of homegrown satire. Such a film is H. M. PULHAM, ESQUIRE , his 1941 adaptation of John P. Marquand’s novel about a conservative, middle-aged businessman reconsidering a life dominated by the routine conventions of society. Starring Robert Young, Hedy Lamarr and Charles Coburn, the bittersweet story looks at a Bostonian who outwardly believes he’s happy but suddenly wonders if he truly is. Romance, Western / 120 min / USA

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: King Vidor

WRITERS: John P. Marquand, Elizabeth Hill, King Vidor

ENCORE SUNDAY, MAY 5, PASO 4PM

48-HOUR FILM CHALLENGE

Sponsored by SLO Film Festival

With just 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film featuring a secret prop announced at the start of the competition—a skateboard—watch this series of films quickly produced by the locals who took on this fast paced challenge!

30 min / Central Coast, USA

MONDAY, APRIL 29, DOWNTOWN 1:30PM

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Lights, camera, climate action! Did you know Visit San Luis Obispo’s Keys for Trees program donates a portion of your hotel room charge to plant trees in our community? It’s an easy way to travel sustainably while you’re here for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, plus support our city’s vision to be carbon neutral by 2035.

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FEATURE FILM SPONSORS

Adamski, Moroski, Madden, Cumberland & Green LLP

Arab American Heritage

Month Central Coast & SLO Pal Solidarity

Mary Baiamonte

Gala Pride & Diversity Center & Tranz Central Coast

Latino Outreach Council

Med Stop Urgent Care Center

Madonna Plaza

Frederick Law Firm

Victoria Grostick & Pam Stein

Mona & Gordon Jennings

Maggie King in memory of Dale King

SHORT FILM SPONSORS

75th Anniversary of the Shell Beach Library sponsored by their friends

Access For All

Connie Booton

Cal Poly Center of Expressive Technologies

Cal Poly Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts

Sharon & John Dobson

Sandy Duerr

Films For Good

HumanKind Fair Trade

Janet Kershaw-McLennan

Nina Leschinsky

Lumina Alliance

Moondoggies Beach Club

Nurse Mo McGee

William Pendergrass

Sherrie Rheingans

BK Richard & Emily Rosten

Janice Rohn

Lygia Smidt & Roxy Peck

Kristin & Harvey Schwartzman

David Hardberger & Maggie Means

SWAG BAG SPONSORS

Edible San Luis Obispo

Green Omen Apothecary

Madonna Inn

SLO Chamber Ambassadors

Mama Ganache Nexus Paso Almonds

Pop Gold

Root Elixirs

SLO FILM CENTER

WE HAVE AN EXCITING UPCOMING PROJECT THIS YEAR THAT WE CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE MORE IN DEPTH WITH YOU OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. The SLO Film Center will be a collaborative venture between the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and the Palm Theatre which has long been an anchor of SLO’s art district and culture. The Center will showcase new releases at the Palm, expand a program of independent and retrospective titles, and offer a venue for theater rentals and educational opportunities as well as a community space to engage broader, diverse audiences. While the Center will focus on a year-round slate of programming with daily screenings, events and special guests, it will continue to offer the annual SLO International Film Festival, which draws local residents as well as tourists and filmmakers worldwide. Join our mailing list to stay up to date on progress, updates and ways to support this exciting project!,

Kim & Jerry Scott

Alan Strasbaugh & Janice Noll Biz Steinberg in memory of Howard Steinberg

Swift Action Fund

Minke WinklerPrins & Pete Petersen

Appliance Oasis & L. Cherry & C. Bell

Auston and Brianna Allen & Jeff and Kerry Heller

Diversity Coalition SLO County & NAACP SLO County

Bloom-Matsuoka Family

Percy & Eliza Jones Family

Tom & Judy Walters

The Wilkins Family

The Deveraux Family & The Allen Family

Our annual film competition continues to attract exciting new independent films from around the world. Named after George Sidney, the Festival’s first recipient of the King Vidor Award. Sidney was a Central Coast resident and a passionate supporter of independent filmmaking. A panel of more than 100 screeners evaluated over 1,000 submissions, helping us make some very difficult decisions to finalize our Official Selections. The finalists in competition are juried by a panel of film and media professionals, and cash prizes will be awarded at the Fremont Theater during our Closing Night Ceremony on Tuesday, April 30. Full Jury bios are available at slofilmfest.org.

NARRATIVE FEATURES

JOSH BROLIN: Actor, Writer, 2017 King Vidor Recipient (Dune, Outer Range, No Country for Old Men)

CHRISTOPHER TUNG: Production Finance Executive, Netflix

WENDY GUERRERO: President of the Geena Davis Bentonville Film Festival & Foundation

NARDEEP KHURMI: Writer, Director, Actor, Alumni (Land of Gold )

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

TATIANA FARIS: Theatrical Sales & Exhibitor Relations Manager, IFC Films

NANCY SVENDSEN: Director, Writer, Alumni (Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest )

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SLO Provisions

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Yes Cocktail Co.

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JESSE RUDOY: Documentary Filmmaker, Editor, Alumni (Dusty & Stones)

NARRATIVE SHORTS

LISSA KHOSHBAKHTI: Manager & Executive Producer, Disney Launchpad

BERNARD BADION: Filmmaker, Alumni (2023 Best Narrative Short Winner) (The Van)

FANSHEN COX: Founder, TruJuLo Productions

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

ALEJANDRO MIRANDA CRUZ: Filmmaker, Alumni (Decolonizing Dinner )

NATALIE GEE: Festival Programmer, Filmmaker

LAUREN TYLER BRIMEYER: Filmmaker, Alumni (2023 Best Short Documentary Winner, Until the Rain Comes Back)

CENTRAL COAST FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

ALYSSA TOLEDO: Filmmaker, Alumni (Friends Call Us Unlucky)

ZACH ROPER: San Luis Obispo High School Film Production, Graphic Design & Digital Photography Teacher

MATT HALVORSEN: San Luis Obispo County Film Commissioner

MUSIC VIDEO SHOWCASE

JILL SACHS: Writer-Director, Alumni (2023 Best Music Video Winner) (Bones)

DANGER: On-Air Personality, Radio DJ

LYLE RUMON: General Manager, WAV. Zine

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AFRICAN GIANTS

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Omar S. Kamara

PRODUCERS: Leo Blumberg-Woll, Omar S. Kamara, Jordan Tyner

ALL HAPPY FAMILIES

Sponsored by Biz Steinberg in memory of Howard Steinberg

DIRECTOR: Haroula Rose WRITERS: Haroula Rose, Coburn Goss PRODUCERS: Ian Keiser, Liz Cardenas, Mary Munez, Coburn Goss, Haroula Rose

BLUE SUNSHINE

Sponsored by Maggie King in memory of Dale King

DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER:

Samyuktha Vijayan

Over a weekend visit in Los Angeles, two firstgeneration Sierra Leonean American brothers— one an aspiring actor and the other a secondyear law student—navigate the changing dynamics of brotherhood and their contrasting views on their heritage after one gives the other a surprise announcement. Raw, vulnerable, honest, and an award winner from Slamdance, AFRICAN GIANTS delves into the depths of their shared history, unveiling untold truths and unresolved emotions.

SAT 5PM PALM

MON 7:15PM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 107 min / USA

A charming dramedy starring a well-known ensemble cast, ALL HAPPY FAMILIES starts out as a benign family get-together that ends up spiraling out of control as some shocking news threatens to tear everything apart. This deeply relatable portrait of family dysfunction chronicles two competitive brothers as they reunite in their childhood home, reveal secrets and air long-held resentments. Starring Josh Radnor, Rob Hubel and Becky Ann Becker.

SAT 10:30AM PALM

SAT 7:30PM PALM

SUN 10:15AM DOWNTOWN

Comedy, Drama / 90 min / USA

GOOD BAD THINGS

Sponsored by Ascendo Coffee

DIRECTOR: Shane D. Stanger

WRITERS: Shane D. Stanger, Danny Kurtzman

PRODUCERS: Shane D. Stanger, Manuel

Gonzalez, Sean Crampton, Mel McGinnis, Danny Kurtzman, Kyle Brady

THE ITALIANS

Sponsored by Mary Baiamonte

DIRECTOR: Michelle Danner WRITER: Lisa Phillips Visca

PRODUCERS: Brian Drillinger, Valerie Debler, Michelle

Danner, Alexandra Guarnieri, John Couch, Billy Jo Light, Roger Gershman, Luca Riemme/3L Studio

Disillusioned by failed relationships, Danny, a young man with muscular dystrophy, steps out of his comfort zone and into the world of online dating. Sparking a profound journey of self-acceptance, Danny unexpectedly matches with Madi, an enigmatic photographer, who challenges him to be vulnerable and discover the extraordinary beauty of his unique body. All three screenings will be presented with Open Captions.

SAT 7:15PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 11:30AM DOWNTOWN

TUES 12:30PM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 96 min / USA

Aravind is eager to begin the process of transitioning from male to female. Amidst financial hardship and not knowing that Aravind is already taking hormone treatment, an arranged marriage is forced upon them. Gaining courage under pressure, Aravind begins to live life as a woman, Bhanu. When her workplace fails to acknowledge her as such, Bhanu struggles to find happiness until she meets a student being bullied for his feminine demeanor.

SAT 10:30AM DOWNTOWN

SUN 7:15PM DOWNTOWN

MON 3:45PM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 97 min / India

MOUNTAIN BOY

Sponsored by Paul & Robyn Metchik

DIRECTOR: Zainab Shaheen

WRITERS: Nancy Paton, Raihana Alhaishmi

PRODUCERS: Nancy Paton, Meredith Brett

Starring Abigail Breslin, THE ITALIANS is a quirky dramedy about family, love, forgiveness and Italian cooking. Deeply touching, the story follows a traditional Italian-American family as they meet their son’s new girlfriend, who is distinctly not Italian. Lily is an atheist, is not sold on having kids anytime soon and doesn’t eat meat. Needless to say, dinner doesn’t end well, but that’s just the beginning of the Russo family’s troubles.

FRI 1:30PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 6:45PM DOWNTOWN

TUES 12PM DOWNTOWN

Comedy / 100 min / USA

A story about adventure, family and friendship, MOUNTAIN BOY takes us on a stunning journey through the clear blue seas, high mountains and golden sunsets of the United Arab Emirates. Suhail, an autistic young boy who has been shunned by his family and villagers, retreats to the Mountains of Fujairah where he lives alone. Upon meeting his new friend Barakah, Suhail, still seeing the world as a place of wonder, is inspired to step out of his comfort zone, find his destiny and venture out to find acceptance, family and redemption.

