La Costa Film Festival Honors Ed Harris Plus Opening Night & Festival Schedule

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The La Costa Film Festival (September 18-21) will screen 42 films from 13 countries and host nightly red carpet galas, exciting panels and numerous special events. The festival will debut a World Premiere as well as a special tribute to renowned actor Ed Harris. Here’s a brief rundown of what you can expect at the four day Film Festival.

Opening Night Gala: Thursday, Sept 18 

The La Costa Film Festival will open with Frank Vs. God, starring Henry Cusick and Ever Carridine, which follows a hot shot lawyer, who after a series of misfortunes, decides to serve God with a lawsuit. The Director and Ever Carridine will offer comments before the start of the film screening, which will take place under the stars on Center Court of the Omni Resort La Costa at 8:30 pm. The screening will immediately follow the Opening Night Gala – ‘Taste of North County’ – which will showcase the area’s exquisite cuisine, award-winning craft breweries and boutique wines, all accompanied by live music.

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Friday Night Gala: Friday, September 19

la costa film festivalThe Friday Night Gala will keep the party moving with a special tribute to well known actor Ed Harris, who will be present for a pre-screening party at the Cinepolis Luxury Theater that evening. He will be honored with the retrospective showing of RADIO (Michael Tollin, 2003). The party then moves back to the Omni La Costa for the World Premiere screening of Brothers in Exile, which follows the heart wrenching true story of two brothers who risk their lives to escape Cuba and play professional baseball in America. Finish off the evening with a rousing After-Party at the Omni with live music, appetizers, and plenty of libations!

Awards Night Gala: Saturday, Sept 20
Saturday (closing) night will feature the Awards Soirée, which starts off with delectable cuisine, fine wines, and live music. A celebrity jury will recognize the best Sports Films in feature narrative, documentary, and shorts, followed by a special presentation and award to the student winner of the high school competition for the best in short film. Later on in the evening, Teacher of The Year will feature starring Matt Letscher, Keenan-Michael Key and the Sklar brothers in a satire on the California public high school system.

Festival Features and Spotlights
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The La Costa Film Festival is proud to present 14 feature films from 13 countries. As well as various sports features and shorts such as Don’t Quit: the Joe Roth Story which tells the story of a local San Diego football player and his personal battle with cancer. The film festival will also have world premiere of Brother’s In Exile, directed by Mario Diaz and three documentaries: On The Way to School, Extinction Soup, American Wine Story.

Stay tuned for more up-to-date information on the La Costa Film Festival, including featured films, shorts program, panels, and more! Tickets and passes can be purchased online here.

[Source and Images: La Costa Film Festival]

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