SLO fest to honor Malcolm McDowell

John Waters' one-man show to play closing night

Malcolm McDowell will be honored with the King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking on opening night of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, which runs March 6-15.

On the fest's closing night, John Waters will present his one-man show "This Filthy World."

Over the course of the fest, more than 125 films will screen in 13 venues.

"Besides the venues we added last year in Paso Robles, Santa Margarita and Shell Beach, we've added some new 'fringe' venues for second screenings of films in Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo. There are fewer good excuses now to not come out and see some of these great films," said festival director Wendy Eidson.

The fest will include such programs as "Surf Nite in SLO," which will honor Australian Nat Young and include the films "The Women and the Waves" and "Under the Sun"; an acting workshop hosted by the fest's 2007 King Vidor recepient James Cromwell; the Filmmakers of Tomorrow Youth Filmmaking Competition; the "Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase"; the "Hollywood and Vines" series pairing classic films with restuarants and wineries; and "A Tribute to Stunt Cowboys."

The SLOIFF has a new headquarters at 1021 Higuera St., the designated meeting spot for visiting filmmakers and other festival-goers.