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San Diego, U.S.A. — The San Diego Film Foundation has announced that the 2012 San Diego Film Festival will host Oscar-nominated director, Gus Van Sant, for his first ever film festival tribute and retrospective. Known best for his direction on films ‘Milk’, ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘My Own Private Idaho’, and ‘To Die For’, Gus Van Sant will attend his tribute and film retrospective on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla. With the renowned director in attendance, a new venue, and more film screenings, this year’s San Diego Film Festival promises to be the biggest and best yet.
Celebrating its 11th year, The San Diego Film Festival is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – Sunday, September 30, 2012. For the first time, the Festival will be held at two venues: the Reading Theater in the Gaslamp Quarter (701 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 92101), and the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla, Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 92037). Tickets start at $14 for pre-sale/$16 at the door, and go up to $75 for a one day pass, and range up to $500 for a Festival VIP Pass to all screenings, premieres, events, and panels on all days. A dramatic expansion this year, Festival organizers anticipate hosting over 100 film screenings.
Dale Strack, Chairman of the Board for the San Diego Film Foundation, producer of the Film Festival event, said, “Gus Van Sant’s independence and talent as a director make him truly stand out in this industry. We are honored to host what is sure to be the first of many film festival retrospectives to celebrate his films, his career, and his vision.”
The San Diego Film Foundation celebrates the art and power of independent film by creating unique, interactive, memorable 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, visit www.SanDiegoFilmFest.com.