The 2020 Pandemic brought some unexpected changes in our Oscar activities and for the most part we are still watching our favorite stars being given awards in strange ways. This year the historic Union Station in Los Angeles was designated an unexpected alternate award destination. It has been my pleasure to cover the Oscar Chef’s and their menus in past years, but this is a new day … for now!
Most of us will be spending Oscar night in our living room, hopefully with friends or family to see who goes home with the beloved ‘golden boy’!I am no exception, and this year I will be home pondering what to serve for the evening or what favorite restaurant to call for a special delivery. I began playing with the idea of pairing food bites with nominated films and below are some Oscar bites I thought might be appropriately savored with 2021 Oscar nominated films.
I know my British friends will all be rooting for The Father with nominations in six categories and starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman.It seemed natural that a delicious traditional Fish n’ Chip’s plate would be quite right for this golden night, perhaps with a nice bottle of Fuller’s London Pride.
Satisfying my Korean Kimchi and ramen longings would work so well for a MINARI win, paired with a Chum Churum cocktail and some sweet & sour Korean meatballs. The Director and supporting actress in this film are favorites for an Oscar this year. Could be a big night for the ladies in the industry.
The film MANK makes me think of recipes in the Hearst Castle cookbook I picked up there a few years ago. Options could include hamburgers, meatloaf, or a nice piece of roast beef from Hearst Ranch off Hwy 101 served with William’s favorite Heinz mustard and ketchup; formally presented at the dining room table with silver utensils of course!
Nomadland is up for a slew of Oscars including best Director Chloe Zhao, and my dinner choice would be some New Mexico style fajitas. My favorite Mexican restaurant Los Arroyos delivers, and I know their dishes pair perfectly with a bevy of margarita choices to guarantee a special Oscar golden moment. Call your favorite Mexican restaurant for a delivery.
Chicago 7 brings to mind my favorite deep-dish pizza from Uno on the near north-side of Chicago where I once lived, or a Chicago style Italian beef sandwich with peppers on a hard roll from Three Pickles in Santa Barbara or let us not forget the venerable Pink’s Dogs in Hollywood. A nice glass of Italian red or a favorite bottle of imported beer would do the trick with these yummy bites.
Beautiful Revenge makes my taste buds cry for a Starbucks Carmel Macchiato or something as deliciously cold, but perhaps served with a warm cinnamon roll to nibble on while curled up on a comfy sofa waiting for the best picture announcement.
Cancino brick oven pizza comes to mind for Sound of Metal, paired with a huge green salad and a Cervesa. Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Riz Ahmed), Actor in a Supporting Role (Paul Raci), Writing (original screenplay), Film Editing, Sound.
Whether you are having guests safely distanced or you will be viewing the Oscars alone be kind to yourself and your guests by ordering your favorite dinner delivered and show support for your local restaurants while watching the televised Oscar Awards 2021. Cheers, Bon Appetit and congratulations to the deserving winners of the 2021 Oscar Awards.
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MOVIE LOVERS ARE IN FOR FABULOUS DRIVE-IN FESTIVAL FILM & FOOD MENU
by Bonnie Carroll
Santa Bararbara City College SBIFF Drive-In
The two parking lots at Santa Barbara City College, transormed into big screen drive-in venues, where guests in cars have free access to Santa Barbara Film Festival Films is going down a great and historic success. Due to the pandemic the drive-in option was created and everyone, including SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, is delighted with the enthusiastic response.
Although online films and special awards are also available, film lovers are enjoying a box lunch or dinner from areas restaurants like Salty at the Beach in the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum to savor over the excellent line-up of films at the drive-in.
For tickets and information please visit: www.SBIFF.org.
