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Santa Barbara Film Festival Offers 25% Early-Bird Pass Discount! Offer Expires August 31st

Posted by Larry Gleeson
The 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival has discounted passes and packages available for its 2019 festival slated to run January 30th, through February 9th, 2019. Now is the time to make plans and an excellent time to buy! There is something for every film goer. Last year all five Oscar-nominated directors were on stage at the historic  Arlington Theatre.
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All five 2018 Oscar nominated directors were honored, February 6th, 2018, during the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Director Tribute, at the historic Arlington Thetare. The evening was moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. Pictured left to right: Moderator, Scott Feinberg; Jordan Peele (GET OUT!), Greta Gerwig (LADYBIRD), Paul Thomas Anderson (PHANTOM THREAD), Christopher Nolan (DUNKIRK), and Guillermo del Toro (THE SHAPE OF WATER). (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)
Undoubtedly, he best way to enjoy the SBIFF is with a Pass. so DO NOT miss your chance to get them 25% OFF! Pricing and benefits are listed below.

CONCIERGE PASS ~ $5,000 (no discount)

Admits one (1) Passholder with priority admission and RESERVED seating to:
• All Film Screenings
• Opening Night Film & Gala
• Closing Night Film & Party
• All Panel Discussions
• All Tribute Events
• Festival Pavilion (daily Happy Hours and Post-Tribute Parties)
• Club 85 (Pre-Tribute Receptions)
• All Private VIP after parties
• Personal concierge service
• Gifting from Festival sponsors
• Easy access parking
• Pass is NON-TRANSFERABLE
• A portion of this purchase may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law

PURCHASE HERE


PLATINUM PASS ~ $1,700
DISCOUNTED TO $1,275Admits one (1) Passholder with priority admission to:
• All Film Screenings
• Opening Night Film & Gala
• Closing Night Film & Party
• All Panel Discussions
• All Tribute Events
• Platinum Passholder Bag (while supplies last)
• Festival Pavilion (daily Happy Hours and Post-Tribute Parties)


CINEMA PASS ~ $650
DISCOUNTED TO $488Admits one (1) Passholder with priority admission after Platinum Passes to:
• All Film Screenings
• Opening Night Film & Gala
• Closing Night Film
• Festival Pavilion up to 3:30pm
• NOT VALID for any Tributes, Panels, Closing Night Party, or Festival Pavilion after 3:30pm


STATE STREET PASS ~ $350 ***SOLD OUT!
DISCOUNTED TO $263Admits one (1) Passholder with priority admission after Cinema Passes to:
• All Film Screenings BEFORE 4:01pm and AFTER 7:59pm
• Opening Night Film
• Closing Night Film
• Festival Pavilion up to 3:30pm
• NOT VALID for any Tributes, Panels, Opening Night Gala, Closing Night Party, Festival Pavilion after 3:30pm, or any screening between 4:01pm and 7:59pm


TRIBUTE PACKAGE ~ $670
DISCOUNTED TO $503• 2 general admission tickets to each Celebrity Tribute Event
• 2 general admission tickets to Opening Night Film + Gala
• 2 general admission tickets to Closing Night Film
• 2 – 4 Film MiniPak (8 film admissions)


FILM GEEK PACKAGE ~ $560
DISCOUNTED TO $420• 2 general admission tickets to each Panel Event
• 2 general admission tickets to Opening Night Film + Gala
• 2 general admission tickets to Closing Night Film
• 2 – 4 Film MiniPak (8 film admissions)


INTRO PACKAGE ~ $325
DISCOUNTED TO $244• 2 general admission tickets to Opening Night Film + Gala
• 2 general admission tickets to Closing Night Film
• 2 – 4 Film MiniPak (8 film admissions)

PURCHASE HERE

See you at the movies!

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The Out of the Ashes Producing Team. Pictured from left to right; Habib Habibi, Rose Ettleson, Kevin Willefert, Hallie Brown and Zac Main on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night Red Carpet, February 10th, 2018 at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

 

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces 2019 Dates

Posted by Larry Gleeson

 

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will return for the 34th edition January 30 – February 9, 2019. Official festival screenings and related events will be held throughout Santa Barbara, including the Arlington and Lobero Theatres.

