In honor of its 20th anniversary, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival announced a new film series Friday that will highlight movies filmed locally.
Beginning with a screening of the “The Ten Commandments” on Aug. 17, the series will screen movies in the part of the county there were primarily filmed in. Special guests, including celebrities, will host each film, and many screenings will be followed by Q&A’s. Some will also feature locals who served as extras or crew members.
The fundraising series will continue through the next SLOIFF festival, March 5-9.
While several films have been made here, rarely are any of the cities featured mentioned by name. Instead, local communities have been passed off as Maine, South Carolina, the Caribbean, ancient Rome and the Midwest.
Passes for the entire SLO County on the Silver Screen series — $110, or $99 for SLOIFF Film Society members — are on sale now at http://slofilmfest.org or via phone at 805-546-3456. Individual tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $10 ($8 for members).
The series schedule includes:
“The Ten Commandments,” Aug. 17, Guadalupe City Hall. The 1923 Cecil B. DeMille silent film will be followed by a reception hosted by Doug Jenzen at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, which recently unveiled historical artifacts buried in the sand after the film was made.
“California Dreaming,” Aug. 23, Avila Beach Golf Resort. The 1979 film about a Midwesterner with a hankering for surf, starred Dennis Christopher, who will attend this outdoor screening.
“We Were Soldiers,” Sept. 11, Park Cinemas, Paso Robles. This Vietnam war pick, starring Mel Gibson, was partially filmed at Fort Hunter Liggett.
“Court Street Shorts,” Sept, 21, Court Street Patio, San Luis Obispo.
“My Blue Heaven,” Oct. 9, Galaxy Theatre, Atascadero. A mob comedy starred Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, it was inspired by the same book that was the basis for “Goodfellas.”
“Arachnophobia,” Oct. 30, Cambria Vets Hall. Cambria was the quaint little town invaded by creepy spiders in this 1990 film with John Goodman and Jeff Daniels.
“I Know Who Killed Me,” Nov. 9, San Luis Obispo. Yeah, sure, this Lindsay Lohan thriller was a Razzie winner. Still, you’ll definitely recognize parts of SLO in it.
“The Monster of Piedras Blancas,” Nov. 23, Cayucos. Featuring a “Creature from the Black Lagoon”-like monster in a cheap suit, you’ll recognize Cayucos and Morro Rock even in black and white.
“Little Giants,” Dec. 7, Fair Oaks Theatre, Arroyo Grande. Another Rick Moranis movie, this time with Ed O’Neill, featuring two brothers coaching rival pee-wee football teams.
“10 Years Later,” to be announced, Pismo Beach. A dark comedy about a ten-year reunion directed by South County’s own Aaron Metchik.
“Murder by Numbers,” TBA, Bay Theatre, Morro Bay. Sandra Bullock, a then-unknown Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt starred in this Leopold and Loeb-like murder story with very recognizable scenes from Morro Bay, Los Osos and San Luis Obispo.
“Ruby Gentry,” TBA, Park Cinemas, Paso Robles. This King Vidor-directed movie from 1952 starred Charlton Heston, Karl Malden and Jennifer Jones as a poor girl who marries rich — but isn’t happy.
“Of Mice and Men,” TBA, San Simeon. This 1939 film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s book starred Lon Chaney Jr. and Burgess Meredith and features scenes from Hearst Ranch and San Luis Obispo.