At the Movies With… Lady Beverly Cohn Splash Editor-at-Large Worldwide
This heartfelt, compelling film has already garnered dozens of awards, including the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 SundanceFilm Festival, an Independent Spirit Award, and the Black Film CriticsCircle Award for Best Original Screenplay. Adding to that, are multiple Oscar nominations in several categories for Lee Isaac Chung, including
Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay, which he wrote. Other members of the cast who are also up for awards include, Steven Yeun for Actor in a Leading Role, the first Asian-American actor to be nominated in that category in Oscar history, and Yuh-Jung Youn for Actress in a Supporting Role. When faced with all these accolades, one’s expectations are extremely high and sometimes those expectations are not met. However, I’m happy to say that the film deserves every award it has won as well as the current nominations.
The movie, loosely based on Chung’s own life, is a tender story about a Korean-American family that moves from California to rural Arkansas in 1980. The dad, Jacob Yi, is portrayed by Steven Yeun, whose internal characterization is both fascinating and compelling as the myriad feelings and challenges he faces are clearly visible on his body and soul. Jacob is determined to achieve the American Dream and purchased 50-acres of farmland. His wife Monica, well played by Yeri Han, is filled with dismay as she sees their new home, which is akin to Army barracks. She is also concerned about medical care for their son David, played by a really talented, adorable young Alan Kim, who makes his film debut. His character is pivotal to the unfolding action as well as providing comic relief. His sister Anne, nicely played by Noel Kate Cho, is a typical teenager with the angst that comes with trying to make new friends. Ever positive, Jacob knows exactly what he wants to do and that is to plant his fields with fruits and vegetables that he can eventually sell to the growing Korean population in Oklahoma City. Despite lack of enthusiasm from his wife, his vision is clear and his determination unbridled. To support themselves until his dream comes to fruition, they both work in a factory separating the male chicks from the female chicks. Sorry to have to say this, but the male chicks are disposed of because they cannot reproduce, but I’ll spare you from the details of that method. When not working at the factory, Jacob prepares his land for planting by searching for a water source and purchasing a tractor for plowing. His ultra-religious next door neighbor Paul, wonderfully played by Will Patton, becomes Jacob’s good friend and helper. This kind man is what you might describe as a Holy Roller so there’s lots of prayers of thanks to Jesus. At home, there are many arguments between Paul and Monica who wants to return to California with the kids, with or without her husband. However, little by little she fixes up their home and Jacob proceeds with plowing the land. Grandma Soon-ja, humorously played by the talented Yuh-Jung Youn, arrives on the scene much to David and Anne’s dismay. The boy takes an instant dislike to her, which she handles in a very amusing way. He complains that she’s not a traditional grandmother because she curses, laughs a lot, and snores. The young grandson hates her cooking and says, “She smells like Korean.” Wanting to torment Soon-ja, this little imp brings her a mystery drink which she spits out quickly and laughing, calls him a bastard. Jacob sends him out to get a rod with which he will be spanked but given his rebellious nature, coupled with his sense of humor, he returns with a wilted weed. Dad forces his son to apologize, which he reluctantly does, but still insists that she is not a real grandmother. The fields are beginning to blossom and as with any rural farm, water issues appear and solutions are sought, always with Paul praying for help from Jesus. Grandma and David explore the property and he spots a crawling snake that scares him and wants her to kill it. She consoles him saying, “Things that are hidden are dangerous – better to see the snake.” Grandma brought minari seeds* from Korea and plants them on a hill near the stream – an action that has unexpected future ramifications. With their relationship improving, David confides in her that he doesn’t want to die and she tenderly sings him to sleep, saying, “I won’t let you die.” Good neighbor Paul is invited for dinner, following which he sprinkles holy water throughout the house to purge out the demons and cure David of his health issue. In the meantime, the crops are becoming fruitful and Jacob makes a deal with a local distributor to sell his fruits and vegetables to Korean consumers. Jacob’s persistence appears to be paying off but unfortunately his mother-in-law is faced with a health crisis, which is resolved with residual side effects that impact Jacob’s vision in a most catastrophic way.
This is the story of one man’s unrelenting vision of achieving the American Dream and how the family comes together in the face of extreme, unexpected adversity, catapulting them into yet another set of new beginnings.
