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The Paso Robles Digital Film Festival, planned for Nov. 20 through 25

The Paso Robles Digital Film Festival, planned for Nov. 20 through 25 will honor highly regarded film-editor Joel Cox with a Lifetime Achievement Award,

named after one of Paso Robles, California’s best-known historic guests and residents,

the classical concert pianist and popular musical super-star from the Turn of the Century,

Ignace J. Paderweski.

The virtuoso piano performances of Ignace Paderewski (1860--1941), were once known

world wide. Also the Prime Minister of Poland, he was the first soloist to perform on the

opening night of Carnegie Hall in 1891. This Statesman was known for his brilliant,

sensitive playing, tossing his long hair as he pounded on the piano keys.. In 1913, when

his career was about to end because his hands would no longer play due to neuritis, a

friend suggested he go to Paso Robles, California, to heal his hands in the natural hot

springs there, with their healing minerals and unique water-qualities. Over the years he

visited Paso many times, and bought land as well. In the early 1920s, he planted Petite

Sirah and Zinfandel wine-grapes on his Rancho San Ignacio vineyard, and brought much

attention to the area as a wine region. He is said to have traveled by private rail car along

with his piano to practice, and was known to have been a Paso Robles resident for at least

eight years, enjoying the fabulous Old World elegance of the once-glorious Paso Robles

Inn of that era.

Paso Robles has celebrated it’s own Paderewski Festival for about ten years. The choice

to create an award named for Paderewski, is based in part on the festival’s theme of

‘Music In Film’, and also honors the city’s history. Academy-Award-winning film-editor

Joel Cox will be the first recipient of the ‘Ignace Paderewski Lifetime Achievement

Award for Contribution to the World of Music and Movies’. Adding to this special

tribute, along with the great list of folks from Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso Music Machine,

the festival is honored to give this award to Joel Cox.

Joel Cox (Editor) has worked with actor and film-maker Clint Eastwood for more than 30

years, on films that include "Bird," "Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall," Tony

Bennett: The Music Never Ends," and co-edited Clint Eastwood's "Piano Blues." Joel

has been editor on movies like “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Mystic

River,” “Blood Work,” “Space Cowboys,” “True Crime,” “Midnight in the Garden of

Good and Evil,” “Absolute Power,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “A Perfect

World,” and “Unforgiven,” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Editor in


Cox has spent his entire career at Warner Bros. starting in 1961, most notably on

Eastwood’s films. The relationship began in 1975 when Cox worked as an assistant

editor on “The Outlaw Josey Wales.” Since then, he has cut 30 more films that have,

in some combination, either starred, been produced or directed by Clint Eastwood.

“Sudden Impact” was Cox’s first film as editor, a title he has held ever since on such

films as “Tightrope,” “Pale Rider,” “Heartbreak Ridge,” “The Dead Pool,” “Pink

Cadillac,” “White Hunter, Black Heart,” and “The Rookie.” Joel has been working in

film since appearing as a baby in “Random Harvest” (1942). His first film as an assistant

editor was on the 1969 film “The Wild Bunch” directed by Sam Peckinpah. He just

finished the soon-to-be-released Eastwood film "Changeling," and presently is working

on "Gran Torino", staring and directed by Eastwood.

Bacon Brothers Band

Kyle Eastwood Band

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Seasoned event promoter Benford Standley, some San Luis Obispo County folks, film

makers, students, and an extended network of friends and associates from Nashville, to

Austin, and Hollywood, are going to show up here in cowboy wine-country, with what

promises to be a first-class film festival debut. The kick-off theme is ‘Music In Film’,

which means that aside from dozens of digital screenings of films and documentaries

with the music front-and-center, there will also be a number of outstanding Jazz, Rock

and Country-Western performances by well-known personalities and bands.

