Santa Barbara, California:
“West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands” is a three part documentary mini-series on the human history of the Channel Islands currently in production, presented by the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Producer Sam Tyler has announced three free public screenings of 20-minute segments of the film as a Sneak Preview and to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the final funds needed for the film, which is 70% funded by local donors, foundations and government entities.
“We have had tremendous community support for this film and we are thrilled to share some of the footage of California’s crown jewels with the public,” said Tyler. “We invite people to stop by Fiesta Five Theatres on Thursday October 1st for three free screenings at 5:20pm, 6:00pm and 6:40pm as a part of the festive First Thursday offerings in downtown Santa Barbara.”
66 days of shooting in the islands and the mainland have been completed and are currently being edited. The final product will be three one-hour films to be shown as a mini-series on PBS, and will be distributed free to schools through California and the nation, complete with custom curriculum materials. The films are engaging and enlightening “tales” told from the point of view of the people who have experienced the Channel Islands – lived on, wrecked on, dived under, filmed, raised children, bootlegged, fished, surfed, sailed, explored and restored in a remarkable saga that begins 13,000 years ago.