Director Chung assembled a top-notch technical team including: Director ofPhotography Lachlan Milne, who captured the changing textures of the narrative, Emile Mosseri’s music, underscoring the action, as well as FilmEditing by Harry Yoon, Production Design by Yong Ok Lee, Art Direction by W. Haley Ho, Set Direction by Hanrui Wang, and Susanna Song, whose period costumes are spot on. I would be remiss if I didn’t mentioned Brad Pitt is one of the Executive Producers, adding to a long list including, “Beautiful Boy,” “12 Years a Slave,”“The Departed,” “By the Sea,” “Eat PrayLove,” “Moneyball, and “World War Z,” to name just a few.
*Minari is a Korean, peppery herb
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DELROY LINDO ACCEPTS AMERICAN RIVIERA AWARD; OSCAR NOMINATED WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY IN CONVERSATION AT THE 36TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Day 9 of the 36th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG began with the women’s panel conversation in the afternoon. Oscar nominated producers, directors and designers Dana Murray (Soul),Elvira Lind(The Letter Room), Garret Bradley(Time), Kori Rae(Onward), Madeline Sharafian (Pixar's Burrow), Michele Couttolenc(Sound of Metal), Tiara Thomas (Judas and the Black Messiah), Trish Summerville(Mank), participated in a virtual conversation led by entertainment marketing & branding specialist, Madelyn Hammond.
Kori Rae on inclusivity at Pixar: “What we’re learning at Pixar is that it starts on the page and it starts in the story room and that’s where you have to start creating the characters who are diverse and so by the time you get to the actual casting, you have those characters in place and you know that your world is already robust and exemplifies the world around us. We’re working hard to keep at that and hold ourselves to that.”
Tiara Thomas on songwriting with H.E.R.: “...she’s like my little sister. I’ve been working with her since she was like 15 years old. We have hundreds of songs together. We were working on her album actually…we watched the movie [Judas and the Black Messiah] in the studio...They gave us very few directions. They said they didn’t want the song to be sad...They wanted it to feel hopeful...We sat in the studio after watching the movie and we listened to just music from that period - Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gay and we just got in a little groove and started writing this song.”
Dana Murray on choosing Jamie Foxx to voice Joe: “Jamie Foxx was in our minds from the very beginning because not only is he an incredible dramatic actor and comedian but because he is a musician in his own right...he played classical music and actually went to music school and was a pianist himself...I think he brought so much to the character in knowing that world, for sure.”
Garrett Bradley on creating stories from a woman’s POV: “...looking at incarceration from a woman’s point of view which to me was so important because we’re finally starting to talk about incarceration in a mainstream way but very often it is around the facts and not so much around the affects of the facts and the impact that this has on love, on money, on mothers, on children, on families, on loved ones...There’s 2.3 billion people that are incarcerated in our country right now so there’s if not double, triple, quadruple that number of stories that can be told from this perspective.”
Trish Summerville on working with David Fincher: “He’s definitely precise but I think the precision comes more in all the technical parts of it and with the camera...but you always know what you’re doing for the day...He definitely gives you lots of freedom. That’s one of the reasons I really enjoy working with him...He’s really cool about allowing you to create...He has this respect and then you do want to work hard and do a really great job and then you do get all this freedom so a lot of people continually want to go back and work with him and that’s kind of where I’m at. I really enjoyed working with him.”
The evening concluded with a live tribute to Delroy Lindo, who received the American Riviera Award. Lindo was honored for his many attributes to the art of film over the years, and most recently, his work in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods from Netflix.
Lindo virtually sat down with Indiewire Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson for an in depth discussion about his career in film, television and in the theater.
During Lindo’s conversation with Thompson, guests enjoyed clips from his acting career, including Malcom X, Crookland, Clockers, Get Shorty, Soul of the Game, Feeling Minnesota, Ransom, The Cider House Rules, Romeo Must Die and Da 5 Bloods.
