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San Diego Film Festival: Roar Of The Crowd

Ron Donoho, A Little Help director Michael
Weithorn (holding his award)and Josh Board.
Photo by James Earwicker

The San Diego Film Festival was expecting about 12,000 guests for its five-day run. Saturday proved to be the most populous night, with incoming crowds and waiting lines co-mingling (not always amicably) inside the downtown Gaslamp Theater.

Random notes and observations:

--Wednesday and Thursday the SDFF crowds are much more subdued than Saturday night. SanDiego.com movie critic Josh Board couldn’t get into one evening offering, and he says ticket holders were hot under the collar—one even threatening a lawsuit. Word to the wise: show up early for weekend screenings.

--The SDFF awards were announced in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon at the Andaz pool deck. After an evening screening last night, SanDiego.com was pleased to present the festival award for Best Feature to director Michael J. Weithorn for A Little Help (starring Jenna Fischer).

Other winners: Best Actress - Emily Van Kamp for Norman; Best Actor - Drew Fuller for The Kane Files: Life in Trial; Best Short Film - Touch; Best Documentary - Waiting for Superman.

--Hope that The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams Of Duncan Hunter makes it to San Diego art-house theaters. It’s a very funny indie about the awkward world of “underground” karaoke. If you’re a fan of Tulsa, Oklahoma (admit it), you’ll revel in the cinematic authenticity related to the city.

--Nowhere Boy is the story of John Lennon’s childhood—his teen years actually. It’s an interesting backstory, and even the most diehard Beatles fan in our group learned a couple details about pre-Fab Four Lennon.

--Sunday is the last day of the 2010 SDFF. Tickets are $25, including all screenings and the night’s after-party at Vin de Syrah. For more information go to: SDFF.