Santa Barbara Films @ SBIFF
Features and Shorts with Santa Barbara Connections
Thursday, February 2, 2017
SBIFF brings the world to Santa Barbara’s doorstep, but it’s also the best annual chance for homegrown filmmakers to shine on the big screen. Here are this year’s SBIFF selections with Santa Barbara connections.
Every 40 Years: Filmmaker Eric Goldrich grew up hearing rumors that his dad once played in a rock band, so he and co-director Benjamin Friedberg investigate the legend through this feature-length documentary. They reveal the flash-in-the-pan, Billboard Top 40 phenomenon that was Gunhill Road, how the music industry thwarted the band’s aspirations, and then why some of the members (including Santa Barbara’s Glenn Leopold) decided to dust off their guitars and do it again. “Regardless of how ‘big’ they did or didn’t get, the fact that they opened (and closed) for some of the most legendary acts of our time still blows my mind,” said Goldrich. “As cool or as nerdy as my dad was growing up, his musical story certainly made him even cooler.”
Lynn Montgomery’s Don’t Sell My Guitars, about a country musician’s final request to his wife, will screen prior to this film.
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Gaviota: The End of Southern California
Gaviota: The End of Southern California: Filmmakers Shaw Leonard and Tamlorn Chase present this homegrown, five-years-in-the-making nature documentary about the Gaviota Coast, whose soul-stirring beauty and vast biodiversity also attract real estate developers and oil extractors. “Our dream with this film is to draw international attention to the Gaviota Coast, one of the world’s most threatened biodiversity hot spots,” they explained. “It focuses on the ecology of the coast, not the politics. We wanted to make a film that would inspire people to fall in love with this coast and want to protect it for future generations.”
Three shorts will screen before the film: Coastal Guardians by Andrew Han, about the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary; Devereux Slough, by frequent fest contributor Michael Love, about the serene, bird-filled estuary near UCSB; and Losing Ground, by Trevor Lestak, about the Tautrim family’s fight to keep Gaviota ranches intact.
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