Following the conversation, Oscar nominated composer Terence Blanchard presented him with the American Rivera Award. Blanchard opened his remarks by saying: “The thing about Delroy is that he leaves an impression. The way he can effortlessly inhabit the characters, the authority in which he delivers his lines, the impact he leaves on a project, whether you remember the story or not, you definitely remember Delroy...He stands out in these vast ensembles...It is my great honor to present my brother, Delroy Lindo, with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s American Rivera Award to Delroy. Congratulations.”
Upon accepting his award, Lindo said:“Thank you so much Terence...To the extent that I inspire you, I’m saying right back at you bro, you inspire me...I can’t imagine being more honored to get the award from you...Thank you to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival...I appreciate the recognition. That recognition comes all down to Spike Lee and him bringing us all together to work on this particular film. On a lot of levels, my appreciation for Spike stems from that time ...I have a deep, deep, deep appreciation for Spike specifically for this film but also for all of the work that we’ve done. Spike, if you’re watching I want to say that I have an enhanced appreciation for your particular genius...I want to say thank you to my brothers, the cast and crew of Da 5 Bloods in terms of the community they created and the safe space that we all created together to make this work possible...A particular thank you to my brothers in arms...My cousins Ronnie and Ted, they were Vietnam veterans...and to all the black and brown vets who’s stories never get told on film...Thank you to my son...my son inspires me in ways that you never know...Thank you to my wife, Neshormeh, I love you...Thank you all, god bless. I really really appreciate it.
The American Riviera Award was established to recognize actors who have made a significant contribution to American Cinema. Previous recipients include Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortenson, Sam Rockwell, Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, Mickey Rourke, Tommy Lee Jones, Forrest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane.
The final upcoming live tributes will include a presentation to Amanda Seyfried. All films are available online now and a schedule of films at the drive-in, as well as a full schedule of events including where fans can purchase 10-day festival passes now through April 10 can be found by visiting www.sbiff.org.
About the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
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 35 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 100,000+ 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. In 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. In 2019, SBIFF opened its own Education Center in downtown Santa Barbara on State Street to serve as a home for its many educational programs and a place for creativity and learning.
A gorgeous coffee table showpiece, our book CINEMA IN FLUX was created as a fundraiser for SBIFF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization.
On March 16, 2020, we were told we were going into lockdown. That first day, reeling, disbelieving, I quickly understood the role cinema had to play. And the role I had to play: Movie recommendations. Cinema has always inspired, transported and educated, and I cannot diminish its essential role in helping to lighten our burden, to comfort, to distract. I knew people would be turning to film. I thought of cinema as a second responder.
At first, they were done quickly. My recommendations were a few paragraphs short and based on movies that I was very familiar with. I never imagined I would be writing them for a whole year. At first, I didn’t think there’d be an audience. The impulse to write the recommendations was a way to keep moving forward. I imagined a long tunnel with lights at the end of it. Big beautiful, flickering projector lights illuminating the way and all these images and inspiring dialogue accompanying us. Seeing and writing all these missives kept me focused, and it helped me process all the events of 2020. The choices of films reflected on what was happening around us. It was motivating to keep hearing from people thanking me for the connectivity. They were forwarding them to their friends.
I see the collection of all of them as a commemoration of cinema and this period in our lives in which we were forced to pause - and deal with vicissitudes we never imagined we would ever have to grapple with. I see this book as a celebration of how the art of cinema can give hope. We were given time to be introspective and reevaluate life as we knew it. I see cinema as a conduit to allow you to do that. All I did was to point people in the right direction. North by northwest.
Pre-order your copy now for $100 plus $30 shipping/handling/tax ($50 tax deductible)
Your copy will be autographed by SBIFF's Executive Director and the book's author Roger Durling for $250 plus $30 shipping/handling/tax ($200 tax deductible)
Books will ship in September 2021
STAR BITES . . .
KATY PERRY WILL STAR IN NEW RESORT WORLD CASINO
(photos: Getty Images)
My favorite Santa Barbara celebrity Katy Perry will be taking up new 2 year Las Vegas residency at new Resort World Casino (Malaysian hospitality group) with a two year contract at $168 million. The venue offers 5,000 seats and RW casino is one of the largest in Vegas.
