Another Successful Run for the San Diego Film Festival

October 07, 2013 By Mike B

San Diego Film Festival 2013

The San Diego Film Festival was a success once again this year, treating film fans to amazing independent cinema, insightful Q&As and lavish after-parties. The film festival ended this weekend with many highlights.

Academy Award nominated actress Mariel Hemingway was at the San Diego Film Festival, and accepted a humanitarian award for a powerful documentary about her family’s history with substance abuse, suicide, and mental illness entitled Running from Crazy.

Mariel talked about how she felt she was running from a family curse. The Hemingway family has dealt with cancer, suicide, and addiction; all of which Mariel has been trying to avoid her entire life.

Within the Hemingway family, there have been seven suicides that include her legendary grandfather, Ernest Hemingway, and her sister Margaux. Mariel shared her documentary with the San Diego Film Festival, sharing her relative story of a dysfunctional family.

Mariel was honored with a humanitarian award by the San Diego Film Festival, along with Sharp Mesa Vista hospital.

Meryl Streep and Julia Robert’s new film, August: Osage County, debuted at the film festival over the weekend, and audiences flocked the theater to catch a seat. Saturday was also the night of the filmmaker bash, held at the lovely Hotel Palomar. There were many filmmakers, fans, and actors in attendance, including Troian Bellisario from Pretty Little Liars, and Marisa Quinn from Twilight.

The closing night film was Autumn Blood, a film directed by the talented Markus Blunder, about two orphans who have to protect each other to survive when villagers destroy their innocence.

The San Diego Film Festival has come to a close, and it’s safe to say that the festival was a success. The festival gets better every year, and film fans can’t wait for what’s in store for the San Diego Film Festival next year

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