Film Fest 2009
Welcome to Independent.com's continuous and colorful coverage of the 24th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Here is where you'll find the latest news, reviews, rumors, and anecdotes from the cinema-laden streets of Santa Barbara for all 10 days of the fest, from Thursday, January 26, to Sunday, February 1.
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Lightbulb closes out the 2009 Film Festival and bathes Santa Barbara in its warm glow.
A review on the 24th SBIFF's French movie "Cliente," directed by Josiane Balasko.
New documentaries on Brian Wilson and Johnny Cash use specific albums as reference points for broader stories about the legends.
The Fund for Santa Barbara annually presents accolades to one of the documentaries in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. This year, a record seventeen films from around the world are competing for recognizing and a cash award.
Plays Saturday night; followed by Q&A with producer and editor; after-party.
Mini-paks okay to pay; admission reduced to $20 as well.
While the fare can get dark and arty at SBIFF, there is lighter fare--aka fluff--to be savored here, too.
Johnny Cash played two iconic concerts at Folsom Prison in 1968. Recorded live, they represent of his most evocative work. This film tells the story of the concerts, and Cash's involvement with prison life, culture, and reform through revealing interviews and archival footage.
The Beach Boy follows That Lucky Old Sun back to Santa Barbara for the premier of Going Home.
Gidget and Blue Crush only tell part of the story of women and the waves. High definition surf filming meets prominent female surfers including Linda Benson, Healther Tiddens, Debbie Trauntvein and Ashley Lloyd as they carve it up along blue ocean waves.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Three Monkeys shines.
Documentaries and other reality-related matters are in strong form at the festival, and the amazing Tulpan takes us, artfully, to the steppes of Kazakhstan.
SBIFF '09 started off slowly, dizzily on opening night, but got real good real fast.
Local film-maker Mark Manning follows his own path to Fallujah
Josef Woodard's latest blog post takes on three impressive films related to crime, but taken in radically different directions
A review of Follow the Prophet.
Experimental dance film with live music by Jim Connolly showcases multimedia art at its best.
Before Tomorrow is a triumph of indigenous story-telling that provides a meditative glimpse into a far different world in the far north.
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle stops by the Lobero for a post-screening chat.
Former Australian soap star 'drops in' on Amar A Morir