Coronado Island Film Festival to Launch First Edition in January

Courtesy of Hotel del Coronado
Hotel Del Coronado

The fest will screen 'Some Like It Hot,' which was filmed at the famous Hotel del Coronado.

The inaugural Coronado Island Film Festival will be held from Jan. 15-18 in Coronado, Ca. The festival’s presenting sponsor is the famous Hotel del Coronado, where much of the classic 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, was shot.

The four-day festival, organized by executive director and producer Andy Friedenberg and founder and executive director Doug St. Denis, will screen Some Like It Hot, which will be introduced by Lemmon’s son Chris Lemmon, and also 1979’s The Stunt Man, starring Peter O’Toole, which also filmed at the Del Coronado and will be introduced by its director Richard Rush. Additionally, Chris Lemmon will give two live performances of his one-man musical show A Twist of Lemmon, in which he plays his father.

The line-up will also include Errol Flynn’s 1939 Dive Bomber, featuring scenes shot at the hotel and Coronado’s Naval Air Station North Island, which will be introduced by Flynn’s daughter Rory Flynn and grandson Sean Flynn.

Critic Leonard Maltin will serve as the festival’s honorary head juror. The various juries will be headed by producer Lisa Bruce (narrative films), director Ira Wohl (documentaries) and DreamWorks Animation marketing exec Jim Gallagher (animated and live action shorts).

About 60 films will be screened at venues that include the Village Theatres, the Coronado Performing Arts Theatre, Black Box Theatre and the Coronado Public Library.

Festival passes are now available coronadoislandfilmfest.com.

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