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San Luis Obispo International Film Festival: Josh Brolin is coming to town

Josh Brolin presents an award during the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.
Josh Brolin presents an award during the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010. ASSOCIATED PRESS

“No Country For Old Men” actor Josh Brolin, surf filmmaker Joel Conroy and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival this spring, organizers announced Friday.

They join an entertainment roster that includes “Little Miss Sunshine” star Alan Arkin, who is scheduled to receive the King Vidor Career Achievement Award.

“He’s really, really a good guy,” festival director Wendy Eidson said of Brolin. “He absolutely loves this area, having grown up for a great portion of his life here.”

Known for such films as “American Gangster,” “In the Valley of Elah” and “W.,” Brolin garnered an Oscar nomination for his powerful turn as City Supervisor Dan White in “Milk.”

The actor, who joined the San Luis Obispo film festival’s advisory board in 2008, has a lifelong connection to the Central Coast. He attended Templeton Elementary and Templeton Middle schools, and, as an adult, owned a ranch in the Templeton/Adelaida area.

Brolin paid homage to his North County roots by wearing a Templeton Eagles letterman jacket in “No Country For Old Men.”

He’s scheduled to appear March 13 at a Western-themed gala at Santa Margarita Ranch.

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival runs March 12 through March 21 at various locations through the county. Highlights include appearances by actors James Cromwell, Adam Arkin and Robert Carradine, the ever-popular Surf Nite and the Hollywood and Vines screening series, which pairs classic films with local wines and gourmet food.

Cromwell, star of “LA Confidential” and a past King Vidor honoree, and Adam Arkin, Alan’s son and a prominent actor in his own right, will present the King Vidor award to Adam’s father. Carradine will present a tribute to his brother David, star of the 1970s TV drama “Kung Fu,” who died last year at the age of 72.

For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, call 546-3456 or visit www.slofilmfest.org.

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