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GBK Production’s 2019 Pre-Golden Globes Luxury Gifting Lounge Attracts a Sea of Stars & Presenters

Beautiful Bling and Top Travel Destinations Featured at GBK's Luxury Gifting Lounge

The January 4th and Saturday January 5th Hollywood’s premiere GBK Productions Celebrity Luxury Gifting Lounge honoring the 2019 Golden Globe Awards attracted hundreds of celebrities, countless press outlets who enjoyed the entertainment, food, beverages and some of this year's hottest must-have items at the grand L’Hermitage Hotel in Beverly, Hills.

GBK Productions hosted Golden Globe Nominees and other Top Celebrities during the Golden Globes Awards weekend. Attendees included Viola Davis, Angela Bassett, Danny Huston, Anthony Anderson, director Joe Russo and Nominee Spike Lee (Director for BlakkKlansman). There was a reunion of the breakout cast of the hit Netflix film Dumplin’ with stars Danielle Macdonald, Luke Benward and Odeya Rush all stopping by.  Linda Cardellini, Mike Hatton and Dimiter Marinov of the 5 time Golden Globe nominated film Green Book were there as were the stars of other nominated shows/films such as Indya Moore & Angel Curiel (Nominated series Pose), Cole Allen, Juliet Morris & Bernard White (Nominated series Kidding), Keidrich Sellati (Nominated series The Americans), Darrell Britt-Gibson (Nominated series Barry), Matilda Szydagis (Nominated series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Michael Beasley (Nominated series Escape at Dannemora), David S. Lee (Nominated film Black Panther), Coleman Domingo (Nominated film If Beale Street Could Talk) and more. Also stopping by for the festivities were Leslie Zemeckis, World of MARWEN, Dania Ramirez, Shameless stars Scott Michael Campbell & Shanola Hampton, Keith David, 4x NBA Champion John Salley, Sarayu Blue, London Brown, Jeremy Maguire, Felix Solis, James Maslow, Ser’Darius Blaine, Carl McDowell, Donovan Carter, Taylor Cole, , Michelle La, Chandler Kinney, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Arturo Del Puerto, Bobby Rodriguez, Caleb Foote and more.

Attendees were welcomed with beverages by JCB Spirits with signature cocktails made from their Vodka and Gin crafted in Burgundy from the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and guests were gifted with a JCB tasting party for 12 and a bottle of their choice. While inside, guests got to experience WEN Hair and Body Care by Chaz Dean (with Chaz himself on hand personally) who gave personal styling tips and hair and body care products which have revolutionized the hair care industry through their holistic approach. The nominees and other guests got to ‘test drive’ the Kahuna Chair which offers the best 4D massage chair on the market – where they unveiled the new Kahuna LED anti-aging mask as well as received a pair of PROSPEK Glasses which are computer glasses, from a Canadian start-up, who provides eye care in the digital age with glasses that alleviate eye strain and protect eyes from long term screen use.

Celebrities enjoyed an assortment of glitzy gifts including a stay with Fit Farm which is the nation’s premiere fitness retreat in Nashville which provides a full adult playground on 12 acres with the only permanent obstacle course with lodging. Additionally, everyone received gifts from Comfitude blankets, Go Donut stands for tablets and smartphones, Knot Standard menswear, Nicole Frank TWE fashion for women, Seraph Design clothing and accessories, Snow Teeth Whitening, Story Electric Bikes, Warthers Cutlery, Wonderlash lashes, Yomo Studio jewelry and accessories, Heitz Cellars wines, The Artisan Group jewelry and accessories, Total Life Changes skincare/teas/coffee/oils, Sailrock Resort trips to Turks & Caicos and STK Restaurant.

GBK Productions charity partners for this years event included the Stan Lee Foundation and Peace 4 Animals on-site to talk to the talent and press about their organizations. California Live, on NBC, partnered with GBK this year to gift Woolsey Firefighter Kristina Dee Kepner a Golden Globes experience for her dedication fighting the fires in California for 6 days straight. The California Live segment aired on NBC Monday January 7th. Music for the event was provided by ADM Entertainment, Floral Décor by Succulent Studios, Art Décor by Jennifer Contini Studios and Talent and Press secured by Mosaic Public Relations.

GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company's Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting, and GBK Marketing & Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Luxury Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO) or GBK please go to gbkproductions.com.