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SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

“It’s extraordinary and a cause for celebration that SBIFF is heading into its 34th edition. We love that after this past difficult year, Santa Barbara is anxiously ready to welcome once again more world-class filmmakers – and putting together our popular and insightful panels and tributes. Join us.” – SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

Last year’s Tribute Honors were bestowed upon artists including Allison Janney, Margot Robbie, Jordan Peele, Guillermo Del Toro, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, and Timothée Chalamet. The festival’s acclaimed Panel Series will return highlighting the year’s most accomplished producers, writers, and women in the entertainment industry.

SBIFF passes are offered at 25% off beginning August 1. For more information, please visit www.sbiff.org.

About the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over the past 30 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire people through film.

SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In June 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. After a $5 million dollar capital campaign and renovation, the theatre is now SBIFF’s new state-of-the-art, year-round home, showing new international and independent films every day.

 

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*Featured photo: Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) Executive Director, Roger Durling, right, and SBIFF Board President, Lynda Weinman, speaks to television field reporter, Alys Martinez, left, at the SBIFF Closing Night red carpet, as SBIFF Board President, Lynda Weinman, looks on, February 10th, 2018, at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

(Source: sbiff.org press release)

 

FILM REVIEW – Off The Menu (Silverman, 2018): USA

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Director/Producer Jay Silverman’s second feature film, the indie, romantic comedy Off the Menu made its World Premiere during the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Silverman’s first feature was the drama, Girl on the Edge, the Audience Award winner at the 2015 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Silverman also executive produced and co-created the A&E TV series “The Cleaner” starring Benjamin Bratt.

Off the Menu is a sweet story about family, food and love. Young, fast-food business heir, Joel, portrayed by Santino Fontana (Frozen, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Sisters), is out on the road looking for new menu items for his family’s giant chain of Tortilla Hut restaurants when he meets and falls for a regional chef, Javiera Torres, portrayed by Dania Ramirez, an actress whose star is on a steep trajectory. Not only is Ramirez easy on the eyes, she’s also capable of delivering some serious, dramatic acting chops.

 

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Legendary Latin actress, singer and political activist, Maria Alonso Conchita, is stunning as Javiera’s, vibrant, “tell it like she sees it,” mother. Mackenzie Moss portrays Javiera’s daughter, Sophia, possessing a quick wit with timely comedic delivery. Interestingly, over half the Off The Menu cast is female and Hispanic as the filmmakers wanted to create a more inclusive experience while projecting a regional authenticity.

Off the Menu opens with a catchy non-diagetic tune, the “chile song” (included in a teaser clip at the end of this review) coupled with beautiful shots of harvesting chiles and foodie close-ups of freshly picked chiles and a skillet of multi-colored peppers. Both soundtrack and cinematography are emotionally compelling here.

The film shifts quickly with a parallel story line of Joel as a fish out of water hiding his girlfriend’s coffee maker, drinking blender-made, green smoothies and going to work on his bicycle and in cycling shorts and the passionate chef, Javiera, working magic in her kitchen. Javiera is a real home girl in a predominantly brown community and an infamous, regional chef with a wee bit of attitude. She utilizes a farm-to-table approach in making her signature dish featuring her home-grown green chiles from a secret family grow patch – a far cry from the food scientists who are responsible for creating Joel’s Tortilla Hut products. Hysterically, Javiera only makes her coveted dish once a week – temperament permitting!

The character of Joel, on the other hand, initially reminded me of the late Chris Farley’s lead character in Tommy Boy. Joel’s character arc, however, evolves once he gets to where the film is set, a small fictitious, New Mexico town, Villanueva. Villanueva is a stand in for Taos, New Mexico. As his character evolves, so does Fontana’s performance.

Throughout the film, Joel gets a few needed come-to-Jesus moments with his boss/sister, a domineering Tortilla Hut corporate executive leader. First, Joel is given marching orders to scout the Southwest for new recipes and, in particular, New Mexican cuisine. Later, Joel calls out his sister for poaching Javiera’s signature dish. Seemingly, the company’s research and development plan is to find authentic recipes and dishes throughout the United States and then mass produce them in a cost-effective manner sacrificing quality for quantity.

