Last night was the opening of the San Diego Film Festival at the Reading Gaslamp in Downtown San Diego. The first offering for film lovers was 12 YEARS A SLAVE with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. The film is a true story based on a book written by Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who is kidnapped and sent to plantations as a slave.

Introductions for the film was presented by Festival Host and film critic Jeffrey Lyons. There is so much more the festival will be presenting in the next four days including a tribute to director Judd Apatow who will receive the Visionary Filmmaker Award and Justin Nappi receiving the Emerging Producer Award.

Other films that will be presented on Friday are 2 JACKS and THE GERMAN DOCTOR. Saturday there is ABOUT TIME with Rachel McAdams, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTRY with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and a superb extended cast.

Also, Mariel Hemingway will be at the Joan Kroc Peace & Justice Institute Theatre on Saturday for a red carpet event and Sunday for her film RUNNING FROM CRAZY. The film is a documentary of her journey trying to understand her family history beginning with her great-grandfather Ernest Hemingway.

The festival also highlights films from and about Native Americans with AUTUMN BLOOD, FADING WEST, HOLY MAN and my personal favorite WINTER IN THE BLOOD.

Yours truly, Movie Maven, will be hosting a Question and Answer for the film OF KITES AND BORDERS on Saturday at 5 p.m. if you want to come down, see a documentary that is especially important to those of us living in San Diego and ask questions while we talk about the effects of a fence that is our neighbor.

There are day passes available as well as total event passes that not only get film lovers in to see so many amazing pieces of work but attend after parties located around the downtown area. It’s a chance for everyone to mingle, talk about the films, documentaries, and shorts and plan next day events.

For more information please go to www.sdfilmfest.com for more information. Come out and join us!

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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.

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