Poetry as Portraiture: Adam Zagajewski and Andrew Winer

Courtesy SBMA.

Courtesy SBMA.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents Poetry as Portraiture: Adam Zagajewski and Andrew Winer on Sunday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Mary Craig Auditorium (SBMA, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara). (Note: Please enter through the Museum Store or Park entrance during the current renovation project.)

Prize-winning, globally-admired poet Adam Zagajewski writes with precision and wonder about the calm and courage of ordinary life. He says of poetry that it “is like a human face—it is an object that can be measured, described, catalogued, but it is also an appeal.” His most recent book, Slight Exaggeration, is a blend of memoir, essay, and anecdote, and in which he defines poetry as “a slight exaggeration, until we make ourselves at home in it. Then it becomes the truth.” Zagajewski is interviewed by fellow writer, friend, novelist, and Chair of the UC Riverside writing program Andrew Winer. Book signing to follow.

This special presentation is part of SBMA’s Parallel Stories series, a literary and performing arts series that pairs art and artists with award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. This series functions as a multidisciplinary lens through which to view the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

The event is free for SBMA Members, $10 for non-Members and $6 for seniors. Tickets may be purchased at  the Museum Visitor Services desk or online at tickets.sbma.net.

 —Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on April 14, 2018.

UCSB Arts Walk

UCSB’s Department of MusicDepartment of Theater and DanceDepartment of ArtCollege of Creative StudiesArt, Design & Architecture MuseumMultiCultural Center and Library to host an open house of visual & performing arts

UCSB presents the inaugural UCSB Arts Walk on Wednesday, April 11, from 4:30-8 p.m. at various locations across the campus. The event gives students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to visit galleries and studios, watch preview performances and behind-the-scenes rehearsals, and participate in programming designed to highlight the artistic creativity and talent of the UCSB community. Best of all, everything is free of charge.

The Art, Design, & Architecture Museum has several exhibitions on display, including Chiura Obata: An American Modern, UCSB Campus Architecture: Design and Social Change, Jane Gottlieb Photographs France, and Keith Puccinelli. In addition, the museum hosts a Kitchell Architecture and Design lecture at 6 p.m., featuring UCSB Associate Campus Architect, Dennis Whelan. Whelan recounts the history of UC Santa Barbara campus planning and design, in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition.

Image by Jane Gottlieb, currently on view at UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum.

Image by Jane Gottlieb, currently on view at UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum.

Highlights from the Department of Music include an open rehearsal of a faculty duet featuring cellist Jennifer Kloetzel and pianist Robert Koenig, plus performances by members of the Chamber Choir, Music of India Ensemble, Flute Choir, Jazz Combos, Middle East Ensemble, Chamber Players, Clarinet Choir, Gamelan Ensemble, and more. Guests can interact directly with performers during Q&A sessions following several of the events, such as a performance of scenes from UCSB Opera Theatre’s February production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and composition graduate student Brandon J. Rolle’s electro-acoustic music exhibition.

The Department of Theater and Dance also presents a wide variety of performances, open rehearsals, and exhibitions, including an open rehearsal for the department’s upcoming production of Cabaret (May 25-June 3), as well as performances by UCSB Dance BFA students in outdoor spaces surrounding the Theater and Dance buildings. The UCSB Dance Company and Freshmen Dance Company presents a special concert in the Old Ballet Studio (HSSB), while exhibitions showcasing puppets and work by UCSB Design students are also on display. Interactive playwright showcase stations will give guests the unique opportunity to work with student playwrights to compose novelty pieces on the spot.

On view from the Department of Art are multiple exhibitions of student work in the Art Building #534 and at the Red Barn Project Space in the Old Gym, Building #479, (near the bus loop by the Pollock Theater). Highlights include an exhibit of senior artwork in the GlassBox Gallery in Arts 1328, and from 7 p.m. on, Windows—a sampler of videos from Maya Gurantz’s “Intermediate Digital Video” class projected from the second story windows of Arts 2220, overlooking the bike path. In the Red Barn Project Space, UCSB Womanhouse Collective presents SHE-DEN, an intersectional, multi-media group exhibit exploring the place of women in contemporary art and culture.

