San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Announces Winners and More

The 28th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (April 26-May 1) has announced that Dale Dickey (A Love Song) will receive the KING Vidor Award at next week’s film festival and Michael Showalter (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) will be this year’s Spotlight Award winner. The Yin and Yang by Stacy Peralta’s Gerry Lopez was also announced as the featured film for this year’s Surf Nite at the Drive-in.

San Luis Obispo Film Festival Director Skye McLennan said, “We are thrilled to return to the SLO Film Fest we have all known and loved for so long and bring back the traditions, the beloved favorites to our lineup. and the events this film festival is known for. . the KING Vidor Award, the Spotlight Award, Surf Nite, moderated interviews with Ben Mankiewicz, Jenelle Riley, and more are the things Central Coast movie buffs have sorely missed. I can speak for everyone here when I say we count every day until the SLO Film Fest opens next week!”

In addition to the film festival returning to in-person screenings in cinemas for the first time in two years, this edition of SLO Film Fest will also include the first live presentations of the famous film festival. KING Vidor and Spotlight Awards during Filmmaker Awards Night on Saturday, April 30 at the Fremont Theater (1035 Monterey Street). A popular highlight of the film festival, the presentations will also include the always entertaining “Conversations About Film” with Turner Classic Movies’ Ben Mankiewicz and Variety’s Jenelle Riley.

receive this year KING Vidor Award, will be veteran actor, Dale Dickey, who received a lot of attention as one of the stars of Max Walker-Silverman’s romantic drama A Love Song. Dickey, who has long been considered one of film and television’s most prolific and beloved supporting actors, stars alongside Wes Studi, a childhood sweetheart couple years ago, who are now both widowed. They reunite at a campsite and reconnect, sharing stories, memories and emotions during a night by a lake in the mountains.

One of Hollywood’s most coveted character actors, Dale Dickey has earned a reputation for lighting up gritty, dark, and often damaged characters. After inspired performances on stage, including the Broadway production of “The Merchant of Venice” (1989) and the stage adaptation of “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 2009, Dickey has compiled an enviable list of performances in films like Sordid Lives (2000), Winter’s Bone (2010), Super 8 (2011), Iron Man 3 (2013), Hell or High Water (2016) and Palm Springs (2020), and on countless TV shows like The X- Files, True Blood, Breaking Bad, and my name is Earl. Her role in A Love Song has been a well-deserved lead in a critically acclaimed feature since its debut at Sundance earlier this year.

The film festival’s Spotlight Award will go to Michael Showalter, the prolific director, screenwriter and producer who deftly blends drama and comedy, telling unique and heartfelt stories with unconventional lead characters. Showalter recently directed The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which won two Oscars, including Best Actress for Jessica Chastain and Best Makeup and Hairstyle. On the television side, Showalter also recently directed and produced the critically acclaimed mini-series The Dropout, starring Amanda Seyfried. Showalter’s other feature films include The Lovebirds, which he directed and produced, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, and the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated The Big Sick, which he directed, and Hello My Name Is Doris, for which he also wrote and directed. He is also the co-creator of the cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer and the hit HBO Max original series Search Party, which just launched its fifth and final season. Upcoming films include directing and producing Spoiler Alert, starring Sally Field and Jim Parsons, and executive producing I Love That for You, an upcoming series for Showtime, starring Molly Shannon and Vanessa Bayer.

Yin and Yang by Gerry Lopez

SLO Film Fest’s Surf Nite, its one-of-a-kind surf film event, will feature Stacy Peralta’s The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez. The documentary looks at one of surfing’s most enigmatic heroes. Known as “Mr. Pipeline” for his cool attitude in the tube, Lopez built his career on aggressive surfing that left a trail of blood and tears behind him. As radical as Zen, Lopez transcends categorization. His influence on modern surfing is immeasurable and for the first time his story is told in full. Presented Thursday, April 28 at Sunset Drive-In for the second year in a row. Surf Nite will include the traditional look of some classic 1960’s surf cars to add to the atmosphere of what might be called the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for the surf movie buff. The evening will include iconic cars and live music from the Boomer Surf Band before the feature film premiere and the first 100 people to arrive early will receive a personalized Cayucos Collective t-shirt.

In addition to the aforementioned winners, this year’s San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will welcome many filmmakers from out of state and other parts of California to the Central Coast to represent their films and participate in questions and answers after the screening, etc. Among them are; Alastair Evans (DIR/PROD) A Crack in the Mountains; Kristy Guevara-Flanagan (DIR/PROD), Josh Beddingfield (Sound); Aguilas; Lorena Gordon (DIR) Finally; Sandra Chandler (DP) The Automaton; Elaine Carmody (PROD), Jason Park (DIR/SCR) BJ’s Mobile Gift Shop; Robert Walker (PROD) Bring Them Home; Mye Hoang (DIR), Dave Boyle (PROD/ED), Jeff Judkins (Subject) Cat Daddies; Ulysses Salcido (PROD/DP), Victor Villa (Subject) Échale Ganas: The story of Villa tacos; Seanne Winslow (DIR/SCR/PROD) The falconer; Geoff Pingree (PROD) Fireboys; Nicholas Weisman (PROD) Free Havana; Justin Monroe (DIR/PROD) Holy Frit; Cheryl Bookout (DIR/SCR/PROD), Cheri Gaulke (DIR/SCR/PROD), Stacy Sweeting (PROD), Jeff Hafler (Subject) Inside the Beauty Bubble; CJ Russo (DIR/SCR/PROD), Chiah Rodriques (CAST) Lady Buds; Isabel Castro (DIR), Doris Munoz (Subject), Ruth Munoz (Subject) Mija; Afton Quast Saler (DIR), Jesse Saler (DP) Neurodivergent; PJ Palmer (DIR/SCR/PROD), Ryan Haffey (PROD), Emily Palmer (PROD), Caroline Metz (EXEC PROD), Zelda Hallman (EXEC PROD), Ernesto Lomeli (DP) North Star; Kanani Koster (DIR), Jasmine Karcey (DP), Janie Faison (artistic director) No spectators allowed; David Baram (DIR/SCR/PROD), Harry Baram (CAST) One to the end; Nicholas P. Vilarreal (DIR), Alessandro Squitti (PROD) On/Off; James Becket (DIR) The Seeds of Vandana Shiva; Alison Rich Training Wheels (DIR/SCR/CAST); Orion Huang (DIR) The Yellow Panther: The Life of Richard Aoki.