Gavin Keilly, GBK Productions



Virtuosos Award
presented by UGG
honoring Yalitza Aparicio (Roma),
Sam Elliott (A Star is Born),
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade),
Claire Foy (First Man),
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?),
Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace),
John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman),
and Steven Yeun (Burning)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Arlington Theatre
Santa Barbara, CA

VISIT sbiff.org for tickets & information.





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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, announced today the highly anticipated lineup for the 34th edition, which will run January 30 to February 9, 2019. The festival will feature 63 world premieres and 59 U.S. premieres from 48 countries, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.

Roger Durling & Barbara Boros Unveil 2019 SBIFF Poster

SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling stated this morning, “After the tragedy last year in Santa Barbara, we questioned whether to go ahead with last year’s festival, but we came to realize the importance of film as a way for people to gather in an equalitarian way to reflect, feel and simply experience art together. SBIFF is an event that brings together a plethora of visitors - international, national and local filmmakers, Oscar contenders, vital educational programs. We have entered this year with a renewed sense of purpose and continuity with the festival and understand more than ever the important role we play in the community. As such, we have chosen to bookend our festival with two films about iconic people and places in Santa Barbara to highlight the resilience, vitality and the talent within the Santa Barbara community.”


SBIFF 2019 will start with the Opening Night Film, presented by UGG®, on Wednesday, January 30, at the historic Arlington Theatre with the world premiere of Diving Deep:The Life and Times of Mike deGruy directed by Mimi deGruy.  

Mimi de Gruy - Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike de Gruy


Diving Deep:The Life and Times of Mike deGruy is a feature film documentary about Mike deGruy, an irrepressible biologist turned award-winning filmmaker who swam, dived and filmed in oceans around the world and in the process became the first to film many rarely seen creatures in their own oceans. He was also a passionate advocate of the ocean’s creatures and  became increasingly outspoken as an environmental activist. In 2012, deGruy died tragically in a helicopter crash in Australia while filming for director James Cameron. Told through the eyes of Mimi deGruy, his wife and filmmaking partner, Diving Deep:The Life and Times of Mike deGruy celebrates deGruy’s remarkable life, career and what he passionately believed:  we are destroying the ocean before we even know what’s there.

Following the film, the Opening Night Gala, sponsored by Amazon Studios, will take place in the beautiful outdoor Paseo Nuevo Shops and Restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara. It will feature entertainment, food, libations, and a chance to celebrate the start of SBIFF.



The Festival will close Saturday, February 9 at the Arlington Theatre with the world premiere of Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story directed by Wyatt Daily. The Closing Night Film is sponsored by Winchester Mystery House.

SPOONS: A SANTA BARBARA STORY is an exploration of how one of the most significant corners of the world produced, and continues to produce, some of the most talented surfers and innovators. Deeper than all is a story of craftsmanship, work ethic, renegades and tradition. This is a film that goes beyond the time spent in the ocean to define how one spends a lifetime.

 Following the film, SBIFF will end with a final celebration at the Closing Night Party sponsored by Amazon Studios.




SBIFF has become an important showcase for Academy Award frontrunners, many of whom have arrived as nominees and gone on to win the Oscar. The 34th SBIFF proudly celebrates some of the year’s finest work in film.


  • The Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, will be Thursday, January 31 at 8:00pm. Honorees to be announced.
  • The Outstanding Performer of the Year Award will be Friday, February 1 at 8:00pm. Honoree to be announced.
  • Viggo Mortensen will receive the American Riviera Award, on Saturday, February 2 at 3:00pm.
  • Glenn Close will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award, moderated by longtime friend, film historian, and award namesake Leonard Maltin on Saturday, February 2 at 8:00pm.
  • Melissa McCarthy will receive the Montecito Award, sponsored by Bella Vista Designs, on Sunday, February 3 at 8:00pm.
  • The Variety Artisans Awards, sponsored by Variety, will take place on Monday, February 4 at 8:00pm, and will be moderated by Tim Gray. Honorees to be announced.
  • The Virtuosos Award, presented by UGG®, will be awarded to Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Claire Foy (First Man), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman), and Steven Yeun (Burning) on Tuesday, February 5 at 8:00pm, moderated by Dave Karger.
  • Michael B. Jordan will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award presented by Belvedere Vodka on Thursday, February 7 at 8:00pm.

