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Gus Van Sant tribute highlights San Diego Film Festival

SAN DIEGO -- An array of world and U.S. premieres, star-studded shorts, timely documentaries and diverse foreign films round out the slate for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival, which runs Wednesday through Sunday.

A highlight will be "Gus Van Sant Tribute Evening: 15th anniversary screening of Good Will Hunting," at 7 pm Thursday at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. Van Sant, who is openly gay, is an award-winning director, screenwriter, actor, author and musician. In addition to the screening of "Good Will Hunting" on Thursday, retrospective screenings will be held of the Oscar-winning "Milk," "My Own Private Idaho" and "To Die For."

Tickets are $75 for the tribute evening, which includes a reception with Van Sant after the screening.

Documentaries include Windy Borman's The Eyes of Thailand, narrated by Ashley Judd, which tells the true and inspirational story of one woman's quest to help elephant landmine survivors and Jessica Yu's Last Call at the Oasis, with Erin Brokovich, which presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century.

Also making its West Coast premiere is A Sisters Call, which follows a woman's 14-year search for her missing schizophrenic brother.

Short films run the gamut of genres and include Blind, directed by "The Mentalist" producer Gloria Calderon Kellett and John Arlotto, about a blind date with unexpected results, and Jake Hoffman's directorial debut Please, Alfonso with Alice Eve.

Also playing are short films Cadaver, a macabre nursery rhyme starring Christopher Lloyd and fashion icon Tavi Gevinson – which is also being published as a picture book for adults this fall - and The Carrier, which has an all-star cast including Anna Paquin and Chad Michael Murray.

This year SDFF also introduces a Native American shorts track, with films made by Native American filmmakers, featuring Native American actors.

Foreign entries include Sundance winner Teddy Bear (Denmark) about a painfully shy bodybuilder looking for love and Anche Se e' Amore Non Si Vede (Italy), a wonderfully raucous, sweet-natured comedy about tour guides on an English double-decker bus.

 

SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

 

FEATURE/SPOTLIGHT

  • ·       David O.  Russell's Silver Linings Playbook
  • ·       Wayne Blaire's The Sapphires
  • ·       Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths
  • ·       Julie Farino's The Oranges
  • ·       Jordan Robert's 3,2,1…Frankie Go Boom (West Coast Premiere)
  • ·       Jonathan Kasdan's First Time
  • ·       Robert Kirbyson's Redline
  • ·       Alonso Mayo's  Story of Luke(World Premiere)
  • ·       Dustin Hoffman's Quartet(U.S Premiere)
  • ·       Steven Gyllenhall's Grassroots

FEATURE

  • ·       Mark Jarret's The Taiwan Oyster
  • ·       David Spaltro's Thing's I Don't Understand
  • ·       Ryan Little's Saints and Soldiers
  • ·       Manolo Celi's Tony Tango
  • ·       Korinna Sehringer's Shouting Secrets
  • ·       Jon Van Dyke's Not Today
  • ·       Ryan Little's Saints and Soldiers
  • ·       Rob Heydon't Irivne Welsh's Ecstasy
  • ·       John Kent Harison's Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
  • ·       Jeremy Cloe's Liars, Fires, & Bears
  • ·       Joaquin Rodriguez's Time Warrior (World Premiere)
  • ·       Savlo Ficarra & Valentino Picone's Anch Se e Amore

SHORTS

  • From the "Stranger in a Strange Land" Shorts Track:
    • ·   The Grand Design (West Coast Premiere), Zombie Man (World Premiere) The Future, Switchboard, and The Lepidoctor (World Premiere)
  • From the "A Different Kind of Love" Shorts Track:
    • ·       Henri, Caterwaul (West Coast Premiere), Cadaver, A house A Home, Office Romance 2.0, and Please, Alfonso (World Premiere)
  • From the "Push the Limits" Shorts Track:
    • ·       Greenouille D'Hiver, Commerce, Queen, My Left Hand Man (West Coast Premiere), and Easter Eggs
  • From the "Mind Games" Shorts Track:
    • ·       The Carrier, Crackers (West Coast Premiere), Tracer Gun, Retribution, Mind Field
  • From the "Socially Speaking" Shorts Track:
    • ·       Tunnels to Nowhere (West Coast Premiere), Cans at Dawn, Fortunate Son (World Premiere)
  • From the "For Shorts and Giggles" Shorts Track:
    • ·       Love and Germophobia, Sweet, Mary and Jane, Score (World Premiere), Leader of the Pack, Worldless(World Premiere), The Hiccup
  • From the "Unexpected Comedy" Shorts Track:
    • ·       Grandma Must Get Dry, Corporate Bingo, Drowned, Born Yesterday, Plush, and Walter Don't Dance
  • From the "The Greatest Love of All" Shorts Track: 
    • ·       My Name is Your First Love, Valediction, Istavan et la triute afourrure (US Premiere), Record/Play, Blind, A Girl Like you with a Boy Like Me
  • From the "Mock This" Shorts Track:
    • ·       Big Breakin', PORK…a short film, Thugs, The Musical, The Come Up (West Coast Premiere), Boombox Kids
  • From the "Dramatic Shorts: Shorts Track:
    • ·       Angela Wright, Cherry Waves, The Devils Dosh, Willowbrook
  • From the "48 Hour FF" Shorts Track:
    • ·       A Day in the Life of a Celebrity, Rule 43, Captain of My Desire, Trails, Momentum, Genie Boot Camp, Narci-Fame, Back to You
  • From the "Native American" Shorts Track:
    • ·       Ok Breathe Auralee, Wolf Dog Tales, My Home, Ruser, American Indian Actors

