The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is turning 20 next year. To celebrate this milestone, the SLOIFF will present a series of Hollywood films that have been made in San Luis Obispo County over the past 90 years. From August until the festival begins again in March 2014, “SLO County on the Silver Screen” will showcase a variety of films in the area of the county in which they were shot. Special guests will host each screening, and a Q&A session following each film will offer insight from community members involved in its production.
The series will take kick off Saturday, Aug. 17, with a screening of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 silent classic The Ten Commandments, filmed in the Guadalupe dunes. The film will screen at Guadalupe City Hall at 2 p.m., followed by a reception with Doug Jenzen of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center. The screening also coincides with an ongoing exhibit of artifacts excavated from the set of the film, built by thousands of Guadalupe workers.
On Friday, Aug. 23, the 1979 comedy California Dreaming will screen outside at the Avila Beach Golf Resort, with the film’s star, Dennis Christopher, in attendance. California Dreaming, which tells the story of a young Midwestern man who comes to town with a hankering to surf, was filmed almost completely in Avila Beach. The open-air screening begins at 8 p.m. after the Avila Beach Farmers Market. The film is rated R, and the screening is restricted to viewers 17 and older. Drinks (alcoholic and otherwise) and snacks will be available for purchase.
Other upcoming screenings this fall include:
• We Were Soldiers, Sept. 11 at Paso Robles’ Park Cinemas
• Court Street Shorts, Sept. 21, Court Street patio, San Luis Obispo
• My Blue Heaven, Oct. 9., Galaxy Theatre, Atascadero
• Arachnaphobia, Oct. 30, Cambria Vet’s Hall
• I Know Who Killed Me, Nov. 9, Venue TBA
• The Monster of Piedras Blancas, Nov. 23, Venue TBA
Individual tickets range from $8 to $10 and are available online and at the door. Passes for the entire series are $110 (general) and $99 for SLOIFF Film Society members. Visit slofilmfest.org or call 546-3456.