Some Like it Hot

Some Like it Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, filmed at the Hotel del Coronado in 1958 and named by American Film Institute as one of the best comedies ever made. The film will be introduced by Jack Lemmon’s son, actor, author and musician Chris Lemmon, who will share some insider tidbits about the making of the film. Chris and his family will be guests of CIFF for the entire weekend.

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Dive Bomber

Dive Bomber, the 1939 classic starring the dashing Errol Flynn as a young Naval aviator. Filmed in Coronado, with scenes of the Hotel Del and North Island, this film is a reminder of how exciting filmmaking was, even in the pre-digital age. The film will be introduced by Errol Flynn’s daughter, Rory Flynn, and his grandson, actor Sean Flynn, followed by a Q and A.

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The Stunt Man

The Stunt Man, 1980, also filmed at the Del, the brilliant, quirky film starring Peter O’Toole, Barbara Hershey and Steve Railsback. Written, produced and directed by Richard Rush, the film garnered three Oscar nominations, including best Director for Richard Rush. Rush, now in his 80s, will be with us at the festival to introduce the film and conduct a Q and A afterwards. You won’t want to miss it this time around. The film was rated R in 1980.

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A Twist of Lemmon

A Twist of Lemmon. Widely-acclaimed live one-man musical performance, currently on tour, of Chris Lemmon’s (Jack’s son) show, based on his memoirs of the same name. Chris (spitting image), in character as his father, sits at the Steinway, telling very personal stories in word, music and song of the Golden Age of Hollywood as treasured photographs and video from the Lemmon family collection are projected on the screen. You’ll laugh and cry and be amazed.

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Occupation Dreamland

Occupation Dreamland, co-directed by Coronado’s own Garrett Scott, with Ian Olds, a documentary about US soldiers in Falluja, Iraq, which won awards at Full Frame and Independent Spirit. Just as his filmmaking star was beginning to rise, Scott died suddenly of a heart attack in 2005 at age 37. Coronado Island Film Festival has named their Garrett Scott Documentary Film Awards in his memory. Ian Olds will be on hand to introduce the film.

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Wampler’s Ascent

Wampler’s Ascent. Heart-stopping documentary about Coronado’s own Steve Wampler, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, and his astonishing climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Directed by Elizabeth Wampler, produced and edited by Coronado’s Jacques Spitzer. A true triumph of the human spirit. The Wamplers and Spitzer will be on hand for a Q and A.

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Double Feature

A Not-to be Missed Double Feature: Back-to-back award-winning documentaries featuring two political icons of the same era, Senator Barry Goldwater and California Governor Pat Brown, as seen through the eyes of their granddaughters. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater, produced by Coronado-raised Tani Cohen, featuring CC Goldwater, granddaughter of Sen. Goldwater, and California State of Mind: the Legacy of Pat Brown, as seen through the eyes of his granddaughter, award-winning filmmaker Sascha Rice, whose family lives in Coronado. Meet the granddaughters and the makers of these two wonderful films

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Daydream Hotel

Daydream Hotel. World premiere of a feature film produced by the widely-recognized Coronado School of the Arts, and written and directed by filmmaker and CoSA instructor Tony Perri. Filmed on location at the Del, the first movie to be made there since Steve Martin’s My Blue Heaven in 1990. Look for local Coronado talent, including an appearance by Andre Zotoff, real-life Vice President and General Manager of the Hotel Del, who plays the part of the Daydream Hotel General Manager.

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Exhibit: Movies Made in Coronado

Exhibit: Movies Made in Coronado. In the Coronado Library Gallery. A special exhibit of photographs and memorabilia of Coronado’s 100-plus years of moviemaking history, curated by author, collector and film historian Christian Esquevin, who is also Director of the Coronado Library and a CIFF Board member.

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Meet the Critics Breakfast and Panel Discussion

Meet the Critics Breakfast and Panel Discussion. Led by renowned film critic Leonard Maltin, the festival’s Honorary Jury President. Enjoy an informal breakfast and find out what critics actually look for when reviewing a movie!

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Meet the Producers Panel Discussion

Meet the Producers Panel Discussion. Led by Lisa Bruce, Academy-Award-winning producer of The Theory of Everything. Learn what goes on behind the scenes to actually get a movie made. Lisa grew up in Coronado and is a Coronado High School graduate.

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Meet the Filmmakers Panel Discussion

Meet the Filmmakers Panel Discussion. Filmmakers whose films are in the festival share secrets, stories, and answer your questions.

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The Animation Panel led by Leonard Maltin

Film critic and author Leonard Maltin is known in the film industry as the consummate authority on animation and its history. His book on the subject, Of Mice and Magic: a History of American Animated Cartoons, has been called "The Old Testament of Animation."  

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