Local Film in the Fest
By Richard Mineards   |   January 31, 2023

Santa Barbara-based filmmaker Brent Winebrenner and local duo Suzanne Requejo and Montecito Journal scribe Leslie Westbrook are excited to have their 15-minute documentary, Voces de Old Town Carpinteria, have its premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival next month. It features five older Carpinteria residents, including 103-year-old Josephine Villegas and narrator historian Dr. Jim […]

Film News: SBIFF Comes Into Focus
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 29, 2022

We’re still nearly 80 days away from the 2023 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which returns after two years of accommodations for COVID to its traditional mid-winter time slot for an 11-day span, February 8-18. But SBIFF’s big gala, the 15th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, which will honor Michelle Yeoh at […]

 

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By Steven Libowitz   |   November 1, 2022

The annual Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival kicks off at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 2, with an opening reception onstage at The New Vic Theatre downtown. Toast the return of the five-day event boasting films that span from documentaries and dramas to romantic comedies from around the world, plus guest speakers, morning coffee-and-bagels meetups, […]

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    New life motto: devour everything Vicky Krieps is in. You only need to see Mathieu Amalric’s most recent movie, Hold Me Tight, to adopt this new rule for yourself. And if Amalric’s name doesn’t ring a bell, his face will surely make you go “Oh yeah! That guy!” He was a Bond villain, after all. […]

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    MClub (Montecito Bank & Trust) met at the Santa Barbara Club for a Lunch and Learn, featuring the executive director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) Roger Durling. MClub director Maria McCall introduced Roger, who also teaches film at SBCC. For over 30 years the SBIFF has grown to be one of the […]

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