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– Goosebumps, Mississippi Grind and The Dark Horse Added to Official Program

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 14, 2015) – The San Diego Film Festival (SDFF), produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announced today its Opening Night title and additional films. Now in its 14th year, the San Diego Film Festival will run from September 30th through October 4th in San Diego, CA. The most up to date festival program is available at www.sdfilmfest.com.

Academy Award winner and 2015 Cinema Vanguard Award recipient Adrien Brody stars in the highly anticipated Opening Night film Septembers of Shiraz, alongside Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek and Academy Award nominee Shorheh Aghdashloo. A successful jeweler is ripped apart from his family and is wrongly imprisoned and abused by the Revolutionary Guard under alleged suspicion of being a traitor. We witness the dramatic societal shift and underlying class struggle as he and his family try to maintain dignity and survive under a harsh and intolerant new regime. Adrien will be in attendance for the Opening Night screening of Septembers of Shiraz on September 30 at 7pm followed by a Q+A with critic and Festival host Jeffrey Lyons.

Additional films have also been added to the 2015 San Diego Film Festival program, including Goosebumps, Mississippi Grind and The Dark Horse. Tickets to all 110 film screenings are available now via sdfilmfest.com.

With over 400 million books in print in 32 languages, Goosebumps has fans all over the world — and now the phenomenon is coming to the big screen, starring Jack Black.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Mississippi Grind stars Emmy Award nominee Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller. Convinced that his newfound friend (Ryan Reynolds) is a good-luck charm, a gambling addict (Ben Mendelsohn) takes the man on a road trip to a high-stakes poker game in New Orleans. It’s a film about friendship, addiction, regret, family, and the paths we sometimes unexpectedly find ourselves on.

The Dark Horse is directed by James Napler Robertson and stars Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Sia Trokenheim and Kirk Torrance.

SDFF is proud to screen a diverse range of narrative, documentary, spotlight and short films. Screenings will be held at the Reading Theater in Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla. Passes are currently on sale to VIP members and the general public. In addition to screenings and events, passes provide access to the official festival lounge and parties where pass holders interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. Individual tickets will go on sale beginning September 9th. For more information regarding passes/tickets, press accreditation, industry passes, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit sdfilmfest.com. SDFF is produced by the nonprofit, San Diego Film Foundation.

More additions will be added to the program and announced soon.

About the San Diego Film Festival
Founded in 2001, the San Diego Film Festival, currently produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, is the region’s premier showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. The five-day event is an entertaining, enlightening and educational gathering that embraces the region’s diverse cultural landscape, enhances the arts community and expands the economic vitality of San Diego. Learn more about the San Diego Film Festival at www.sdfilmfest.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

About the San Diego Film Foundation
The San Diego Film Foundation is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that produces the annual San Diego Film Festival. Its mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking through producing an annual film festival, developing stimulating film-related events throughout the year, supporting and nurturing student filmmaking programs in local schools, supporting the development of the local filmmaking industry, and enhancing the economic growth of San Diego.


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