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Trilogy and San Diego Film Festival

12 Sep 2023

written by Cindy Matalucci


We welcome back to the studio Gary Sussman, CFP® from Trilogy Financial Services.

We talk to Gary about sky high credit card rates and how to get outta debt!!!

Some of Gary’s tips include:

1.) See if you qualify for a zero-rate balance transfer deal and also call your credit card company about lowering the rates.

2.) Get a side gig. Take on a part-time job, or some gig work with the single goal of making enough to pay off your credit card bill.

3.) Sell something, maybe the second car. Use this to pay off debt.

4.) Create a plan and a budget!

We then welcomed back to the studio, Tonya Mantooth, CEO & Artistic Director for the San Diego International Film Festival.

Tonya gives us the scoop on the 22nd Annual Festival and what you can expect!

The lineup includes 91 films total, 21 Narrative Competition films, 9 Documentary Competition films, and 61 Short films. 

Festival events include the Opening Night Film Premiere & Reception, Culinary Cinema, Studio Premieres, curated features, documentaries and shorts from Independent Filmmakers around the world as well as parties, panels and networking events.

(l-r.) Director Alexander Payne and actors Paul Giamatti and Da’Vine Joy Randolph on the set of their film THE HOLDOVERS, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Seacia Pavao / © 2023 FOCUS FEATURES LLC


Opening Night Film Premiere & Reception
The Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park
Pre-Reception and Screening
Opening Night Film: ‘THE HOLDOVERS’
Director Alexander Payne (Focus Features)
featuring Paul Giamattti, Dominic Sessa and Da’Vine Joy Randolph

In-Person Screenings
AMC UTC 14 @ Westfield UTC (formerly Arclight)

Friday October 20th: Party With A Purpose:
In support of the festivals’s focus on Impact for Education Program!
The Festival’s FOCUS on Impact Education Program provides a forum for high school students to explore a variety of complex social issues with screenings of short films, curated curriculum and pre-recorded interviews with Filmmakers.
Help provide this unique education program at no cost to nearly 80,000 high school students throughout San Diego County.

Culinary Cinema
AMC UTC 14 @ Westfield UTC (formerly Arclight)

Culinary Cinema is the perfect recipe for Sunday fun and a dream come true for foodies! The ingredients begin with a cuisine-themed movie. Afterwards everyone adjourns to enjoy dishes inspired by renowned San Diego Chefs. Add some nice wines and good conversation and you have a perfect Sunday afternoon!

We have the link up to get your passes: There are a variety of Festival Packages available to suit every budget. Individual screenings can be purchased for $16 all the way up to the VIP PASS PACKAGE for $450.  Learn more about Festival ticketing options link below for you to buy tix

About Gary:
Gary Sussman uses his business and personal experience to helps his clients navigate their path to financial independence. A native of South Africa, Gary immigrated to San Diego and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Administration in Finance.

His commitment to his clients stems from witnessing his grandfather’s hard-earned nest egg be mismanaged by both his grandfather and his grandfather’s financial advisor.

Gary’s immigration taught him how to master change, and he uses these tools to support his clients in changes associated with their finances. He understands that his experiences have given him a different perspective which allows him to come up with creative solutions to everyday problems.

Gary’s goal as a financial planner is to make a positive difference. He does so when working with his clients, but he has also played an integral role in managing and training some of the most successful advisors in the firm.

Gary is passionate about financial planning and keeping up with current events. Outside of the office, Gary enjoys spending time with his family and has become an avid fan of local sports teams.

With nearly 20 years of experience, Gary is an Investment Advisor Representative with Trilogy Capital, Inc. in which he holds his Series 66 Registration. He also holds his Series 6, 7, and 63 registrations with LPL Financial, as well as California Life, Disability, Long Term Care certifications and California Insurance License. He is also associated with Provisors, a business networking organization.

About The San Diego Film Festival:

The San Diego International Film Festival is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. The Festival offers a totally unique film experience; including world premieres, never before seen studio releases and the best in independent filmmaking.

We believe cinema is a catalyst for positive change. The festival programming is diverse – however everyone has a genre that speaks to their heart – including us. With a passion for social impact topics, we’ve focused the lens on curated independent films that explore the issues affecting our world including homelessness, prejudice, pollution of the world’s rivers, animal and environmental extinction, sustainability, sex-trafficking, military stories and more.


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