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Alternative Film Series Coming to the Lobero Theatere

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Santa Barbara, CA – Programmed by Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s
Executive and Programming Directors Roger Durling and Candace Schermerhorn, the Lobero Theatre Presents the ALTERNATIVE FILM SERIES, featuring some of the top independent festival films of this past year.  The Series will have two showings of each film every Friday night, beginning July 10 through August 28.  Programmed by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling and Programming Director Candace Schermerhorn, the Lobero Theatre will offer up an alternative to summer movie-goers who would like to see a variety of films from around the world.
 
David Asbell, Executive Director of the Lobero Theatre commented, "Roger and Candace have impeccable taste in film and we are very excited with the selections for this first series. And, of course, it is always great to work with the folks at the SB Film Festival."
 
The general public can purchase the entire SERIES (all six films) for $60 or a single ticket for $12 (facility fee included).  The Series pass and individual tickets will be available to SBIFF Cinema Society members at a 10% discount.  For tickets, please call the Lobero Box Office 805.963.0761 or log onto www.Lobero.com.


 
ALTERNATIVE FILM SERIES

 
AMERICAN VIOLET - JULY 10 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Tim Disney
“A powerful, compelling true story of a woman of courage.” -  Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk
 
Nicole Behaire is superb as Dee Roberts, a twenty-something African-American single mom struggling to make ends meet in a small Texas town.  When cops arrest her and many of her neighbors in a drug sweep, she insists on her innocence. Refusing a plea bargain that would allow her to avoid jail time, Roberts stands up against a corrupt law enforcement and judicial system, a principled choice that leads to an entire set of unexpected and bewildering consequences with national implications. Inspired by true events of a town where a large percentage of its African-American population was summarily rounded up one night, AMERICAN VIOLET provides superb, stirring, socially conscious drama in the tradition of NORMA RAE and ERIN BROCKOVICH. The pitch-perfect ensemble cast includes Will Patton, Tim Blake Nelson, Alfre Woodard, Charles Dutton and Michael O’Keefe.
UNITED STATES • 2008 • 120 MINS.
IN ENGLISH
 
 

 
GOODBYE SOLO  - JULY 17 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Ramin Bahrani
“Wherever you live, when this film opens, it will be the best film in town.”  -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
 
On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough Southern good ol‘ boy with a lifetime of regrets.  One man‘s American dream is just beginning, while the other‘s is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, GOODBYE SOLO deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America.
UNITED STATES • 2008 • 91 MINS. • IN ENGLISH
 

 

THE WINDOW - JULY 24 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Carlos Sorin
“A reflective poem, one that’s never solemn, always insightful and sometimes hilarious.” 
– John Anderson, Variety
 
As a teenager, Argentine director Carlos Sorín was deeply affected by Ingmar Bergman’s WILD STRAWBERRIES, a classic story of an elderly man recalling significant moments in his life. In THE WINDOW, Antonio, an elderly, literary gentleman, is bedridden in his comfortable hacienda, waited upon by family retainers. His long-absent son, a renowned pianist, is expected that evening and preparations (tuning the piano, chilling champagne) are in full swing. When Antonio escapes the constraints of his too-solicitous staff to wander through the adjoining fields, his thoughts wander as well. We are left with the understanding that each of us collects “rosebud” moments — those defining experiences of passion which only become more significant with time as they crystallize a life’s meaning into a few, precious images.
ARGENTINA / SPAIN • 2008 • 85 MINS. • IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
 

 

TOKYO SONATA
- AUGUST 14 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Jury Award Winner – Cannes Film Festival
 
TOKYO SONATA is a portrait of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. The father who abruptly loses his job conceals the truth from his family; the eldest son in college hardly returns home; the youngest son furtively takes piano lessons without telling his parents; and the mother, who knows deep down that her role is to keep the family together, cannot find the will to do so. From the exterior, all is normal and the same. But somehow, a single, unforeseeable chasm has appeared within the family, threatening to disintegrate them. Director Kurosawa’s use of light and dark to express a sense of simultaneous hope and horror verges on awe-inspiring and the ending will leave you enthralled.
JAPAN • 2008 • 119 MINS. • IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
 

 

BURMA VJ - AUGUST 21 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by ANDERS ØSTERGAARD
“A rich, thought-provoking film… inspiring.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times.
 
Burma, September 2007: after weeks of protests by students and activists against the country’s cruel dictatorship, thousands of Buddhist monks take to the streets. While 100,000 people protest a repressive regime that has held the country hostage for over 40 years, foreign news crews are banned and the Internet is shut down. Burma is closed to the outside world. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of 30 underground video journalists (VJs) record these dramatic events on handycams and smuggle the footage out of the country, broadcasting it worldwide via satellite. Risking torture and life imprisonment, the VJs vividly document the brutal clashes with the military and undercover police — and then they themselves become the targets of the authorities.
DENMARK • 2008 • 89 MINS. • IN ENGLISH AND BURMESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
 


 
THE HEADLESS WOMAN - AUGUST 28 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Lucretia Martel
 
From the director of LA CIENAGA, comes this oblique, compelling tale of a poster child for the South American haute bourgeoisie: blonde and bland, perfectly coiffed and made-up, usually sitting behind the wheel of a Mercedes. María Onetto plays a woman whose perfect life may be a dream or whose nightmare accident (was that a child her car hit? a dog? or nothing?) may indicate that her entire existence lacks reality. Critics have referenced David Lynch and Luis Buñuel as forerunners for the kind of hyper-reality the film exudes. When the film played at last fall’s New York Film Festival, the Village Voice’s J. Hoberman wrote: “The third feature by Lucrecia Martel, leading director of the Argentine renaissance, is her strongest to date – at the very least, this brilliantly edited, purposefully disorienting comedy about a middle-aged woman’s post-car-accident confusion is the movie I’m most looking forward to revisiting.”

ARGENTINA / FRANCE / ITALY / SPAIN • 2008 • 87 MINS.
IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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