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More than 100 films to screen at San Diego Film Festival this week

Mon, Sep 30 2013 06:14 PM Posted By: Press Release

The San Diego Film Festival has announced the line-up for its 2013 event that will take place Oct. 2-6 at the Reading Theater in San Diego's historic Gaslamp district and ArcLight Cinemas in the Westfield UTC Mall in La Jolla.  

This year’s festival will feature more than 100 screenings throughout the five days and includes eight categories: features, documentaries, Native American, music, sports, fashion, world issues and film shorts.

The festival will honor esteemed filmmaker Judd Apatow during its annual tribute gala on Oct. 3.
 
The San Diego Film Festival’s 2013 confirmed slate includes several world premieres, including “The Republic of Two,” starring Brent Bailey (“Think Like A Man”), Janet Montgomery (“Black Swan”) and Brandon Fobbs (“Pride”); “Lost on Purpose,” starring Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”), C. Thomas Howell (“Southland”), James Lafferty (“One Tree Hill”), Aaron Hill (“Greek”), Dale Dickey (“True Blood”), Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Jack Kehler (The Big Lebowski); “Brahmin Bulls,” starring Sendhil Ramamurthy (“Covert Affairs”/”Heroes”), Roshan Seth (“Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom”), Mary Steenburgen (“The Help”) and Justin Bartha (“Hangover”); and “Grave Secrets,” starring Diane Ladd (“Enlightened”) and Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place”).
 
Documentaries include the world premiere of “Of Kites and Borders”, a powerful and compelling story of four children who live across the U.S. border in Tijuana. Also screening is the San Diego premiere of “Lion Ark”, which chronicles an ambitious and daring animal rescue of lions from illegal circuses in Bolivia; the West Coast premiere of “Antarctica, A Year on Ice,” a stunningly cinematic film which examines the sometimes isolated life of living in Antarctica; and the West Coast premiere “Running From Crazy”, which explores Mariel Hemingway’s journey as she strives for a greater understanding of her family history of substance abuse, suicide and mental illness.
 
Other films include the world premiere of “Fading West,” a surf documentary from popular rock band Switchfoot, and other surfer documentaries including “Ricky Whitlock: L-1, T-12” and “Bending Colours.” Also playing is “Winter in the Blood,” a film adaptation of the classic novel by James Welch; and the San Diego premiere of “SLOMO”, which gives an insider’s look into local slow motion rollerblader Dr. John Kitchin.
 
Foreign films include Cannes breakouts “The German Doctor" (Argentina) an intense drama making its West Coast Premiere, and “Autumn Blood “(Austria) making its North American premiere and starring Sophie Lowe and Peter Stormare.
 
The tribute for comedy producer/director/screenwriter Apatow, known for his work on iconic films like “Bridesmaids,” “This is 40,” “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

The San Diego Film Festival will present Apatow with its Visionary Filmmaker Award on Thursday at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, which is open to the public with a San Diego Film Festival VIP pass.
 
Oscar-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway, mental health advocate and granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, will also be honored with a Humanitarian Award by the San Diego Film Festival and Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital for her role in the new documentary feature film, “Running From Crazy.”  The award presentation will take place Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.
 
Serving as the festival host and jury president, noted film critic Jeffrey Lyons serves a key role in the festival thanks to his impressive background in television, radio and print spanning more than 40 years.


 
SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL
2013 COMPLETE LINE-UP

 
FEATURES
·Michael Doneger’s “This Thing with Sarah”
·James Genn’s “Old Stock” (North American premiere)
·Shaun Kosta’s The Republic of Two (world premiere)
·Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies
·Eshom Nelms’ Lost on Purpose (world premiere)
·Martin Papazian’s Least Among Saints
·Rajeev Dassani’s Watercolor Postcards (West Coast premiere)
·Bruce Mason’s “Chez Upshaw”
·Mahesh Pailoor’s “Brahmin Bulls” (world premiere)
· Markus Blunder’s “Autumn Blood” (North American premiere)
·Martin Jablonski’s Fallacy (Trugschluss) (world premiere)
·Martin Schreier’s Robin Hood (world premiere)
·Cao Hamburger’s “Xingu” (North American premiere)
·Artus de Penguern’s “The Clinic of Love (LA Clinque De L’AMOUR)” (world premiere)
·David Hillenbrand’s “Grave Secrets” (world premiere)
·Casey Twenter’s “The Jogger”
·Lucia Puenzo’s “The German Doctor” (West Coast premiere)