SAT 10:30AM FREMONT

SUN 5PM DOWNTOWN

TUES 2:30PM DOWNTOWN

Adventure / 93 min / United Arab Emirates, UK

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MR. BLAKE AT YOUR SERVICE

Sponsored by Ascendo Coffee

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Gilles Legardinier

PRODUCER: Christel Henon

THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS

Sponsored by Connie Booton

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Fawzia Mirza

PRODUCERS: Andria Wilson Mirza, Jason Levangie, Marc Tetreault

RILEY

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Benjamin Howard

PRODUCERS: Benjamin Howard, Tommy Anderson, Laura Scarano

When Mr. Blake (John Malkovich) arrives unannounced at a French Estate he once frequented with his late wife, everyone proves to be just as badly off as he is! Though Mr. Blake came to this nostalgic abode merely to collect his thoughts, after realizing the occupants needed extra help, he took on the role of Butler. Acting as a trigger, his abrupt arrival spurs them all back to life and prompts them to work together to restore the manor’s former beauty, ultimately rewarding each of them a newly found lease on life.

FRI 5:30PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1:30PM PALM

Romance, Drama, Comedy / 110 min / France, Luxembourg

CELEBRATING

Azra lives worlds apart from her conservative Muslim mother, but when her father suddenly dies on a trip home to Pakistan, Azra finds herself on a Bollywood-inspired journey through memories, both real and imagined. From her mother’s youth in Karachi to her own coming-of-age in rural Canada, THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS is a colorful, imaginative and uplifting portrait of womanhood, family, and the unpredictable journey of life’s experiences that shape us all and make us more alike than we realize.

FRI 2PM FREMONT

SAT 4PM PALM

SUN 10:30AM DOWNTOWN

Romance, Drama / 97 min / Canada

TOKYO COWBOY

Sponsored by Hyde Park Partners

DIRECTOR: Marc Marriott WRITERS: Dave Boyle, Akaya Fujitani PRODUCER: Brigham Taylor, Marc Marriott, Jeri Rafter

A cross-cultural story following Hideki, a brash businessman who arrives in Montana having convinced his Tokyo bosses he can turn a profitless U.S. cattle ranch into a premiere-performing asset. The communication divide, both professionally and personally, between Hideki and the ranch workers becomes immediately apparent as he struggles to navigate this new world. An unwitting journey of self-discovery, TOKYO COWBOY explores what matters most in life as Hideki finds an unlikely alliance on the ranch and learns that sometimes going off course is the best course of action.

FRI 11:15AM DOWNTOWN

SAT 4:45PM DOWNTOWN

ENCORE FRI 7PM PASO

Drama / 118 min / USA

Nearing the end of his senior year, RILEY shares the story of an ambitious and disciplined high school athlete, who, still closeted, grapples with his sexuality under the pressures of high expectations for his athletic pursuits and social pressures to maintain his popularity. Living his life within a carefully-designed blueprint upon which he’s formed the basis of his persona, when his queer identity begins to compete against the idea of who he is supposed to be, Dakota Riley is forced to confront the consequences of denying himself, or come to terms with who he really is.

SAT 11AM DOWNTOWN

SUN 1:30PM DOWNTOWN

TUES 4PM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 93 min / USA

TUESDAY

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Daina Oniunas-Pusić

PRODUCERS: Helen Gladders, Ivana MacKinnon, Oliver Roskill

UPROAR

Sponsored by Swift Action Fund

DIRECTORS: Paul Middleditch, Hamish Bennett

WRITERS: Hamish Bennett, Sonia Whiteman

PRODUCERS: Emma Slade, Angela Cudd, Sandra Kailahi

Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, TUESDAY follows a mother and her teenage daughter as they are forced to confront Death when it arrives in the form of an astonishing talking bird. From debut filmmaker Daina O. Pusić, TUESDAY is a heart-rending fairytale about the echoes of loss and finding resilience in the unexpected.

FRI 4PM PALM

SAT 10AM DOWNTOWN

Fantasy, Drama / 111 min / USA, UK

In this coming-of-age, UPROAR follows Josh (Julian Dennison), a rugby-obsessed teen in New Zealand learning to find his voice. Meanwhile, the Springboks rugby team, representing Apartheidera South Africa, are touring New Zealand, sparking protests and dividing the country. Funny and heartwarming, the film explores how Josh’s newfound passion for acting, as well as a greater awareness of his Māori heritage, sends him into conflict where he is forced to either conform or stand up for himself and his future. Also stars Minnie Driver and Rhys Darby.

FRI 6:30PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 2PM PALM

ENCORE SAT 7PM PASO

Comedy, Drama / 110 min / New Zealand

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THE ARC OF OBLIVION

Sponsored by KVEC News Talk 920 AM 96.5 FM

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Ian Cheney

PRODUCERS: Meredith DeSalazar, Manette Pottle, Rebecca Taylor

CHASING CHASING AMY

In a universe that erases its tracks, we humans are hell-bent on leaving a trace. Set against the backdrop of the filmmaker’s quest to build an arc in a field in Maine, the film heads far and wide to salt mines in the Alps, waters of the Arctic and ancient libraries in the Sahara to illuminate the strange world of archives, record-keeping and memory.

THE ARC OF OBLIVION explores this quirk of humankind and profoundly reminds us all of the fragility and beauty of the present moment and why we’re constantly striving to capture it.

SAT 12:45PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 7PM DOWNTOWN

MON 10:45AM DOWNTOWN

98 min / USA

ART AND LIFE: THE STORY OF JIM PHILLIPS

Sponsored by Kim & Jerry Scott

DIRECTOR: John Makens WRITERS: John Makens, Justin Fann PRODUCERS: John Makens, Jim Phillips, Pierre Minhondo, Justin Fann

Embark on the epic ride of Jim Phillips, the genius behind skateboarding and rock culture’s electrifying art, most notably Santa Cruz Skateboards’ Screaming Hand. Drawing inspiration from his life in Santa Cruz, Jim helped shape the golden era of skateboarding, securing his place in modern art history. Exploring Jim’s dynamic life and career, ART AND LIFE showcases his iconic work and explores his profound narrative of resilience, passion and enduring artistic vision.

FRI 11AM DOWNTOWN

SAT 3:45PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 1:15PM DOWNTOWN

90 min / USA

Sponsored by Arab American Heritage Month Central Coast and SLO Pal Solidarity

DIRECTOR: Lina Soualem WRITERS: Lina Soualem, Nadine Naous, Gladys Joujou

PRODUCERS: Jean-Marie Nizan, Mohannad S. Malas, Guillaume Malandrin, Ossama Bawardi

Sponsored by Gala Pride and Diversity Center & Tranz Central Coast

DIRECTOR: Sav Rodgers

PRODUCERS: Alex Schmider, Carrie Radigan, Lela

Meadow-Conner, Matthew C. Mills, Sav Rodgers

CITIZEN SLEUTH

Sponsored by KVEC News Talk 920 AM 96.5 FM

DIRECTOR: Chris Kasick

PRODUCERS: Chris Kasick, Tyler Davidson, Fabiola

Washburn, Drew Sykes, Jared Washburn

When filmmaker Sav Rodgers watched Kevin Smith’s ‘90s rom-com Chasing Amy at 12 years old, his life was forever changed. Developing a kinship with it as he grew into his queerness, he embarked on CHASING CHASING AMY to explore the transformational impact of the film and examine its role in LGBTQ+ film culture. As Rodgers examines the narrative and sets out to understand the film that saved his life, he is forced to confront complicated truths of his own that will change who he is forever.

SAT 4PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 4PM PALM

92 min / USA

Years after leaving her Palestinian village to pursue an acting career in France, Hiam Abbass returns home with her daughter. In this intimate documentary, BYE BYE TIBERIAS shares a stunning portrait of four generations of women, the inherited trauma they carry and the bonds of love, shared history and memories that connect us to those who came before.

FRI 3:30PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 11AM DOWNTOWN

83 min / France, Palestine, Belgium, Qatar

JAILHOUSE TO MILHOUSE

Sponsored by Coast 104.5

DIRECTOR: Buddy Farmer WRITER: Pamela Hayden

PRODUCERS: Doug Blush, Michael Gordon, John Hickman, Pamela Hayden

With true crime’s increased popularity, Emily Nestor starts her own podcast—Mile Marker 181—as she conducts an amateur murder investigation into a mysterious local death. Her podcast becomes a hit, drawing millions of listeners, but as Emily probes deeper into the case, she’s confronted with a new truth she struggles to share. Told in real time over several years, CITIZEN SLEUTH chronicles the rise, fall and redemption of a podcaster in today’s media landscape.

FRI 11:45AM DOWNTOWN

SAT 7PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 2PM DOWNTOWN

82 min / USA

Told with surprising humor and great candor, JAILHOUSE TO MILHOUSE is an intimate portrayal of Pamela Hayden, the recognizable voice behind the iconic Simpsons character, Milhouse. Sharing many of the same traits, both Pamela and Milhouse are resilient, optimistic, relatable and the ultimate survivors. After surviving an abusive boarding school and juvenile jail, Pamela is now opening up and sharing her story with the world and with teen girls about overcoming obstacles and turning their dreams into reality.

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MON 4PM PALM

TUES 1PM DOWNTOWN

67 min / USA

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JOIN OR DIE

Sponsored by Hyde Park Partners

DIRECTORS/WRITERS/PRODUCERS:

Rebecca Davis, Pete Davis

LET THE CANARY SING

Sponsored by Adamski, Moroski, Madden, Cumberland & Green LLP & Coast 104.5

DIRECTOR: Alison Ellwood PRODUCERS: Alison Ellwood, Trevor Birney, Eimhear O’Neill, Andrew Tully, Tom Mackay, Richard Story, Rebecca Teitel, Sophia Dilley, Wesley Adams, Lisa Barbaris, Gregory P. Cimino II ESQ

THE MICHOACAN FILE

Sponsored by Frederick Law Firm, Latino Outreach Council & The Krush 92.5

DIRECTOR: Bernardo Arsuaga

WRITER: Greg Gransden

PRODUCERS: Bernardo Arsuaga, Placido Arango

An ambitious documentary aiming to answer the question of why you should join a club and why the fate of America depends on it. Diving deep into Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone research, the film sheds light on the growing feeling of disconnection with community in America and how this decline may hold the answers to our democracy’s present crisis. A colorful collage featuring interviews from Hillary Clinton, Pete Buttigieg and Vivek Murthy, JOIN OR DIE will make you want to call all of your friends, start a book club, join your local bowling league and question why you ever stopped searching for these like-minded connections.

FRI 10:30AM DOWNTOWN

SAT 2PM DOWNTOWN

MON 10:15AM DOWNTOWN

99 min / USA

Alison Ellwood’s spirited documentary LET THE CANARY SING takes the audience on a nostalgic exploration of the life and career of legendary pop icon Cyndi Lauper, with a boisterous narrative anchored by the inimitable Lauper herself.

