Rancho Santa Fe residents mingle with ‘Siren’ cinematographer at San Diego Film Festival 2014 VIP Screening


Rancho Santa Fe residents joined the San Diego Film Festival’s patrons and ambassadors to kick off the 2014 VIP Screenings on March 24 at the Arc Light Theaters in La Jolla. VIP guests started the evening with champagne, appetizers and photos on the red carpet before entering the theater for a special viewing of this month’s featured film, “Siren.”

Before the screening, guests had the opportunity to mingle and meet the film’s cinematographer, Ross Richardson. “Siren” is a unique, dark, modern-day fairy tale, about a girl with an unusual curse: every man who meets her falls madly in love with her.

Following the screening, guests participated in a 20-minute question and answer session with the Richardson and the San Diego Film Festival’s Vice President, Tonya Mantooth. The next VIP Screening is scheduled for April 14, 2014 and screenings are free to San Diego Film Festival pass holders and patrons.

“We are very excited to host our VIP screenings because it offers a chance to meet the creative minds behind a series of outstanding films, ask questions directly and learn about what goes into making a film,” said Dale Strack, chairman, San Diego Film Festival. “We have premiered two Oscar award-winning films for the last two years: ‘Silver Linings Play Book’ and ‘12 Years A Slave’ at the San Diego Film Festival. Our pass holders really have a unique opportunity to see and learn about some of the year’s best films before they are released to the public.”

To attend the VIP Screenings and the five-day festival, two levels of passes can be purchased: Festival Pass and VIP Passes. Both passes ensure no wait at popular screenings and attendance to any screening or panels and the Opening Night and “Almost Famous” parties. The VIP pass features upgrades including admission to the Celebrity Tribute Night, access to VIP Lounges, free valet parking, and a chance to mix and mingle with filmmakers, industry and actors at exclusive parties. VIP Passes are available for half off (2 VIP Passes for $500) through April 15. Prices go back to full price April 11.

The 2014 San Diego Film Festival is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 – Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. This five-day independent film festival is held blocks from the San Diego Bay in the historic Gaslamp Quarter and in the seaside community of La Jolla.

To purchase passes and for more information and film schedule, visit

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