The San Diego Film Festival will 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 (son of the late Trek TGV/film producer Gene Roddenberry), and panel discussions with top level film executives including a Film Engine panel, a 3D panel with Legend 3D, the largest 3D conversion company in the U.S., and seminars for aspiring filmmakers—including packaging, selling, and distributing in today's new media market place—with dozens of respected industry leaders.
Patch readers have a chance to win two passes to the festival. All you need to do is leave a comment telling us why you want to attend the festival. A winner will be selected at random. All comments must be in by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
The festival pass, valued at $175 each, includes:
- Official Festival Credential
- All regular film screenings, No pre-film selection necessary
- Invitation to Year-Round Events
- Passholder Perks – (as in priority seating and things like that)
- Gaslamp Theater Lounge Access
- Panel Discussions (Restrictions Apply)
- Premiere Screenings (Restrictions Apply)
- Opening Night Party
Highlights of the Premiere Films for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival include:
- Red Line – World Premiere
Director: Robert Kirbyson
Cast: Nicole Gale Anderson, John Billingsle, Kunal Sharma
Synopsis: Moments after departing from the Hollywood & Highland Metro Station, commuters on L.A.’s subway system experience a sudden explosion. Most passengers die on impact as the train is violently derailed and sent smashing into the tunnel’s walls.
6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at Gaslamp
5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla
- The Story of Luke – World Premiere
Director: Alonso Mayo
Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Kristin Bauer, Cary Elwes
Synopsis: Luke’s world is turned upside down when his grandmother dies and he is forced to live with his dysfunctional relatives who have no patience for him or his senile grandfather, who they quickly force into a nursing home. Luke is left with his grandfather’s final semi-coherent words: “Get a job. Find a girl. Live your own life. Be a man!” For the first time in his life, Luke has a mission. He is about to embark on a quest.
7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at Gaslamp
- Man Inside – US Premiere
Director: Dan Turner
Cast: Ashley Thomas, Peter Mullan, Michelle Ryan
Synopsis: Clayton Murdoch carries a terrible darkness inside him. As a boy he was exposed, by his father, to murder and gang culture,
With his father now in prison, Clayton struggles to overcome what he was groomed to become, in a city where every day there is a constant threat of violence and death.
8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept 27 at Gaslamp
- 3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom – West Coast Premiere
Director: Jordan Roberts
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman, Chris Noth, Whitney Cummings, Nora Dunn, Sam Anderson
Synopsis: A comedy about two brothers a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel and a pig.
7 p.m., Friday Sept 28 at Gaslamp and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. Coast Room La Jolla
For more information and film schedule, visit www.SanDiegoFilmFest.com.
Must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who age 18 and older. Winner will be selected in a random drawing. The winner will receive two passes to the San Diego Film Festival. Approximate retail value of tickets: $350. Click the PDF above for complete Official Rules.