All tributes take place at the historic Arlington Theatre with the exception of the Variety Artisans Award which will be at the Lobero Theatre, presented by Toyota Mirai.



SBIFF has become renowned for creating smart, insightful panels that feature a who’s who in the world of filmmaking, including many Oscar contenders.


  • Producers Panel will be on Saturday, February 2 at 10:00am, moderated by Glenn Whipp.
  • Writers Panel will be on Saturday,February 2 at 1:00pm, moderated by Anne Thompson.
  • Women’s Panel will be on Sunday, February 3 at 11:00am, moderated by Madelyn Hammond.


All panels take place at the Lobero Theatre, presented by Toyota Mirai. Panelists to be announced.


Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies – Named for renowned nature cinematographer Mike deGruy, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies uses filmmaking to stimulate creative, confident, and culturally aware thinkers. The program is offered to 4,000 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from throughout Santa Barbara County, and SBIFF provides free transportation to students from Title I schools. This year SBIFF is thrilled to present two critically acclaimed films: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with directors Peter Ramsey, Robert Persichetti Jr., Rodney Rothman and Ralph Breaks the Internet with directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. The directors will participate in a Q&A following the screenings with the students to discuss the craft of animated filmmaking. Sponsored by Montecito Bank & Trust, Patagonia, Union Bank, Bentson Foundation and Volentine Family Foundation.


Student Film Studies Program – Returning for its fifth year thanks to the generosity of Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, the national student film studies program will bring 30 undergraduate film students from across the country for a three-day symposium with a focus on film appreciation, criticism, and analysis. Sixty college students in Santa Barbara have the opportunity to take an 11-Day Film Festival course through Santa Barbara City College.


AppleBox Family Films – SBIFF will again screen animated feature frontrunners free to families on the weekends of the Festival with complimentary popcorn and refreshments. This year’s screenings will include Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (10:00am on February 2), Ralph Breaks the Internet (10:00am on February 3), and Incredibles 2 (10:00am on February 9). Sponsored by Metropolitan Theatres.


10–10–10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Mentorship and Competition – In October, 20 high school and college screenwriters and filmmakers were accepted after a competitive application process before beginning a series of workshops, a table read, and a casting day. Since then, the ten writer/director teams and their crews have worked with industry mentors to produce short films that will be screened on Saturday, February 9 at 2:00pm at The Arlington Theatre, with an announcement of the winning scripts and films following the screening. Sponsored by Final Draft Inc. and generously supported by Mary Beth Riordan.


Free Public Screenings – SBIFF will again offer critically acclaimed film screenings free to the public at the Lobero Theatre presented by Toyota Mirai everyday throughout the Festival.


Filmmaker Seminars – SBIFF will again present educational seminars that will be free to the public and will take place in the Festival Pavilion daily at 11:00am. Filmmaker Seminars are sponsored by Driscoll’s.


Super Silent Sunday On Sunday, February 3, SBIFF will present the 1927 influential German science-fiction film Metropolis at the Arlington Theatre completely free to the public.  Live accompaniment will be provided by Adam Aceto on the theatre’s Wonder Morton pipe organ. Super Silent Sunday is sponsored by Winchester Mystery House.


Youth CineMedia SBIFF presents a documentary film series produced entirely by teens involved in the Youth CineMedia program. Striving to help children transition away from gang life, drugs, and alcohol and into college and careers in music, photography, and video production, the organization offers creative tools, training, and support for underprivileged and at–risk teens.  Free to the public with Q&A following on Saturday, February 9.




Santa Barbara Filmmakers – The Santa Barbara filmmaking community continues to captivate and inspire audiences with this year’s impressive lineup. Santa Barbara filmmakers provide a diverse, thought–provoking series of features and shorts.


The “Stand Up” Award sponsored by ADL – The Santa Barbara Tri–Counties Region of the Anti–Defamation League will be sponsoring and presenting the “ADL Stand Up Award” to a dramatic film in the festival that represents an important addition to the efforts of the ADL "to secure justice and fair treatment for all."


The Tribute Awards were once again specially designed by Santa Barbara’s own Daniel Gibbings Jewelry. The award is inspired by the iconic steeple of Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre, is handcrafted in metal, and is 24 karat gold–plated, with a custom marble base.


34th Festival Poster Unveiled - Barbara Boros has designed the SBIFF poster each year for 16 years, this year highlighting Butterfly Beach.


