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filmfestivals.com is covering live from Santa Barbara with pictures and videos.
 
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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'Isolated' (2013). Interview with producer Geoff Clark.

Produced by Geoff Clark and his ‘Something Kreative’ production company, and directed by Justin Le Pera, ‘Isolated’ (2013) is a film about five professional surfers who travel to a ‘No Media Zone’ in western Papua New Guinea in search of unexplored virgin waves and a unique adventure, but find themselves in the midst of a political hot zone and a journey that will change their mission and their lives. What starts as a story of extreme surfers in search of p...

"La Clef des Terroirs" ("Wine: The Green Revolution") on DVD.

French winemaker Gauillaume Bodin’s film ‘La Clef des Terroirs’ (2011) to be released on DVD in France and America. The film held its international premier at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Relevant to the situation of California wines and agriculture here in northern California, the film discusses the benefits of ‘biodynamic’ organic farming in the world of wine. It is a form of modern wine producing being used in the global wine industry tod...

'A Year in Burgundy' (2012)

"Oh, some are fond of Spanish wine, and some are fond of French." John Masefield (1878-1967), Captain Stratton's Fancy. “Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.” Medieval German saying. 'A Year in Burgundy' (2012) held its world premier at the 28th Santa Barbara Film Festival. This richly informative documentary takes the viewer on a cinematic wine tour of the reg...

'OCCUPY: THE MOVIE' (2013) at 28th SBIFF. Interview with Corey Ogilvie.

‘Occupy: The Move’ (2013) by Canadian director Corey Ogilvie tells the story about the global social movement known as ‘Occupy’ which began in Wall Street, New York on September 17, 2011. The movement ‘Occupy’ protests the banking system, its control over the people at large and its ability to cripple an entire national (and world) economy when catastrophe hits. While the ‘Occupy’ social movement spread rapid-fire internationally, giving voi...

'Angels in Exile' (2013). Interview with Billy Raftery.

Written, directed, produced by Billy Raftery (‘Children Rise’, 2012), ‘Angels in Exile’ (2013) is a documentary of the social disaster of rampant poverty in South Africa. The film focuses on two indigent youths- Zulieka and Ariel- who have grown up in the streets of Durban, South Africa. Billy follows the lives of these two for nearly a decade from glue-sniffing children to young adults. The film is narrated by Charlize Theron. Recently I interviewed Billy Raftery abou...

'Sex After Kids' (2013). Interview with Jeremy Lalonde.

  Is sex possible after kids? That is the question. Writer/Director/Producer Jeremy Lalonde tackles this very enigma in his latest feature film ‘Sex After Kids’ (2013). The film held its world premier in Santa Barbara last month at the 28th SBIFF. I recently interviewed Jeremy about this titillating romantic sex comedy. Here is what he had to say:   ME: What first inspired you to make this film? Was it based on personal events or people you know? JEREMY: I knew I want...

'My Awkward Sexual Adventure' (2012): Interview with actor Jonas Chernick

'My Awkward Sexual Adventure' (2012) is a fresh romantic comedy uniquely exploring the complications of intimacy and relationship, an innovative look at the ageless battle of the sexes. Just when I thought I’d seen it all when it comes to romantic (sex) comedies, this one sneaks out of the depths of freezing ‘Winter-peg’ (Winnipeg), Canada, and heats up the screen with love, sex, laughs and tears.   Read my interview with Writer/Producer/Actor Jonas Chernick he...

Sally Field speaks about her role as 'Mary Todd' in LINCOLN and working with Daniel Day-Lewis.

After an evening spent with Daniel Day-Lewis speaking about his life in acting, inside the Arlington Theater, actress Sally Field presented him the Montecito Award. Interview with Sally Field before she presented actor Daniel Day-Lewis the Montecito Award: ME: You’ve been acting almost your whole life, and now at this point in your career you get this great role. What would you say about this role that stands out from past ones? SALLY: I’ve had a lot of wonderful roles. I...

Interview with screenwriter David Magee (LIFE OF PI, 2013)

Interview with screenwriter David Magee for his adaptation of ‘Life of Pi’. At the 85th Academy Awards the film won 4 Oscars (more than any other film nominated) including- Best Achievement in Cinematography by Claudio Miranda; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures Original Score Mychael Danna; Best Achievement in Visual Effects by Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott; and Best Achievement in Directing by Ang Lee.   Interview wi...

Interview with screenwriter John Gatins, ‘FLIGHT’ (2012)

Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker, an alcoholic commercial airline pilot in the Robert Zemeckis directed film; he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor at the 85th Academy Awards.   Read here an interview with quirky comical super talent screenwriter John Gatins of ‘FLIGHT’ (2012), which took place this month at the Lobero Theater at 28th SBIFF.  When asked about the process of 'Flight' emerging from script to screen, Gatins replied: GATINS: It was a p...

BEN AFFLECK speaks about his life from child actor to Modern Master filmmaker.

Recently, Ben Affleck spoke in an evening long interview about his life from 8 year-old child actor to great multi-award winning 'Modern Master' at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara where he bared his soul to moderator Leonard Maltin, proving himself to be a modest and grateful multi-talent who realizes that ‘if there is a master, it’s in partnership’.   LEONARD: When you watch an excerpt from one of your films are you thinking about that day or how you ...

'Blumenthal' (2012) at 28th SBIFF. Interview with Seth Fischer.

Writer, Director, Actor Seth Fischer’s film ‘Blumenthal’ (2012) held its North American premier this month at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Set in NY, the story starts with the death of playwright Harold Blumenthal (Brian Cox) who dies from a heart attack while laughing at his own joke. His brother, Saul, has a hard time coming to terms with Harold’s death, which results in a domino effect on his immediate family where each of them –Saul, his...