The MultiCultural Center’s lounge features an exhibition by UCSB graduate student Andrew Morrison, entitled “Indian Heritage,” a Native American art exhibition that compliments his film, Great Walls of Indian Heritage. This exhibit speaks to all walks of life, its genesis is from the red road, and the American Indian Student Association inspires its vitality. The exhibit is on display in the MultiCultural Center Lounge through June 15, with an opening reception on April 12 at 6 p.m.

The College of Creative Studies (CCS), which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary during the current academic year, offers a glimpse into the work of the College’s Art, Music Composition, and Writing and Literature students in the CCS Gallery and the Old Little Theater. An exhibition of student artwork fills the CCS Gallery, while the Old Little Theater’s programming includes performances of Music Composition students’ original pieces as well as readings from Writing & Literature students and faculty.

Event link: https://www.library.ucsb.edu/artswalk

Directions and parking information: https://www.library.ucsb.edu/directions-parking

Campus map: http://www.aw.id.ucsb.edu/maps/ucsbmap.html

Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on April 9, 2018.


Phoebe Brunner: Breathe

Phoebe Brunner, "Silver Threads," oil on canvas, 30 x 54."

Phoebe Brunner, “Silver Threads,” oil on canvas, 30 x 54.”

Sullivan Goss Gallery presents new work by acclaimed local artist Phoebe Brunner in her second solo exhibition for the gallery, titled “Breathe.” The show opens April 5, with a 1st Thursday reception from 5-8 p.m.

The gallery describes Brunner’s latest body of vibrant work as “connecting to the earth around us as it regenerates from a long lack of rain. Poppies explode, scattering their seeds to the wind for the next season of flowers. Roads lead through winding hills verdant with fresh grass. Clouds settle in to canyons to coat the hills with moisture. While her views are primarily imaginative, we are drawn to them by sense of memory for a place we have visited or more accurately, the familiarity of worlds we have wandered in our dreams. This remarkable group of paintings reminds us to take a collective breath. Spring is coming, bringing regeneration and a continuation of nature’s endless cycle.”

Phoebe Brunner, "Rain, Happy Hour," oil on canvas, 30 x 22."

Phoebe Brunner, “Rain, Happy Hour,” oil on canvas, 30 x 22.”

Brunner earned a BFA from UCSB and trained at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of Guadalajara. She has been exhibiting in the Santa Barbara area for 40 years and brings a local’s knowledge of the terrain together with a visionary artist’s sense of interpretation.

The exhibition remains on view at Sullivan Goss Gallery, 11 E. Anapamu St., through June 3. For more information, visit www.sullivangoss.com or www.facebook.com/sullivan.goss or call 805/730-1460.

Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on April 4, 2018.

Visions of the Gaviota Coast

Beach Shack by Kevin Gleason. Image courtesy SCAPE.

Beach Shack by Kevin Gleason. Image courtesy SCAPE.

Enjoy beautiful art and support a good cause at “Visions of the Gaviota Coast,” the Sixth Annual SCAPE Art Benefit for Gaviota Coast Conservancy and Naples Coalition. Held at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort and Spa (8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta), the art sale goes from Friday, March 30 at 2 p.m. through Saturday, March 31 at 5 p.m. The two-day exhibit features a reception on Friday (5-8 p.m.) with live music, silent auction, appetizers and wine with donation.

More than 150 Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) artists and fine art photographer Reeve Woolpert will participate in this benefit art exhibition showcasing the stunning Gaviota Coast. Painter and exhibit juror Richard Schloss has many years of collaboration with the renowned Oak Group artists. The funds raised will assist Gaviota Coast Conservancy and the Naples Coalition in continuing their successful efforts to protect this majestic 72 miles of open coastline, providing a pristine habitat for over 1,400 species, including the endangered snowy plover. Forty percent of all art sales will benefit the two nonprofit organizations.