 

DOCUMENTARIES

  • ·       Scott Colthorp's Trek Nation (playing with the short White Room dir Greg Aronowitz)
  • ·       Jeff Orlowsi's Chasing Ice
  • ·       Andrew Simpson's Wolves Unleashed
  • ·       Shasta Grenier & Sabrina Lee's Not Yet Begun to Fight
  • ·       Bernardo Ruiz's Reportero
  • ·       Windy Borman's Eyes of Thailand
  • ·       Kyle Ruddick's One Day on Earth
  • ·       Randy Vasquez's Thick Dark Fog
  • ·       Jessica Yu's Last Call At The Oasis
  • ·       Mark Kuether's Watershed
  • ·       Joey Travolta's 30 Minutes Tonight  (US Premiere)
  • ·       Scott Hamilton Kennedy's Fame High
  • ·       Yariv Mozer's The Invisible Men
  • ·       Judd Ehrlich's Magic Camp
  • ·       Rebecca Schaper and Kyle Tekiela's A Sister's Call
  • ·       Walter Matteson's Pretty Old
  • ·       Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke's Escape Fire

FEATURE – WORLD CINEMA

  • ·       Mads Matthiesen's Teddy Bear -Denmark
  • ·       Salvo Ficarra & Valentino Picone's Anche Se e Emore non si Vede – Italy
  • ·       Ian Vernon'sBest Little Whorehouse in Rochdale – United Kingdom
  • ·       Dan Turner'sThe Man Inside  - United Kingdom
  • ·       Adrian Steinway & Paula Fabiana's The Curse of the Cages (World Premiere) - Brazil
  • ·       Yusuf Pirhasan's Last Stop Salvation (US Premiere) – Turkey
  • ·      Kamei Toru's Chat Noir Lucy (US Premiere) – (China)  
  • ·       Geoffrey Enthoven's Come As You Are (West Coast Premiere) – Denmark
  • ·       Justin Thomas Ostensen's Below Zero - Canada

 

About the San Diego Film Festival

Headline films for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival include fall's buzziest titles, including Silver Linings Playbook, The Sapphires, Seven Psychopaths, The Oranges, Grassroots & Quartet.

World premieres include Red Line and The Story of Luke. The Man Inside makes it's US Debut, & Frankie Goes Boom makes its West Coast Debut.

The San Diego Film Festival will also be home to several unique events and tributes including a Gus Van Sant tribute and retrospective on Sept. 27, the first time his collective works will have been featured in a festival setting.

Also on tap are groundbreaking panels, including a discussion and screening of the documentary Trek Nation featuring Rod Roddenberry and panel discussions with top level film executives.

The festival's nightlife promises to be exceptional this year as well. From Sept. 26-30, the San Diego Film Festival will transform the entire Gaslamp district into a cinematic paradise with dozens of screenings, premieres, and parties, including an "Almost Famous" block party and outdoor screening hosted by the original Pennie Lane. For a full schedule of events, visit San Diego Film Fest.

For the first time, the festival will be held at two venues: the Reading Theater in the Gaslamp Quarter (701 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 92101), and the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla, Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect St., La Jolla, 92037).

Tickets start at $14 for pre-sale/$16 at the door, and go up to $75 for a one day pass, and range up to $300 for a Festival VIP Pass to all screenings, premieres, events and panels on all days. A dramatic expansion this year, festival organizers anticipate hosting over 100 film screenings.

The San Diego Film Foundation celebrates the art and power of independent film by creating unique, interactive, memorable film-going experiences. The non-profit foundation produces the annual San Diego Film Festival showcasing one-of-a-kind film premieres, informative industry panels, and filmmaker and celebrity events. The organization is devoted to the inspiration and talent behind each film, and turns every screening into a must-see event, complete with after-parties.