Athena Tan has lived in Santa Barbara since 2007. Prior to the Independent, she edited scholarly manuscripts as an associate editor at punctum books and managing editor at Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies and taught film and media studies to college students. She spends time outside of work browsing the library's new books section, trawling thrift stores, and supporting S.B. social justice efforts.
S.B. Historical Museum’s Companion Shows Depict Life in Detention Camps
The shows remind us that history is continuous and that the arcs of multi-decade or multi-century narratives must constantly be illuminated.
Smart, Engaging Discussion from People Behind the Scenes on Films
The gathering offers an unmissable opportunity to focus on the craft of notable talents behind the scenes and, in some cases, below the line in Hollywood.
Selected Highlights from SBIFF 2018
Our selected highlights from SBIFF 2018, based on prescreened films.
Actor Sally Hawkins Is Well Cast in Dynamic Role
Actor Sally Hawkins is a big draw, her physically expressive performance well matched to the role of someone who communicates sans speech.
James Franco Nails Balance of Control and Excess Role Requires
James Franco nails the balance of control and excess the role requires, while Dave Franco is the perfect earnest, trusting foil.
Kenneth Branagh Offers Fun Puzzle for Agatha Christie Fans
Kenneth Branagh’s film isn’t a nuanced character drama, but offers a fun puzzle for Agatha Christie fans.
Film Plays Out with Perversity of a Classical Tragedy
The film plays out with the inevitability and perversity of a classical tragedy.
Police-Procedural Thriller with Little Procedure
Almost comically hyper-efficient detective hunt feels like a 10-episode series that was cut down to two hours.
Sequel Presents Bleak Vision of Future with Stunning Command of Space and Scale
The sequel presents a bleak vision of the future with a stunning command of space and scale.