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.
Behind and Beneath the Scenery
Film artisans take center stage, and more must see films.
Holding Court in a Divided World
The Lebanese film The Insult is a fascinating variation on the courtroom drama genre and a potent and contemporarily important tale of tolerance.
Chasing Cursors and Screen Time
Screenwriters talk about their craft, Virtuosos get loose, and more films gems.
During Gary Oldman’s Maltin Modern Master Award tribute it was clear that we were in the presence of a true acting chameleon.
From the category of docs, one of the more powerful entries is ‘Living in the Future Past,’ a masterful ecological cautionary.
Out of the Cold
Opening night film, ‘The Public’, was one of the best festival-opening features in recent memory.
Jack Black Stars as Real-Life Bandleader Jan Lewan
Viewers at once are immersed in a polka-lined world and view it from a half-satirical remove.
Tale of Dysfunctional Family Dotted by Calamities amid Calm Circumstances
This tale of dysfunctional family ties is dotted by calamities amid deceptively calm circumstances.
The Bard Goes Hollywood at UCSB
The Bard’s “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” and more translated to the big screen.
Chilling Film Has Renewed Relevance in the Age of Trump
This chilling film about intolerance has renewed relevance in the age of Trump.
Spike Lee’s TV Series Creates Brooklyn-ized Audio-Visual-Cultural-Carnal Tapestry
Creating a Brooklyn-ized audio-visual-cultural-carnal tapestry is part of Lee’s overall goal here, which he nicely achieves.
The Year’s Best TV and Film
The ‘Indy’ film/television critic shares his favorite big- and small-screen offerings of the year.
Scott Frank’s Seven-Episode Series Lures Viewers into Terrain Both Familiar and Fresh
Scott Frank’s seven-episode series lures viewers into terrain both familiar and fresh.
Animated Film Lays Out Hardships In Tapestry of Fable-Like Storytelling and Harsh Realities
Hardships are laid out in a tapestry of sweet, fable-like storytelling and the harsh realities of the day.
Historical Slice of Life in the AIDS Struggle
Film conveys a historical slice of life in the AIDS struggle with a strong, supple cinematic voice.
David Fincher’s Morbidly Hypnotic TV Series
David Fincher’s morbidly hypnotic series explores the psychology and behavioral science aspects of crime fighting.
Illuminating, Sly, and Beautifully Made Film a Must-See
The illuminating, sly, and beautifully made film is a must-see in S.B.'s suddenly busy art-house scene.
TV Guru’s Latest Series
Stories of heart and humanity meet at the juncture of bump and grind.
Hulu Showing BBC’s Crime Series Directed by Jane Campion
Hulu showing BBC’s crime series directed by Jane Campion.
UCSB’s Pollock Theater Presents Germanic Wit and Splendor at the Movies
UCSB’s Pollock Theater presents Germanic wit and splendor at the movies.
Director Talks About Her Oscar-Nominated Film About Cambodia
The director talks about her Oscar-nominated film about Cambodia.
Biopic About Django Reinhart’s Life in Nazi France
This biopic explores Django Reinhart’s life during the Nazi occupation of France.
Reviewed: Fascinating Doc Packs a Lot of Info into Two-Hour Journey
This fascinating documentary packs a lot of info, sobering sociocultural revelations, and stirring music into a revelatory two-hour journey.
Reviewed: Documentary About the United Farm Workers Revolution
The film gives valuable, equal time to Dolores Huerta, an undeservedly lesser-known but vitally important figure in the farmworker struggle and grape boycott.
SBIFF Reveals Its New and Improved Cinema Art House
SBIFF reveals new and improved cinema art house.
Shows Struggles of Life for Those with Autism and Their Families
Series takes care to touch on the struggles of life “on the spectrum,” for those affected and their families.
Netflix Show Plunges into the Dubious World of Lady Wrestling
Netflix show plunges into the dubious world of lady wrestling.
Show Lures Viewers with Dramatic Historical Intrigue
Show lures viewers in with dramatic historical intrigue and stealthy wars of will and cunning.
Eccentric Plots, Quirky Humor, and Ultra-Violence Akin to <em>Fargo</em> and <em>Twin Peaks</em>
Eccentric plot mapping and a dry, quirky humor mix with occasional bursts of ultra-violence in this compelling show.
Minnesotan Gothic Translates Delectably to the Small Screen
The Minnesotan gothic translates delectably to the small screen.
Story of African-American Woman’s Impact on Health and Wellness
This film casts long-overdue light on the genuinely “immortal” role of a black woman’s impact on health and wellness in the past half-century.
‘Archie’ Comics Dive Headfirst into 2017 with Hormone-Fueled Melodrama
This revolutionized take on classic Archie comics dives headfirst into 2017 with hormone-fueled melodrama.
Samantha Bee Offers Salty Twist-Up on the TV Family Genre
Samantha Bee’s sitcom creation is a shamelessly irreverent and salty fun twist-up on the TV family genre.
Ryan Murphy Launches New TV Anthology
Ryan Murphy explores the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in new TV anthology.
Playground Becomes Battleground in HBO’s Limited Series
Playground becomes battleground in HBO’s limited series.
Around the World in a Week and Change with International Fest
Around the world in a week and change with international festival.
Josef Woodard Wraps Up the Film Festival
Building and Traversing Bridges
Josef Woodard on Jeff Bridges and cinema from around the world.
Festival as Melting Pot
Josef Woodard explores the fest’s international connections.
Words as Music to the Ears and Mind
Legendary jazz writer Nat Hentoff was also a noted writer about First Amendment rights.
Art in Perilous Times
Josef Woodard hails Polish film ‘Afterimage’ for its cinematography, music, and storyline.
What’s Happened So Far at the Fabulous Santa Barbara International Film Festival
What’s happened so far at the fabulous Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Criminal Doings and the Dangers of Going Home
Josef Woodard spends time with the film festival's criminal elements.
Affleck, Williams by Another Sea
Josef Woodard's Take on Affleck, Williams, and blues-y films.