Intimate Conversation with Jenny Slate will Precede a Screening of Feature Film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On on Friday, April 22 at The Castro Theatre

Today, SFFILM announced that critically acclaimed actor, author, and comedian Jenny Slate will be celebrated during the 65th San Francisco International Film Festival with a special tribute. The Tribute to Jenny Slate will be held on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 pm at the Castro Theatre, followed by a screening of her highly anticipated film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On



“Our Tributes are some of the most popular events at the SFFILM Festival, so we are thrilled that our return to theaters this year will include an in-person celebration of ascendant star Jenny Slate,” says SFFILM Executive Director Anne Lai. 

“Jenny Slate is so dynamic and versatile,” says SFFILM Director of Programming Jessie Fairbanks. “She brings a kinetic energy to every project, consistently crafting unexpected characters that are deeply moving and often hilarious. We cannot wait to honor Jenny and bring Marcel to the 2022 Festival.”

An actor, voice performer, comedian and author, Jenny Slate achieved viral success with Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2010), the first of three animated shorts. Over the last dozen years, Slate has successfully juggled roles in big-screen features, such as Obvious Child (2014), for which she won a Critics Choice award and received both Gotham and Film Independent Spirit Award nominations; Landline (2017); I Want You Back (2022) and Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022). She has appeared on the small screen in series like Parks and Recreation, Bob’s Burgers and The Great North. Slate’s Netflix comedy special Stage Fright (2019) received rave reviews and a Critics Choice Award nomination. Slate is also a New York Times best-selling author, having penned the acclaimed collection of nonfiction and personal pieces titled Little Weirds

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp (USA 2022, 90 min)
Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family. A beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Tickets to A Tribute to Jenny Slate are $30 each for SFFILM members, $35 for the general public. The box office is open to SFFILM members now online at sffilm.org and opens for the general public on Wednesday, March 23. 

Previous SFFILM Festival Tributes include: Steve Coogan, Claire Denis, Laura Dern, Ethan Hawke, James Ivory, Shah Rukh Khan, Vanessa Kirby, Laura Linney, Sienna Miller, John C. Reilly, John Ridley, Charlize Theron, Wayne Wang, and more.

The full program for the 65th SFFILM Festival will be announced Wednesday, March 30.  

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65th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival)

Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival) is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. The 11-day event features a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, compelling documentaries, short and mid-length films, live music performances, and dazzling red carpet events. The SFFILM Festival is deeply rooted in the culture and process of film appreciation—film as an art form and as a meaningful agent for social change—and is an important showcase for the most searching and innovative films from around the globe. The 65th edition runs April 21–May 1, 2022. 


SFFILM is a nonprofit organization whose mission ensures independent voices in film are welcomed, heard, and given the resources to thrive. SFFILM inspires and connects audiences, students and teachers, and filmmakers through film exhibition, youth education, and artist development programs. Annual public film programs include the SFFILM Festival, which is the longest running film festival in the Americas, Doc Stories documentary series, special events with the best and brightest in contemporary film, and family programming. SFFILM Education serves more than 15,000 students and educators with learning opportunities designed to cultivate media literacy, global citizenship, and a lifelong love of movies. SFFILM Makers supports the careers of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond with grants, residencies, and other creative development services.
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