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San Luis Obispo International Film Festival underway

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The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival kicked off on Tuesday with a party and a screening of the classic horror film "Nosferatu," accompanied by a live piano performance.

The Opening Night Party was held at the Hollywood & Vines Festival Tent, located behind the Fremont Theatre, which will be the site for several more parties throughout the festival's six-day run. A large crowd turned out to the Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly to see Markus Horn perform his original piano score as "Nosferatu" played on the big screen.

On Wednesday, a sneak preview of local filmmaker Sky Bergman's documentary, "Lives Well Lived," will be shown at the Fremont Theatre. Bergman interviewed 40 people between the ages of 75 and 100 about their life experiences for the film. The showing takes place at 7:00 p.m. and costs $12 for the general public and $10 for students.

Dozens of other films will be shown at venues in both San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles and several red carpet events are also planned.

On Thursday, screenwriter and Central Coast resident Anthony Peckham will receive the 5th Annual Spotlight Award. Friday night is the festival's popular "Surf Nite in SLO" at the Fremont Theatre. On Saturday, actress Ann-Margret will be presented with the King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.

Click here for more on the film festival's schedule and line-up of special events and to buy tickets. 

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