Headlining acts include The Bacon Brothers featuring actor Kevin Bacon and his brother

and musician Michael Bacon, recipient of the President’s National Medal of Arts and

Grammy-winning legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott, the ‘Kyle Eastwood Band’ (featuring the

son of film-star Clint Eastwood), as well as a special guest appearance by The Brubeck

Institute Jazz Quintet. Also featured will be gigs with musician Jack Tempchin,

(songwriter singer and recorded by the The Eagles), legendary guitarist Norm Stephens

(who played with Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard), Harold Jackson, (the only surviving

member to be recruited by the original ‘Ink-Spots’), Grammy Winner Louie Ortega, and

many other award winning and notable music-makers. Other ‘big surprise’ musical guests

To-Be-Announced. Aside from cozy venues like Level Four, Hotel Cheval, Firefly

Gallery, Matt’s Music, Paso Robles Inn, Franklin’s Hot-Springs, and others To-Be-

Announced, where the music and screenings will take place, the festival will feature a

2,000-seat circus-tent stage for musicians and bands, and the Wild West Film Fest and

Awards Concert.

In addition to world-premieres of films by emerging filmmakers from all over the globe,

with films already submitted from over a dozen foreign countries, a number of classic

films and music documentaries will be viewed on a rotating schedule, during the festival.

A very special ‘Make My Saturday’ screening, paying tribute to the musical and

cinematic genius of Clint Eastwood, will screen Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends,

with director Bruce Ricker, and Academy-Award-winning Editor Joel Cox attending the

screening, as well as the Martin Scorsese Presents/A Film by Clint Eastwood and

producer Bruce Ricker, Piano Blues. Bruce Ricker will also serve as advisor to the film

festival. The festival is fortunate also to be joined by Piano Blues co-editor, Gary Roach;

also Lennie Niehaus, Emmy-winning and conductor/arranger/musician, who played with

Stan Kenton and now is Eastwood’s long-time composer; Joe Hyams, legendary PR-man

at Warner Brothers, who began doing Eastwood’s press in 1971; and others from the

Malpaso Music Machine.

On Saturday during the festival, the festival will screen the 1980 Clint Eastwood film,

Bronco Billy, for kids and family, and Honkytonk Man, directed by Eastwood and

starring himself and son Kyle Eastwood. MAKE MY SATURDAY...with

Other classic documentaries to be screened are Martin Scorsese’s 1978 film, The Last

Waltz, with some of rock-n-rolls’ most well-known talent, along with film-maker D. A.

Pennebacker’s Don’t Look Back, on the legend of Bob Dylan (and other films about

Dylan). Jonathan Demme’s film, Neil Young: Heart of Gold will be viewed, as well as

the 2004 film, The Festival Express, which chronicles a concert-tour with Janis Joplin,

Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, The Band, and other rock-legends. The 2006 film,

Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads from director Hector Galen who will

be in attendance at the screening, along with The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack, with Jack

Elliott himself also on-hand.

Other films will be announced, with some special surprises and rare documentaries and

features, part of event-promoter Standley’s commitment to what he calls “the unknown history

of the music world”.

Standley, with advice from local authorities on children and youth, is planning to donate

a percentage of all proceeds from the festival to benefit some to-be named youth

programs in Paso Robles. He is already setting up a link with Kevin Bacon's charity

organization,, and, to network with this

charitable element of the event, and direct other funds and donations to charity. Area

youth from the High School will be involved with the actual production of the Festival.

Paso Robles, California, is located about 210-miles South of San Francisco, or 230-

miles North of Los Angeles, and is historic for its natural hot-springs, Old West history

(such as the legend of Jesse James), and 26,000-acres of California’s best wine

grapes. The town is located directly on U.S. Highway 101, with numerous high-quality

hotels, fine restaurants, wine-tasting venues, and the popular California Mid-State


Registration for members of the press who wish to attend the event is available on the website. Interviews and more information are available by contacting

Benford Standley at or 323-850-8919.

Media access, press passes to events, parking, celebrity interview and photo

opportunities during the festival, an on-site press-room with materials and refreshments,

and more, are all extended to qualified working journalists who wish to take part.

See the website for weekly up-dates and announcements.


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