FRI 5PM DOWNTOWN

ENCORE SAT 4PM PASO

96 min / USA, UK

THE NETTLE DRESS

Sponsored by Victoria Grostick & Pam Stein DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER: Dylan Howitt

THE STRIKE

Sponsored by Minke WinklerPrins & Pete Petersen

DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: JoeBill Muñoz, Lucas Guilkey

SUGARCANE

Narrated by Danny Trejo, THE MICHOACAN FILE explores the origin, history and impact of Mexican food in modern society. As the crosspoint between European and Asian trade routes throughout its history, Mexico has gained a vast and strong food culture, featuring infinite recipes, varieties and flavors. Diving into the past and present and examining culinary experts, anthropologists and traditional cooks, this timely, provocative and culturally significant documentary challenges and ultimately deconstructs what we understand about Mexican cuisine.

SAT 1:30PM FREMONT

SUN 6:30PM DOWNTOWN

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91 min / Mexico, Canada

Sponsored by Mona & Gordon Jennings

Using only the fiber of locally foraged stinging nettles, textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years creating a couture dress by hand. A modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of art and nature, THE NETTLE DRESS explores the process of an ancient craft and the journey of using art as an outlet to process grief. Throughout the years, the dress becomes more than just a piece of cloth as it transforms into a woven history, each foot of thread representing and honoring the stories of those Brown has loved and lost.

FRI 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 11:30AM PALM

ENCORE SUN 7:30PM PASO

68 min / UK

A gripping story shedding light on a world and recent historical moment still not widely known, THE STRIKE explores a generation of California men as they endure decades of solitary confinement and, against all odds, launch the largest hunger strike in U.S. history. Told through intimate interviews and archival verite footage, the film goes beyond making a case against solitary confinement by illuminating the power of organizing this prisoner-led resistance, and in doing so, flipping the true-crime genre on its head.

SUN 5:30PM DOWNTOWN

MON 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

TUES 11:30AM DOWNTOWN

85 min / USA

DIRECTORS: Julian Brave NoiseCat, Emily Kassie

PRODUCERS: Emily Kassie, Kellen Quinn

Straight from Sundance comes this powerful film about an investigation into abuse and missing children at an Indian residential school that ignites a reckoning on the nearby Sugarcane Reserve. A poignant and visually moving documentary, the film dives into the profound impacts of this school system and blends personal connection with compelling storytelling. Shedding light on forced separation, abuse and cultural devastation, SUGARCANE is a testament to resilience, urging audiences to honor humanity and seek truth. Content Warning: Discussion of physical and sexual violence.

MON 11AM DOWNTOWN

MON 6:45PM DOWNTOWN

TUES 12PM FREMONT

107 min / USA, Canada

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THIS IS BRIGHTON

Sponsored by Croma Vera Wines

DIRECTOR: Beth Aala

PRODUCERS: Beth Aala, Caroline Waterlow

A THOUSAND PINES

Sponsored by Paul & Robyn Metchik

DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Sebastian Diaz, Noam Osband WRITERS: Sebastian Diaz, Noam Osband, Angela Reginato

WE ARE GUARDIANS

Sponsored by HumanKind Fair Trade & Sandy Duerr

DIRECTORS: Edivan Guajajara, Chelsea Greene, Rob Grobman PRODUCERS: Maura Anderson, Fisher Stevens, Zak Kilberg, Chelsea Greene, Leonardo DiCaprio

A unique coming-of-age sports documentary filmed over the course of four years, THIS IS BRIGHTON shares the story of Brighton Zeuner, one of the best female contest skateboarders of her generation. On the precipice of skateboarding becoming an Olympic sport for the first time, this character-driven film reveals the anxiety and pressures of competition, growing pains of puberty, the effects of social media and how a global pandemic upended the promise of a young skater destined to be the best.

SAT 1:45PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 10AM DOWNTOWN

MON 4:15PM DOWNTOWN

94 min / USA

In this tale of labor and family, A THOUSAND PINES shines a light on the precarity of temporary work visas as Raymundo Morales leads a crew of workers who made the challenging decision to leave their families in rural Mexico to plant commercial pine forests in the U.S. Following the workers over the course of a planting season, the film examines the struggle to balance the job’s physical demands and extreme isolation while remaining connected to their families back home and ultimately, becoming a family of their own.

FRI 12:30PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 10:15AM DOWNTOWN

MON 1:15PM DOWNTOWN

74 min / USA

A journey of hope and resilience in the midst of crisis, WE ARE GUARDIANS takes us into the heart of the Brazilian Amazon where thousands are unlawfully invading protected lands for resources and fast profits. Through a tapestry of voices, this documentary provides a raw and intimate look into both the Indigenous peoples’ fight to protect their ancestral lands and the illegal loggers trapped in a desperate struggle to make ends meet. Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, WE ARE GUARDIANS is an exploration of the human spirit and our collective responsibility to protect the fragile balance of our world.

FRI 7PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 5PM DOWNTOWN

TUES 3PM FREMONT

84 min / Brazil, USA

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Schedule

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

FREMONT

FRIDAY, APRIL

26

5PM

OPENING NIGHT: GHOSTLIGHT (p10) 7PM EVENING AFTERNOON MID-DAY LOCATION

MID-DAY

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION (p10)

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

MID-DAY LOCATION LOCATION

OPEN 12PM–10PM

PALM

PALM

OPEN 10AM–10PM

PANEL: STATE OF THE INDUSTRY (p63) 10AM

PURSUIT OF EQUALITY (p18)

10AM

ALL HAPPY FAMILIES (p26) 10:30AM

THE NETTLE DRESS (p33) 11:30AM

SHORTS #3 IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (p56) 1PM

TUESDAY (p29)

10AM

DOWNTOWN

JOIN OR DIE (p32)

10:30AM

ART AND LIFE: THE STORY OF JIM PHILLIPS (p30) 11AM

TOKYO COWBOY (p29)

11:15AM

CITIZEN SLEUTH (p31)

11:45AM

A THOUSAND PINES (p34)

12:30PM

TUESDAY (p29)

4PM

BIG NIGHT (p19) 4:30PM

EVENING

THE ITALIANS (p27)

1:30PM

SHORTS #4 WORKING THROUGH IT (p56) 2PM

SHORTS #3 IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (p56)

2:15PM

SHORTS #2

CINEMABILITY (p56)

3PM

BYE BYE

TIBERIAS (p30)

3:30PM

THE NETTLE DRESS (p33) 4:30PM

THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS (p28) 2PM

AFTERNOON

EVENING AFTERNOON

A THOUSAND PINES (p34)

10:15AM

SOMM: CUP OF SALVATION (p20) 7PM

SHORTS #5 UNBREAKABLE BONDS (p56) 7:30PM

LET THE CANARY SING (p32)

5PM

MR. BLAKE AT YOUR SERVICE (p28)

5:30PM

SHORTS #6 CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? (p56)

6PM

UPROAR (p29)

6:30PM

WE ARE GUARDIANS (p34)

7PM

HUMANIST VAMPIRE (p16)

8:30PM

SURF NITE (p11) DOORS OPEN LIVE MUSIC 5:30PM FILM STARTS 7PM

BLUE SUNSHINE (p26)

10:30AM

SHORTS #6

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW (p56) 10:45AM

RILEY (p28) 11AM

THE ARC OF OBLIVION (p30) 12:45PM

BYE BYE TIBERIAS (p30) 1PM

MOUNTAIN BOY (p27) 10:30AM

KING VIDOR / 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY (p12) 3PM

MR. BLAKE AT YOUR SERVICE (p28) 1:30PM

UPROAR (p29) 2PM

THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS (p28) 4PM

SHORTS #5 UNBREAKABLE BONDS (p56) 4:30PM

SHORTS #2

CINEMABILITY (p56)

1:30PM

THIS IS BRIGHTON (p34) 1:45PM

JOIN OR DIE (p32) 2PM

ART AND LIFE: THE STORY OF JIM PHILLIPS (p30)

3:45PM

CHASING

CHASING AMY (p31)

4PM

SHORTS #4 WORKING

THROUGH IT (p56)

4:30PM

TOKYO COWBOY (p29) 4:45PM

THE MICHOACAN FILE (p32) 1:30PM

KING VIDOR (p12) PRE RECEPTION/RED CARPET 12PM CONVERSATION 1PM

AFRICAN GIANTS (p26) 5PM

SHORTS #1

LOVE, AGAINST ALL ODDS (p56) 7PM

ALL HAPPY FAMILIES (p26) 7:30PM

WE ARE GUARDIANS (p34) 5PM

THE ITALIANS (p27) 6:45PM

CITIZEN SLEUTH (p31)

7PM

GOOD BAD THINGS (p27) 7:15PM

DAWN OF THE DEAD (p16) 8:30PM

MUSIC VIDEO’S (p12)

RED CARPET 6PM SHOWCASE/QA/ AWARDS 7PM LIVE MUSIC 8PM

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Schedule

LOCATION

LOUNGE

OPEN 10AM–9PM

PANEL: QUEER FILM (p63)

10AM

PANEL: LIGHT + LENSES (p63)

12:30PM

PALM

DOWNTOWN

SHORTS #4 WORKING THROUGH IT (p56)

10AM

GROUNDHOG DAY (p17)

10:15AM

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (p19) 1PM

THIS IS BRIGHTON (p34)

10AM

ALL HAPPY FAMILIES (p26)

10:15AM

THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS (p28)

10:30AM

BYE BYE

TIBERIAS (p30)

11AM

GOOD BAD THINGS (p27)

11:30AM

JAILHOUSE TO MILHOUSE (p31) 1PM

FREMONT

SHORTS #5

UNBREAKABLE BONDS (p56)

10AM

R.A.C.E. MATTERS PROGRAM (p58) 1PM

SAINTS BARRELL

R.A.C.E. MATTERS BRUNCH (p58)

10:30AM–12:30PM

PANEL: THE ART OF SKATE (p63) 4PM

THE MATRIX (p17)

1:15PM

CHASING CHASING AMY (p31) 4PM

A MAN

ESCAPED (p17) 4:30PM

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (p18) 7PM

SHORTS #6 CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW (p56) 7:30PM

ART AND LIFE: THE STORY OF JIM PHILLIPS (p30)

1:15PM

RILEY (p28) 1:30PM

CITIZEN SLEUTH (p31) 2PM

FILMMAKERS OF TOMORROW (p62)

2:30PM

SKATEBOARD (p20)