Official Festival Hub – The official festival hub will again be located at Hotel Santa Barbara, returning for their 16th year as supporters of SBIFF.


2019 FILMS


Below is the list of feature and short films at the 2019 SBIFF. For the complete list of films, synopses, and other special events please visit www.sbiff.org.

 20 WORLD PREMIERE FEATURE FILMS (listed alphabetically)

Babysplitters, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Sam Friedlander

 Better Together, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Isaac Hernández


The Bird Catcher, Norway, UK - World Premiere

Directed by Ross Clarke

 Cemetery Park, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Brandon Alvis

 Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Mimi deGruy

 Enormous: The Gorge Story, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Nic Davis

 Find Your Groove, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Michael Kirk

 Guest Artist, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Timothy Busfield

 Ham on Rye, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Tyler Taormina

 Here and Now (Aquí y ahora), Costa Rica - World Premiere

Directed by Paz León

Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Jason Baffa

Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film, USA - World Premiere

Directed by William Conlin

The Map to Paradise, Australia - World Premiere

Directed by Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood

Ordinary Gods, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Pascui Rivas

Peel, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Rafael Monserrate

Quiet Storm, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Johnny Sweet

Silent Forests, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Mariah Wilson

Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Wyatt Daily

Working Man, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Robert Jury

Zulu Summer, South Africa, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Joseph Litzinger and Eric Michael Schrader

51 U.S. PREMIERE FEATURE FILMS (listed alphabetically)

Alone at My Wedding (Seule à mon mariage), Belgium - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Marta Bergman

 Amá, UK - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Lorna Tucker

 Angel Face (Gueule d'ange), France - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Vanessa Filho

 The Apollo of Gaza (L'Apollon de Gaza), Switzerland, Canada - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Nicolas Wadimoff

 Belmonte, Uruguay, Spain, Mexico - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Federico Veiroj

 Betrayal (Traición), Mexico - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Ignacio Ortiz Cruz

 Break (Recreo), Argentina - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Hernán Guerschuny and Jazmín Stuart

 Breaking Habits, USA - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Robert Ryan

 Celeste, Australia - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Ben Hackworth

 Crystal Swan (Khrustal), Belarus - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Darya Zhuk

 The Dead and the Others (Chuva é cantoria na aldeia dos mortos), Brazil, Portugal - U.S. Premiere

Directed by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora

 Peeters, Canada, Belgium - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Nicole Palo

 Ether (Eter), Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Ukraine, Italy - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

 Fine Lines, Hong Kong - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Dina Khreino

 Fly by Night (Fei chang dao), Malaysia - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Zahir Omar

 Freaks, USA - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky

 Helmet Heads (Cascos indomables), Chile, Costa Rica - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Neto Villalobos

 Here and Now, Israel - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Roman Shumunov

 Holy Tour (La grande messe), Belgium, France - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Méryl Fortunat-Rossi and Valéry Rosier

 I Act, I Am (Igram, sem), Slovenia - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Miroslav Mandic

 Joel, Argentina - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Carlos Sorín

 José, Guatemala, USA - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Li Cheng

 Journey to a Mother's Room (Viaje al cuarto de una madre), Spain - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Celia Rico Clavellino

 King Bibi: The Life and Performances of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, USA - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Dan Shadur

 Land of Hope (Oma maa), Finland - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Markku Pölönen

 Land of My Children (Im land meiner kinder), Germany, Switzerland - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Darío Aguirre

 The Laps: Tasmania, Australia - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Dustin Hollick and Angie Davis

 Les Dames (Ladies), Switzerland - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond

 Metal Heart, Ireland - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Hugh O'Conor

 Murderous Trance aka The Guardian Angel, Finland - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Arto Halonen

 My Own Good (Il bene mio), Italy - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Pippo Mezzapesa

 Nose to Tail, Canada - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Jesse Zigelstein

 Not Quite Adults (Tampoco tan grandes), Argentina - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Federico Sosa

 Pause (Pafsi), Cyprus - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Tonia Mishiali

 Phoenix (Føniks), Norway - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Camilla Strøm Henriksen

 Private Album, Israel - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Kobi Farag

 Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz, Canada - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Barry Avrich

 Put Grandma in the Freezer (Metti la nonna in freezer), Italy - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Giancarlo Fontana and Giuseppe Stasi

