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The latest press release!
As is the tradition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, giving back to the community is paramount and SBIFF offers a chance to see the Best of Fest for FREE, comprised of some of the more popular films from the festival, many of which went on to win awards.
This year's program begins on Friday, February 11 at the Riviera Theatre on a first come, first serve basis. The schedule is as follows:
Friday February 11
Face To Face
Winner, Best Independent Feature
Directed by Michael Rymer
A group of Australians from diverse backgrounds gather to decide the fate of a violent young man. An Australian '12 Angry Men', only there's 10, including 4 women.
Angels & Airwaves Presents "Love"
Directed by William Eubank
An astronaut on the International Space Station loses contact with earth and becomes stranded in space for 7 years.
Saturday February 12
When I Rise
Winner Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award
Directed by Mat Hames
A powerful feature-length documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.
Patisserie Coin de rue
Winner Best East Meets West Cinema Award
Directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa
Fate draws together a brilliant patisserie who made a sudden exit from the world of pastry and the daughter of a small-town cake shop who ventures to the big city in search of her sweetheart, into a pastry shop brimming over with delectable cakes and life stories - A bittersweet gem of a story that will warm your heart with just one, joyful bite.
Directed by Nick Brandestini
Darwinis a documentary film about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California.
Winner of SB Independent Audience Choice Award
Directed by Morgan Neville
Intimate, music-driven story traces James Taylor, Carole King, and the California singer/songwriter scene as it converges in and around LA's Troubadour club during the late 1960s/early 1970s.
Piche: Sky and Ground
Directed by Sylvain Archambault
Drawing on his instincts and his tumultuous past, Robert Piché finds the strength and composure necessary to land his plane after it runs out of gas, saving the lives of 306 passengers in the process.
Sunday February 13
Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
Directed by Johanna Demetrakas
Chogyam Trungpa, the brilliant ‘bad boy of Buddhism,' fled the invasion of Tibet, studied at Oxford, and shattered Westerners' notions of how an enlightened teacher should behave.
The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan
Winner Best Documentary Film Award
Directed by Phil Grabsky
Following the international hit The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, The Boy Mir tracks the cheeky, enthusiastic Mir from a childish eight to a fully grown eighteen-year-old...a journey into early adulthood in one of the toughest places on earth; a journey that mirrors the current and vitally important story of Afghanistan.
Winner Best International Film Award
Directed by Nathan Collett
Based on true events from a street-level POV of the Kenyan political riots of 2007, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME is a love story that captures the color, atmosphere and the youths' vision of the future.
That's What I Am
Directed by Mike Pavone
Starring Ed Harris, Chase Ellison, Molly Parker, Randy Orton, Amy Madigan
This coming-of-age story follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley, aka "Big G" (Alexander Walters) on a critical term project. Before long, Andy will learn that there was truly a method behind Mr. Simon's madness as to why he teamed these two up.