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Ultimately, Joel realizes his family business is more about profit than creating any sense of community or personal fulfillment. And, unsurprisingly, once he gets a taste of Javiera’s home cooking, Joel feels the love and becomes smitten with Javiera….and the feeling is mutual.

Strong cinematography from Matt Edwards, some delicious mise-en-scene, on-the-mark costuming, a complementary soundtrack and solid acting performances wrapped in a traditional, Hollywood-narrative structure make Off The Menu….on the list of films to see on this Valentine’s Day. Highly recommended.

The film is currently available on VOD/DVD.

That’s a Wrap! SBIFF 2018 Comes to a Warm Santa Barbara-Style Close

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), sponsored by @UGG will long be remembered. After the tragic Montecito mudslide and the impact on the Greater Santa Barbara Community from the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in the recorded history of California, doubts abounded as to whether the 2018 festival would take place.

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) Executive Director, Roger Durling, right, and SBIFF Board President, Lynda Weinman, speaking to television field reporter, Alys Martinez, on the SBIFF Closing Night red carpet, February 10th, 2018, at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Fortunately for the Santa Barbara community, SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling never had any doubts. Durling’s belief in the power of film to unify held true. Crowds lined the sidewalks outside the screening venues in downtown Santa Barbara. Cafes and restaurants were brimming with festival-goers, between films, clammering for a cup of coffee and a sweet or two. And inside, theatre seats and space in the multi-use venues, were at a premium. Each day a local non-profit organization was highlighted by the SBIFF staff before each event.

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Actor/Director Emilio Estevez on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Opening Night red carpet, January 31st, 2018, at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif.. Estevez’ film, ‘the public’ was tabbed as the festival’s Opening Night film. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

With the Opening Night Film, ‘the public,’ a tension-filled drama with several moments of comic relief, from Director/Actor Emilio Estevez, the festival was up and off to a fast start. Over the course of the next ten days more than 200 films from around the globe flashed and flickered across screens at the historic Arlington Theatre, The Lobero (California’s oldest, continuously operating theatre), the Metro 4, and the Fiesta 5 culminating in a Closing Night Film Program of Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts.

 

In addition, eleven Tributes and Panels were conducted including the wildly popular Writer’s Panel and the informative Producers Panel. Personally, I covered the American Riviera Award, the Cinema Vanguard Award, the Maltin Modern Master Award, the Outstanding Directors Award, Outstanding Performers of the Year Award, the Santa Barbara Award and the Virtuosos Award. Due to its ability to attract top talent and performers for its Tributes and Panels, SBIFF has become the place to be and be seen for the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar Competition. And, more importantly, in my opinion, is the insight gained from hearing top industry professionals share their experience.

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The Santa Barbara International Documentary Filmmaking Panel from left to right; Producer, Alfonso Guerrero (GET THE WEED),  Director, Denny Brechner (GET THE WEED),  Director Thomas Morgan (SOUFRA), Director Kum-Kum Bhavnani (WE ARE GALAPAGOS), Director Aube Giroux, (MODIFIED),  Director Chris Morgan (BEARTREK), Director Adam Weingrod (THE ISLAND) and Moderator Michael Albright. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Moreover, for the Greater Santa Barbara Community, SBIFF has also become an inclusive influence in a community known for its lengthy assimilation for non-Santa Barbarans. Monday through Friday, an open-to-the-public filmmaking series is offered featuring filmmakers who are screening their respective films at the festival. SBIFF’s Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, celebrating the life of Mike Degruy, offered a free kids film, Coco, at the Arlington with free popcorn and drinks distributed to kids and their parents. I made the Saturday morning screening. The Arlington was filled, including the balcony, with families utilizing available spaces to experience the film together. Additional free film screenings open to the public included Icarus, Despicable Me 3, City Lights, The Boss Baby, the 10-10-10 Student Competition films, and The Youth CineMedia short films. Youth CineMedia is a local Santa Barbara non-profit that teaches documentary filmmaking, focusing on issues of social justice, the environment and cultural issues. to diverse children from rural and urban communities.