3:30PM

SHORTS #1 LOVE, AGAINST ALL ODDS (p56) 4:15PM

MUSIC VIDEO SHORTS (p60) 4:30PM

MOUNTAIN BOY (p27) 5PM

THE STRIKE (p33) 5:30PM

THE MICHOACAN FILE (p32) 6:30PM

THE ARC OF OBLIVION (p30) 7PM

BLUE SUNSHINE (p26) 7:15PM

LOUNGE OPEN 12PM–9PM

PALM

COMMUNITY OF SKATE (13) DOORS OPEN LIVE MUSIC 5:30PM

FILM STARTS 6:30PM

DOWNTOWN

SHORTS #1

LOVE, AGAINST ALL ODDS (p56) 10AM

JOIN OR DIE (p32) 10:15AM

THE DEATH OF RECESS (p52) 10:30AM

ARC OF OBLIVION (p30) 10:45AM

SUGARCANE (p33) 11AM

CENTRAL COAST SHORTS 2 (p15) 1PM

JAILHOUSE TO MILHOUSE (p31) 4PM

A THOUSAND PINES (p34)

1:15PM

48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE (p21) 1:30PM

SHORTS #2

CINEMABILITY (p56) 1:45PM

BLUE SUNSHINE (p26) 3:45PM

ACTOR’S EDGE STUDENT PROJECT (p21) 4PM

THIS IS BRIGHTON(p34) 4:15PM

THE STRIKE (p32) 4:30PM

CENTRAL COAST SHORTS 3 (p15) 7:15PM

MURIEL’S WEDDING(p19) 7:45PM

SUGARCANE (p33) 6:45PM

YOU WILL BE MY MUSIC(p55) 7PM

AFRICAN GIANTS (p26) 7:15PM

WRESTLED AWAY: THE LEE KEMP STORY (p55) 7:15PM

FREMONT

BAY THEATRE

CENTRAL COAST SHORTS 1 (p15) 10AM

CAMERA (p20) 3:30PM

CAL POLY SHORT CUTS (p57) 7PM

RIDING GIANTS (p18) 5:30PM

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SUNDAY, APRIL 28 MONDAY, APRIL 29

Schedule

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PALM

DOWNTOWN

OPEN 12PM–9PM

DERSU UZALA (p19) 1PM

THE STRIKE (p33) 11:30PM

THE ITALIANS (p27) 12PM

GOOD BAD THINGS (p27)

12:30PM

JAILHOUSE TO MILHOUSE (p31) 1PM

FREMONT

SHORTS #3 IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (p56) 1:30PM

MOUNTAIN BOY (p27) 2:30PM

WILD BILL (p18) 3PM

RILEY (p28) 4PM

SUGARCANE (p33) 12PM WE ARE GUARDIANS (p34) 3PM

CLOSING NIGHT: THELMA + AWARDS (p14) 6PM

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

MANY FILMS IN THE FESTIVAL ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AUDIENCE AWARD!

Scan the QR code with the camera on your phone or visit SLOFILMFEST.ORG/VOTE to place your vote online after each show. Need help voting? We’ll have volunteers at each venue able to assist you after each screening. Not interested in voting online? Paper ballots will be available as well.

EncOre WEek

Supported by Travel Paso, Baker Wine & Grape Analysis & Park Cinemas

SPECIAL ENCORE WEEK IN PASO ROBLES AND

VIRTUAL

WE ARE EXTENDING OUR FESTIVAL PAST THE 6 DAY EXPERIENCE!

Paso Robles hosts one of our county’s favorite theaters, so in the week after the festival join us for our Encore Week at Park Cinemas from May 2–5. Enjoy exclusive festival films, wine tastings, local food and filmmaker Q&As throughout the week. On Friday and Saturday, join us in the lobby for a tasting from San Antonio Winery, and check our website for discounts on local restaurants and shopping in the square.

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY MAY 2

FRIDAY MAY 3

SATURDAY MAY 4

YOU WILL BE MY MUSIC (p55) Q&A with local filmmaker Bob Williams 1PM

SUNDAY MAY 5

THE MICHOACAN FILE (p32)

Enjoy tacos from Barrios Tacos and a post-film discussion with Chef Candice Custodio (Clup SupSup, Crescencio), Villar & Pedro Arias Lopez (Corazon Cafe) and Ariette Armella. $35 includes taco plate from Barrios Tacos and film ticket, $15 Film only 1PM

SOMM (p20) + HARVEST CALLS (p53)

Enjoy an exclusive tasting of Armenian wines featured in the film before the screening. Then stay after the show for a Q&A with Harvest Calls & Somm filmmakers. $25 Tasting + Film, $15/$12 Film Only 6:30PM–7PM , 7PM Film starts

TOKYO COWBOY (p29) + ANOTHER EIGHT SECONDS (p52) 7PM

LET THE CANARY SING (p32) 4PM

H.M PULHAM ESQ (1941) (p21)

In tribute to the incredible work of King Vidor, enjoy one of his films and a post-film discussion with film critic and friend of Vidor, Kirk Honeycutt 4PM

UPROAR (p29) + GHOST KITCHEN (p53) 7PM

THE NETTLE DRESS (p33) + TASTING NOTES (p55) 7:30PM

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NARRATIVE SHORTS

Presented by Rahman Law

7 MINUTES

Sponsored by BK Richard & Emily Rosten

DIRECTOR: Ricky Gervais

WRITERS: Jonathan Parramint, Harry Carlile

PRODUCER: Hussain Casey-Ahmed

AIKĀNE

Sponsored by Sharon & John Dobson

DIRECTORS: Daniel Sousa, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson

WRITER: Dean Hamer PRODUCERS: Hinaleimoana

Wong-Kalu, Judith Light, Daniel Karslake

A desolate train track seems like the perfect spot to end it all, until someone else turns up with the same idea. Awkward. From the brilliant and hilarious mind of Ricky Gervais comes a different genre of work in a profound and darkly comedic look into the importance of human connection.

FRI 2PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 10AM PALM

Comedy, Drama / 10 min / UK

DANDELION

Sponsored by William Pendergrass

DIRECTORS/WRITERS/PRODUCERS: Zhengwu Gu, Ling Zhao

A symbolic and stunning animation of a valiant island warrior wounded in battle against foreign invaders. When he falls deep into a mysterious underwater world, everything changes when the octopus who rescues him transforms into a handsome young man.

SAT 7PM PALM

SUN 4:15PM DOWNTOWN

MON 10AM DOWNTOWN

Animation/ 14 min / USA

AMPLIFIED

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Dina Naser

PRODUCERS: Batoul Ibrahim, Dina Naser

THE BULLFIGHTER

DIRECTOR: Giselle Bonilla

WRITERS: Giselle Bonilla, Cesar Jaramillo

PRODUCERS: Colt Kozal, Wuliang Zhang

GOLDEN CHILD

Sponsored by Nina Leschinsky

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Hannah Levin

PRODUCERS: Gracie Catanzarite, Hannah Levin, Liz Maupin

HOLDING ON FOREVER

A stunningly whimsical tale in a dystopian future, DANDELION follows as a coal-burning robot finds a single piece of nature and life that brings hope and light to an otherwise dark and robotic existence. Entranced by the dandelion, the determined robot embarks on a journey to catch his glimpse of light as it begins floating away, and makes a huge sacrifice in the hopes the others will become entranced too.

FRI 2:15PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1PM PALM

TUES 1:30PM PALM

Animation / 4 min / USA

After a charming young athlete with a hearing disability is subjected to a violating incident at the Karate center, her world gets distorted. An intimate portrayal accompanied by an authentic sonic experience, AMPLIFIED dives into what happens when safe spaces are shattered in the ugliest of ways. All screenings will be shown with Open Captions.

FRI 3PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1:30PM DOWNTOWN

MON 1:45PM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 19 min / Jordan, Palestine, Egypt

Sponsored by SLO Chamber Ambassadors

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Chelsea Christer

PRODUCER: Alex Mallonee

This coming-of-age dark comedy follows 20-something Lulu navigating her father’s birthday pool party. If wearing a swimsuit in front of your “6 almonds is a meal” mother all day wasn’t anxiety-inducing enough, Lulu’s also reunited with her childhood family friend who bullied her in unique ways when they were kids. As tensions build, Lulu resorts to surprising methods to reclaim her space amid the chaos.

FRI 6PM DOWNTOWN

A farcical comedy about ex-bullfighter Felipe Fernando de la Fernand, a once extraordinary figure now trapped in an ordinary world. Since his retirement, Felipe has struggled to maintain the heroism he once felt as a matador and uses a job as a flag-waving parking attendant to stage one last redemptive bullfight that triggers a past he’s yet to reckon with.

SAT 7PM PALM

SUN 4:15PM DOWNTOWN

MON 10AM DOWNTOWN

Comedy / 16 min / USA

SAT 10:45AM DOWNTOWN

SUN 7:30PM PALM

Comedy / 10 min / USA

THE HOUSE OF LOSS

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Jeon Jinkyu

PRODUCER: Yamamura Koji

Stephanie’s night out at karaoke with friends isn’t quite like she remembers it. From alumni and award winner Chelsea Christer comes a fresh, relatable, stunning and surprisingly uplifting look into that feeling of being alone in a crowded room. Of meeting a stranger who seems to know you better than your oldest friends, and learning how to reclaim things you lost when you realize you’re no longer the person you once were.

SAT 7PM PALM

SUN 4:15PM DOWNTOWN

MON 10AM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 9 min / USA

Both humanizing and tragic, THE HOUSE OF LOSS dives into the relationships, isolation, and the uncontrollable passing of time we experience in life. This captivating and thought-provoking animation in which the elderly at a nursing home have their heads shaved, depicts growing old, shared experiences, trauma and loss, and the feelings of not truly being seen. But what happens when, one day, one of the nurses looks a bit closer?

FRI 2PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 10AM PALM

Animation / 9 min / South Korea, Japan

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NARRATIVE SHORTS

Presented by Rahman Law

MAHOGANY DRIVE

DIRECTOR: Jerah Milligan WRITERS: James Carr, James III, Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan

THE MASTERPIECE

Sponsored by Hyde Park Partners

DIRECTOR: Alex Lora WRITERS: Lluis Quilez, Alfonso Amador PRODUCER: Lluis Quilez

In this comedic horror tale, three Black friends on vacation wake up to a nightmare as they come across a white woman dead on the floor of their Airbnb. Tensions rise, sweat beads and accusations fly, but in the process of debating what to do next, they slowly come to a terrifying truth—this house is killing white women!

FRI 2PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 10AM PALM

Dark Comedy, Drama / 13 min / USA

PECCADILLO

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sofia Garza-Barba

PRODUCERS: Sofia Garza-Barba, Pablo Guisa, Ana Muñoz, Espina Blanca

Winner of a Sundance Jury Prize, THE MASTERPIECE is an exciting, suspenseful and impeccably paced film following Leo and Diana, a rich couple, as they bring a broken TV to a recycling center. When they meet two scrap dealers and Diana asks them to come to their house to get more objects, Leo watches them closely around their property with mistrust, until they see the scrap dealers have something the couple wants.