 A Seed for Change, Greece - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Alexandros Ikonomidis

 Sıren’s Call (Son Çikiş), Turkey - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Ramin Matin

 Tell It to the Bees, USA - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Annabel Jankel

 Two Times You (Dos veces tú), Mexico - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Salomón Askenazi

 Ulysses & Mona, France - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Sébastien Betbeder

 The Unorthodox (Ha-Bilti Rishmi'im), Israel - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Eliran Malka

 Van Goghs (Van Gogi), Latvia - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Sergey Livnev

 Virgin and Extra: The Land of Olive Oil (Jaén, virgen y extra), Spain - U.S. Premiere

Directed by José Luis López Linares

 What Have We Done to Deserve This? (Womit haben wir das verdient?), Austria - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Eva Spreitzhofer

 Wherever You Are (Ovunque proteggimi), Italy - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Bonifacio Angius

 Wild Kids, Israel - US Premiere

Directed by Tal Pesses

 With the Wind (Le vent tourne), Switzerland, France - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Bettina Oberli

 The Young Fan (Il ragazzo più felice del mondo), Italy - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Gianni Pacinotti (Gipi)

 2019 SBIFF FEATURE FILMS  (non-premieres listed alphabetically)

 Afterward, USA

Directed by Ofra Bloch

 Amazing Grace, USA

Directed by Sydney Pollack, completed by Alan Elliott

 Angel (Un ange), Belgium, Netherlands, Senegal

Directed by Koen Mortier

 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, Canada

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky

 As Needed (Quanto basta), Italy, Brazil

Directed by Francesco Falaschi

 Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nv), China

Directed by Jia Zhang-ke

 Between the Lines, USA - *World Premiere Restoration

Directed by Joan Micklin Silver

 The Biggest Little Farm, USA

Directed by John Chester

 Carmen y Lola, Spain

Directed by Arantxa Echevarría

 Carmine Street Guitars, Canada

Directed by Ron Mann

 Cassandro the Exotico!, France

Directed by Marie Losier

 Champions (Campeones), Spain

Directed by Javier Fesser

 David Crosby: Remember My Name, USA

Directed by A.J. Eaton

 Echo in the Canyon, USA

Directed by Andrew Slater

 The Factory (Zavod), Russia, France, Armenia

Directed by Yury Bykov

 Fire on the Hill: The Cowboys of South Central L.A., USA

Directed by Brett Fallentine

 Gatao 2: Rise of the King, Taiwan

Directed by Yen Cheng-Kuo

 Harvest Season, USA

Directed by Bernardo Ruiz

 The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, Canada

Directed by Maya Gallus

 Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking Out in America, Canada

Directed by Brigitte Berman

 I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story, Australia, USA

Directed by Jessica Leski

 Incredibles 2, USA

Directed by Brad Bird

 Inside Lehman Brothers, Canada

Directed by Jennifer Deschamps

 Laila at the Bridge, Canada, Afghanistan

Directed by Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei

 The Last Prosecco (Finché c'è prosecco c'è speranza), Italy

Directed by Antonio Padovan

 Light in the Water, USA

Directed by Lis Bartlett

 Maya, France

Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

 Mouthpiece, Canada

Directed by Patricia Rozema

 Outdoors (Bayit Bagalil), Israel

Directed by Asaf Saban

 The Parting Glass, Canada, USA

Directed by Stephen Moyer

 Ralph Breaks the Internet, USA

Directed by Phil Johnston and Rich Moore

 Shadow, China

Directed by Zhang Yimou

 Sharkwater Extinction, Canada

Directed by Rob Stewart

 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, USA

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman

  Canada, Sweden, USA

Directed by Robert Budreau

Take It or Leave It (Võta või jäta), Estonia

Directed by Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo

 The Third Wife, Vietnam

Directed by Ash Mayfair

 This Changes Everything, USA

Directed by Tom Donahue

 A Thousand Miles Behind, USA

Directed by Nathan Wetherington

Too Beautiful: Our Right to Fight, USA

Directed by Maceo Frost

Transit, Germany, France

Directed by Christian Petzold

Unsettling, UK, Israel

Directed by Iris Zaki

Winter Flies (Všechno bude), Czech Republic

Directed by Olmo Omerzu

2019 SBIFF SHORTS - (listed alphabetically)


1 in 100,000, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Benjamin Yates

805 Strong, USA

Produced by Ellie Vargas

Accident (Ongelukje), Netherlands - U.S. Premiere

Directed by David Cocheret

Ah Gong (Grandpa), Taiwan - World Premiere

Directed by Clifford Miu


Directed by Brandon LaGanke and John Carlucci

The Bird & the Whale, Ireland - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Carol Freeman