Gaviota Coast Conservancy and Naples Coalition have recently achieved big victories towards the protection and preservation of the Gaviota Coast. Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort and Spa is hosting the event, and donating an overnight stay and spa treatment for the raffle (no need to be present to win). “We consider it an honor to call the Gaviota Coast our home,” says Shashi Poudyal, general manager. “Bacara will continue to partner with the Gaviota Coast Conservancy to be a great steward of this land.”

Free parking is provided (follow the signs), or you can valet park.

To donate directly to the Gaviota Coast Conservancy: http://gaviotacoastconservancy.org/donate

To donate to Naples Coalition: http://www.savenaples.org/donate

Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on March 28, 2018.

Local Lowdown: The River’s Journey

Paintings in the Wildling Museum show The River’s Journey: One Year, Six Artists, 92 Miles include work by (clockwise from top left): Holli Harmon, Pamela Zwehl-Burke, Nicole Strasburg, Nina Warner, Connie Connally and Libby Smith.

Paintings in the Wildling Museum show The River’s Journey: One Year, Six Artists, 92 Miles include work by (clockwise from top left): Holli Harmon, Pamela Zwehl-Burke, Nicole Strasburg, Nina Warner, Connie Connally and Libby Smith.


By Leslie Dinaberg

SIX LOCAL ARTISTS have pooled their talents around one very big idea—our communal connection to and responsibility for our water resources—uniting their unique points of view in a new exhibit, The River’s Journey: One Year, Six Artists, 92 Miles, on view at the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature through July 9.

Initially joining together to experiment with the lesser-known medium of gouache (an opaque watercolor paint), the group— which includes Connie Connally, Holli Harmon, Libby Smith, Nicole Strasburg, Nina Warner and Pamela Zwehl-Burke—is united in a quest to use their art to inform the public about how the Santa Ynez River and the watershed functions and our indi­vidual responsibility to protect its viability.

Rose Compass artists (L-R): Nicole Strasburg, Connie Connally, Libby Smith, Holli Harmon, Pamela Zwehl-Burke and Nina Warner. After the exhibition ends in July, it will travel later in 2018 to Santa Barbara City Hall and Sullivan Goss Gallery. Photo by Monica Wiesblott.

Rose Compass artists (L-R): Nicole Strasburg, Connie Connally, Libby Smith, Holli Harmon, Pamela Zwehl-Burke and Nina Warner. After the exhibition ends in July, it will travel later in 2018 to Santa Barbara City Hall and Sullivan Goss Gallery. Photo by Monica Wiesblott.

“Originally, I was just enthralled with the medium of gouache,” says Strasburg, who saw the potential through the work of artist Thomas Paquette, who had a wilderness-themed show at the Wildling and also has some paintings in The River’s Journey. As Strasburg dug deeper into the subject matter of the watershed, “it became about so much more than painting the landscape.…I just keep reading and researching and discovering new connections.”

The group, now known as Rose Compass (named for the flower-shaped figure on a map and “like the compass rose, our work reflects our individual points of view”), is very dedi­cated to the project. “The three devoted plein air artists have gone out every single Monday for the past two years to paint the water in the area,” says Strasburg.

Libby Smith, Measuring Stick, Alder Creek.

Libby Smith, Measuring Stick, Alder Creek.

They routinely post their musings and progress on the project on the website (rose-compass.com) and are working to secure additional venues to showcase the breadth and depth of their work on The River’s Journey, which visually brings to the forefront questions of stewardship, preservation and conservation.

“Art starts the conversation while providing education and information that can change behavior and expectations at a pivotal moment in our new paradigm of water resource management,” says their collective artist statement. “When artists, scientists and water managers work together, we create a powerful and compelling message that moves the community to make better ecological and civic choices. Awareness, conservation, stewardship and collaboration will all be key to the new paradigm of protecting this resource and ensuring the longevity and viability of our entire community.”

