11th Annual San Diego Film Festival kicks off Lineup!

San Diego Film Foundation Names Headline and Premiere Films for the
11th Annual San Diego Film Festival – September 26-30, 2012

San Diego, CA, -- The San Diego Film Foundation
announced today the headline and premiere films for the 2012 San Diego Film
Festival.   Sifting through 1,300 submissions from over 55 countries, the
official films represent a broad spectrum of gripping narratives. Infused
with new leadership and capital, the San Diego Film Festival is poised to
raise this year’s profile with nearly 200 film screenings; including 11
World Premieres, 16 West Coast Premieres, and 4 US premieres.

Headline Films for the 2012 San Diego Film Festival include the Opening
Night Premiere of Wayne Blair’s story of love, friendship, and music in The
Sapphires as well as the Spotlight Film The Oranges, directed by Julian
Farino, with an all-star cast including Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester,
Catherine Keener, and Allison Janey. Closing films include Grassroots,
directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore,
Cedric the Entertainer, Cobie Smulders, Lauren Ambrose, and Tom Arnold and
Quartet, a drama /comedy directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie
Smith.  The Horror Fest at Gaslamp, an exciting addition to this year’s
festival, includes Martin McDonagh’s highly anticipated Seven Psychopaths,
with Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.

World premieres include Robert Kirbyson’s survival story Red Line and Alonso
May’s The Story of Luke, a quirky story of an autistic boys singular
mission, starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Kristin Bauer, and Cary
Elwes.   US Debut’s include The Man Inside, a thriller centered on a young
boxer trying to distance himself from his father’s gangster past and
directed by Dan Turner, and the indie comedy Frankie Goes Boom with Ron
Perlman, Chris Noth, Charlie Hunnam and Lizzy Caplan and directed by Jordan
Roberts, makes it’s 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 September
27th, 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.

The festival's nightlife promises to be exceptional this year as well.  From
September 26–30, The San Diego Film Festival will transform the entire
Gaslamp district into a cinematic paradise with dozens of screenings and
parties, including an "Almost Famous" Block party and outdoor screening
hosted by the original Pennie Lane on Friday, September 28th and many other
exciting premieres, parties, and red carpet events. For a full schedule of
events, visit www <http://www.sandiegofilmfest.com>
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