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The 30th Annual Film Festival: Celebrity Interviews, Free Flix, Cheap Tix, Quick Eates, 45 Film Must-Sees, and S.B. Filmmakers (Independent staff)

ON THE COVER: Illustration of Micheal Keaton by Thatcher Hillegas.

Film Fest = No Rest

Film Fest squad — including editors Aly Comingore, Michelle Drown, Matt Kettmann, and Jackson Friedman, art director Ben Ciccati, and web producers Mike Gahagan and Nya Burke (plus Ethan Stewart and Charles Donelan, not pictured) — started grinding through films, interviews, and layouts as soon as the lineup was announced January 5. The result: insightful interviews with more than 50 filmmakers, published both at independent.com/sbiff and in the five 12-page Meet the Makers, available at SBIFF’s many venues.

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Steppenwolf’s John Kay Gives Big

Montecito’s Resident Rocker Talks Humanitarian Work

The Montecito-dwelling rocker is donating his time and money to some big humanitarian projects, but he’s also looking out for those close to home. Read story.

Children of a Lesser Dog

Three Dead Mikes

Six hundred volunteer to count the homeless; three homeless people dead in Pershing Park. Read story.

Isla Vista Cops Get Body-Cams

But at $300 to $550 Apiece, They May be Too Pricey for Sheriff's Office

But at $300 to $550 apiece, they may be too pricey for the rest of the Sheriff's Office. Read story.

SBIFF Celebrates 30 Years

Roger Durling’s Dream Crystallizes on His 12th Year as Fest Director

Roger Durling’s dream crystallizes on his 12th year as head of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Read story.

Paddling the Big Sur Coast

The Author Explores a Chunk of the Breathtaking Coastline

Last October, Chuck Graham kayaked along a good chunk of the breathtaking coastline. Read story.

Bonsai Boy

Ten-year-old Wins Statewide Bonsai Scholarship

Ten-year-old Tyler DeBlauw wins statewide bonsai scholarship. Read story.

Bill Frisell Goes Back to the Future

The Guitarist will revisit his early classic-rock inspirations at the Lobero Theatre on January 26. Read story.

Interview: Patti Smith

Punk’s Poet Laureate Brings Her Band to the Granada

Punk rock’s poet laureate brings her band to the Granada Theatre this week as part of a tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her debut. Read story.

Rabbi Steve Reflects on Three Decades

Celebrating Steve Cohen’s 10 Years at Congregation B'nai B'rith and 30 Years in Santa Barbara

Celebrating Steve Cohen’s 10 years at Congregation B'nai B'rith and 30 years in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Taking it to the Courts

Basketball News: From UCSB Women’s to Caltech’s Losing Streak to the Harlem Globetrotters

Zant fills us in on the UCSB women’s latest game, Caltech’s epic losing streak, and the return of the Harlem Globetrotters. Read story.

Soy Charlie; Je Suis ‘Illegal’

Flying Spit, Martin Luther King Day, and District Elections

Poodle explores flying spit, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and district elections. Read story.

Cutting the Red Tape

Alejandra Gutierrez Brings a Village of Resources to the Neighborhood

Franklin School opens a new service center designed to help everyone in the neighborhood. Read story.

Ganging Up on Gun Violence

Capps Teams with Richard Martinez, Reflects on State of the Union

Capps teams with Richard Martinez, reflects on State of the Union. Read story.

For Ghost Tiger, It’s All in the Family

The Santa Barbara indie folk-rockers will unveil their new EP and kick off their West Coast tour on January 17 at SOhO. Read story.

Danger Dog Eats Cannabis Cookies

High Times with My Pooch

My dog ate enough pot cookies to put a couple-dozen full-sized humans deep into a state of Holy shit, I’m high!!” Read story.

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