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SAFILM Lineup, Celebrity Appearances Announced

SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival Celebrates its 25th Anniversary July 30-Aug.4
Cybill Shepherd, Alex Wolff, Cheech Marin, Jackie Earle Haley and C. Thomas Howell to be in attendance

BREAKING NEWS: The World Premiere of I Am Patrick Swayze will take place Friday, Aug. 2 at SAFILM. This loving tribute to the late actor, featuring interviews with his family, friends and and co-stars, including Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Sam Elliott, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Grey, brother Don Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi. Director Adrian Buitenhuis, Niemi, and Howell are scheduled to attend the screening for a Q&A.

Official selections for the silver anniversary of SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival have been announced. In addition to more than 100 short, documentary and feature length films from around the world, the 2019 Festival will also feature its usual free Hollywood Insider panels, celebrity meet and greets, filmmaker socials, exclusive after parties and the annual Awards Ceremony.

Screenings begin on July 30 at the Culinary Institute of America, 312 Pearl Parkway, Building 2, Suite 2102, for Little Bites: SAFILM Food Festival. This special event is held in conjunction with the City of San Antonio, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

The Red Carpet unrolls at the Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle, on Wednesday, July 31, with the U.S. premiere of actor Alex Wolff’s (Hereditary, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) directorial debut, The Cat and the Moon, starring Wolff, Skyler Gisondo, Mike Epps and Stefania LaVie Owen. The actor/director will be in attedance.

Cheech Marin of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Gary Gibbs, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Texas Commission on the Arts, followed by The Cheech, short documentary exploring Marin’s lifelong advocacy of the Chicano Art Movement. The Margarita Man, directed by Daniel Ramos and starring Pepe Serna, Danny Trejo and Jesse Borrego, will also screen.

2019 Festival Spotlight Films  include:

Being Rose, starring Cybill Shepherd. Ms. Shepherd is the recipient of the 2019 Marcia Nasatir Award, and she will be in attendance.

The Peanut Butter Falcon, a San Antonio premiere, starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, John Hawkes and Thomas Haden Church.

Little Children, a retrospective screening with Legacy Award recipient Jackie Earle Haley, who will also attend.

Stuntwomen, the Hollywood Untold Story, starring Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Bell, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Jesse Graff and Amy Johnston, makes its world premiere. Director April Wright and producer Marion Rosenberg (The Deer Hunter, Revolutionary Road) are confirmed to attend.

Teenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday, starring San Antonio actors Valeria Jauregui (Deputy) and Paulina Chavez (The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia), will also make its world premiere.

Ernie & Joe, a documentary by Jennifer McShane, follows two San Antonio Texas Police officers fighting mental health one 911 call at a time.

“We’ve been watching movies now for 25 years!” said Adam Rocha, Founder and Executive Director of SAFILM. “What an incredible feeling to head into this milestone year and reflect on how far we’ve come.

SAFILM founder Adam Rocha with Anne Goursaud (left) and Marcia Nasatir (right) at last year’s festival.

“We started out as this underground, indie movie night that has grown into a week-long red carpet event,” he added. “Now we have Hollywood A-listers sharing their expertise with the next generation of filmmakers, right here in San Antonio.”

SAFILM will also continue its Hollywood Insider Series, featuring top professionals and experts in the film business. Scheduled to attend are San Antonio native, studio executive and producer Marcia Nasatir (The Big Chill, Rocky, Apocalypse Now); Davy Liu, animator on Disney’s The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast; director and editor Anne Goursaud (The Outsiders, Bram Stoker’s Dracula); and A.P. Gonzalez, UCLA film professor and writer/director (The Wetback, Clay Farmers).

All-Access VIP badges are now available for purchase at The Tobin Center’s website. Individual movie tickets will go on sale July 17. For the full schedule of events, go to

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