Jakob Dylan, ‘Peel’, and Top 10 Fest Favorites
Jakob Dylan, ‘Peel’, and Top 10 fest favorites
'Zulu Summer' and 'Black Panther'
'Zulu Summer' is one of the most inspiring films on the program.
Director Krzysztof Zanussi Talks New Film
Director Krzysztof Zanussi answers questions about his new film post screening.
Directors, Celebrities, Films, and Weather
Directors, celebrities, films, and weather add up to fine fest.
Foreign Films Dominate SBIFF Screens
Foreign films dominate SBIFF screenings.
David Crosby Doc and Aretha Franklin Live
David Crosby Doc and Aretha Franklin Live
Viggo Mortensen and Screenwriters Panel
Viggo Mortensen and screenwriters indulge audiences with delightful stories.
Engaging Doc About Dirt-To-Bounty
John Chester has created an engaging documentary about the toils of bringing food from soil to fruition.
Outstanding Directors and Up Close with Alfonso Cuarón
Outstanding Directors honored and an up close with Alfonso Cuarón.
A Deep Diver’s Legacy Lingers
A deep diver’s legacy lingers; movies to see.
Fab Four Film Series Beatles Revolutions Comes to UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center
Fab Four film series Beatles Revolutions comes to UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center.
Author Tours Nontraditional Music Venues
Author tours nontraditional music venues.
Josef Woodard’s Favorites from 2018
Josef Woodard’s favorite viewing from 2018.
Emotionally Powerful in Quiet, Unexpected Ways
Emotionally powerful in quiet, unexpected ways.
Film Serves as Wake-Up Call
Killing the messengers is an alarming reality and this film serves as a wake-up call.
Film Makes Audience Fall in Love with the Soprano
Film succeeds in making us fall in love again (or for the first time) with the soprano, and with opera.
Netflix’s Strange, Trippy, Biochemically Fantastical Love Story
TV’s strangest, trippiest, and most biochemically fantastical love story this year.
Good Ol’ Yet New-Fangled Magic
It adds up to that good ol’ yet new-fangled magic.
Woodard Travels Up the Coast to Steep in California Tradition and Music
Woodard travels up the coast to steep in California tradition and music.
Rupert Everett Is a Magnetizing Center of Narrative Storm
Rupert Everett is a magnetizing center of this film that inspires and meanders by turns.
Excitingly Cerebral and Touchingly Human
Director Gustav Möller’s movie is as exciting as a cerebral, filmic venture and touching as a fully, knotty human story.
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins in Conversation
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins venture down their respective and collective memory lanes.
SBIFF Showcases Social, Environmental, Political Slate of Docs
SBIFF showcases a social, environmental, and political slate of docs, as well as community-engaging panel discussions with artists and community leaders.
Film Avoids Hysterical Depiction, Artfully Deals with Volatile Subject of Conversion Therapy
The film avoids hysterical depictions of the conversion campaign, instead artfully dealing with realities of a volatile situation with too much relevance in the modern moment.
Sisterly Support in Man’s World is Story’s Maxim
The balm of sisterly support in a man’s world serves as the story’s moving maxim.
Story Lingers in Mind Thanks to Deep Dive by Director
The film lingers in the mind longer than its headline-tapping relevance thanks to the deep dive made by the director.
A Blissful Art and Music-Enhanced Destination
A blissful art and music-enhanced nature destination.
Documentary Does Smashing Job of Filling in Blanks of Multitalented Brit
Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary does a smashing job of filling in the blanks and chronology of this restless, multitalented Brit.
It’s a Smaller World, After All
It’s a smaller world, after all.
HBO Adapts Book into Stylish, Arty Thriller
HBO adapts book into stylish, arty thriller for the small screen.
SBIFF Presents Its Seventh Wave Film Festival
SBIFF presents its seventh Wave Film Festival.
Features and Documentaries Screen on Fridays in July
Features and documentaries screen each Friday in July.
Actress Is Cosmic, Elusive Star of Film
This impressive first feature film drops us into the murky world of Nancy, who may or may not be a woman kidnapped as a young girl.
Series Deftly Blends Family-Friendly Elements with Bizarre, Scary Forces
The series deftly blends family-friendly elements with bizarre, scary forces.
Netflix Original Series Explores 1929 Germany’s Weimar Republic
Netflix’s original series explores Germany’s fragile but culturally fertile Weimar Republic in 1929.
Stew of a Film That Never Fully Satisfies
It’s a stew of a film that lures viewers into its tasty trap without fully satisfying.
Bill Hader Stars as Reluctant Hitman in Fab New Show
Bill Hader stars as a reluctant hitman in his fab new show on HBO.
Touching, Persuasive Documentary on the Celebrity Virtuoso
Director Alison Chernick presents a touching and persuasive documentary on the celebrity virtuoso.
Japanese Doc Delves into Specialized World of Gourmet Ramen Makers
Japanese documentary delves into the specialized world of legendary gourmet ramen makers.
Documentary Paints Portrait of Artist Who Continues to Evolve and Invent
Thomas Riedelsheimer’s documentary paints a portrait of an artist who continues to evolve and invent.
Woman Who’s Comes Apart Looks for Way Back to Normality
The film tells of a woman coming apart and looking for a way back into normality that has suddenly morphed.
Errol Morris’s Docudrama Scrutinizes Frank Olson’s Alleged Suicide
Errol Morris’s docudrama scrutinizes the alleged suicide of Frank Olson, who was found dead outside N.Y.C.’s Hotel Statler in 1953, having fallen from a 13th-floor window.
Drama Moves Beyond Insult that Serves as Kindling for Simmering Socio-Ethnic Rage.
Courtroom drama moves far beyond the trivial insult that serves as kindling for simmering socio-ethnic rage.
Series Raises Question: Is This Farce, Reality TV, or Both?
The scare factor underlying this series on Trump follies is its proximity to the chilling non-cartoon world over which the Trumpster has dominion.
An Enlightened Escape Route
The festival came to a close on Saturday night, with a heartwarming and civic-minded roster of Santa Barbara documentaries.
Deer in the Dreamlights
A strong undercurrent in the film is the power and the dreams, which become both a retreat from the concrete reality and a literally connective tissue between our lover protagonists.
The Lure of a Mysterious ‘Woman’
Chilean filmmaker makes a “trans-genre and transgender film.”
Sam Rockwell and Other Actors in Hollywood’s Side Lights
The crop of celebrities honored at this year’s award tributes is low-key, in that the klieg lights are being shone on actors who have artistically prospered in the chameleonic side lights of Hollywood.
Tributes, Panels, and Films Light Up the City
SBIFF has once again lit up our city in the manner to which we’ve grown accustomed, propitiously timed during the lead-up to the Academy Awards.
Directors as Cultural Superheroes
On that stage was genuinely an all-star collection of uniquely creative voices, whose work this year all deserved their Oscar nominations.