San Diego Film Festival VIPs get an exclusive sneak peek at Ben Stiller’s new film ‘While We’re Young’


Nearly 200 enthusiastic patrons, VIPs, and guests were in attendance March 23 at the San Diego Film Festival’s VIP Screening Series and advance preview of the new Noah Baumbach film “While We’re Young,” starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. The year-round screening series held at ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla features a first look at some of the best new independent and studio films before they hit theaters and is presented by series sponsor Procopio.

The evening began with a pre-screening reception featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the outdoor patio. Before the film, the 2015 Festival Patrons were presented personalized director chairs in appreciation for their support and donation to the nonprofit San Diego Film Foundation, which produces the annual film festival. Audience members were invited to enjoy dessert, coffee and lively conversation after the screening.

San Diego Film Festival board members Dale Strack, chairman; Kevin Leap, president; Tonya Mantooth, vice president; Patti Judd, vice president; and Vicky Carlson, CFO, welcomed the growing number of film festival supporters who included: Sheryl White, Jeanne Jones, Karen Fox, Dan and Arline Genis, Dennis and Margot Douchette, Cheryl and Dwight Gould, Ludvina and Sonny Nevarez, Nancy and Joe Weiss, Tom and Cindy Goodman, Beatrice Galassi, Kathryn Vaughn, Tonya Torosian, Judy and Aubrey Burer, Jennifer and Gus Fernandez, Ryan Thompson, Kimberly Wood, Alfredo and Celina Parades, Sonya Berg, Dee Ann and Harrell Jones, Christina and Edward Abellana, Rebecca and Michael Heckethorn and Steve Cologne.

Photos by Jon Clark.