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Exclusive: The Hunt Begins In Clip From 'Violet' Playing The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 11:07 AM
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Violet
We live in age of images, from Instagram to SnapChat, from the visuals of big screen spectacles to the intimacy of small screen dramas, to even the photos we carry around in our pockets on our phone. But what if one image took hold and you couldn't let go?

Exclusive: 'Warren' Learns About His Past In Drama Premiering At The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 11:21 AM
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Warren
Going back home when you're older is never easy, but sometimes that onset of maturity allows you to view your life through a whole new lens. And that seems to be the texture that's part of Alex Beh's upcoming drama "Warren."

Exclusive: Ride With The Trailer For 'Queens & Cowboys' Premiering At The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 10:05 AM
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Queens & Cowboy: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo
The image of the cowboy has long been one of rugged—and straight—masculinity. From John Wayne strutting his stuff across countless classic films, to the Marlboro Man reinforcing the concept through the advertising world, and pop culture in general rarely deviating from presenting the cowboy within a very specific set of rules. But as we know, rules are made to be broken.

Watch: Santa Barbara Film Festival's 12 Minute Sizzle Reel Tribute To Jennifer Lawrence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 4:20 PM
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We're less than a week away, and after Sunday night, Oscar talk will be over for another year. Well, until next fall anyway. But there is still plenty of time to honor the nominees, and among them is Jennifer Lawrence, who solidified in 2012 that she has certainly arrived. From her first Oscar nomination two years ago for "Winter's Bone," the actress has exploded with two franchises under her belt ("The Hunger Games," the new "X-Men" films), a new collaborator in "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell (she just signed on for his next movie) and a promising upcoming slate that includes Susanne Bier's drama "Serena." Too early for a tribute? That's up for debate, but she's already getting the career overview treatment.

Interview: 'Angels in Exile' Director Billy Raftery Talks The Street Kids Of Durban & How To Partner Social Activism With Documentary

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 9, 2013 12:27 PM
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Audiences were captivated by the visceral, intimate look into the lives of street kids in Durban, South Africa, captured by filmmaker Billy Raftery in his documentary “Angels in Exile,” which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last week (review here). However, one couldn’t help but also be drawn in to Billy’s story and the circumstances surrounding this film that was ten years in the making. We sat down with Raftery and his producer Adam Paul Smith to chat about the making of “Angels in Exile,” how he was able to gain access into this population of rogue street kids, and what the future holds for social activism documentary filmmaking.

Santa Barbara Review: 'Angels in Exile' Captures The Lives Of South African Street Kids & Treads New Path For Social Action Documentaries

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 4, 2013 7:01 PM
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In 2003, college student Billy Raftery took a surf trip to South Africa and made a stop in the city of Durban, finding more than just waves— he stumbled upon the subject for a documentary in Ariel, one the thousands of street kids who live on Durban’s Point Road. “Angels in Exile,” narrated by Charlize Theron, is the cinematic culmination of that project, 10 years in the making, but it certainly isn’t the end of it, by any means. Raftery founded the non-profit organization Children Rise in order to help fund his film, and to continue to work to manifest actual change in lives of these children. “Angels in Exile” represents a new model for the social change documentary, where the activism and the filmmaking are inextricably linked.

Santa Barbara Review: 'Blumenthal' A Funny & Original Work That Heralds The Arrival Of A Unique New Voice In Seth Fisher

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 2, 2013 10:54 AM
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“Blumenthal” is a film about three Blumenthals. There’s Harold (Brian Cox), the famous playwright who died laughing at his own joke. There’s his brother, Saul (Mark Blum), an English professor who feels entitled to a bit of Harold’s success and has had some issues, ahem, not letting things… go. And there’s Saul’s son, Ethan (Seth Fisher), a pharmaceutical rep who’s obsessed with finding the perfect fit. He wears nurse’s shoes and can’t stand his girlfriend Christina’s (Mei Melancon) sloppy eating.

Santa Barbara Review: Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Is A Loving Celebration Of Great Musicianship And A Glorious Tribute To Tape

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 29, 2013 9:56 AM
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Thank God for Dave Grohl. Everyone’s favorite Foo Fighter and the most cheerful member of Nirvana, his irrepressible energy and sheer delight in rocking the F out shines during his loving remembrance of the legendary Los Angeles recording studio Sound City in his debut documentary feature of the same name. Ostensibly a memorial to the studio that spawned such albums as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers catalog, and Nirvana’s Nevermind, among many, many other classic rock albums, the film also celebrates the craft and collaboration borne of this kind of specific recording process.

Exclusive: Poster & Trailer Debut For The Comedy 'Blumenthal' Premiering At The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 25, 2013 4:50 PM
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The body of the Sundance Film Festival isn't even cold yet, but Hollywood filmmakers, publicists, talent, and press will find themselves leaving behind the parkas and gearing up for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this weekend. It kicked off last night with the premiere of Henry Alex-Rubin's "Disconnect," and today, we've got an exclusive look at the trailer and poster for a film making its debut in Santa Barbara this weekend, Seth Fisher's "Blumenthal."

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