John Milius, who wrote the famous surf scene in the movie “Apocalypse Now” and provided some inspiration for John Goodman’s character in “The Big Lebowski,” will be honored at Surf Nite in SLO at this year’s San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.
Milius, whose screenplay writing credits also include the surf flick “Big Wednesday,” “Conan the Barbarian” and “Red Dawn,” will be presented with the festival’s Spotlight Award on March 12 at the Fremont Theatre.
Two films will be screened for the event: Milius’s “Big Wednesday” and “Hollywood Don’t Surf,” co-directed by Greg MacGillivray (“Five Summer Stories,” “Everest,” “To the Arctic”) and Sam George (“Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau”).
“Hollywood Don’t Surf” takes a comedic look at the history of the most famous and recognizable surf films ever made. The film includes input from Milius, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Stacy Peralta, Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gerry Lopez, Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll, Frankie Avalon, the real-life “Gidget” Kathy Kohner, and big wave surfer Garrett McNamara.
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After that, MacGillivray will present Milius the Spotlight Award, which will be followed by “Big Wednesday,” starring Gary Busey, Jan Michael-Vincent and William Katt. The film portrayed three California surfers in the 1960s whose carefree lives are interrupted by the Vietnam war, leaving them to wonder if they will survive until "Big Wednesday,” a day of epic surf.
MacGillivray, Milius and members of the cast will present the movie.
An after-party will be hosted by Creeky Tiki in downtown San Luis Obispo with Surf Nite special guests.
Tickets are on sale now for these events at www.slofilmfest.org or by calling (805) 546-3456.