Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slo-mo sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today's Groupon: a pass to the San Diego Film Festival, held at the Gaslamp Theater from September 29–October 3. Choose one of two options:
- For $29, you get an all-weekend screening pass (a $65 value), offering access to all screenings for the course of the festival.
- For $19, you get a Friday day pass (a $45 value), which gives you access to all of Friday's films and events plus the evening's Industry Party at the W Hotel (held from 9 p.m. to midnight).
The San Diego Film Festival brings together more than 300 filmmakers and actors to premiere one-of-a-kind films ranging from documentaries and shorts to features and pants. On Saturday at 3 p.m. or on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., catch My Run, a documentary about a widower and single dad who, at age 57, ran 75 consecutive marathons for 75 consecutive days. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, James Gandolfini will take the big screen in Welcome to the Rileys, a drama about a couple who finds love and friendship in unexpected places when their daughter dies and their marriage falls apart. Because the films are premiering, the cast and crew are often present, turning each screening into a red-carpet affair not unlike the Oscars or Burton Gilliam's birthday party. If you go to indulge your inner ingénue, opt for the Industry Party pass to pose for the paparazzi, sip Stella Artois, and mingle with celebrities at the exclusive W Hotel soirée. Whether you're a celebrity lover, art film lover, or bleeding-heart film lover, the schedule is sure to have some celluloid goodness that suits your style.