Film enthusiasts will love the La Costa Film Festival celebrated on September 18-21 that will take place at the Omni Resort La Costa in Carlsbad. It’s not too far from South OC and definitely worth the drive.
The La Costa Film Festival will screen 42 films from 13 countries and host nightly red carpet galas, exciting panels and a bevy of special events.
The festival will debut a World Premiere on Friday, Sept. 19, “Brothers in Exile” as well as a special tribute to actor Ed Harris. Other highlights include the drama, “Circles,” a story of five people affected by a tragic heroic act; and “Life’s a Breeze,” a comedy which follows Nan and her family, - when a wonderful surprise goes awry and the family misplaces a fortune, and a desperate search ensues. There are also sports features shorts, documentaries and other independent films in all genres.
The Opening Night Gala begins on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with a ‘Taste of North County,’ showcasing the area’s exquisite cuisine, award-winning craft breweries and boutique wines - all accompanied by live music.
Following the Taste event, guests will be escorted to Centre Court for an outdoor screening at 8:30 p.m. under the stars of the film, “Frank vs. God” along with the doc-short, “Before Babe: The Women Who Changed Golf.”
“Frank vs. God.” starring Henry Cusick and Ever Carradine, follows a hot shot lawyer, who after a series of misfortunes, decides to serve God with a lawsuit. The director and the lead actress, Ever Carradine will offer comments before the start of the film screening.
Friday Night Gala
The Friday Night Gala will include a special reception at the Cinepolis Luxury Cinema honoring Ed Harris. Mike Tollin, the producer/director of “Radio,” will be on hand to share his experience of working with Harris.The party then moves back to the Omni La Costa for the World Premiere screening of “Brothers in Exile,” a true American story which follows the heart wrenching journey of two brothers who risk their lives to escape Cuba and play professional baseball in America. The film’s director, Mario Diaz and Dave Check, MLB producer, will offer brief comments prior to the screening. You can finish off the evening with an after party at the Omni, with live music, appetizers, and plenty of libations.
Awards Night Gala
Saturday is Awards Night, at the La Costa Film Festival but it will begin with wonderful cuisine, fine wines, and live music. Then the Festival’s Sports Competition Jury will recognize the best Sports Films in feature narrative, documentary, and shorts.
For a complete schedule of films, visit acostafilmfestival.org/2014-film-program/2014-schedule/ and for tickets and more information, visit lacostafilmfestival.org/attend/tickets-and-passes
Festival screenings and events take place at the La Costa Resort and Spa, at 2100 Costa Del Mar Road in Carlsbad; Cinépolis at 6941 El Camino Real in Carlsbad; the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at 1775 Dove Lane in Carlsbad.