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.
Contributing to this blog will be an expanding teams of Indy staffers, freelancer writers, and interns, including such film fest veterans as Joe Woodard and D.J. Palladino. We're also interested in having you, the reader, become part of this blog if you're so inclined.
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For a complete schedule of the festival, see [independent.com/filmfest]. For longer stories, previews of sidebars and special events, and interviews with celebrities and filmmakers, see [independent.com/sbiff2009]. And for all of our coverage, go straight to [independent.com/filmfest2009].