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SBIFF 2021: Sacha Baron Cohen Accepts Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award

Following his award-winning performances as Borat in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and Abbie Hoffman in “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Sacha Baron Cohen was honored with the award.
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UCSB MCC Presents: Undocumented and Surviving the Pandemic

UCSB’s Multicultural Center held a discussion panel dedicated to uplifting undocumented voices during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Forget the Remake and the Reboot. Are We Entering the Age of the Cinematic Redo?

After a years-long social media campaign by devoted DC Universe fanboys to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, director Zack Snyder’s version of 2017’s “Justice League” has finally arrived.
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In Review: Demi Lovato Dances With the Devil, and Comes Back Stronger Than Ever

If there’s anyone who deserves a triumphant comeback album story arc, it’s Demi Lovato.
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On This Day: Van Cliburn, The Pianist That Broke The Cold War

As cheesy as it sounds, Cliburn became the epitome of the commonality of art between all of humankind, pushing past extremist notions of anti-Communism.
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SBIFF 2021: Four Filmmakers Win The Outstanding Directors Of The Year Award

The award ceremony celebrated filmmakers Chloė Zhao, David Fincher, Lee Isaac Chung and Thomas Vinterberg, all of whom “pushed the boundaries in their storytelling and created films that showcase t...
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On This Day: “The New Abnormal” By The Strokes

The emphasis on love, timely issues in the world and feelings of despair can be summed up in its title. “The New Abnormal” is just a reminder of the legacy The Strokes will forever carry.
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SBIFF 2021: Carey Mulligan Wins The Cinema Vanguard Award At The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The tribute, which honors actors who have “the tenacity to forge new ground in their craft,” was in recognition of Mulligan’s electrifying performance in “Promising Young Woman."
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SBIFF 2021: On Opening Night, “Invisible Valley” Treads Familiar Ground in Unfamiliar Territory

The film follows the lives of those in the Coachella Valley over the course of four seasons, from the farmworkers toiling in the fields to the revelers at the music festival.
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On This Day: “Carrie & Lowell” By Sufjan Stevens

Despite having only a 43-minute runtime, the album covers a lifetime of the complicated relationship between Stevens and his mother, along with the sadness that follows the death of a loved one.
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On This Day: The Weeknd’s Drearily Hedonistic Debut Project, “House of Balloons”

The project has become a landmark in 2010s R&B — a dynamic showcase of The Weeknd’s insecurities about love and coping dive into the maximums of hedonism.
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In Review: Tash Sultana’s “Terra Firma” Flares Up Worldwide

On this multiple-listens-through type of record, something beyond the songs themselves will linger in your thoughts.
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Record Recap: 50th Anniversary Of “Tago Mago” by CAN

The widespread influence of “Tago Mago” is reflected in the subsequent records of musicians who were inspired by the record’s creative exploration.
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“Waiting on Host”: UCSB Filmmakers on Shooting During the Pandemic

The film is about Jennifer, a professional dancer who lands an audition for a coveted role only to find out that her grandmother has tested positive for COVID-19.
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In Review: Chloé Zhao’s Quiet, Contemplative “Nomadland” Has a Different Vision for the American Dream

To save us from this reality comes Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a tale of freedom, empathy and hope — and one that might just be one of this year’s best films. 
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