Mike DeGruy (right) and <i>Toy Story 3</i> director Lee Unkrich on stage at the Arlington Theater for the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Field Trip to the Movies.

It was almost a year ago that filmmaker Mike DeGruy died tragically in a helicopter crash. It was a day his friends at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will never forget. Over ten years ago Mike had helped create “Field Trip to the Movies”, for which Title I school kids are bused in from all over the county during the festival for a free day at the movies and a chance to learn about filmmaking. It has become one of the festival’s largest marquee events, and this year, the festival staff has renamed the event in his honor.

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