This year's Santa Barbara International Film Fest has been the biggest and most splashy in recent memory. We here at City2 were honored to be covering the festival for the first time, and have a lot to show for it. Here are some highlights (special thanks to Santa Barbara Man About Goleta, SixFoot Six, and Almost Native Son for the fantastic photos, news and reviews).
SBIFF Reviews by 'Santa Barbara Man About Goleta':
The following is an update from Carp/Santa Barbara native Jameson Acos, who is currently attending law school in DC. He was able to get tickets to the Obama Inauguration! Published with permission from Jameson.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to witness last Tuesday's inauguration of President Obama and partake in some of the festivities over the four-day weekend and it was truly a historic experience. I think that is the best way to describe and think about the whole thing. We now have an African-American man and his family as President of the United States and residents of the White House. That is a historic change and I feel blessed just to be able to witness the ceremony and the emotion as it happened. But here is a quick breakdown of some of the events of the past weekend.
First and foremost was the inauguration itself. I was somehow won the ticket lottery and was given two blue standing section tickets for the inauguration. Thank you Senator Feinstein. So due to the warnings and advice of media etc. I was on the Metro at 6 a.m. to go celebrate with all the other millions. As soon as I left my house it was crowded and it did not become uncrowded until I got home nine hours later. But one of the coolest things about Obama crowds is that for the most part people are very happy and excited. Anyway, so we got in what was supposed to be the line but of course turned out to be a fake line as soon as the gates actually opened and everyone rushed to the 10 yard wide funnel which everyone in my section had to go through. But after a few cold hours literally sardined next to thousands of my closest friends we got onto the lawn in front of the capital. It was a pretty good spot I think, but the big jumbo-tron was still my best view of the ceremony. Its hard to comprehend how many people were there down on the mall that day because everywere is a crowd no matter where you go. But the ceremony was emotional and fun. Between the boos to Bush, the Obama chants, the celebrity "dignitaries", our chief justice forgetting the constitutional magic words, and lots of flag waivers I really got the feeling that everyone came out to see history, to see it first hand, even on a jumbo-tron, to be there and feel the cold and comraderie of Obama becoming the new President of the United States of America.
I also went down to the mall for the concert on Sunday afternoon. Again, crowds the whole time but again it is what I have coined a "happy riot" sort of crowd, where there are so many people with so much energy but all positive happy energy. (I came up with that phrase after going out in DC after Obama had won the office in Nov) But the show was cool. I though Jamie Foxx's impression of Obama was great, and the song by Wyclef and Sheryl Crow was really good, which surprised me because I usually don't like Sheryl Crow. I thought having U2 be the band right before Obama was a little wierd because they are four guys from Ireland and they definitly emphasized that in their show. Not who I expected to introduce the next president of the U.S. Many of the speakers talked about Lincoln and JFK and MLK which was interesting and appropriate for the time and place, but sometimes Jack Black telling me about Lincoln was not really believeable. But Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hanks where good. After that I tried to walk home through Georgetown which was a bit too much once it got dark. Lesson learned: its real cold, wear lots of clothes. LOTS.
So those were the two big events that I saw this weekend. But since restaurants were open 24hrs and bars till 4 am there was plenty of time for other sorts of celebration. In the end, what I really took out of the weekend was the fact that a big change has happened in American politics. There is a lot of hope and pride in many people as well as skepticism and doubt in others. But like Obama has chosen to emphasize, it is time to get back to work.
So now I am going to try and read 40 pages of Legal Ethics before class.
Howdy Folks! In addition to our citizen coverage, we are planning on doing some serious link gathering, reviews and discussion of the 2009 Santa Barbara International Film Festival!
A specially selected envoy of top City2 bloggers and critics have descended upon SBIFF to bring you a fresh set of film reviews, rants, pictures, and other wonderfulness from this years festival. Since the fest just started, we don't have a bunch of awesome stuff to point you to YET ( inside sources tell us it's being written and schemed).. But here are some groovy shots from the red carpet at the Arlington to tide you over!
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As you may already know, we (City2) are very interested in community empowerment, citizen media, and improving the ways by which folks experience their town. So, in addition to giving the occasional 'City2 Update', we thought it would be a good idea to do an ongoing series about 'Citizen Journalism' for our fellow Santa Barbarans (and beyond) who might not be very familiar with the term. You can find previous posts related to this subject here & here.
So what is Citizen Journalism? And what does it mean for Santa Barbara?
This week, we're going to be briefly discussing two definitions of 'what citizen journalism is' via YouTube. First, a brief video from Jay Rosen. We've been following Jay Rosen (writer, major citizen journalism advocate, and professor at NYU) on Twitter recently. He had a recent tweet that pointed to a post from his blog with a good discussion of the subject (especially in the comment section), as well as this video (that is less discussion, and more answer).
If Jay seems a little sharp, I'm guessing that it is because of a vigorous (and sometimes unfair) debate that has been orbiting the subject for some time. Jay has pointed out (rightly) that there are some institutions that are attempting to 'smear' citizen journalism as being somehow 'second rate' or 'out to get traditional journalism'. So his intensity is understandable.
I showed Jay's definition video to a few friends of mine who are not yet familiar with the term, and they were a little intimidated by his presentation. So I went on the hunt for another definition and found this piece from Cambridge Community Television:
While Jay's video very concise, this video (also embedded above) provides historical context, and inspires curiosity about what citizen journalism is, and what it could become. It even gives several emotional reference points to help folks - who might be new to the idea - something to grab onto, and identify with. The video is actually an edited version of a longer (15 minute) piece that I highly recommend. It gets right at the heart of why City2 came into being in the first place.
Naturally, these are just two examples, (that are arguably directed at different audiences, though equally findable to anyone searching YouTube for an explanation). So fellow Santa Barbarans.. what do you think? Feel free to do some digging for yourself. Let us know what you find, or share your own thoughts on the subject.
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