Birth of a Movement, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Paul Lynch

Black Lips, Australia

Directed by Adrian Chiarella

Buzzer, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Albert Birney

CC, Canada

Directed by Kailey Spear and Sam Spear

The Cheshire Cat Inn, USA

Directed by Joshua Sechrist

The Clinic, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Elivia Shaw

A Cohort of Guests, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Todd Sandler

Cruisin’ Santa Barbara, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Justin Gunn

Damage, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Matt Porter

Definition of Resilience, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Alexis Sallee and Tomas Karmelo

Dream Girl, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Ryan Slattery and Andrea Sanchez

Duel of the Hearts, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Harrison Derbyshire

Dust Devil, Australia

Directed by Poppy Walker

Esfuerzo, USA

Directed by Alana Maiello

 EZK: Beyond the Walls (EZK: Au-delà des murs), France - World Premiere

Directed by Shawn Pyfrom

 The Fallen Tree, USA

Directed by Drew Hodges

Fathom, USA

Directed by Alessio Morello

Forgotten, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Daniel Soares

From Water to Wind, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Casey McGarry

The Garden Is Singing: Ganna Walska Lotusland, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Karen Kasaba

Guns Found Here, USA

Directed by David Freid

Henrietta Bulkowski, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Rachel Johnson

Hidden Blueprints: The Story of Mikey, USA

Directed by Jeremy Lee MacKenzie

Holding, USA

Directed by Jesse Turk and Jon Zucker

Inanimate, UK

Directed by Lucia Bulgheroni

  Inlove, France

Directed by Les Frères Lopez

 jack, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Nick Paonessa

 John Van Hamersveld - Crazy World Ain't It, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Dave Tourjé

 Jump, Australia - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Ryan O’Kane and James Conway-Law

 Last Day of School (Paskutinis skambutis), USA, Lithuania - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Gabriele Urbonaite

The Last Harvest, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Alexis Spraic

 Love Is Never Wasted, USA

Directed by Nathanael Matanick

 The Mayor, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Taylor Horky

Mitya's Love (Mitina Lyubov), Russia - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Svetlana Filippova

 MOOSE, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Jonah Ansell

 My Brother Amal (Amali bram), Norway - U.S. Premiere

Directed Christopher Wollebekk

My Moon, USA

Directed by Eusong Lee

 Near Miss, USA

Directed by Josh Berry

 No Traveler Returns (D'où nul ne revient), USA, Ivory Coast - World Premiere

Directed by Ellie Foumbi

 Nothing Ever Good Happens in a Parking Garage, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Mike Winger

 November 1st, UK - World Premiere

Directed by Charlie Manton

 Opening the Earth: The Potato King, Peru, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Eric Ebner and Aaron Ebner

 Our Last Trash, USA

Directed by Joanne Yue

 Reboot, USA

Directed by Ellen Osborne

 RETURN: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit, USA

Directed by Karen Cantor

 Reverence (Curtain Call), Iran - World Premiere

Directed by Sogol Rezvani

 The Running Man of Pasadena, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Brett Nicoletti

 The Salty Generations, USA

Directed by Shaun Wolfe and Shelby Oliver

 The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism, USA

Directed by Peter Samis

 Second Unit: A Mockumentary, USA

Directed Ankush Khemani

 Secret Times, Belarus, UK - World Premiere

Directed by Montanah Blue

 Selling Lies, USA

Directed by Leslie Iwerks

 Set on Intent, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Tate Larrick

 Silence (Sunyi), USA - World Premiere

Directed by Riani Singgih

SPIN, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Marielle Woods

 Start with Half, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Nathaniel Katzman

 Stunning, USA, Sweden

Directed by Gustav Högmo

 Tala,, UK - World Premiere

Directed by Missy Malek

This Side Has Dreams Too, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Spencer Rabin


