Focus on Film: Montecito Movie ‘Trail’-ers

By Steven Libowitz   |   July 30, 2020

Residents with a love for the outdoors – and isn’t that just about everyone in Montecito – might have a particular interest in the second event in Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s new Film Talk series that features viewings of short films produced locally followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The 15-minute Trail Heads takes place in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and subsequent devastating mudslides and debris flow, when two normally opposing trail-using communities – hikers and mountain bike enthusiasts – come together and find common ground to rebuild the affected trails. You can view the short doc – which features comments from Montecito Trail Foundation VP Kevin Snow, among other villagers – on YouTube, and then be on hand when writer-director Dani Rodriguez and producer Christine Meseer join SBIFF programmer Audrey Arn to talk about the doc at 6 pm on Thursday, July 30 by registering at

Info at where you can also find links to see last week’s short, Grasshopper for Grandpa, and view the Q&A with Montecito filmmaker Casey McGarry.


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