DOCUMENTARIES
·David Romero’s "We the Owners: Employees"
·Yolanda Pividal’s "Of Kites and Borders" (world premiere)
·Barbara Kopple’s "Running from Crazy" (West Coast premiere)
·Anthony Powell’s "Antarctica: A Year on Ice" (West Coast premiere)
·Steve Hoover’s "Blood Brother" (West Coast premiere)
·Mitty Griffis Mirrer’s "Gold Star Children" (West Coast premiere)
· Cindy L. Abel’s "Breaking Through" (West Coast premiere)
· Tim Philips’ "Lion Ark"


FEATURES – NATIVE AMERICAN
·Alex and Andrew Smith’s "Winter in the Blood"
·Jennifer Jessum’s "Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas"
·Valerie Bischoff’s "Derby Kings"
· Brent Ryan Green’s "Running Deer" (West Coast premiere)
·Nick Brokaw’s "Four Winds"
·Travis Geiger’s "Takers"

 
FEATURES – MUSIC
·Peter Miller’s "AKA Doc Pomus"
·Matt Mangham’s "Inspired: Andy Powers" (world premiere)
·Matt Katsolis’ "Fading West" (world premiere)

 
FEATURES – SPORTS
·Timothy A. Ryan’s "Ricky Whitlock: L-1, T-12" (world premiere)
·Kai Neville’s "Bending Colours"
·Josh Izenberg’s "Slomo"
·Jeremy Grant’s "Where the Trail Ends"


FEATURES – FASHION
·Adrian Lazarus’ "Steam 1886"
·Aviv Kosloff’s "Mia"
·Damien Krisl’s "Urban Hippie"
·Eric Chang’s "Lilith"
·Guy Aroch and Jonathan Doe’s "Roshambo"
·Julian Acosta’s "Moving"
· Jakob Daschek’s "The Reinvention"
·Manuel Portillo’s "Pasos de Sirena (In Search of Mermaid)"
·Josh Oakhurst’s "Chimera"
·Miguel Gauthier and Viktorija Pashuta’s "Lover’s Game"


FEATURES – WORLD ISSUES
· Steven Kochones’ "No Strangers" (world premiere)
·Matthew VanDyke’s "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution"
·Antoneta Kastrati’s She Comes in the Spring (U.S. premiere)
·Ujkan Hysaj’s "Kolona"


SHORTS
From the “Stranger in a Strange Land” shorts track:
· "Byron’s Theme," "Fort Apache," "Brightwood," "A Tribal L Community," and "String"

From the “A Different Kind of Love” shorts track:
·"The Gift," "Exiles" (West Coast premiere), "Boop Beep," "Mister Forgettable" (world premiere) and "Station Master"

From the “Push the Limits” shorts track:
· "Solidarity," "Cold Warrior," "Ticket to Hell," "Impress" and "Motive"


From the “For Shorts and Giggles” shorts track:
· "America 101," "Sumo Roll" (West Coast premiere), "Alternative Sides," "Estefan," "The Sidekick," "Hell No" (West Coast premiere) and "Honk If You’re Horny"

From the “Unexpected Comedy” shorts track:
· "Glazed and Confused," "Double or Nothing," "Dog Bytes," "L’Appuntamento (The Appointment)," "Sour Milk," "The Test" and "Efimera"

From the “Back to the Beginning” shorts track:
·"Lambing Season," "We Keep On Dancing" (West Coast Premiere), "The Swimmer," "Ojala," "Carry on Only" and "The Interviewer"

From the “Twilight Zone” shorts track:
· "Auto Drive," "End of the Beginning," "Thirteen" (West Coast p-remiere), "The Ritual" (West Coast premiere) and "Al Otro Lado"


About The San Diego Film Festival
The San Diego Film Festival is one of the most alluring festivals on the rise, boasting a close proximity to Los Angeles and a trendy crowd of nearly 13,000 people.  It doubles as a film lover's paradise and a weekend getaway where participants can take advantage of sunny weather, thriving art culture, and the city’s robust nightlife in the famed Gaslamp Quarter and relaxing beachside community of La Jolla.

Last year’s awards recipient was Gus Van Sant, the award-winning director of "Good Will Hunting" (1997) and "Promised Land" (2012). Stars such as Diane Ladd, Anne Heche, Robin Williams and Ben Affleck paid tribute.
This year promises another robust slate of headline films and world premieres. Last year's lineup included premieres of "Silver Linings Playbook," "The Sapphires" and "Seven Psychopaths." among many others.

The San Diego Film Festival is also filled with groundbreaking panels. Last year's festival included a discussion and screening of the documentary "Trek Nation," featuring Rod Roddenberry and many others. 
       
The San Diego Film Foundation celebrates the art and power of independent film by creating unique, interactive film-going experiences. The non-profit San Diego Film 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. 

For more information and film schedule, visit www.sdfilmfest.com.


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