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The 2018 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Mentorship and Competition participants at the Hotel California Alhambra Ballroom, January 30th, 2018, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

The 12th year of  The 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Mentorship and Competition saw all its teams deliver films in spite of the formidable challenges imposed by the Thomas Fire and the tragic Montecito mudslide. And, the Film Studies Program, “a three-day symposium open to all undergraduate students from around the United States. The program emphasizes film appreciation, criticism, and analysis. Lead by SBIFF sanctioned film educators…,” sponsored by SBIFF Board President, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, completed its second year.

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Uruguayan film, Get the Weed, makes it US Premiere at the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) , sponsored by @UGG. Pictured from left to right; Get the Weed Lead Actress Talma Friedler, SBIFF Programming Director Michael Albright, and Get the Weed Director Denny Brechner. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

 

Forty-six and fifty-four are the number of films filmmakers chose to make their World Premieres and US Premieres, respectively, at SBIFF. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see all the films – a common lament at every film festival. Some of my favorites, however, were The Secret Ingredient, ‘the public,’ Off the Menu, The White Orchid, Grace and Splendor (Donaire y esplendor), Catch the Wind, Get the Weed, Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle, A Sniper’s War, Soviet Hippies, Before I Forget and the Closing Night Film Program of Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts. Other films receiving film-goer buzz were Husbands and Wives, The Unseen, In Love and In Hate (Los que aman, odian), Racer and the Jailbird, The Third Murder, The Insult, and Back to Burgundy.

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival hosted its Award Breakfast to honor filmmakers at the Fess Parker Double Tree Resort’s Rodney Grill in Santa Barbara, Calif., February 10th, 2018. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Several competition categories garnered awards for films and filmmakers announced over an SBIFF Awards Breakfast to honor the filmmakers’ work with Skid Row Marathon taking home the Audience Choice Award winner.

Besides being an exceptional community festival, Santa Barbara is an international film festival quickly being recognized as an ideal international, premiering festival venue with its diverse sidebar categories, along with strong documentary and international competitions. If you haven’t been to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival yet, you’ll have to wait until next year. So, start making your plans now. and, if next year’s festival is even close to this year’s, you’ll be glad you did!

And, based on my experience, it will be…..

 

 

 

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – FEBRUARY 03: Actor Timothee Chalamet at the Virtuosos Award Presented By UGG during The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 3, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF)

 

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – FEBRUARY 03: Lisa Loiacono and actor Christopher Lloyd at the Virtuosos Award Presented By UGG during The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 3, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF)
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SANTA BARBARA, CA – FEBRUARY 03: Actor Daniel Kaluuya at the Virtuosos Award Presented By UGG during The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 3, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)
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Actor John Boyega on the red carpet at the historic Arlington Theatre, February 3, 2018. Boyega was being honored as a Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso for his work on the film, Detroit. (Photo by Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

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Emily Gordon, left, and Khumail Nanjiani on the red carpet at the historic Arlington Theatre February 3, 2018. Nanjiani was being honored as a Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso for his work on the film, The Big Sick. (Photo by Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)
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Mary J. Blige on the red carpet at the historic Arlington Theatre February 3, 2018. Blige was being honored as a Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos for her work on the film, Mudbound. (Photo by Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

 

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Until next year…I’ll see you at the movies!

*Featured photo – The Out of the Ashes Producing Team. Pictured from left to right; Habib Habibi, Rose Ettleson, Kevin Willefert, Hallie Brown and Zac Main on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night Red Carpet, February 10th, 2018 at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Santa Barbara Film Festival Closes With A Dose of Home-Grown Short Films

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) sponsored by @UGG closed  with a cornucopia of home-grown, documentary short films at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. SBIFF Executive Director welcomed the audience and thanked the SBIFF Board, the festival sponsors and the many volunteers that make the festival possible each year. Without further adieu, Mr. Durling brought out a large volunteer group to join him onstage then proceeded to turn the microphone and stage over to SBIFF Programming Director Michael Albright and Festival Senior Programmer Mickey Duzdevich. Albright and  Duzdevich briefed the audience on the evening’s lineup of films and introduced the respective filmmakers allowing each filmmaker to say a few words about their respective film. The 2018 SBIFF Closing Night Program consisted of six films, each briefly reviewed below; A Summer Solstice in Santa Barbara, Cascaron, Soul of the City, The Tipping Point, Out of the Ashes, and Crossing the Channel.

