SB Surf Film Fest: Award-winning “Better Together”

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Date & Time

Sat, Nov 09 12:40 PM - 2:30 PM

Address (map)

1317 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Venue (website)

Arlington Theatre

Fifty years ago an oil spill united a community and changed the world forever

Christopher Lloyd narrates Better Together, a feature documentary about how one community keeps coming together through oil spills, fires, mudslides and the future challenges of a changing climate.

The catastrophic effects of four million gallons of oil spilling on the ecologically rich Santa Barbara Channel for most of 1969 changed Santa Barbara forever, and ignited a global shift that resulted in new laws and protections for environmental health. Through the years, the community has continued to come together in the face of disasters.

Narrated by Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”, “Over the Garden Wall”), the 47-minute documentary covers community response from that 1969 oil spill all the way to the devastating 2018 Montecito debris flow, and on to community-generated response to climate change. The effects of the 1969 oil blowout were felt across the world, inspiring Earth Day, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

Better Together was a finalist for the Best Social Focus Documentary at the LA Femme International Film Festival, 2019, and won the Best Documentary Feature at the Santiago Independent Film Awards, August 2019. It was also a finalist for the Ted Turner Prize and official selection for the 2019 BZN Film Celebration and held its world premiere at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.


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