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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.


Virtuous by Kimberly Deisler

This was one of those perfect mornings where I whiled away the hours just watching films.  Starting with the Bestor Cram documentary Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, I found this to be a real throw back to a time in Cash’s life that’s not really been explored. 


In depth interviews with family members, band members and former Folsom Prison inmates, offer insight to Johnny’s writing process and expose it and his songs with more intimacy than we’ve seen before on film.  


Next up, was an independent feature directed by Anthony Fabian and based on a true story titled Skin.  Despite the global spotlight on South African struggles, this uniquely complex story reveals the political and racial atrocities of how apartheid ripped apart one family in particular.   To look at Sandra Laing one would assume that the dark skin and nappy hair would lead them to a set of black parents.  The opposite would be true and that was the life conflict that initially glued and ultimately compromised the family. 


Tonight will be an exceptional night here in Santa Barbara.  Again the Lobero Theater plays host to the Fantastic Five or The Virtuosos, as they are more formally referred.  Awarded for scene stealing performances, Viola Davis’ portrayal in Doubt of an incredibly compromised mother, Richard Jenkins quiet yet penetrating performance in The Visitor, Rosemarie DeWitt shines brilliantly in Rachel Getting Married, Melissa Leo also plays a mother who gives from the gut and Michael Shannon’s flawlessly flawed voice of reason in Revolutionary Road will be on hand for a Q & A as well as film montage examples of each virtuoso’s stunning performance.  Certainly not a night to be missed.


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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has star wattage and a wealth of premieres in a Mediterrean-style city by the sea.

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The team of editors of the The Santa Barbara Blog:
Carol Marshall, Felicia Tomasko, Vanessa McMahon, Marla and Mark Hamperin, Kim Deisler and Bruno Chatelin

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