Film & TV

SBIFF Film Talk: “Vera Cruz” Showcases a Colorful Hidden Gem of Santa Barbara Architecture

The film footage was captured over two years, using time-lapse photography and constructed camera poles to show the growth of the property’s art over time. 
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In Review: It’s No Big Dill If You Don’t Watch “An American Pickle”

Yes, “An American Pickle” is a comedy starring one of the genre’s most well-known actors, but it’s not the laugh-out-loud movie the trailer makes it out to be.
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“The Beelievers:” An Insider Glance Into the Bee-Loving Community of Santa Barbara

The short film “The Beelievers” presents an insider glance into the unconventional world of beekeeping and those involved in the upkeep of the bee population in Santa Barbara.
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SBIFF Film Talk: “Trail Heads” Presents a Glimpse Into the Collaborative Spirit of Santa Barbara Adventure

“Trail Heads" depicts the community established between previous rival biking and hiking groups after the devastating impacts of the Thomas Fire and mudslides. 
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“Grasshopper for Grandpa”: A Storied Essence of an Antique Santa Barbara

“Grasshopper for Grandpa,” a short film documentary about Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens directed by Casey McGarry, narrates the story behind this beloved spot and the legacy it left behind. 
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“Palm Springs”: The Perfect Film For This Never-Ending Quarantine

The film portrays the unfortunate yet legitimate human issues of struggling with a sense of belonging, self-identity and the meaning of life.
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In Review: Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods”

“Da 5 Bloods” deals with emotional trauma caused because of the war, trust issues, complex relationships with fathers and the never-ending injustices experienced by Black people in America.
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In Review: “8:46” by Dave Chappelle

The special comes in the wake of nationwide and worldwide protests denouncing the murder of George Floyd and police brutality and systemic racism against Black Americans as a whole.
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“The King of Staten Island” Is Exactly What You Think It Is

In true Davidson fashion, “The King of Staten Island” tackles serious issues with abrasive sarcasm and laugh-out-loud one-liners.
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A.S. Program Board Presents: Ask Ari Aster

This event was any movie lover’s dream as students were able to pick Aster’s brilliant mind and learn more about the film industry.
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“Survivor: 40” Review: An All-Winner Cast Creates a Winning Season

This season provided memorable moments, funny interactions and great gameplay to go with a fantastic cast.
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Creating a New Home: “Unorthodox” Review

This revolutionary and unapologetically unique show remains relatively obscure, and even more than a month after its release it is still deprived of the popular buzz it deserves.
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“Never Have I Ever”: Mindy Kaling’s New Series on Netflix

While “Never Have I Ever” may sound like an otherwise banal and dry teen show from the name, the show presents so much more for the representation of women of color in television.
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Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s “Making the Cut” Barely Makes It Work

If you desperately miss Klum and Gunn and miss watching innovative fashions walk down the runway, this show does the job.
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“Outer Banks”: Does Netflix’s New East Coast Teen Drama Live Up to the Hype?

From all these dynamic relationships and conflicts comes an enthralling, 10-episode series full of lust, mystery and absurd twists.
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