Coastal Media Project Student Documentaries to Screen at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The "841" film crew (from left): director of photography Logan Asperian, sound mixer Lauren Barley, producer Macielle Villaseñor, director Rachel Burnett and editor Vincent Cuenco off the coast of Santa Cruz Island in 2023. (Courtesy Photo)

One film unpacks the news frenzy surrounding a bold sea otter and the wild waves it shares with humans. The other documents a diversity of coastal cultures and the barriers to entry they face in Southern California waters. Both were made by UC Santa Barbara students and have been included in this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Joining the star-stacked big-budget features common to the festival, now in its 39th year, the 15-minute documentaries “841” and “The Salt on Our Skin” were conceptualized, shot, edited and screened in nine weeks last summer during UCSB’s Coastal Media Project (CMP) film studies course.

“The CMP course gave us the tools and skills to make a short film,” said Alessandra Puig-Santana, who co-directed and co-produced “The Salt on Our Skin” to explore common threads between the annual Chumash tomol crossing to Limuw, a Black scientist scuba diver and a Latinx surf club.

The film’s storylines are inspired by the crew’s own personal connections to the ocean. “As students in the environmental field, we were tired of the doom-and-gloom story arc,” Puig-Santana said. “We wanted to showcase the beauty and joy that people feel in the water — that was our inspiration. Our film demonstrates that community and connection to nature can heal and overcome adversity.”


Written by UCSBTheCurrent

What do you think?


0 Comments deleted by Administrator

Leave a Review or Comment

What Does Das Williams Have to Hide? Supervisor Chickens Out of Newsmakers Interview — Again

Successful SpaceX Launch Friday as First USSF Weather System Arrives at Vandenberg