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San Diego International Film Festival Is Local, Too

Hal Linden and Ryan Ochoa, who star in

Credit: Courtesy of the 2018 San Diego International Film Festival

Above: Hal Linden and Ryan Ochoa, who star in "The Samuel Project," a film set in San Diego and featured in the 2018 San Diego International Film Festival, are pictured in this undated photo.

San Diego International Film Festival Goes Local

GUEST:

Tonya Mantooth, CEO, San Diego International Film Festival

Transcript

It's not easy to find one theme among the more than 100 films screening at the San Diego International Film Festival.

The festival, which begins Wednesday, has many themes among its premiere feature films, shorts, documentaries and animated films.

One film is likely to be of particular interest to San Diegans, and that's "Seau," ESPN's new documentary on the last days of beloved football Hall of Famer Junior Seau.

The sad story of Seau's disintegration from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is told by his family, friends and teammates and is a last-minute addition to the festival.

WATCH: The Trailer For ESPN's "Seau"

Another San Diego-centric gem hidden among the major feature films is "The Samuel Project."

Directed and written by Mark Fusco, "The Samuel Project" stars Hal Linden as a Holocaust survivor and crotchety dry cleaner living in San Diego who doesn't want his grandson, Ryan Ochoa, telling his story.

WATCH: The Trailer For "The Samuel Project"

San Diego Film Festival CEO Tonya Mantooth talks about the festival on Midday Edition

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