The Santa Barbara International Film Festival -- The Reel Deal

January 28, 2015 9:20 PM

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If you love films and like to wake up in the most beautiful setting imaginable, otherwise known as the "American Riviera", the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is where you should be January 27th-February 7th, atleast that is where you will find me! This year is the 30th Anniversary of the Festival, as always, set in the actual birthplace of American cinema where the heart of film in this country began beating before the industry moved a little further down the coast. Every venue, where films representing 54 countries will be seen, is seeped in film lore, whether it be silent film, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, "old Hollywood", just know there is a story there. So as we wind our way through, that is if you are coming along with me to take in the 23 World and 53 U.S. premieres, a range of genres and subject matter, panels of talented artists in the industry, Awards and Tributes, just keep remembering, this is the soil where our country's movie industry began! The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is the Reel Deal.

For those of us lucky enough to be a part of the Santa Barbara Cinema Society and/or to have purchased a SBIFF Platinum pass, the Kick-Off to the Festival began last Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Riviera Theatre with a screening of "Nightcrawler," the film written and directed by Dan Gilroy, set in ...

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