FRI 2:15PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1PM PALM

TUES 1:30PM PALM

Drama / 20 min / Spain

PICKLED HERRING

Sponsored by Janet Kershaw-McLennan

PRODUCERS: Lisa Zambri, Ben Ellenberg, Milana Vayntrub

PRODUCERS: Blaine Morris, James Carr, Jerah Milligan CA CA

NÉLIDA

DIRECTORS: Marina Artigas, Celeste Lois

WRITER: Marina Artigas PRODUCER: El Cielo Cine

ORDER FOR PICKUP

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Jackie! Zhou

PRODUCER: Reef Oldberg

70-year-old Nélida has lived simply, confined to her small apartment for so long that the pandemic that puts the world in confinement does not change her routine except to generate more frequent visits from her only daughter. When a radio program calls her one afternoon to introduce her to a suitor, the wall she has built around herself begins to crumble, putting her reality in check.

SAT 7PM PALM

SUN 4:15PM DOWNTOWN

MON 10AM DOWNTOWN

Romance, Drama / 18 min / Uruguay

With a life on loop, Kelsey is trapped in a cycle of work, self-isolation, ordering food for takeout, ignoring calls and full-on burnout. With her reality starting to blur, an irregular order for pickup disrupts everything, bringing her life back into focus.

FRI 2PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 10AM PALM

Sci-Fi, Drama / 13 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Milana Vayntrub WRITER: Marina Shifrin

Lorenzo’s desire to explore his feminine side is a secret he’s still keeping close to his chest. According to his religious family, secrets belong to the devil, so with a choice to make, he’ll either live a lie or come out to his loved ones by killing his secret and the devil himself. Colorful, imaginative and musically exciting, PECCADILLO is a visual feast reminding us all that being yourself should never be a secret.

FRI 2PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 10AM PALM

Drama / 25 min / USA, Mexico

After moving into her dream home, Irina embarrassingly slips, shattering her hip and breaking her arm. When her husband has to leave for a work trip, Irina’s cynical, Soviet father comes to town to save the day. Though his one job is to wheel her to the bathroom when she needs it, he instead uses the opportunity to fix everything in the house except their bruised relationship.

FRI 7:30PM PALM

SAT 4:30PM PALM

PLEASE HOLD THE LINE

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Tan Ce Ding

PRODUCERS: Tan Ce Ding, Edward Lim, Yap Khai Soon

SPRING ROLL DREAM

Sponsored by Bern Singsen

PRODUCERS: Thijime Grol, National Film and Television School

SHORTS #5

SUN 10AM FREMONT

Comedy, Drama / 18 min / USA

Teenaged Xin Ru works as a scam call operator, scamming people into sending money to her company. When she unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she must do whatever it takes to earn extra money before her controlling father finds out about her predicament.

FRI 7:30PM PALM

SAT 4:30PM PALM

SUN 10AM FREMONT

Drama / 19 min / Malaysia

DIRECTOR: Mai Vu WRITERS: Mai Vu, Chloe White

Beautifully animated and emotionally impactful, SPRING ROLL DREAM shares the story of Linh, a single mother successfully forging a life for herself and her son in America. When her father visits from Vietnam and insists on cooking the family a traditional Vietnamese meal, she is confronted with the past and culture she left behind and the question of where it belongs in her family’s new life in America.

FRI 7:30PM PALM

SAT 4:30PM PALM

SUN 10AM FREMONT

Animation / 10 min / UK

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SHORTS #3 SHORTS
#5
SHORTS #4 SHORTS #5 SHORTS
STUDENT PROJECT
CELEBRATING OF INDEPENDENT FILM AND STORYTELLING

NARRATIVE SHORTS

THINGS UNHEARD OF

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Ramazan Kilic

PRODUCERS: Ekin Koc, Ramazan Kilic

WELCOME TO 8TH STREET

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Yoo Lee

PRODUCERS: Xin Li, Amanda Miller

SHORTS

After their village is left without access to television, a young girl devises a plan in an attempt to put a smile back on her bedridden and mute grandmother’s face now that she’s lost her only window into the world. In a tale of family and connection, THINGS UNHEARD OF weaves together a story of the importance of communication, intergenerational bonds and the power of creativity.

FRI 2:15PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1PM PALM

TUES 1:30PM PALM

Drama / 16 min / Turkey

As newcomers from California attempt to settle into their New Jersey neighborhood, some odd encounters and not-so-savory mishaps make them question their decision to move. When a turkey shows up and ruins their first meal in their new home, they reluctantly agree to have dinner with their new and questionable neighbors.

FRI 7:30PM PALM

SAT 4:30PM PALM

SUN 10AM FREMONT

Animation / 7 min / USA

WE MET AT CAMP

DIRECTOR: MC Plaschke WRITERS: MC Plaschke, Alex Heller PRODUCER: Alex Heller

WHAT YOU LEFT IN THE DITCH

DIRECTOR: Tucker Bliss

WRITERS: Tucker Bliss, Aimee Bender

PRODUCERS: Alexandra Byer, Kevin Steen

Witty and quirky, WE MET AT CAMP follows Hayden who doesn’t fit in with the other girls at camp and would rather spend time with her counselor, Alison, who makes her feel special. In an effort to bond with her bunkmates, she invents a fake crush on oddball teacher, Mr. Kyle, but when the other girls doubt her crush, Hayden makes up a series of lies that eventually all come crashing down on her.

SAT 7PM PALM

SUN 4:15PM DOWNTOWN

MON 10AM DOWNTOWN

Comedy / 17 min / USA

After her husband comes back from war with severe facial scarring, a woman faces a lack of attraction causing her to explore an affair with a younger, mesmerizing grocery clerk. Beautifully shot, this dark comedy explores guilt, redemption, culturally unspoken vanity and learning empathy in a world focused on a selfish existence.

SAT 7PM PALM

SUN 4:15PM DOWNTOWN

MON 10AM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 17 min / USA

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#5
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Presented by Rahman Law

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Presented by Mechanics Bank

THE ABC’S OF BOOK BANNING

Sponsored by Friends of the 75th Anniversary of the Shell Beach Library

DIRECTORS: Sheila Nevins, Naz Habtezghi, Trish Adlesic PRODUCERS: Sheila Nevins, Trish Adlesic, Nina L. Diaz, Liza Burnett Fefferman, Albessant Smith

DANCEABLE

Sponsored by The Deveraux Family & The Allen Family

DIRECTOR: Kelsey McGee

PRODUCERS: Joe Metcalf, Boson Wang

A 2024 Oscar Nominee, ABCs weaves together a lyrical montage of readers and authors, revealing the voices of those impacted by the recent influx of banned books in schools around the U.S. Both educational and emotional, the film conveys the future consequences of book banning on the next generation, while inspiring hope for the future through the profound insights of inquisitive young minds.

FRI 6PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 10:45AM DOWNTOWN

SUN 7:30PM PALM

27 min / USA

MERMAN

Sponsored by Sherrie Rheingans

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sterling Hampton

Weaving together portraits of 3 dancers with disabilities, DANCEABLE examines how each rejects the societal limits imposed on them. Through performance and conversation we learn of each performer’s journey and come to better understand how dance can serve as a tool for healing, building community, and ultimately unlocking the question of: Who does dance belong to? All screenings will be shown with Open Captions.

FRI 3PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1:30PM DOWNTOWN

MON 1:45PM DOWNTOWN 23 min / USA

DICKS THAT I LIKE

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Johanna Gustin

PRODUCERS: Johanna Gustin, Jonathan Gustin

THE LAST REPAIR SHOP

Sponsored by Tom & Judy Walters

DIRECTORS: Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers

PRODUCERS: Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers, Jeremy Lambert, Josh Rosenberg

In a hands-on approach to healing trauma, visual artist Daniela Torres creates colorful ceramic dick sculptures inspired by the men who have, quite frankly, been dicks to her. In this intimate artist portrait, Daniela shares her struggles, anger and catharsis as she creates a sculpture modeled after a series of unsolicited dick pics and shares her process with a diverse group of women all coming together to heal their own traumas.

FRI 2:15PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1PM PALM

TUES 1:30PM PALM

13 min / Germany

2024 Documentary Short Oscar Winner, THE LAST REPAIR SHOP opens the doors into a nondescript warehouse in the heart of Los Angeles with a dwindling handful of devoted craftspeople maintaining over 80,000 musical instruments for students. In the largest remaining workshop in America of its kind, we meet four unforgettable characters whose broken-and-repaired lives have been dedicated to bringing so much more than music to the schoolchildren of the recording capital of the world.

FRI 2:15PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1PM PALM

TUES 1:30PM PALM

39 min / USA

PRODUCERS: Sterling Hampton, Monica Lawless

MY NAME IS ANNABEL

Sponsored by Access for All

DIRECTOR: Ida Joglar WRITERS: Ida Joglar, Amity Hoffman, Annabel Hernandez

PRODUCER: Amity Hoffman

Through a multimedia experience, MERMAN takes a look into the eclectic life of Andre Chambers, a 59-year-old Black Queer man, as he determines his own comfort in his identity as an emergency nurse, leather enthusiast, husband and civil rights advocate.

FRI 6PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 10:45AM DOWNTOWN

SUN 7:30PM PALM

12 min / USA

At 30 years old, Annabel, a charismatic performer with Down Syndrome, is no stranger to the stage. With a passion for music and performing with a local theater group, MY NAME IS ANNABEL interweaves day-in-thelife footage with Annabel’s own conducted interviews of friends and family. A celebration of life, this documentary is at once an intimate portrait, creative collaboration and beautiful insight into the lives of Annabel and her peers. All screenings will be shown with Open Captions.

FRI 3PM DOWNTOWN

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THE ORCHESTRA CHUCK BUILT

Sponsored by Lygia Smidt & Roxy Peck

DIRECTOR: Christopher Stoudt PRODUCER: Maryann Garger, Ryan Suffern, Bob Logan, Brainz Prasad

PRIMERO, SUEÑO

Sponsored by Kristin & Harvey Schwartzman

DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER: Andrés Lira

SAT 1:30PM DOWNTOWN

MON 1:45PM DOWNTOWN 21 min / USA

In 2016, a study was conducted revealing the shocking statistic that less than 2% of the professional orchestra workforce in the U.S. is Black. A loving portrait of a tireless mentor and a testament to the transformative power of music, THE ORCHESTRA CHUCK BUILT follows as former lawyer-turned-conductor Chuck Dickerson sets out on a mission to change the future of the profession in the form of a majority Black and Latino youth orchestra.