The honorees will receive their awards at a free lunchtime event, beginning at noon, on Friday, April 30, 2021. In deference to public health protocols, the awards program will be held on Zoom. Starshine Roshell, award-winning journalist and previous Women of Achievement recipient, will emcee the event. To receive a link to attend and a PDF program, register in advance by clicking this link.
“So many people tell me they look forward to this annual luncheon. It’s a fun chance to catch up with friends and celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees,” says AWC-SB President Lisa Osborn. “While we look forward to a time when we can see each other in person, a virtual event has a silver lining because we can make it available at no cost to anyone who wants to join us. These are inspiring women, and we could all use a little inspiration right now!”
Luz Reyes-Martin identifies as a communications professional, advocate, mother, and feminist. She has expertise in the fields of communications, public affairs, marketing, and land use planning, which she uses in her role as executive director of communications for Santa Barbara City College. Reyes-Martin also serves as a member of the Goleta Unified School District Board, and president of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, a non-partisan organization that endorses candidates who support a feminist agenda that includes action opposing discrimination based on gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, age or ability.
“In my roles as School Board member, Public Information Officer, and President of a Political Action Committee, I think constantly about how to communicate effectively with different audiences,” says Reyes-Martin. “The essential ingredients are always authenticity, honesty, integrity, and respect. At its best, communication bridges the gaps that divide us, helps us connect with audiences with empathy, and makes constructive collaboration possible. As a woman of color, mother, leader, and feminist, I use my voice to uplift marginalized communities, empower a new generation of communicators, and pursue a society that is fully equitable and just for all women.”
Barbara Ben-Horin’s professional commitment to communication intersects with her passion for advocacy and social justice. Ben-Horin has served in leadership positions for a number of organizations in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and New York including the SB Jewish Federation, SB Museum of Art, SBCC Foundation, Domestic Violence Solutions, SB County Office of Education, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Most recently she served as CEO at Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara which holds a vision of empowered girls in an equitable society.
“In both my personal and professional life, I have been committed to the concept of fair and just relations which require mutual respect, civility, and supportive language,” said Ben-Horin. “The past year has made it even more clear that all of us hold the power to make a difference in the world both by taking action when something is not just, and by using words to convey kindness, support, courage, and empowerment.”
The Women of Achievement event is a signature event for the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications. “Like many other organizations in our community, we were disappointed when COVID forced us to postpone the event last spring,” says President AWC-SB, Lisa Osborn. “What we learned over the past year is that a good communicator is resilient. If anything, it’s even more important to honor women who have used their gifts to encourage others.”
Funds raised through the women of Achievement Luncheon are used to underwrite networking and professional development programs for members of AWC-SB. “We truly appreciate the sponsors who stuck with us even though we had to reschedule and restructure the event,“ says Osborn. “We are especially grateful to our presenting sponsor, Women Connect4Good, and media sponsor The Santa Barbara Independent which has helped us get the word out about our monthly virtual events.” Other sponsors include the Santa Barbara City College Foundation, Natalie Orfalea Foundation, Southern California Edison, Fielding Graduate University, Montecito Bank & Trust, and Sanger Swysen & Dunkle.
During the past year, the Santa Barbara chapter has continued to have monthly meetings with are open to the public and free to members. “We’ve had meetings on everything from crisis communications to self-care,” says Osborn. “I’m very proud of the way our members and our Board have stepped up to support each other during this challenging year.” A biannual membership drive is now in progress. For information, contact Membership Chair, Carolyn Jabs at email@example.com. Details about the benefits of membership as well as upcoming events are available at awcsb.org.
AWC is a national organization that has been encouraging women to develop their skills as communicators for over 100 years. The Santa Barbara chapter sponsors monthly meetings which help women at all stages of their careers stay current with important developments in the technology, practice, psychology, and ethics of communications. Members are also encouraged to assume leadership roles in the organization, their careers, and their communities. For more information, including upcoming events, go to awcsb.org.