Alan Arkin coming to SLO Film Festival

Acclaimed character actor Alan Arkin will be honored at this year’s San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, festival officials have announced.

Best known for his roles in such films as “Catch 22,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Arkin won an Academy Award for his turn as an irascible grandfather in the indie smash “Little Miss Sunshine.”

His recent roles include “Sunshine Cleaning,” “Get Smart,” “Marley and Me” and “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.”

Arkin is scheduled to receive the King Vidor Career Achievement Award, which honors excellence in filmmaking, festival director Wendy Eidson said.

Past recipients include Malcolm McDowell, Peter Fonda and Morgan Freeman.

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival runs March 12 through March 21 at locations throughout the county.

-- Sarah Linn