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Director Peter Bogdanovich to be honored at SLO film festival

Director Peter Bogdanovich attends the Esquire 80th Anniversary and Network Launch Event on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in New York.
Director Peter Bogdanovich attends the Esquire 80th Anniversary and Network Launch Event on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in New York. Invision/AP

Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated director of “The Last Picture Show,” “Paper Moon” and “What’s Up, Doc?,” will be honored at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival next month.

Bogdanovich will receive the festival’s King Vidor Career Achievement Award, which honors excellence in filmmaking, during a March 14 awards ceremony at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo. Past honorees include Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.

Festival director Wendy Eidson said Bogdanovich is a good fit for the film festival.

“He’s got a long interesting career and is a total cinephile,” she said.

Following the George Sidney Independent Film Awards, Bogdanovich will discuss his career as an actor, author, screenwriter and director with Jim Dee, owner of the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo. He’ll then introduce a screening of “The Last Picture Show.”

An awards after-party will be held at the Warden Building in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Eidson noted that Bogdanovich is friends with “Big Wednesday” writer-director John Milius, who is being honored March 12 at the Fremont Theatre during the festival’s popular Surf Nite event. Milius, whose credits include “Conan the Barbarian” and “Red Dawn,” is this year’s Spotlight Award recipient; the award celebrates entertainment industry insiders.

The 21th annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival runs from March 10 to 15. For information, an events schedule or to buy tickets, call 546-FILM (3456) or visit slofilmfest.org.

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