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Tarantino, in Addition to Being a General Badass, to Receive Douglas Award at 2009 SBIFF

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Santa Barbara, CA – Tarantino will receive the fourth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM this fall - in recognition of his contributions to the world of film. The black-tie Gala dinner, sponsored by Chopin Vodka, will take place at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Thursday, October 22. 

“We are beyond excited to be able to honor a man who has turned filmmaking on its ear,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.  “He has forever changed the direction of American cinema.”  The award’s namesake, Kirk Douglas, will present the award to Tarantino.


As a writer, director, producer and actor, anything Tarantino touches becomes an instant cinematic classic. He has not only established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation, but his dedication and diverse producing efforts consistently demonstrate his respect for both those who came before and the ones just now breaking in.

He made his writing/directing debut with the critically acclaimed Reservoir Dogs, and just two years later he received an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his groundbreaking original screenplay, Pulp Fiction.  He has gone on to create such works as the screenplay for

Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers (1994); he directed the fourth segment of the film Four Rooms; wrote and directed Jackie Brown (1997); wrote and directed Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (2004); in 2005 he was credited as “special guest director” with Robert Rodriguez and writer-director Frank Miller of Sin City, and teamed up again with Robert Rodriguez to direct Grindhouse (2007).

His recent feature film, Inglourious Basterds, is the World War II epic which he wrote and directed and stars Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl, Til Schweiger, and Mélanie Laurent.  In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as “the basterds,”Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark (Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.  Employing pulp and propaganda in equal measure, Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of WWII.

The 25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run February 4 through February 14, 2010, is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form.  SBIFF presents quality American Independent, Spanish and Latin

American, European, World and Documentary cinema, as well as nature and surfing films, all within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a perfect backdrop and premier tourist destination in its own right.  SBIFF is also committed to education through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies, and educational seminars.  With a projected audience of over 60,000 viewing more than 200 films over its eleven-day run, the SBIFF attracts an eclectic and diverse consumer base, both locally and nationally, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in nearby Los Angeles. 

For ticket information, contact the SBIFF office, 805-963-0023 or visit  For press coverage, contact Carol Marshall.


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Forrest Sawyer adds his Voice to Non-Profit Cause

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August 22, 2008 -- Santa Barbara, CA -- World-renowned, award-winning broadcast journalist Forrest Sawyer will add his voice to an awareness-raising campaign for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (

Forrest Sawyer worked 11 years with ABC News, where he frequently anchored ABC World News Tonight and Nightline and reported for all ABC News broadcasts. He anchored the award-winning prime-time newsmagazines "Day One" and "Turning Point" He recorded exclusives from all over the globe, and earned numerous awards for his reports and documentaries, including Emmy Awards in 1992, 1993, and 1994.

He left ABC News to become a news anchor for both NBC and its cable counterpart, MSNBC, where he was a regular substitute for Brian Williams as anchor for The News with Brian Williams. He left NBC News in 2005 to become founder and president of Freefall Productions, where he produces documentaries and serves as a media strategist and guest lecturer.

He moderated a UCTV broadcast on the subject of The Future of Multi-Media Digital News at UCSB in 2008.

FARA, the organization to which Sawyer is lending is voice, is an organization dedicated to curing Friedreich's ataxia (FA) through research. FARA was founded in 1998 by a group of patient families and three of the world's leading FA scientists. It was staffed and managed as an all volunteer organization until late 2005. FARA's leadership and numerous patient families and friends have raised critical funds over the years to support FA research. The cause of FA and specific mechanisms leading to damage in FA patients are now better understood due to these efforts and allow for more targeted approaches to treatment which are currently being developed for clinical trials.

Mr. Sawyer will record the spot at PanRight Productions in Santa Barbara (

For more information about FARA, FreeFall Productions or PanRight Productions, please contact:

Juliann M. Green/Chief Development Officer

Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance 

Mary Thomas Joseph/FreeFall Productions Inc.


Perry Anne Norton

PanRight Productions


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Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals Offers Dog-Friendly Accommodations in Pet-Friendly California Destination

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Pet-friendly accommodations offered by Santa Barbara Luxury Rentals makes it possible to travel with your dog in comfort while enjoying peace of mind on a vacation truly designed for the entire family.

SANTA BARBARA, CA –  There are many reasons to travel with your pet to Santa Barbara, a city that offers many dog-friendly places and activities to enjoy with your canine companion. Traveling with your dog can greatly enhance the holiday experience for the whole family said Graham Farrar, an owner of Santa Barbara Luxury Rentals, a company that provides a variety of high-end, pet-friendly vacation homes.