FRI 6PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 10:45AM DOWNTOWN

SUN 7:30PM PALM

23 min / USA

In an insightful look into their lives, two farmworkers narrate and recount their experiences through adolescence, migration, exploitation and poverty. Reflecting on the dangers they faced getting to the U.S. and the conditions they now deal with working in the fields, the variety of crops presented are used as a visual reference to the daily circumstances that come with living in the shadows as an undocumented farmworker.

FRI 6PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 10:45AM DOWNTOWN

SUN 7:30PM PALM

17 min / USA

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SHERI

Sponsored by Nurse Mo McGee

DIRECTOR: James ‘Q’ Martin

WRITERS: Page Buono, Tom Attwater, James ‘Q’ Martin PRODUCER: Emily L. Doig

SLUDGE: A PFAS UPRISING

Sponsored by Janice Rohn & 98.1 KJUG

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Jeffrey Christian

PRODUCERS: Matthew Modine, Adam Leipzig, Mike Pagano, Tod Hardin, Amanda Christian, Kiera Howard

SHORTS #4

Sheri Tingey defied the odds and expectations of those around her by starting a company at age 50 that revolutionized the outdoor industry and changed the way paddle sports in the backcountry are viewed around the world. In a heartwarming and inspiring journey, SHERI will put a huge smile on your face while challenging you to let go of your presumptions and stereotypes about who belongs where.

FRI 7:30PM PALM

SAT 4:30PM PALM

SUN 10AM FREMONT

29 min / USA

Doing the right thing cost them everything. Emotional and insightful, SLUDGE tells the stories of farmers who, in the process of losing everything, are speaking up about “forever chemicals” poisoning their land, water and livestock. Who’s to blame? And what’s being done now to ensure our land and water are safe for future generations?

FRI 2PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 10AM PALM

26 min / USA

WE RIDE FOR HER

Sponsored by Lumina Alliance & Films For Good

DIRECTORS: Katrina Lillian Sorrentino, Prairie Rose Seminole WRITER: Melanie Shaw

PRODUCERS: Katrina Lillian Sorrentino, Becca Kahn Bloch

SHORTS #5

The Land of Scene-Stealing Scenery

Big-time landscapes ready made for the big screen.

Three hours from Hollywood, SLO CAL offers 3,616 square miles of wide-open coast, classic beach towns, sprawling ranch lands and lush vineyards. Find the perfect backdrop for your next commercial, photo shoot, TV series or feature film. With 315 days of sunshine here, it’s always a beautiful day on set.

Start scouting your perfect location at FilmSLOCAL.com

While a member of their community desperately searches for her missing sister, an Indigenous women’s motorcycle group rides to end the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the U.S. With thousands of missing Indigenous women and a justice system that has failed them, these women take matters into their own hands to bring awareness, to search, and to try and heal their shattered families.

FRI 7:30PM PALM

SAT 4:30PM PALM

SUN 10AM FREMONT 19 min / USA

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ANOTHER EIGHT SECONDS

Sponsored by 98.1 KJUG

DIRECTOR: Keith Malloy WRITER: Bimarian Films

PRODUCERS: Brett Williams, Dustin Hinz, Nathan Sheetz

BINARY

DIRECTOR: Riley Thomas Stewart

WRITERS: Caden McQueen, Riley Thomas Stewart

PRODUCER: Jacy Sagun

The inspiring story behind the grit and determination of nine-time Professional Bull Riding world finals qualifier Stetson Lawrence. Climbing his way to the top of world rankings despite tragedies and injuries, ANOTHER EIGHT SECONDS dives into the fortitude that makes Stetson a bull riding legend and the injury that changed his life forever.

MON 10AM FREMONT

ENCORE FRI 7PM PASO

Documentary / 16 min / USA

GHOST KITCHEN

Sponsored by Nate’s on Marsh

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Elliot Peters

Hollis Stooly, a recent college graduate, attempts to navigate their transition into adulthood in a surrealist sci-fi world in which school and work have been relegated to sterile virtual spaces. With a cloud of anxiety and uncertainty hanging over their head, Hollis retreats inward and chooses to explore their gender identity at the expense of their career.

MON 7:15PM PALM

Sci-Fi, Dark Comedy / 14 min / USA

THE DEATH OF RECESS

Sponsored by CoVelop, Inc.

DIRECTOR: Spencer Taylor

PRODUCERS: John Couch, Taylor Jenish

EL HALCÓN

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Arlene Torres

PRODUCERS: Irlanda Silva, Mirana Le Claire, Stephanie Ledesma

Embark on this decade-long journey around the world in search of solutions that challenge the old industrial model of education. THE DEATH OF RECESS brings audiences face to face with the origins of our education system, reveals shocking practices that are suppressing childhood creativity, and explores how we can better innovate and adopt a new system.

MON 10:30AM DOWNTOWN

Documentary / 102 min / USA

Fernando De La Cruz is an ex-gang member in the process of turning his life around in order to help his immigrant mother return to the U.S. When he meets a young boy, JP, and his abusive father, Fernando is faced with the difficult decision of risking everything to help JP and stand up to his vicious father, or staying out of the trouble he’s been distancing himself from.

MON 1PM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 16 min / USA

PRODUCERS: Elliot Peters, Phineas Peters, Scott Haennelt, Nathan Long, Adam Scholl, Michelle A. Petrovic

HARVEST CALLS

Sponsored by The Krush 92.5

DIRECTOR: Kyle Plummer WRITERS: Kyle Plummer, Brook Munro PRODUCERS: Brook Munro, Kyle Plummer, SuperImage, Ltd.

Filmed at the local and beloved Nate’s on Marsh, the biting satirical drama GHOST KITCHEN follows one chef’s plan to take her gourmet restaurant into the world of modern delivery apps. After learning about the delivery-only virtual franchises known as Ghost Kitchens, cutthroat head chef Yvette puts everything on the line to build the most successful online restaurant in Los Angeles—even if she has to push herself to the breaking point to do it.

MON 10AM FREMONT

ENCORE SAT 7PM PASO

Drama / 25 min / USA

Undergoing his biggest challenge yet, local composer Brook Munro embarks on a journey to create a free-form instrumental album utilizing and inspired by natural sounds from a wine harvest. Collaborating with fellow artists and musicians across the Central Coast, HARVEST CALLS takes us on the exciting journey of artistic expression and reveals how creativity, art and music can be found everywhere if we just open ourselves up to the possibilities of it.

MON 10AM FREMONT

HOMECOMING

Sponsored by Maggie Means

DIRECTOR: David Hardberger

WRITER/PRODUCER: Rob Sheeley

MEET ME AT OUR SPOT

PRODUCERS: Esther K. Liew, Grace Rolen, Indi Aufranc, Marko Stojanovic

ENCORE THURS 7PM PASO

Documentary / 24 min / USA

After being awakened in the middle of the night, a woman finds her husband at the front door and begins a quest to remind him he isn’t supposed to be here. In what unfolds in an eerie and twist-filled short, the husband ignores his wife and proceeds to get ready for bed.

MON 1PM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 5 min / USA

DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Esther K. Liew, Grace Rolen

In a poignant, simple but yet complex portrayal, MEET ME AT OUR SPOT unveils the raw emotions of heartache. Following Adela as she struggles to move on from Marie—and with just one night until Marie moves out of the country—Adela attempts to salvage their relationship by taking us on a journey of recreating nostalgic and impactful moments from their first date.

MON 7:15PM PALM

Romance / 11 min / USA

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Supported by Pacific Gas & Electric Company

CENTRAL COAST SHOWCASE

PLEASING PLOVERS

DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER: Michael Love Brought back from the brink of extinction, PLEASING PLOVERS shares the inspiring comeback story of the delightful Western Snowy Plovers on our Central Coast beaches. Watch as an adorable threatened species begins to recover thanks to the passionate people, biologists and volunteers who have found a way for us to share the beach and give them a habitat in which to breed.

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DIRECTOR/WRITER: Carlos Eduardo Plummer

PRODUCERS: Ben Vasion, Krystal Dooley, Sarah Cordner

MON 7:15PM PALM

Documentary / 10 min / USA

TASTING NOTES

Sponsored by The Krush 92.5

DIRECTOR: Miles Pepper

After coming to terms with her down-trodden life, Mandy, a withered screenwriter, meets a naive up-and-coming writer who begins to pitch her one of his new stories. When she realizes one is eerily similar to the story of her own life, she’s forced to confront her own demons of grief, guilt and redemption.

MON 1PM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 13 min / USA

THE SALT ON OUR SKIN

DIRECTORS: Alessandra Puig-Santana, Reese Raygoza, Tess McCormick, Michelle Truong, Audrey Engelsgjerd, Lukas Olensinski PRODUCERS: Alessandra PuigSantana, Reese Raygoza

SUPERSTAR

DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Talha Hussaini, Jacob Heimlich PRODUCERS: Talha Hussaini, Jacob Heimlich, Parco Richardson, Julianna Oommen

The rhythmic flow of waves has always been a source of energy for ocean communities and cultures. Throughout history, rich coastal environments have fostered diverse people and become a place of joy, gathering and reflection. Despite local barriers in Southern California, THE SALT ON OUR SKIN delves into Indigenous communities reclaiming their narratives and forging connections across the channels and in the deep sea.

MON 7:15PM PALM

Documentary / 15 min / USA

After a prolonged hiatus from the public eye following a tragic car accident, Frankie, a rising actress, prepares to give her first TV interview while trying to deal with her deteriorating, hallucinogenic psychosis. Character-driven, SUPERSTAR offers a compelling perspective into the pressures of success, the cost of fame and the complexities of mental health and trauma through a visually mesmerizing narrative.

MON 1PM DOWNTOWN

Drama / 24 min / USA

WRITERS: Miles Pepper, Curren Taber, Liz Lacoco

PRODUCER: Liz Lacoco

THE UNBROKEN SKY

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Josh Peterson

PRODUCERS: Normandie Annette Ramirez, Robin Mortarotti

Paso Robles is critically acclaimed for its food and wine scene. Surrounded by this atmosphere since youth, Chef Kean McCabe sets out to create a 7-course wine pairing menu that honors his upbringing. Traveling to local farmers and fishermen to gather supplies, TASTING NOTES paints a broad culinary reflection of the region.

MON 10AM FREMONT

ENCORE SUN 7:30PM PASO

Documentary / 16 min / USA

Set in 1950s California and based on the beloved autobiographical books by local author Francisco Jiménez, an undocumented Mexican teenager struggles to stay in school while working weekends with his family in the fields and dodging the authorities to avoid deportation.