STORM SURFERS 3D (2012) World Premier at 28th SBIFF

Recently the 3D documentary film 'STORM SURFERS' (2012) made its World Premier at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film is about two best friends, surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll, who brave some of the most dangerous of Mother Nature's elements, monstrous waves, in search of Australia's largest and most threatening. Narrated by Australian actress Toni Collette with stunning cinematography and edge-of-your-seat suspense, this documentary is sure...

'Caesar Must Die' at 28th SBIFF

Winner of last year’s Golden Bear Award for Best Film in Berlin 2012 was the Italian film ‘Cesare Deve Morire’ (Caesar Must Die, 2012). Directed by art-house filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Padre Padrone, Night of the Shooting Stars and Kaos), the film is set in the Rebibbia prison in Rome and tells the story about a group of prisoners (from murderers to mafia) who love Shakespeare so much that they perform the play ‘Julius Caesar’ from within their jail ce...

28th SBIFF reviews, interviews, panel overviews...Stay tuned!

    Quvenzhane Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild before receiving her award at SBIFF. Photo by Benjamin Schwartz   **STAY TUNED!!! for 28th SBIFF interviews, film reviews and panel overviews coming daily.       Edited by Vanessa McMahon     ...

28th SBIFF Wrap Release

  Daniel Day-Lewis on the red carpet at 28th SBIFF.    -28th SBIFF OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE- SBIFF 2013 Wrap Release   The 28th Annual SBIFF came to a close on Sunday, February 3rd -

The 11 day festival screened nearly 200 hundred films, hosted various Academy Award nominees and brought out the latest creative forces in independent films, world wide.

In an assembly such as this, the genre's were eclectic from sexual adventures (An Awkward Sexual Adventure)...

‘War Witch: Rebelle’ (2012) at the 28th SBIFF

Arguably one of the most talked about films on the 2012 international festival circuit was the extreme realism drama ‘War Witch' (aka 'Rebelle’), 2012. Written and directed by Kim Nguyen, the film is in French and Lingala and filmed on location in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Canada’s entry for Best Foreign Film for the 85th Academy Awards, ‘War Waitch: Rebelle’ tells the story of Komona (Rachel Mwanza) who is kidnapped by Congolese guerilla soldiers...

'A Royal Affair' (2012) at the 28th SBIFF

Leave it to the Danish, once again. The little country between Sweden and Germany is a giant when it comes to international cinema. With its national cinema state funded by the DFI (Danish Film Institute), Denmark has been a mainstay on the cinema scene for decades, having produced some of the world’s most influential and greatest directors of contemporary film- Carl Th. Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1928; Vampyr, 1932), Erik Balling (Qivitoq, 1956), Gabriel Axel (Babette’s ...

'KON-TIKI' (2012) at 28th SBIFF

  ‘Are you a traveler or a tourist?’ That is the question. What Is the difference? A tourist thinks about going home the minute he/she has arrived at his/her destination, whereas a traveler gets so wrapped up in the adventure he/she rarely ever returns home (Paul Bowles’ ‘The Sheltering Sky’). Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl was a true ‘traveler’ and made history with his epic voyage ‘Kon-Tiki’, now a major motion picture nominate...

'The Sapphires' (2012) at 28th SBIFF

The international singsong hit ‘The Sapphires’ (2012) held its world premier at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and its North American premier at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Most recently it screened to audiences at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film is about a native Australian all-female soul band that travels to Vietnam during the Vietnam War to uplift the morale of the soldiers fighting there, during which time these young talented s...

Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond The Hills' at 28th SBIFF

  Romanian director Cristian Mungiu is a prolific filmmaker with each of his feature films having held premiers at the Cannes Film Festival. His first feature ‘Occident’ (2002) screened in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. He later won the Palme d’Or for his film ‘Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days’ (2007). His most recent film ‘Beyond the Hills’ (2012) was nominated for the Palme d’Or and won awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress...

Daniel Day Lewis receives Montecito Award at the 28th SBIFF

On January 26th, actor Daniel Day Lewis spoke to a sold out audience of 2000 at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara during the 28th SBIFF. Writer/Director/Producer Michael Mann ('The Last of The Mohicans', 1992) introduced his longtime friend beginning with a powerfully edited montage of all his films spanning Daniel Day’s entire eclectic career, after which Daniel Day modestly replied: ‘this is some cruel and unusual torture’. The two-time Oscar winning actor is...

Ben Affleck honored as a "Modern Master" at 28th SBIFF

  On Friday 25th January, actor Ben Affleck received the 'Modern Masters Award' in Santa Barbara during the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theater for excellence and outstanding achievement in his prolific career as actor/writer/producer/director and for the recent grand achievement of 'Argo' (2012). Affleck's best friend since childhood, Matt Damon, presented the award to him after making a moving speech about his pride for having shar...

28th SBIFF, from January 24-February 3rd

The 2013 SBIFF runs from Jan 24th-Feb 3rd. It is arguably one of the most important international film festivals as it takes place every year just before the Oscars. The festival showcases domestic premiers and award-winning films from around the world and hosts multiple award ceremonies with some of the film industry's most talented artists, many of whom are up for Academy Awards. It is a fantastic festival to discover new films from around the world as well as watch your favorite stars g...

'Disconnect' (2012) opens 28th SBIFF

Actor Alexander Skarsgård at US premier of 'Disconnect' (2012) at 28th SBIFF. Photo by Benjamin Schwartz   On Thursday, January 24th, the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival opened with the U.S. premier of director Henry-Alex Rubin's first ever feature film 'Disconnect' (2012). Rubin is most known for his documentary film, 'MurderBall' (2005), which he co-directed with Dana Adam Shapiro, and which was nominated for an Oscar the same year. ...

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