In honor of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival's 20th Anniversary next year, the SLOIFF will celebrate by screening Hollywood movies that have been made in San Luis Obispo County over the past 90 years. SLO County on the Silver Screen will present a wide variety of notable films, and screen each in the part of the County they were principally filmed in.
This exciting new series will begin in August and run through the next Festival, scheduled for March 5-9, 2014, and is sponsored by Visit San Luis Obispo County & Film Commission; Cliffs Resort, Apple Farm, Sycamore Mineral Springs and SeaVenture Resort; Q104.5 and the New Times.
San Luis Obispo County has been the backdrop for countless commercials, television shows and Hollywood movies since the early 1920's. In films ranging from Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 silent classic, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS to Lindsay Lohan's infamous Razzie Award winner, I KNOW WHO KILLED ME, the county has doubled for Maine, South Carolina, the Caribbean, ancient Rome, the Mid West and many other parts of the world. Film production has brought major celebrities and excitement to San Luis Obispo County, as well as an economic boost to the local economy.
From August 2013 to March 2014, the SLOIFF will present an eclectic variety of movies on the "silver screen" all over the County, from Guadalupe to Paso Robles to San Simeon and Cambria. Special guests, including a few celebrities, will host each film, offering their personal perspective on the history and behind-the-scenes trivia of each film. Q&A's will be scheduled after many of the films and an 'open mic' session will give community members who were extras, crew or otherwise involved in the making of the film the opportunity to share their stories with the audience.
The first two movie events are scheduled for August in Guadalupe and Avila Beach. On Saturday, August 17, the Guadalupe City Hall will host a screening of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS at 2pm, followed by a reception at 5pm hosted by Doug Jenzen at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center. Since a recent unveiling of historical artifacts buried in the sand after the 1923 film production, the museum now features pieces of the enormous "ancient" city that was built in the Guadalupe dunes by thousands of local workers. Since 1983, filmmaker Peter Brosnan has been spearheading the excavation and videotaping interviews with dozens of crew members, actors and set builders to record the history of this epic production and its amazing behind-the-scenes story. Mr. Brosnan hopes to be in attendance to introduce THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and sign copies of his new book. He also hopes to premiere his documentary in early 2014.