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The troupe from A Summer Solstice in Santa Barbara poses on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night red carpet, February 10th, 2018 at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Justin Gunn’s A Summer Solstice in Santa Barbara, with a run-time of ten minutes, led off the line-up with an insider’s view, utilizing a rich, colorful mise-en-scene of the Santa Barbara, Mardi Gras-style, summertime Summer Solstice Parade held annually on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Gunn provides an in-depth look at the costuming and float building with still photographs and voice-over narration. Several brief interviews with Santa Barbara locals Hathor Hammett, Nicky LaFleur, Robin Elander, Britt Nelson and Jim Sun Bear combined with archival footage of previous Solstice celebrations added special significance to Gunn’s work. Warmly recommended.

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Cascaron Director, Chris Price, second from left, with Co-Director and Writer, CaseyMcGarry, on the Santa Barbara International Film festival red carpet with friends before the screening of the Closing Night Program, February 10th, 2018 at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo Credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Chris Price and Casey McGarry’s Cascaron exposed the origins of the cascarones, the confetti-filled egg shells, so popular in the Santa Barbara community during Fiesta celebrations. Originally, the eggs were filled with perfume at dinner parties in the late 1800’s and provided “the great amusement of the evening when breaking them over the evening’s guets’ heads.”  Moreover, Cascaron  accentuates Santa Barbara’s Hispanic, traditional culture with an exquisite, behind-the-scenes look at the lifestyle of the Las hueveras, “the Egg Ladies,” and their role as keepers of the Fiesta tradition. Direct interviews, still photography and Fiesta archival footage are effectively used in the film’s narrative along with English sub-titles when needed. Highly Recommended.

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Soul of the City Director, John Klein, takes a moment on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night red carpet with KCOY Central Coast News, February 10th, 2018 at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

John Klein’s poignant Soul of the City focused on Francisco Aguilera, purveyor of the Cabrillo Pavillion Bathhouse East Beach Grill. Klein uses a point-of-view direct interviewing technique with Aguilera, a part of the East Beach Grill for 32 years and provides a well-researched background of the Cabrillo Pavillion with archival photographs, textual over-lays and voice-over-narration. Minor editing skips do detract from the film’s overall quality. Significant attention to Aguilera’s commitment to the community is provided with archival footage of a Santa Barbara City Council meeting on September 13, 2016 along with several interviews from local event leaders Aguilera has generously supported throughout the years. At issue in Soul of the City was Aguilera’s livelihood and the continued operation of the East Beach Grill. Warmly Recommended.

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The Tipping Point Director, Danielle Cohen, right, on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night red carpet. February 10th, 2018 at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara,

Danielle Cohen’s The Tipping Point discusses an uproar emanating from local leaders and scientists on the role of science in the Trump Administration and the potential long-term effect of slashing science research funding. Utilizing archival news reports. Archival footage of Nineteenth Senate District, California State Senator, Hannah Beth Jackson delivering an impassioned speech is one of the film’s highlights. Moreover,  with several interviews from the Long Term Ecological Research knowledge network a paradigm is highlighted in research sharing within the scientific community. Warmly Recommended.

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The Out of the Ashes Producing Team from left to right; Habib Habibi, Rose Ettleson, Kevin Willefert, Hallie Brown and Zac Main on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night Red Carpet, February 10th, 2018 at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

 

Hallie Brown’s Out of the Ashes, a Blue Horizon film, peers into Wild-land Urban Interface through the ashes of the July 2017 Whittier Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains along Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. Brown’s film, a graduate project via the University of California-Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, uncovers the importance of defensible space in planning new construction while illuminating a sense of community at the Cold Springs Tavern in the affected area of the Whittier Fire. The filmmakers effectively utilize still photography, archival news footage and direct interviews. Diagetic music and footage from the Cold Springs Tavern are effectively woven into a timely and highly watchable story line. Highly recommended.

