PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Granada Theatre Video Workshop’s Emily Hay Wins Coveted Student Film Festival Awards

Santa Barbara, CA. (June, 2016) – The Granada Theatre is pleased to announce that Emily Hay, a student in The Granada Theatre Video Workshop, and her short film Beauty Reboot: Finding Beauty in the Cancer Journey have won top honors from both the Santa Barbara Student Media Festival and the 50th Annual California Student Media Festival.

“We are incredibly proud of Emily, and the compelling film she worked so hard on,” shared Jennie Reinish, program director for the Granada Theatre Video Workshop. “Her work is exceptional, and it’s exciting to see her being recognized for this film.”

Beauty Reboot: Finding Beauty in the Cancer Journey is a short documentary that Emily co-created to show how beautiful women are, no matter what. Whether a woman is going through the journey of cancer or any other incredibly difficult time, beauty is the light that shines from within her. The scars are beautiful, the journey is beautiful – bald is beautiful.

Beauty Reboot was awarded “Best Storytelling” by the California Student Media Festival, which is produced in partnership with PBS SoCal, and “Best Documentary” by the Santa Barbara Student Media Festival. It was filmed in August of 2015 with additional filming in December 2015, and took six months to edit.

Emily is a 16 year-old Junior at Santa Barbara High School, enrolled in the MAD (Media, Art, Design) Academy. She has been a part of The Granada Theatre Video Workshop since her Freshman Year.

For those future filmmakers interested in entering the movie-making world, the Granada Theatre Video Workshop offers an amazing opportunity to gain hands-on experience with filming and editing. For more information about the program, please contact Jennie Reinish,

About the Granada Theatre Video Workshop

This Granada Theatre Video Workshop is a program of the Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement. The program provides students, ages 13 through senior year in high school, the opportunity to meet and learn from many respected film and video industry professionals, while gaining valuable hands-on experience with both filming and editing. Students will learn essential camera and video editing skills including technical filming, storytelling, interview techniques, teamwork, and more. Students can also earn community service hours, by creating video projects for local non-profit organizations.

About The Granada Theatre

The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA), a privately-funded 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1983, is dedicated to providing best-in-class production, sales and administrative support to arts organizations from throughout the Santa Barbara region, including its Historic Theatre District partners (Lobero Theatre and the New Vic Theatre) as well as its eight resident companies (CAMA, Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League and UCSB Arts & Lectures).

The SBCPA’s most visible service is operation of The Granada Theatre. Purchased by the SBCPA in 2003, restored and reopened in 2008, The Granada Theatre has state-of-the-art electrical, sound, lighting and fly systems, large and up-to-date dressing rooms, as well as contemporary audience amenities. By providing a world-class venue with skilled house management staff, production staff, marketing and ticketing services staff, the SBCPA is making it possible for many of Santa Barbara’s finest performing arts organizations to present their programs with the highest level of contemporary production support and audience comfort. For more information please visit


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