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Hear #TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz with Ann-Margret

TCM host and commentator Ben Mankiewicz opens up Ann-Margret in a animated conversation during the 22nd annual SLO Film Fest, on Friday, March 25, 2016 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Photo Credit: Kevin J. O’Connor/Hollywoodglee)

TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz sat down for a conversation with legendary screen icon Ann-Margret at the 22nd annual SLO Film Fest at the art-deco Fremont Theater. The affable Mankiewicz cajoled and prodded the actress, often referred to a “sex kitten,” revealing the starlet had considerable talent to go along with her striking looks and energetic on-screen flair. Tune in for Ann-Margret’s personal story of Hollywood lore with plenty of anecdotes and an inside look into what helped shape the film siren into the star she became!

Actress Ann-Margret to receive 2016 King Vidor Award!

Join us on Saturday, March 19 at the Fremont Theatre to pay tribute to one of Hollywood’s most talented and beautiful “triple threats” – Ann-Margret! 2010 King Vidor Award recipient Alan Arkin will be back to present the award to her before the George Sidney Independent Film Awards and TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz will sit down with her for a conversation too! Get tickets here: http://slofilmfest.org/tickets-passes/


(Featured Photo Credit: DeepestDream.com)

Surf Nite at SLO Film Fest: OCEAN DRIVEN

Our internationally renowned “Surf Nite in SLO” is back for its 11th year with a new documentary about Big Wave surfer Chris Bertish and the day that changed big wave surfing forever. The famed Maverick’s champion and professional speaker will travel from his home in South Africa to join Maverick’s pioneer, Jeff Clark on the stage of the historic Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo on Friday, March 18 after the Central Coast premiere of “Ocean Driven,” scheduled for a 7:30 PM screening. A few tickets are still available here: http://slofilmfest.org/tickets-passes/

Directed by Santa Cruz filmmaker Nadia Tarow and Adrian Charles from Cape Town, OCEAN DRIVEN is a true and gripping story that chronicles the devePoster_Image_Bluelopment of South African big wave surfer Chris Bertish. At Mavericks, a famed surf break just south of San Francisco, his refusal to let seemingly insurmountable obstacles stand in his way culminates with his winning the world’s most prestigious big wave surfing contest in the largest waves ever seen in a competition. “Ocean Driven” is a tale of overcoming obstacles and fears, redefining what is possible, and inspiring viewers to never give up in pursuit of their dreams.

Bertish travels the world as a motivational keynote and Ted-X guest speaker, and is also the author of “Stoked!” We are delighted to host such an accomplished and articulate sports hero at Surf Nite in SLO.

Local surf legend, “Pismo” the surfing goat will also be in attendance with owner Dana McGregor. A short film will illustrate Pismo’s amazing talents as a surfer, and the celebrity goat will meet his fans and “sign” copies of McGregor’s new children’s book, “Goatee, the Surfing Goat.”


Also in attendance will be Gary Linden, VP of the Big Wave World Tour, along with more big wave surfers TBA. Beer and wine will also be available in the Fremont Theatre lobby beginning at 7pm, with an After-party in the Hollywood & Vines Festival Tent (behind the Fremont Theatre.)

Apple Farm, City of Pismo Beach, Cliffs Resort, Creeky Tiki, Mother’s Tavern, Q104.5, Quality Suites of San Luis Obispo, Saint Archer Beer, Sea Venture Resort, SLO Wine Country, and Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.

See you there!

(Press materials from slofilmfest.org)

Opening Night Film at the 22nd SLO Film Fest 2016

Markus Horn, A German pianist/composer, mesmerized the audience on a baby grand piano with an original musical score accompaniment to the classic German Expressionist silent film masterpiece, Nosferatu (link to my full review) at the Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo campus, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Nosferatu was presented by SLO Film Fest sponsors BHE Renewables, Union Bank and KZOZ. Film goers arrived early to witness this exciting and noteworthy event and to cast ballots for original art works in competition for for Official SLO Film Fest Poster status.

(Photo Credit: Kevin J. O’Connor/HollywoodGlee)

Throughout the evening’s film Horn brilliantly matched the photographic score in creating a dream like atmosphere for the minimalized intertitled narrative. Horn’s intense symbiosis of film and music culminated in a rousing, standing ovation by an enraptured audience at the film’s end.

(Photos courtesy of San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce)

(Featured photo provided courtesy of San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce)