Well, the rain poured down, the power went out, and still the SBIFF managed to pull off a four-star opening night, which began with the world premiere of Adam Brooks’ Definitely, Maybe. A feel-good romantic comedy in the same vein as High Fidelity, the flick comes deliciously swathed in 90s Clinton nostalgia (Oh, woe! The golden years:) and blessed with a spot-on soundtrack, not to mention a quality dose of Kevin Kline. Brooks and several members of the talented young cast-including Abigail Breslin, Ryan Reynolds, and Liane Balaban-were in attendance, partying with the peeps post-movie in the VIP “room,” which-along with the rest of the kickoff after party-came together amazingly, considering the obstacles the Thou-Shalt-Not-Party gods seemed to have tossed our way. Tents kept the rain out, heaters kept the peeps warm, generators kept the power flowing, and Chopin (this year’s vodka sponsor) ensured that, should any of the above crap out, nobody would care.
Film Fest Peeps
Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Opening Night