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Santa Barbara Film Fest Lines Up First Weekend Panelists, Includes Dede Gardner, Dana Brunetti, Ron Yerxa and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 28, 2014 at 11:32AM

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which kicks off January 30 and runs through February 9, has revealed its first weekend of panelists. Check out a detailed listing of what’s happening, below.
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Dede Gardner
Dede Gardner

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which kicks off January 30 and runs through February 9, has revealed its first weekend of panelists. 

Check out a detailed listing of what’s happening, below. The second weekend panelists will be announced soon. Ticket info is on SBIFF’s website.

-Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, at the Lobero Theatre will be the Movers and Shakers panel, which brings together some of today’s most established producers to discuss their current projects and their vision of American cinema within the Hollywood system.  Moderated by Los Angeles Times film writer John Horn, this year’s panelists include:  Albert Berger (Nebraska), Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club), Dana Brunetti (Captain Phillips), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave), Joey McFarland (producer, Wolf of Wall Street) Charles Roven (American Hustle), Gaby Tana (Philomena) and Ron Yerxa  (Nebraska). 

-Following the producer’s panel at 2:00 p.m., is SBIFF’s Creative Forces: Women in the Biz panel which spotlights creative decision-makers sharing the challenges and successes they have faced as women in the industry.  Moderated by Madelyn Hammond, this year’s panelists include:  Kristine Belson (producer, The Croods), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave), Lauren MacMullen (director, Get A Horse, Animated short), Rachel Winter (producer, Dallas Buyers Club) and Sara Woodhatch (producer, Before Midnight).  

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.