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Ecological Storytelling with Hayao Miyazaki

Encouraging the Preservation of the Environment Through Animated Film
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Talent Trade Conference Shares Industry Secrets with Aspiring Actors, Screenwriters

“That Ari Gold character is tame compared to [agents in] the CAA,” said Justin Winters, a screenwriter who has been around the block when it comes to talent agencies. Winters delivered this one-li...
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“Grasshoppers for Grandpa” Gives an Inside Look to the History for Downtown Bar

The site of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens is Santa Barbara’s last visible remnant of the Chinatown that once was. Today, the space is open for business under the name The Pickle Room. But nine years ag...
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Nick Frost: Conversation with a Zombie Slayer, Alien Fighter and Bad-Ass Cop

If you’ve been asked who Nick Frost is, chances are you’ve shook your head in confusion before being told, “You know, the fat guy from ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz?’” Suddenly, yo...
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Kirk Cameron and More “Honored” at 35th Golden Raspberry Awards

The Academy Awards are the most prestigious awards for film in the world. Actors, directors and writers dream of getting onstage and exposing their faces to millions who would otherwise not give two ...
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Film Review: “Cerro Torre: A Snowball’s Chance in Hell” Provides Exhilarating Look at Patagonia Climbing Expedition

“Follow your dreams” is an often-repeated piece of advice that most have heard, and many agree on, but how does the well-known mantra fare when said dreams top over 10,000 feet off the ground? Acc...
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Student Documentary Gets Selected for SBIFF: Blue Horizons Students Dive Deep with “Mussel Man”

Out in the open ocean past the Santa Barbara harbor, the mussel man drives a self-designed boat at 4:30 a.m. to the harvest ropes. Using a fisherman technique rarely found in the U.S., he pulls up mor...
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Utah Report: I Went to Sundance and It was Awesome

Every January, Hollywood descends upon (or ascends to, technically) the picturesque snow globe that is Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. Since its founding in 1978, Sundance has been a f...
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Fifty Shades of Grey: Still a better love story than….actually, not really

Finally, it’s here. The mommy-pornographic, masturbatory, former Twilight fanfiction fantasy hit that has taken the sexually-frustrated world by storm: “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the movie. Now, to...
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My Not so So Ordinary Eight Days as an Intern

The 2015 Santa Barbara Film Festival came to a close this past Sunday. With it goes the star sightings, the hip boxed water for pass holders and the influx of visitors to downtown Santa Barbara. But w...
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Directors Given Prestigious Honors at SBIFF Chazelle, Linklater, Miller, Poitras and Tyldum Reflect at Arlington

The Outstanding Directors of the Year tribute event was admittedly more low-key than one would imagine. While there was certainly a long line to get into the Arlington, there weren’t any screaming f...
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Women’s Panel Highlights Male-Dominance in Film Industry

The phrase “women in show business” conjures a variety of onscreen stereotypes: the distressed damsel, the young clandestine coquette and the sensual temptress, amongst others. The cause for this ...
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“McFarland, USA” Tells the American Story Picking and Running: Disney Film Explores Teenage Life in Central Valley

Kevin Costner plays Coach Jim White in Disney’s “McFarland, USA,” which tells the true story of a coach who inspired his seemingly hapless students to form a cross country team and go the distan...
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“Partners in Crime” Sheds Light on the Truths of the Teenage Psyche

Chang Jung-chi’s thriller is all about uncovering secrets, discovering lies and exposing the truth. One would expect as much from a story centered on the sleuthing adventures of high school boys, bu...
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SBIFF Awards Steve Carell at Ceremony Looking Back on his Career

“Woo! Steve!” shouted someone way in the back of the Arlington Theatre. In one of the front rows, the man of the hour himself shot up in his seat, turned around and yelled, “Hey! Quiet!” in tr...
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