SBIFF Launches Film Talk

Virtual Screenings and Discussions Series

Grasshopper for Grandpa, Casey McGarry
Grasshopper for Grandpa, Casey McGarry’s short by about the history of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens. | Credit: Tom Moore

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Throughout the shutdown, the Santa Barbara Film Festival has continued to bring interesting, unique content to movie fans. Now, there’s even more to look forward to, as the nonprofit has just launched its Film Talk series, which features screenings and discussion between SBIFF programmers and filmmakers.

“We have always been committed to supporting filmmakers and sharing great film with our community,” said SBIFF Senior Programmer Mickey Duzdevich. “During Covid, our online Q&As have established SBIFF as the first stop for film talk — from the artistry to the industry — and the SBIFF Film Talk series will offer filmmakers a platform for them to showcase their work, and audiences a steady stream of entertaining work and interesting conversation.” 

Santa Barbara made short films will be highlighted in the first installment of Film Talk, which kicks off Thursday, July 23, featuring Grasshopper for Grandpa, a documentary short by Casey McGarry that “tells the story of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens, Santa Barbara’s storied restaurant and bar, and, through it, the history of Santa Barbara’s Chinatown.” 

A new short film will be presented each week, followed by a virtual, live discussion. See

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