MON 7:15PM PALM

Drama / 24 min / USA

WRESTLED AWAY: THE LEE KEMP STORY

Sponsored by Thrifty Beaches

DIRECTOR: Riley Hanlon WRITERS: Riley Hanlon, Lee Kemp PRODUCER: Lee Kemp, Matt Finkes

YOU WILL BE MY MUSIC

WRESTLED AWAY chronicles the incredible life of wrestling legend and local resident, Lee Kemp, from his endless battles against adversity all the way to the revocation of his lifelong Olympic gold medal dream. After working his entire life to become the world’s greatest wrestler and finding himself just one step away from accomplishing his single goal of winning an Olympic Gold Medal, unforeseen circumstances cause his dream to suddenly be snatched away.

MON 7:30PM DOWNTOWN

Documentary / 70 min / USA

DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER: Bob Williams An antique record cutting machine, homemade recordings and a loving son come full circle in YOU WILL BE MY MUSIC to bring a father’s musical aspirations to life in the production of a magical debut album. A beautiful and moving tribute to a father’s musical dreams, the film is a love story about a father, son and the power of music bringing people together.

MON 7PM DOWNTOWN

ENCORE SAT 1PM PASO

Documentary / 39 min / USA

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Supported by Pacific Gas & Electric Company

SHORTS 1.

LOVE, AGAINST ALL ODDS

(91 min)

Love knows no bounds in this mix of narratives exploring both new and timeless themes on love and all that it makes possible.

THE BULLFIGHTER, NÉLIDA, WE MET AT CAMP, AIKANE, WHAT YOU LEFT IN THE DITCH, HOLDING ON FOREVER

SAT 7PM PALM

SUN 4:15PM DOWNTOWN

MON 10AM DOWNTOWN

SHORTS 2. CINEMABILITY

(63 min)

Stories and characters capable of significant perserverance and accomplishment no matter how things may seem. All screenings will be shown with Open Captions.

DANCEABLE, AMPLIFIED, MY NAME IS ANNABEL

FRI 3PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1:30PM DOWNTOWN

MON 1:45PM DOWNTOWN

SHORTS 3.

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

(92 min)

5 powerful films exploring art, the art of living, and how we use our personal lenses to work through feelings, beliefs and life experiences.

THE MASTERPIECE, DICKS THAT I LIKE, DANDELION, THINGS UNHEARD OF, THE LAST REPAIR SHOP

FRI 2:15PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 1PM PALM

TUES 1:30PM PALM

SHORTS 4. WORKING THROUGH IT

(97 min)

Life changing moments that lead us through tragedy, discovery, connection and the profound transformations that occur within us.

7 MINUTES, MAHOGANY DRIVE, ORDER FOR PICKUP, SLUDGE: A PFAS UPRISING, THE HOUSE OF LOSS, PECCADILLO

FRI 2PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

SUN 10AM PALM

SHORTS 5. UNBREAKABLE BONDS

(102 min)

A series of films exploring who we are, where we come from, and what family really means.

SPRINGROLL DREAM, SHERI, PLEASE HOLD THE LINE, PICKLED HERRING, WELCOME TO 8TH STREET, WE RIDE FOR HER

FRI 7:30PM PALM

SAT 4:30PM PALM

SUN 10AM FREMONT

SHORTS 6. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

(89 min)

5 journeys of being loud, proud and making your voice heard through struggle, resistance, and triumph. MERMAN, THE ABC’S OF BOOK BANNING, GOLDEN CHILD, PRIMERO SUEÑO, THE ORCHESTRA CHUCK BUILT

FRI 6PM DOWNTOWN

SAT 10:45AM DOWNTOWN

SUN 7:30PM PALM

Shorts PrOgram s Cal Poly Short Cuts

Sponsored by Cal Poly Center of Expressive Technologies & Cal Poly Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts

SHORT CUTS FEATURES 8 SHORT FILMS CREATED BY CAL POLY STUDENTS UNDER THE MENTORSHIP OF RANDI BARROS, SCREENWRITER, EDITOR, AND ISLA LECTURER, AND JAMES WERNER, ARTIST AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART & DESIGN.

Engage with emotionally charged stories exploring love, loss, discovery, and unexpected moments of connection. See tomorrow’s filmmakers at work today.

1. JUNE IN SUMMER

6. IRRITABLE

EVEN MORE SHORTS PROGRAMS

CENTRAL COAST SHORTS 1 (p15)

CENTRAL COAST SHORTS 2 (p15)

CENTRAL COAST SHORTS 3 (p15)

48-HOUR FILM CHALLENGE (p21)

ACTOR’S EDGE STUDENT PROJECT (p21)

CAL POLY SHORT CUTS (p57)

R.A.C.E. MATTERS PRESENTS: SPACE (p58)

MUSIC VIDEO SHOWCASE (p60)

FILMMAKERS OF TOMORROW SHOWCASE (p62)

June is a curious preteen who wants to grow up fast, but the freedom she sees in her brother’s childhood and her own leaves her in an existential dilemma.

2. THIEVES ON BICYCLES

Two unlikely thieves embark on a quest to steal a peculiar object. As the two pull off this bizarre heist, one undergoes a self-realization as his own views on morality are tested by his partner in crime.

3. WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU APPLES

A small town Texas girl embarks on her college journey only to find that her randomly assigned roommate is her polar opposite self.

4. OLIVE BRANCH

Following her mother’s death, a young woman is compelled to confront her troubled childhood, deciding whether or not to make amends with the past.

5. CONFESSION

When a hopeful law student opens the door to her troubled ex, she is forced to risk her career as he attempts to enlist her help.

Eager to earn the respect of her traditionally strict teacher, a studious high school student with irritable bowel syndrome must navigate her teacher’s rigid rules to secure much-needed access to the restroom.

7. AMOR PROHIBIDO

Grappling with her queer identity and concealed behind the shadow of her Catholic and Hispanic values, Pilar embarks on a soul-stirring odyssey to reconcile her authentic self with the echoes of religion.

8. THE CLAY TEAPOT

Cleaning out their dead brother’s house, two reluctant siblings uncover the truth behind their childhood memories.

MONDAY, APRIL 29

FREMONT THEATER 7PM

$10 General / $5 Student

All Access and Movie Star Passes Accepted

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Presents: SPACE

MAKE SPACE, HOLD SPACE, TAKE UP SPACE AND EVEN THAT SPACE BETWEEN YOUR FRONT TEETH. SPACE CAN BE A NOUN OR A VERB, INFINITE OR CONFINED, REAL OR IMAGINARY. PRIOR TO SPACE, JOIN R.A.C.E. MATTERS AT SAINTS BARREL FOR A BRUNCH FUNDRAISER WITH APPETIZERS AND BUBBLES. PURCHASE BRUNCH TICKETS AT RACEMATTERSSLO.ORG

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

FREMONT THEATER 1PM

R.A.C.E MATTERS BRUNCH SAINTS BARRELL

10:30AM TO 12PM

Screening: FREE ADMISSION. Please RSVP online

Content Warning: Mature themes

Brunch: $30 to support R.A.C.E. Matters racemattersslo.org

BLACK GIRLS PLAY: THE STORY OF HAND GAMES

Sponsored by Diversity Coalition SLO County & NAACP SLO County

There may be no journey more fascinating than the exploration of our roots, nothing more revealing than the discovery of where we come from and nothing more powerful than our inspirations, ideas and culture. BLACK GIRLS PLAY chronicles the origins of the hand games that have been played by young girls for generations and their influence on music, dance and community all across the American creative landscape.

Documentary / 18 min / USA

GAPS

Sponsored by Appliance Oasis & L. Cherry & C. Bell

Struggling with self-esteem and obsessing over her gapped front teeth, a family trait, 12-yearold Sydney has to decide whether to keep her gap or risk it all for the “perfect” smile.

Comedy / 11 min / USA

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Jenn Shaw

PRODUCERS: Monique Hazeur, Tyler Young, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Loretha Jones, Sandra Nam

DIRECTORS: Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster

PRODUCERS: Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster, Kiana Jackson, Marquis Daisy, Maria Delgado

ESSEX GIRLS

Sponsored by Wilkins Family & An Anonymous Sponsor

Navigating adolescence in Essex hasn’t been straightforward for British-Nigerian Bisola. She’s done her best to fit in, but even her two best friends seem to be understanding her less and less recently. After an incident at her high school throws her into the orbit of the only other Black girl in her year, Bisola is plunged into a journey of discovering a whole new side of herself.

Drama / 15 min / UK

DIRECTOR: Yero Timi-Biu

WRITER: Busayo Ige

PRODUCERS: Angela Moneke, Simon Hatton

IN WONDERLAND

Sponsored by Auston & Brianna Allen & Jeff & Kerry Heller

When Nina, a resilient, and tenacious 8-yearold Mexican girl is granted asylum in the U.S. and forced to stay in the custody of her estranged aunt, she rejects her new family and escapes inside the fantasy world of her favorite book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Drama, Surrealism / 14 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Andrea Camacho McCracken

WRITERS: Andrea Camacho McCracken, Nora Alameddin

PRODUCER: Shuqi Li

NAI NAI & WAI PO

Sponsored by The Bloom-Matsuoka Family & Percy & Eliza Jones Family

Turning the camera on his two grandmothers who are inseparable best friends, Sean Wang captures their daily lives in hilarious and unexpected ways. As they dance, stretch and laugh their sorrows away, NAI NAI & WAI PO reminds us that getting older doesn’t have to mean fading away. 2024 Oscar Nominee.

Documentary / 17 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Sean Wang

PRODUCERS: Malcolm Pullinger, Sam Davis

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Music Videos

BACK TO SENDER

DIRECTORS: Reece Daniels, Jivensley Alexis

PRODUCERS: Reece Daniels, Aashish Joshi 3 min / USA

BEYOND FAREWELL

DIRECTOR: Jackie Shijie Xing

WRITERS: Jackie Shijie Xing, Sydney Jingzhi Hu

PRODUCERS: Chris Zilong Wang, Jessica Yiwen Qian

5 min / USA

REMEMBER BACK IN THE ‘80S, ‘90S AND EARLY 2000S WHEN MTV ACTUALLY

PLAYED MUSIC VIDEOS?

For the fourth year in a row, music videos have a home at our festival. We are elated to once again be able to experience and celebrate the eclectic mix of creative music videos in person at a new venue, Kreuzberg, alongside a live music performance from KROOKS. Awards will be presented to videos in three categories on Saturday, April 27, during our Music Video Showcase. Programmed by Blas Alvarado, David Hardberger, Davy Pelletier and Ernesto Rivera.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

KREUZBERG, 685 HIGUERA ST

6PM DOORS OPEN

7PM MUSIC VIDEOS

8PM LIVE MUSIC

$20 General

$18 Student + Film Society

All-Access Passes accepted

Can’t make the event? Catch a standard screening of the music videos on Sunday!