Across the nation, many pet owners are choosing to vacation with their furry friends. According to a study by Travel Industry Association of America there are 62 million dog owners in the country with 29 million who travel with their dogs.

When traveling to a pet-friendly destination like Santa Barbara, Farrar encourages vacationers to consider taking their pets with them instead of boarding them or hiring a pet sitter. Pet travel makes it possible to avoid the separation anxiety that many pets suffer from and can actually save you money since boarding an animal can cost about $40 a day, which can quickly add up to an additional $560 over a two-week stay.

“So many people consider their pets to be part of the family,” Farrar said. “People love bringing their pets with them to stay at our vacation rentals in Santa Barbara because they feel that they are truly able to share the holiday experience with their entire family – four-legged members included.”

Farrar has received great feedback from his guests who have been able to enjoy their holidays more knowing that their pets are safe and comfortable in their vacation homes.

“It is understandably more difficult for hotels to implement pet-friendly policies since it’s complicated to welcome dogs into shared spaces where some guests may have allergies or other considerations that prevent them from being around animals,” said Farrar. “Our Santa Barbara vacation rentals are unique because they are private and unshared with other guests so if people want to enjoy our rental properties with their pets they can - just as if they were in their own home.”

About Santa Barbara Luxury Rentals

Santa Barbara Luxury Rentals is your one stop source for luxurious vacation properties. We offer a variety of high-end, fully-furnished vacation homes in Santa Barbara including private beach houses, California holiday villas, and large luxurious vacation homes. Our luxury rental properties are ideal for romantic vacations, family gatherings and reunions, or wedding parties and wedding accommodations. We also offer pet-friendly vacation rentals on select vacation properties. Our full-service staff and concierge services are available to assist you with all your vacation needs. We strive to create a memorable vacation experience of the highest quality, giving all our guests the utmost consideration and quality service. To view our properties, visit

Media Contact: Emilia Doerr

Phone: (310) 709-4620


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Art From The Ashes at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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a non-profit organization assembled to create artwork to benefit the communities, individuals and local businesses that have been devastated by fire and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden confirm October 10th exhibition 

(Los Angeles, CA, 8/3/09) - ART from the ashes (AFTA) and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (SBBG) have confirmed October 10, 2009 as the date for their art exhibition and silent auction.  The exhibition will showcase art created from raw materials obtained from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden after the Jesusita Fire in May of 2009.

ART from the ashes is a collaborative of independent artists and volunteers, founded by native Californian Joy Feuer, who contribute talent, time and energy to create art for resource.  Artwork is crafted from materials collected from fire site locations after personal items have been removed. Debris that would otherwise be cleared and dumped into landfill is gathered and transfigured into one-of-a-kind works of art through the unique vision of each artist. Following the creative process, ART from the ashes hosts a charity exhibition showcasing the art that has been created from the reclaimed fire site materials. A portion of the proceeds of each exhibition will be donated to a local or national charity chosen by the business or individuals impacted by the fire.

The Jesusita Fire raged for days through Santa Barbara, California and continued to burn until the Santa Barbara County Fire Department declared the fire to be officially under control on May 22, 2009.  In its wake, the fire burned over 8,700 acres of land and destroyed 80 homes. 

The Santa Barbara Botanical Garden sustained significant damage from the blaze.  In all, over 60 of the Garden’s 78 acres and 9,800 living collection plants were either destroyed or damaged.  Several structures were lost including the Director's home and all propagation lath-houses.  The century-old Gane House which was to be restored and become the SBBG administrative center was also engulfed by flames, leaving little more than three brick chimneys standing.  Lost inside were all the gardening tools, horticultural materials, the metal shop that made tags to identify plants, overstock of books published by the garden, and the office contents and computers of the head gardener and facilities maintenance man.  All SBBG vehicles except one Biofuel 4-wheel drive ‘gator’ were also destroyed.

Founded in 1926, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is the oldest botanical garden in California dedicated to the study, conservation and display of native flora.  It covers 78 acres in historic Mission Canyon and features over 1000 species of native plants. 

As California residents, we become accustomed to earthquakes, Santa Ana winds and El Nino… and, as other states suffer hurricane and tornado season, every year we battle wildfires.  While there is nothing that can be done to replace what is lost, it just may be possible to make something beautiful and do something good with the bits and pieces the fire leaves behind.

"It's not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see"

~ Henry David Thoreau


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