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"San Diego's Godfather of Film." - San Diego Performer, November/December 2008

"When one thinks of the San Diego film industry, Wally Schlotter should immediately come to mind. Schlotter, who is vice president of special projects for UltraStar Cinemas, chairman of the San Diego Film Festival, and executive producer of the iVIE Festival and Awards (among other things), is one of the great minds and mentors for anyone interested in film."...

"Local short subject bows today at Del Mar theater." - San Diego Union Tribune, June 2001

"FILM: "The $5 Movie," a San Diego based American Dream Cinema, 15-minute film, will have its commercial debut today, opening with the big musical "Moulin Rouge" at the Ultra Star Flower Hill multiplex in Del Mar."...

"Mr Movies" - San Diego Magazine, October 1987

"It's easy to tell when Wally Schlotter is happy. He revs up to 78 rpm from his usual 33 1/3. And lately he's been at full tilt for good reason. Schlotter has arrived early at his 16th-floor office in the Chamber building in the heart of downtown. At the moment he's busy answering questions fired at him by a crusty, no-nonsense producer who is about to bring his next movie to San Diego."...

"Filmmaking Hot 'Down South'" - Daily Variety, June 24, 1994

"Film and TV production is helping San Diego struggle through California's economic doldrums. Production companies spent $31 million in San Diego County in 1992-93. That is up from $27.2 million the year before, and is more than three times what the county earned in production dollars in 1990-91. "It's been phenomenal, way beyond what we projected," says Wally Schlotter, the city's film commissioner. 'Film and TV production is the fastest-growing service-related industry in San Diego.'"...

"Partida Reorganizes Chamber So He Can Look At Big Picture" - San Diego Daily, May 26, 1993

"The Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce has reorganized itself to permit its new president more time to concentrate on strategic planning and policy decisions. Under a plan approved by President Gil Partida and the chamber directors' committee, the various divisions have been divided into two groups -- one headed by Max Schetter, who takes on the new title of executive vice president, and the other by Wally Schlotter, who was promoted to senior vice president."...

"50 People To Watch This Year" - San Diego Magazine, January 1997

"When he abruptly quit last spring after nearly two decades at the helm of San Diego's film commission, many San Diegans saw it as the end of a road. Burnout. Wally Schlotter saw it as the beginning. 'The film commission had reached maturity,' he says. 'It seemed a good time to go from the proven to the unknown.' Schlotter knew this much about the unknown: It would involve consulting and charity work."...


"No Film At 11" - San Diego Magazine, May 1996

"Wally Schlotter's recent abrupt resignation as chairman of San Diego's Film Commission floored many who were close to the Chamber of Commerce senior VP. He'd been moving up the Chamber's corporate ladder, and the Film Commission was stronger than ever. With no new-job announcement, there were the inevitable rumors Schlotter had been fired. (Nobody leaves a position like that without the next job lined up, do they?) But all sides insist it was the film commissioner's decision to leave."...

"Insights: The Chamber's Field Of Dreams" - San Diego Magazine, September 1997.

 "IF YOU STAGE IT, THEY WILL COME...' That, in so many words, is what Mel Katz told Wally Schlotter three years ago after Katz came up with the idea of hosting a symposium in San Diego to feature the day's top newsmakers. The motive: to showcase San Diego as a world-class destination worthy of attracting a field of dreams in politics, journalism and the arts."...

Nomination Letter of Induction to "Silver Circle" - American Dream Cinema, February 2000

"Dear Jonathan, I would like to nominate Wally Schlotter to be inducted into the San Diego Chapter's Silver Circle for the following reasons: In 1973, seeking a degree in television and radio while attending SDSU, Wally also had the energy (and good fortune) to freelance in the business as an assistant to executive producer's for NBC's "Police Story" and in a range of positions work on national and local commercials for Columbia Pictures and at KPBS."...

Letter of Congatulations from the Chamber of Commerce - April 1992

 "Wally: I hope all is well with you -- I'm sure you're as busy as ever, but there's always time for kudos, right? I'm pleased to report that Phillips-Ramsey, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, and the City of San Diego are the proud recipients of an Award of Excellence from the Creative Show of San Diego. Judged recently in a joint operation of the AdClub and Communicating Arts Group, our combined effort on behalf of the newspaper advertisement created for the Tribute to Dr. Seuss was recognized for outstanding design! "...