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Open-water marathon swimmer, Rachel Horn, speaks with KEYT, Channel 3 reporter on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night res carpet, February 10th, 2018 at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. Horn is featured in Ryan Slattery’s documentary short film, Crossing the Channel. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Ryan Slattery’s Crossing the Channel provided an inspirational ending to the festival with the story of Rachel Horn’s 12.4 mile open-water, marathon swim across the Santa Barbara Channel – starting off Anacapa Island and finishing on the beachfront in Oxnard, California. Slattery utilizes point-of-view, first-person interviews, archival photographs and real-time footage of the swim while dividing the film into three distinct parts after a brief introduction; The Team, The Rules, and The Swim. Warmly Recommended.

 

 

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night Marquee, February 10th, 2018 at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

The 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night Film Program was sponsored by Winchester Mystery House.

Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2018 Winners

Posted by Larry Gleeson

 

The 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced its award-winning films over breakfast this morning at the Fess Parker Double Tree Resort’s Rodney Grill. In addition, volunteer recognition was made.

Skid Row Marathon was the Audience Choice Award winner. Other winners included:

Best Documentary Short Film Award: Kyle Morrison’s MOTT HAVEN
Bruce Corwin Award – Best Live Action Short Film: Richard Van’s AUDITION
Bruce Corwin Award – Best Animated Short Film: Randall Christopher’s THE DRIVER IS RED
Best Documentary Award: Grant Korgan and Geoff Callan’s THE PUSH
Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film: Gjorce Stavreski’s SECRET INGREDIENT (Iscelitel)
Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema: Molly McGlynn’s MARY GOES ROUND
Nueva Vision Award for Spain/Latin America Cinema: Pablo Solarz’s THE LAST SUIT (El último traje)
Special Mention: Denny Brechner, Alfonso Guerrero and Marcos Hecht’s GET THE WEED (Misión no oficial)
Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film: Antti-Jussi Annila’s THE ETERNAL ROAD (Ikitie)
ADL Stand Up Award: Talya Tibbon and Joshua Bennett’s SKY AND GROUND
Social Justice Award for Documentary Film: Ludovic Bonleux’s GUERRERO

ABOUT THE SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over the past 32 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 100,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire the Santa Barbara community through film.

Sponsors of the 33rd SBIFF include: UGG®, Belvedere Vodka, Toyota Mirai, City of Santa Barbara, Amazon Studios, Dom Pérignon, ADL, Montecito Bank & Trust, Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, IMDBpro, Santa Barbara Foundation, Union Bank, Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, Patagonia, Winchester Mystery House, Pacific Standard, Riordan Foundation, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin, Volentine Family Foundation, and many more supporting through trade.

SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In June of 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre.  The theatre is SBIFF’s new home and is the catalyst for program expansion and marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center to expand their mission of educational outreach.

 

 

 

 

SBIFF 10-10-10 Program Announces Winners

Posted by Larry Gleeson

 

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) sponsored by @UGG announced the winners of its annual 10-10-10 (Ten Directors – Ten Writers – Ten Films) Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition. For the last five months students were paired with mentors from the filmmaking industry and professions culminating in professional-quality produced short films.

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Education Director, Amanda Graves, addresses the audience at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif., Saturday, February 10th, 2018 before the film screenings of the 2018 10-10-10 Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

SBIFF Educational Director, Amanda Graves, poignantly stated, “Even with the fires, the evacuations and the mudslide all teams delivered films.” Graves read off all participants including cast and crew members by name including founders the 10-10-10 Competition Co-Founders, Guy Smith and Michael Stinson and thanked Mary Beth Riordan for sponsoring the competition every year since its inception.

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Winners of the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival 10-10-10 Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition from right to left: Jack Lent, College Screenwriting; Josh Bevan, College Filmmaking; Sponsor, Mary Beth Riordan; High School Filmmaking, Camila Lemere; and, High School Filmmaking, Josh Bevin. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)