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Oceanside International Film Festival highlights North San Diego County projects

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Eric Casalini (left) and Beth Gallagher (right) star in “To Fall In Love,” a San Diego feature film directed by Michael Foster that is showing at the 2024 Oceanside International Film Festival. (Production photo)

This year’s Oceanside International Film Festival, running now through Friday, offers several films produced by local talent.

Two feature films are among the highlights:

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21: “To Fall In Love” — “To Fall In Love” is the first feature outing for Director Michael Foster. A previous short-film winner at Oceanside, Foster brings to the screen a story about a woman estranged from her husband who meets with him in a final effort to save their marriage. The couple grapple with their emotions and marriage using psychologist Arthur Aron’s “The 36 Questions To Fall In Love.” More information about the film is available at the project’s website: tofallinlove.weebly.com.

6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24: “Hemet, Or the Landlady Don’t Drink Tea” — “Hemet,” directed by North County filmmaker Tony Olmos, is a horror comedy about a vile landlord who holds power over occupants of an apartment complex. Olmos says the story’s aim is to highlight the political divisions and abuses of power in the United States today. More information about the film is available at the Internet Movie Database: imdb.com/title/tt14997216.

Seven short films are also slated for screenings:

5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21:The Mad Doctor of the Intercontinental Hotel,” a San Diego-based project directed by Michael Shane Bowles.

Click here for more OsideNews5:29 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21:Lockdown,” an Escondido-based project directed by Kevin Waczek.

6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21:And Yet They Speak,” a Carlsbad-based project directed by Windy Marshall.

6:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22:Amazing Grace,” a San Diego-based film directed by Aiden Keltner.

7:35 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22:Forget Me Again,” an Encinitas-based film directed by Noah Freeman.

8:18 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23:Heart Candies Taste Like Chalk,” a Carlsbad-based film directed by Aiko Lozar.

8:26 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23:Dream Cycle,” a Carlsbad-based film directed by Don Sano.

Each of the films run under themed programs with films from across the globe. For more information about the festival’s programs and other events, including the Reel Women Short Films program sponsored by Soroptimist International of Oceanside-Carlsbad, in addition to dates, times and ticket prices, visit osidefilm.org.

Brian Patrick Butler stars in “Hemet, Or the Landlady Don’t Drink Tea,” a North County-based feature film directed by Tony Olmos that is showing at the 2024 Oceanside International Film Festival. (Production photo)