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 4:30PM DOWNTOWN

LA VIDA ES FRIA

DIRECTOR: Estevan Oriol

WRITER: Richie Abbot

PRODUCERS: Richie Abbot, Eve Di Mauro 4 min / USA

NOT HERE IN THE NOW

DIRECTOR: Alex Raban

WRITER/PRODUCER: Sadie Jasper 5 min / USA

ROOM

DIRECTOR: Will Reiland

WRITERS: Eva Baldinger, Arden Baldinger

PRODUCERS: Kate Fiorita, Will Reiland 3 min / USA

UGLY BOY

DIRECTOR: Bianca Catbagan WRITER: Noches

PRODUCERS: Katarina La Poll, Theo X, Trey Betts 4 min / USA

FMK

DIRECTOR/WRITER : Christopher Ullens

PRODUCER: Jade Bogue 4 min / UK

THE GIRL IS CRYING IN HER LATTE

DIRECTORS: Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Richie Starzec

WRITERS: Ron Mael, Russell Mael

PRODUCER: Sue Harris

3 min / USA

NOT MY NIGHT

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Ryan Porter

PRODUCERS: Ryan Porter, Couch Dog, Tasha Lee 5 min / USA

DIRECTOR: Kemp Baldwin

WRITERS: Madison McFerrin, Kemp Baldwin

PRODUCER: Quinton Couch 3 min / USA

WATCHOUT

DIRECTORS: Gustavo Jauk Ku, EJ, Hwang Younghoon, Shin Kwangsub

WRITER: Gustavo Jauk Ku

PRODUCERS: Kim Myung Su, Cho Sungbin, Kim Jinsung 3 min / Republic of Korea

THE WATER RUNS

DIRECTOR: Jess Dunn WRITERS: Estefani Brolo, Josefa de Velasco, Esperanza de Velasco, Ana Belén

García Rizo PRODUCERS: Estefani Brolo, Josefa de Velasco, Esperanza de Velasco

5 min / Mexico

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NOW IN ITS 18TH YEAR, THIS PROGRAM CONTINUES TO INSPIRE YOUTH FILMMAKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO SHARE THEIR TALENTS WITH OUR FESTIVAL AUDIENCE.

This showcase presents some of the very best films submitted this year from around the world by filmmakers in elementary, middle and high schools. All films, 5 minutes and under, are eligible for cash prizes in several categories.

HIGH SCHOOL

ANNA MCGEE’S WILD RIDE

Filmmakers: Ava Bounds, Alex Osborn, Casey Wood, Leo Beever, Alex Marsden

2 min | United Kingdom

BOO

Filmmakers: Lewis Adomako-Mensah, Nickan

Khazali, Harvey Loakes, Juli Gorodilova, Sabine Kemp, Milly Adey

5 min | United Kingdom

BREAK THE MOULD

Filmmaker: Samantha Chim

5 min | Australia

BUBBLES

Filmmaker: Alicia Yoon

2 min | Fullerton, CA

CARRIER

Filmmaker: Ezra Dov

3 min | Los Angeles, CA

CAULISIOUS

Filmmakers: Tilley Aga Thom, Jahlaya LafortuneSpencer, Nessie Hamilton

5 min | Canada

DREAMER

Filmmakers: Piotr Kaźmierczak, Damian Borowiec, Ira Karapetyan

3 min | Poland

FRANK

Filmmakers: Junho Cabral, Jon Alpert, Frank Arroyo 5 min | New York

THE HILL WE CLIMB

Filmmakers: Daniel B., Destiny B., Aminah E., Zalthea E., Jordyn H., Ellie M., Indigo T., Janeya W., Janae Y. 2 min | Maryland

KITCHEN HANDS

Filmmakers: Meredith Whitcher, Joanna Rawlings 4 min | San Luis Obispo, CA

THE LIFE OF RAUL PEREZ

Filmmakers: Malakhi Perez, Fernando Gutierrez

5 min | Fallbrook, CA

OUT OF POCKET

Filmmakers: Indiana Ford, James Lee, John Taylor, Jack Quintana

2 min | Virginia

PURPLE DEATH

Filmmakers: Samuel Cornejo, Nathan Freeland, Adan Garcia, Anabel Martinez, Zephyr Delute 5 min | Guadalupe, CA

UPON RETURN

Filmmakers: Emily Sedgwick, Devan Jordan 4 min | Connecticut

UP TO YOUR INTERPRETATION

Filmmakers: Gareth Cartier, William Kizer, Esme Roberts, Kady Serlin 4 min | Redwood City, CA

MIDDLE SCHOOL

BLUE BUTTERFLY DAY

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FilmMakers Of T0mORrow Behind the ScenE s Panels

LEARN FROM THE PROS! PANELS TAKE PLACE AT THE FESTIVAL LOUNGE AND ARE FREE TO ALL PASSHOLDERS, AND $5 FOR GENERAL ADMISSION.

PANEL #1 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

Pandemics, strikes, distribution, streaming platforms. There is a lot to discuss surrounding the current climate of film and filmmaking. Hear from industry professionals as they dive into a discussion on the impact the past few years have had on the industry and what to expect and look forward to in the future.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

PANEL #2

WE’RE STILL STANDING: A LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF QUEER INFLUENCES IN FILM & POP CULTURE

Filmmakers: Rohan Desai, Greta Bartczak, Jacobus Bell, Ava Fourticq

2 min | Colorado

KUINERRAQ

Filmmakers: Magnus Shipe, Ella Marquez Benavidez, Isaac Boss 4 min | New Mexico

WHEN YOUR BROTHER GETS HANGRY

Filmmaker: Benny Eldridge, Corban Lewis, Max Eldridge, Lulu Lewis 4 min | San Luis Obispo, CA

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

METAMORPHOSIS

Filmmaker: Bryn Wright

2 min | Carlsbad, CA

NOT SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Filmmakers: Sloan Gregory, Allison Gregory 5 min | Missouri

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

DOWNTOWN

2:30PM

PANEL #3

A CONVERSATION ON LENSES & LIGHTING

Join us for a captivating conversation and handson experience into the field of cinematography as we discuss the intricate relationship between lenses, camera movement, lighting styles and their profound impact on narrative storytelling. Led by Director of Photography Gavin Velasquez Murray.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

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12:30PM

PANEL #4

THE ART OF SKATE

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Central Coast Pride, we’ll be sitting down with some of our festival filmmakers to dive into the history of queer film and discuss how the space has evolved. Join us as we discuss where we were then, where we are now and look ahead to the future of queer film. Moderated by Dusty Colyer-Worth, Executive Director—Gala Pride and Diversity Center.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

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SUNDAY, APRIL 28

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LAST REPAIR SHOP, THE LET THE CANARY SING LIFE OF RAUL PEREZ, THE MAHOGANY DRIVE

MAN ESCAPED, A MASTERPIECE, THE MATRIX, THE MEET ME AT OUR SPOT

MERMAN

METAMORPHOSIS

MICHOACAN FILE, THE MOUNTAIN BOY

MR. BLAKE AT YOUR SERVICE

MURIEL’S WEDDING

MY NAME IS ANNABEL

NAI NAI & WAI PO

NÉLIDA

NETTLE DRESS, THE NOT HERE IN THE NOW NOT MY NIGHT NOT SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY

OLIVE BRANCH

ORCHESTRA CHUCK BUILT, THE ORDER FOR PICKUP OUT OF POCKET

PECCADILLO

PICKLED HERRING

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PLEASING PLOVERS

POSTSCRIPT

PRIMERO, SUEÑO

PURPLE DEATH

PURSUIT OF EQUALITY

QUEEN OF MY DREAMS, THE RIDING GIANTS

RILEY ROOM

SALT ON OUR SKIN, THE SHERI

SKATEBOARD

SLUDGE: A PFAS UPRISING

SOMM: CUP OF SALVATION

SPRING ROLL DREAM

STRIKE, THE SUGARCANE

SUPERSTAR

TASTING NOTES

THELMA

THIEVES ON BICYCLES

THINGS UNHEARD OF THIS IS BRIGHTON

THOUSAND PINES, A TOKYO COWBOY

TRILOGY: NEW WAVE

TUESDAY

UGLY BOY

UNBROKEN SKY, THE UP TO YOUR INTERPRETATION UPON RETURN

UPROAR

WATCHOUT

WATER RUNS, THE WE ARE GUARDIANS

WELCOME TO 8TH STREET

IRRITABLE

ITALIANS,

JAILHOUSE

JOIN

JUNE

KITCHEN

KUINERRAQ

LA

WE MET AT CAMP

WE RIDE FOR HER

WHAT YOU LEFT IN THE DITCH

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU APPLES

WHEN YOUR BROTHER GETS HANGRY

WILD BILL: HOLLYWOOD MAVERICK

WRESTLED AWAY: THE LEE KEMP STORY

YOU WILL BE MY MUSIC

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48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE 21 4DWN 13 7 MINUTES 42 ABC’S OF BOOK BANNING, THE 48 ACTOR’S EDGE STUDENT PROJECT 21 ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, 19 QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE AFRICAN GIANTS 26 AIKĀNE 42 ALL HAPPY FAMILIES 26 AMOR PROHIBIDO 57 AMPLIFIED 42 ANNA MCGEE’S WILD RIDE 62 ANOTHER EIGHT SECONDS 52 ARC OF OBLIVION, THE 30 ART AND LIFE: 30 THE STORY OF JIM PHILLIPS BACK TO SENDER 60 BEYOND FAREWELL 60 BIG NIGHT 19 BINARY 52 BLACK GIRLS PLAY: 58 THE STORY OF HANDGAMES BLUE BUTTERFLY DAY 62 BLUE SUNSHINE 26 BOO 62 BREAK THE MOULD 62 BUBBLES 62 BULLFIGHTER, THE 42 BYE BYE TIBERAS 30 CAMERA 20 CARRIER 62 CAULISIOUS 62 CHASING CHASING AMY 31 CITIZEN SLEUTH 31 CLAY TEAPOT, THE 57 CONFESSION 57 DANCEABLE 48 DANDELION 43 DAWN OF THE DEAD 16 DEATH OF RECESS, THE 52 DERSU UZALA 19 DICKS THAT I LIKE 48 DOGTOWN AND Z BOYS 13 DOUBLE INDEMNITY 18 DREAMER 62 EL HALCÓN 52 ESSEX GIRLS 58 FMK 60 FRANK 62 GAPS 59 GHOST KITCHEN 53 GHOSTLIGHT 10 GIRL IS CRYING IN HER LATTE, THE 60 GOLDEN CHILD 43 GOOD BAD THINGS 27 GROUNDHOG DAY 17 H.M. PULHAM, ESQUIRE 21 HARVEST CALLS 53 HILL WE CLIMB, THE 62 HOLDING ON FOREVER 43 HOMECOMING 53 HOUSE OF LOSS, THE 43 HUMANIST VAMPIRE SEEKING
CONSENTING SUICIDAL PERSON IN WONDERLAND
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VIDA ES FRIA
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