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Santa Barbara Film Festival 2011
updated: Jan 27, 2011, 5:22 AM

The 2011 Film Festival is a wrap, but you can still relive the excitement on Edhat. We covered it all with articles, reviews, pictures, and links.


Use this forum to report on movies you see at SBIFF, give recommendations to others, or discuss plot points and director notes. (01/28/11)
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The sb Teen News Network was at the launch event for the SBIFF 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition on Tuesday. Garrett Geyer photos. [pics] (01/27/11)
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The 26th SBIFF opened last night with the U.S. premiere of Sarah's Key, at a completely sold-out Arlington and a tumultuous after-party at Paseo Nuevo. [pics] (01/28/11)
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SBMS Teen Press interviews Phyllis dePicciotto, Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Janet Wolf, and Kelly Slater before a SRO SBIFF Opening Night. (01/28/11)
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A few photos of some of the locals who were out at last night's opening night party for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival kickoff. [pics] (01/28/11)
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sbTNN photographer Garrett Geyer was on the red carpet for the opening night of SBIFF. Here are his photos of some of the many stars that were there. (01/28/11)
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The opening night of the 2011 Santa Barbara Film Fest didn't have much in the way of Hollywood star power on the red carpet. (01/28/11)
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A few Flash photography participants are out at the Film Fest festivities this evening. Here are the shots they sent in. Text went out at 7:45 p.m. (01/28/11)
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Where is the best place to see a celebrity at the Film Fest, other than on the red carpet? (01/28/11)
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Teen Press reporters talk to Annette Bening and Warren Beatty at Friday night's American Riviera Award. (01/29/11)
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The Arlington Theater was full last night for a tribute to Annette Bening's work as a significant stage and screen actor. (01/29/11)
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SBIFFy date night opportunity: To Be Friends premiers at the Lobero Theater on Saturday, January 29th at 10pm. (01/29/11)
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Only during the Film Festival can you spend a warm, bright Santa Barbara day inside, watching gloriously dark tales of redemption. (01/29/11)
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77 photos from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival opening night at Paseo Nuevo (01/29/11)
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At 31, James Franco is rapidly turning himself into a one-artist cultural phenomenon. His Film Festival Tribute was funny and engaging. (01/30/11)
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The question of how to break into the film business was answered at the Women in the Biz panel at the Lobero on Saturday. [pics] (01/30/11)
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After 127 minutes of preparation and anticipation, the Teen Press scored an opportunity to talk with James Franco in the Green Room at the Arlington. (01/30/11)
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The Screenwriter's Panel consisted of Michael Arndt, Lisa Cholendenko, Charlie Mitchell, David Seidler, Scott Silver, and Aaron Sorkin. (01/30/11)
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Here are photos of Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the red carpet last night at the Film Festival. Garrett Geyer photos. [pics] (01/30/11)
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Blogging about bloggers speaking on a Blogger's panel about blogging seems a little like living a Christopher Nolan brain burp, but here goes. (01/31/11)
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Bringing King to China, the latest film from Kevin McKiernan, had its world premiere on Sunday night at the Lobero Theater. (01/31/11)
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After consulting their tattoos, the Teen Press ask screen wizard and Modern Master Award winner Christopher Nolan about heroes and his first film ever. (01/31/11)
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The World Premiere of Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story showed the rise, fall and failed comeback attempt of the once-famous alpine racer. (01/31/11)
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SBARTSTV has video clips from SBIFF 2011. Here are a few with all-star coverage including Franco, Bening, Beatty and Costner. [vids] (01/31/11)
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This morning's SBIFF crowd at the Metro at 10 AM was packed, as usual. Also, there was a girl with a megaphone kicking butt. [pics] (01/31/11)
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Phil Rosenthal's documentary Exporting Raymond made the audience laugh so much that they were able to ignore the unsettling hand-held camera style. (01/31/11)
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Here are Garrett Geyer's photos of James Franco, Seth Rogen and Leonard Malkin from last night's SBIFF tribute. [pics] (01/31/11)
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Geoffrey Rush is someone who understands the art of acting inside and out (and has a wonderful voice to boot). (02/01/11)
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Good for Nothing is a genre bending New Zealand western, which is more subtle and subversive than parody and deftly maintains its absurd tone throughout. (02/01/11)
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SBIFF honored Christopher Nolan with the Modern Master Award, presented by Leonardo DiCaprio, on Sunday evening. Garrett Geyer photos. [pics] (02/01/11)
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Video of Leonardo DiCaprio presenting Christopher Nolan with the Modern Master Award at SBIFF from SBARTSTV. [vid] (02/01/11)
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The difference between Christopher Nolan as a boy taking Super 8 movies with his brother, then and now, is the size of his toys. (02/01/11)
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I was ready for a really engaging film tonight, and (mostly) got it with the Italian thriller The Double Hour (La Doppia Ora). (02/02/11)
