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SBIFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to making a positive impact utilizing the power of film. SBIFF is a year-round organization that is best known for its main film festival that takes place each year in February. Over the past 30 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.

In June 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 our program expansion. This marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center focused on the art of film and is an incredible opportunity to expand our mission of educational outreach. Particularly important to SBIFF is making available high quality learning opportunities for underserved and vulnerable populations. Our programs and reach are more robust than ever before.


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West of Memphis at SBIFF 2012

 

The cast and crew of the documentary film WEST OF MEMPHIS (2012) made a splash at the Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival (SBIFF) on February, 3rd, 2012. The film had its world premier just weeks before in Sundance. Following the screening, director Amy Berg, Damien Echols, and Lorri Davis attended a Q and A.

Read a summary of the film here:

SUMMARY by Sundance Film Festival- "For many people, the case of the West Memphis Three has become synonymous with wrongful conviction. Despite a lack of physical evidence, three Arkansas teenagers were found guilty in 1994 of the ritual murder of three eight-year-old boys. Media attention led to an outpouring of support that has kept them in the public consciousness for nearly two decades. Director Amy Berg examines the crime and its aftermath, providing a voice for the victims' families, including those with doubts about whether the right people are behind bars. Rather than focus on the accused, the film follows their supporters, including loved ones, attorneys, and celebrity advocates such as Eddie Vedder and Peter Jackson as they seek the truth. With the help of a former FBI profiler, a less sensational motive and suspect emerges - one shockingly, never investigated. WEST OF MEMPHIS follows the story of the West Memphis Three to its dramatic and unexpected conclusion, raising serious questions about justice and its compromises."

-SBIFF PRESS-

 

posted by Vanessa McMahon

 

photos by Benjamin Schwartz

 

Lorri Davis, Damien Echols and director Amy Berg.  

   director Amy Berg

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