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May 13

Interview with FilmOut’s Program Director, Michael McQuiggan

by Tiffany Froese

FilmOut has been an SDIFF community partner for years and this year they celebrate their 19th year of bringing LGBT-themed films to San Diego June 9 - 11. Our Associate Executive Director, Diana Agostini, interviewed their Program Director, Michael McQuiggan about this year's festival.  This is what he had to say.

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Apr 21

Savoring Sustainability with Chef Rob Ruiz

by Tiffany Froese

For many of us living along a coast, seafood is a staple of our diet.  Yet, our appetites have a major impact on the health of our oceans.  Chef Rob Ruiz believes we can find sustainable solutions and, in some cases, even eat our way to saving the ocean.  Read on to learn more.

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Apr 19

Falling in Love with Gaia Gelato

by Tiffany Froese

Gaia Gelato has been a long-time partner of the San Diego Film Festival.  In fact, our events would not be the same without their tasty treats.  Co-founder Paola Richard is even on our board!  Learn more about the incredible people behind one of North County's sweetest spots.

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Apr 18

Food as Social Connector: The Cucina Migrante Experience

by Tiffany Froese

Francesco and Adisa of Cucina Migrante are people after SDIFF's own heart.  What they do with their food events is what we aim to do with our film events - connect people through the celebration of cultural diversity.  We're proud to have them as partners for our Bella Vita Earth Day Celebration.  Read on to learn more about the very special organization that is Cucina Migrante.

   

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Apr 17

Jason Baffa and His Italian Connection

by Tiffany Froese

Jason Baffa is the filmmaker behind SDIFF's earth day celebration film, BELLA VITA, and thanks to that film, he's also now a Wine producer with a label named after him.  Our own Paola Richard asked him a few questions about his connection to Italy.  Check out the video below along with the interview and get to know Zio Baffa. ZIOBAFFA will be launching their wines at our Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  The party starts at 5pm with a screening of Bella Vita at 7pm followed by a Q&A with Jason Baffa himself. Purchase tickets HERE.

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Apr 10

Produce Good with Nita Kurmins Gilson

by Tiffany Froese

ProduceGood is one of our incredible sponsors for our Earth Day event this year.  Read below to learn more about them and one of their founders, Nita Kurmins Gilson.  And don't miss the beautiful video by Rob Greenfield at the end.

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Apr 3

Mark Patterson and the “Surfing Madonna.”

by Tiffany Froese

In anticipation of our upcoming Earth Day celebration on April 22 @ 5pm at La Paloma Theatre, our board member Paola Richard sat down with artist Mark Patterson to discuss his inspiration for the famed Surfing Madonna* mosaic and her connection to Italy. To Purchase tickets to the event, click HERE.

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Oct 4

Gabriele Mainetti on His Influences, Jeeg Robot, and What’s Next

by Tiffany Froese

feStivale 2016 starts tomorrow and we couldn't be more excited for this year's lineup.  Kicking us off at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park is Italy's first superhero movie, Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot.  The film garnered Director Gabriele Mainetti seven David di Donatello Awards (the Italian equivalent of an Oscar), including Best New Director and Best Producer, as well as a slew of other nominations and awards.  Our Artistic Director Antonio Iannotta recently spoke with him about the film. Here is the transcript of their conversation.   AI: Hello Gabriele, thank you for taking the time to speak, and congratulations on...

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