Every winter, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival provides area cinephiles with two weeks of non-stop, high-quality, innovative film programming. But what about the rest of the year? Well, starting this October, the fest — in conjuncture with Metropolitan Theatres — is bringing a weekly dose of independent cinema to our neck of the woods. It’s called the Showcase Film Series, and it’s scheduled to take over the Plaza de Oro Theatre every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve always wanted to do this,” said SBIFF director Roger Durling. “There are so many great films that don’t make it here — indies, documentaries, film festival fare — that people have to drive to L.A. to see.”
Starting October 2 with Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited, Showcase will aim to unite the S.B. film-loving community, as well as create a space for quality, lesser-known films to grace the big screen.
“There are voracious film lovers out there,” said Durling, who expressed his excitement for October 16’s offering, The Act of Killing. “It’s dark, but it’s also funny and spellbinding and gorgeous and sickening and entrancingly beautiful — it will change the way you see life.”
For more info on the Showcase Film Series, visit sbiff.org