7 Can’t Miss Moments at the Oceanside International Film Festival
Oceanside’s 7th annual cinematic celebration is back August 6th-13th with a robust schedule of not only 70+ film screenings, but also workshops, meet and greets, Q&A sessions, live entertainment and an amazing after party to conclude the eight day long festival. We sat down with Sterling Anno, Film Festival Co-Chair, to get a behind the scenes look at what this year’s Oceanside International Film Festival will offer, as well as 7 can’t miss moments scheduled throughout the week. Get ready for one awesome cinematic celebration! For a full list of the daily events taking place throughout the festival be sure to check the 2017 OIFF Schedule.
“The film festival is special for Oceanside because very few cities have their own, city branded film festival… This event is a true celebration of independent cinema” – Sterling Anno
Opening Night Double Feature
Sunday, August 6th, 2pm-9:30pm
The special kick-off for this year’s Oceanside Film Festival will be a double feature presentation starting with the 2016 Best Picture Winning Film The Whimsical Imagineer, a short documentary about Rolly Fargo Crump, one of the last Disney Imagineers hired by Walt Disney himself. Following this screening there will be a Q&A session with the cast and crew of the film to answer questions about this amazing man and his documentary. Once that is completed a short intro by Joanne Tawfilis from the Oceanside Muramid Mural Museum on her experience curating a mural that was sent to the Standing Rock protest will take place. This will lead directly into the second featured presentation of the night, the San Diego premiere of the Standing Rock protest documentary I Stand, Guardians of the Water.
Star Wars: A Designers Eye
Saturday, August 12th, 10:30am-1:30pm
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, OIFF has coordinated a special meet and greet and set-design workshop with the man who helped bring the ﬁlm’s world to life, Alan Roderick-Jones. Alan is the first Academy Award winner to be featured at the film festival and will also be receiving the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oceanside Film Festival during the closing ceremony on August 13th.
A Western Film Star
Saturday, August 12th, 4:40pm-6:40pm
The California premier of Floating Horses, the Life of Casey Tibbs will take place Saturday after the Serious Drama Screening Block. This special event is the first time showcasing and recognizing Casey Tibbs for all of his contributions to the western film genre, as well as his rags to riches story, his rodeo legend and his western film stardom. In attendance will also be industry partners, family, and friends to share in the celebration.
Thursday, August 10th, 7:20pm-7:50pm
A special filming of Black Ghiandola is taking place on Thursday during the horror and genre screening block. This short film is made up of a star-studded cast and production team, including Johnny Depp, David Lynch, JK Simmons, Laura Dern, Trent Reznor, Atticus Finch, Ted Melfi, Catherine Hardwicke and Sam Raimi. What makes this film so unique is that it was created in partnership with the Make a Film Foundation who helped author Anthony Conti see his dream come true in the form of starring in his very own Hollywood zombie movie before losing his battle to stage 4 adrenal cancer in early 2017. This film is a way for Anthony and his creative legacy to live on through cinema.
Another horror night highlight includes the showing of the film American Satan, featuring Oceanside-native Denise Richards. This is the last time this film will be seen in an independent fashion because later this fall it will be showing in AMC Theatres. And finally, be on the lookout for friendly zombies walking the neighboring Sunset Market on Thursday to promote the horror screening block!
Salt and Sea, an Environmental Documentary
Monday, August 7th, 7:13pm-8:14pm
SOS: The Salton Sea Walk is a documentary about California’s largest lake which is rapidly drying up. After 2017, the largest rural to urban water transfer will exponentially accelerate the rate at which the Salton Sea shrinks, exposing acres of dried lakebed. The exposed playa, containing 100 years worth of farm chemicals, could become airborne, sending billowing clouds of toxic dust towards major population centers in the Southwest. Randy Brown, community activist, set out to do something no one had ever attempted — to walk the entire shoreline of the sea. In June of 2015, with temperatures reaching 120 degrees, he set out on his 6 day, 115 mile journey. Brown’s mission? Raise awareness for the sea, a forgotten place of extraordinary beauty, silently threatening to make itself known once again.
Love Machine Films
Tuesday, August 8th, 6:42pm-6:50pm
Saturday, August 12th, 7pm-8pm
Oceanside’s very own husband and wife production team, Love Machine Films, will be highlighting their projects during the OIFF. Lui Niles will be premiering on Tuesday episode 4 of In Your Neighborhood, a San Diego based web series that takes a deeper look into the people, places, events, art, recording, culture and causes that make up the fabric of the modern-day local music scene. This newly premiering edition puts a spotlight on world renowned singer/songwriter, Jewel. Carly Niles on the other hand will be sharing on Saturday her emotional documentary Love is the Answer, a film that speaks intimately with 10 hospice patients in Oceanside. This screening will be its San Diego premier.
Surfing: The Whitlock Legacy
Saturday, August 12th, 8:20pm-9:40pm
Whitlock Surf Experience, a local multi-generational family run surf company in Oceanside, has partnered up with OIFF to present a Surfing Films Screening Block to conclude Saturday’s events. This unique screening block contains three films including Mecca II, a narrative short on Ricky Whitlock. In addition, after the screening of the last film Fish People, a member of the Whitlock family will take part in a 15 minute Q&A session.
Film Festival Details
Founded in 2009, the Oceanside International Film Festival celebrates and showcases the craft of film making, offering attendees a chance to enjoy carefully selected films in a number of genres from local and international independent filmmakers. This year OIFF will take place Sunday, August 6th through Sunday, August 13th with weekday screenings beginning at 6pm to allow for guests to attend after work and not miss out on the films. There will be beverages available for purchase throughout the festival, including an assortment of locally distributed Suja Juice, as well as local wine from Holme Estate and North County Wine Company, and beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company, Indian Joe Brewing and Tap That.
In addition to being a wonderful event for visitors and movie aficionados alike, OIFF is also an important opportunity for creators to have their work judged and screened at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. With submissions beginning shortly after the previous year’s festival, the OIFF utilizes a jury committee made up of 14 passionate individuals that are well versed in the film industry as a whole and specifically chosen to judge various categories of film. Together these jurors narrow down the submissions until a final screening list is determined, with 2017’s schedule featuring over 70 films!
The 2017 Oceanside Film Festival will be held from August 6-13, with screenings taking place at the Brooks Theatre and Star Theatre in downtown Oceanside. With so much to do in the area consider making an evening of it and dining at a local restaurant before or after the film festival. To see where to eat in Oceanside visit our Oceanside Dining Page.