Tino, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Robin Hauser

Too Many Bodies, USA

Directed by Reena Dutt

Trail Heads, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Dani Rodriguez

Treat Yourself, USA

Directed by Nathan Leonard

Trial by Fire, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Alex Astrella

True Love / True Crime on an American Bus, USA

VACA, Spain - U.S. Premiere

Directed by Marta Bayarri

The Video Shop, USA - World Premiere]

Directed by Isaac Seigel-Boettner

We Are Love, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Nick Lentz

White Guys Solve Sexism, USA

Directed by Christopher Guerrero

Who You Are, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Joel Jay Blacker

You Say Hello, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Lovell Holder

 You Think You Can’t Dance?, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani

Zombie Debt, USA - World Premiere

Directed by Ashly Blodgett



The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over the past 33 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 95,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire the Santa Barbara community through film.


Sponsors of the 34th SBIFF include: UGG®, Toyota Mirai, Belvedere Vodka, City of Santa Barbara, Amazon Studios,  ADL, Montecito Bank & Trust, IMDbPro, Union Bank, Driscoll’s, Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, Bentson Foundation, SEE International, Manitou Fund, Patagonia, Winchester Mystery House, Netflix, Mary Beth Riordan, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin, Volentine Family Foundation, and many more supporting through trade.

SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community throughout many free educational programs and events. In June 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. After a capital campaign and renovation, the theatre is now SBIFF’s new state-of-the-art, year-round home, showing new international and independent films every day.



- Feature-length documentary tells story of makeup artists who created the iconic 1968 science fiction classic PLANET OF THE APES.

At a press conference unveiling the poster and lineup for the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, it was officially announced that Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film will make its world premiere at the prestigious Southern California event.

“I am proud and honored to have this documentary debut at SBIFF.” said Thomas R. Burman, Executive Producer and principle subject of the documentary. “It is the culmination of four years hard work that will help cement the legacy of the team that truly defined special makeup effects as an art form” Mr. Burman, along with John Chambers and a team of over 40 makeup artists, were responsible for creating and implementing the groundbreaking makeups in the 1968 science fiction classic Planet of the Apes and its numerous sequels. For that feat, Chambers was given an honorary Academy Award in 1969.

Executive Producer Bari Dreiband-Burman was quoted as saying “This labor of love gives a well deserved look at the makeup artists who have and continue to inspire future generations. Hearing fellow makeup artists, actors, directors and film historians praise the work of Tom, John and all those responsible for Planet of the Apes has been an absolute joy”

“Given Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s worldwide notoriety and as a lifelong resident of Santa Barbara County, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Making Apes premiere there. Santa Barbara is well known as the first major film town in California and we’re pleased to be bringing this amazing story of cinematic achievement to SBIFF.” said Director William G. Conlin. Making Apes marks Conlin’s feature film debut. The exact dates and times that Making Apes will screen are forthcoming.

William G. Conlin, Steve Conlin & Harlene Conlin giving film making class at Roosevelt School in Santa Barbara

Making Apes is Executive Produced by Thomas R. Burman & Bari-Dreiband Burman, Directed by William G. Conlin, Produced by Harlene Conlin and features Cinematography by Gary L. Conlin, Original Score by Shawn Patterson, Narration by Matt Winston, Editing by Micah Stuart, Post-Production Supervision by Maxx Burman, Sound Mixing by Ellis Burman III and Special Makeup Effects by Vincent Van Dyke, Thomas R. Burman & Bari-Dreiband Burman. Interviews include Guillermo del Toro, Richard Donner, John Landis, Joe Dante, Leonard Maltin, Lou Wagner, Bobby Porter, Rick Baker, Ve Neill, Greg Cannom, Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger and many more.

For more information, visit facebook.com/MakingApesDocumentary



                             Dame Judi Presented Kirk Douglas Award by Jeff Bridges 2017                                            

Actor Jeff Bridges was presented the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his major contribution to the world of entertainment at the 76th Golden Globe Awards at the Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Past recipients of this award include Meryl Streep, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, Barbra Streisand, Luciell Ball and Oprah Winfrey



JAN 30 - FEB 9 2019

Buy tickets and get details at www.sbiff.org



FEBRUARY 24, 2019


       Album Release Jerome Jordano         

Not Going Home (Without You)

Great new CD & Album release by Musician, Singer, Song Writer Jerome Jordano - availabe at CD Baby, i Tunes and Spotify, SPRS_jj Instagram.

Shattered Paradigm Records, LLC

Live Authentically


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