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Time for a cup, but no time for tea, Ryder and Alex get a quick visit with the queen of many colors, Helena Bonham Carter. (02/02/11)
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Geoffrey Rush talks to the Teen Press about the importance of friendship when he worked with the King. (02/02/11)
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For the music alone, this documentary of the folk-style music to come out of the Troubadour club in West LA from 1968-1975 is worth a look. (02/02/11)
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Skateistan, a documentary film, seems to be a project of value, an admirable undertaking, a really interesting story. (02/02/11)
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For the music alone, this documentary of the folk-style music to come out of the Troubadour club in West LA from 1968-1975 is worth a look. (02/02/11)
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Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, and Helena Bonham Carter were at the Arlington last night for Rush's Tribute Award at SBIFF. Garrett Geyer photos. [pics] (02/02/11)
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Mike Pavone, who wrote and directed SBIFF's Centerpiece film, That's What I Am, revealed on the red carpet that his movie was autobiographical. (02/03/11)
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Here are Garrett Geyer's photos from the "That's What I Am" SBIFF centerpiece film event last night in Santa Barbara. [pics] (02/03/11)
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Jacob Seigel-Boettner stopped by SBMS to show students how they filmed, edited and scored his documentary With My Own Two Wheels. (02/03/11)
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How often do you get to see a film from Kyrgyzstan? That alone is a reason to see The Light Thief, directed by Aktan Arym Kubat. (02/04/11)
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The Tenants is an unblinking look at a microcosm of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one which ripples out to cities everywhere. (02/04/11)
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Red Light Revolution is another palate-cleanser of a film, perfect after a few heavy and serious screenings. (02/04/11)
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Miss Mouche is fascinated with flies, and spends much time videoing and studying them. She also films all of the goings-on of the household. (02/04/11)
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This Lego animation video takes its inspiration from Film Fest crowd control with a megaphone. It's used as the trailer for this year's Festival. [vid] (02/04/11)
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Here is a review of the film, Darwin. The inhabitants of Darwin are a little wacky to be sure - heck, who would live that far out in the middle of nowhere? (02/04/11)
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Photos from the Virtuosos Award evening include actors Hailee Steinfeld, Lesley Manville, John Hawkes and host Dave Karger. Garrett Geyer photos. [pic] (02/05/11)
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The Virtuosos Award event has become Jackie's favorite of the festival, and this year's did not disappoint. Four actors were honored last night. (02/05/11)
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Dance Marathon is, as the director said in the Q and A, a love story, a comedy, a drama, and a musical. (02/05/11)
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Here the TBA showing times for Saturday and Sunday, the last two days of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. (02/05/11)
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The SBMS Teen Press girls share scones and girl talk with "Finding Kind" filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud. (02/05/11)
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Pure is about a beautiful, lower class, young woman with a suicidal mother who embarks on an affair with an older, married orchestra conductor. (02/05/11)
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Women in Temptation is a Czech film about a marriage counselor who is beautiful, smart and spunky, but has been repressed by years of marriage. (02/05/11)
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Nicole Kidman was honored at the Arlington on Saturday night. She has had a varied career in acting and was married to Tom Cruise. (02/06/11)
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Wearing a white dress, Nicole Kidman looked beautiful during her acceptance of the Cinema Vanguard award from SBIFF. Photos by Garrett Geyer. [pics] (02/06/11)
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One of the most popular events of the festival has always been the Directors' Panel, where we get to listen to Oscar-nominated "helmers". (02/06/11)
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Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist is a surprisingly entertaining agitprop documentary recounting the exploits of Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd crew. (02/06/11)
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There is a change in the Film Festival schedule .. Arlington: Sunday 10:00am will not be The Double Hour, it will be Angel and Airwaves present "Love" (02/06/11)
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Now for something completely different: Carmen in 3D is a festival film that breaks all the rules, for film festivals and for 3D movies. (02/07/11)
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Carmen in 3D was the Film Festival's finale. Here are a few of the faces from and behind the film on the red carpet. Garrett Geyer photos. [pics] (02/07/11)
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival concludes another truly successful year with winning films. (02/07/11)
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Ruby and Ryder from the Teen Press ask Nicole Kidman if she carries any bricks in her pocket. (02/07/11)
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Did anyone else notice Larry David at the Cinema Vanguard Award Saturday night? (02/07/11)
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The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 festival competition. (02/07/11)
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Here is the lineup for the Film Fest's Third Weekend, coming up Feb. 11-13, when the best of the festival's selections are free for locals. (02/08/11)
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Did anyone catch a viewing of the Angels-n-Airwaves "Love" during the SBIFF? I have heard mixed reviews from older audience members. (02/10/11)
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