Wildling Museum of Art & Nature is located at 1511-B Mission Dr., Solvang. For more information, call 805/688-1082 or visit wildlingmuseum.org.

Connie Connally, Turkey Vultures.

Connie Connally, Turkey Vultures.

Nicole Strasburg, River Path, Santa Ynez.

Nicole Strasburg, River Path, Santa Ynez.

Holli Harmon, Yellow Kayak.

Holli Harmon, Yellow Kayak.

Nina Warner, Gibralter Dam.

Nina Warner, Gibralter Dam.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke, White Rock.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke, White Rock.

This story was originally published in the spring 2018 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.

Delineations at MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery

Charlie Patton, “The Woman and The Veil,” oil on canvas.

Charlie Patton, “The Woman and The Veil,” oil on canvas.

Opening March 16, DELINEATIONS at MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery (132 Santa Barbara St.) features four Santa Barbara based artists: Jo Merit, Douglas Dafoe, Katarzyna Kociomyk and Charlie Patton and is curated by Jan Ziegler. 

“The delineated characteristics of Jo Merit’s paintings and the fine craftmanship of Douglas Dafoe’s geometric wood wall sculptures drive the title of the show,” writes Ziegler. “Complementing their precise line work, we have Katarzyna Kociomyk’s lush boats at rest on the water and Charlie Patton’s large and small expressive paintings.”

Join the artists for the reception on Friday, March 16, from 5-8 p.m. The artists will speak about their work at 6 p.m.

The show remains on view through May 13. 

—Leslie Dinaberg

Charlie Patton, “Misty Copeland Two Slippers,” oil on canvas.

Charlie Patton, “Misty Copeland Two Slippers,” oil on canvas.

Jo Merit, “At The Dark End Of The Street,” acrylic on canvas.

Jo Merit, “At The Dark End Of The Street,” acrylic on canvas.

Katarzyna Kociomyk, “Cast In Bronze,” oil on canvas.

Katarzyna Kociomyk, “Cast In Bronze,” oil on canvas.

Douglas Dafoe, “untitled,” wood with copper paint.

Douglas Dafoe, “untitled,” wood with copper paint.

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on March 16, 2018.

Marian Crostic: Sea Change

Tidal Impressions #2 by Marian Crostic.

Tidal Impressions #2 by Marian Crostic.

Come to The Waterline in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone (120 Santa Barbara St.) on Friday night to check out Sea Change by Marian Crostic, a special event hosted by wall space creative for the Funk Zone Art Walk.

“We are a world in flux. In this consistent state of change, finding a path to calm is almost impossible. It takes effort to keeping ourselves upright and moving forward, while this drift and unknowingness takes all our energy. We all feel now as if in constant motion both physically and emotionally. For Marian Crostic, finding that peace comes at the waters edge,” states event organizer Crista Dix.

Tidal Impressions #1 by Marian Crostic.

Tidal Impressions #1 by Marian Crostic.

Crostic’s series is an abstract vision of the waters edge, the organic connection between liquid and solid. This high contrast work belies its softness, with striking emphasis on the graphic and non-linear patterns in nature.

Marian Crostic made the career change from the fashion world to photography over a decade ago. Turning her creativity from fabrics towards imagery, this group of photographs fundamentally started taking shape and vision on her morning walks along Venice Beach. Meditative in nature the series is about importance of seeing ones own environment with a present, reflective and introspective eye.

Come from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday March 16 for an informal talk with Crostic about this beautiful work.

For more information about Sea Change, wall space creative and Marian Crostic or to see a portfolio of works please contact wall space gallery at 805/232-5428 or gallery@wallspacecreative.com.

Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on March 14, 2018.

Summer Solstice Poster & T-Shirt Contest

Heroes photo, courtesy Santa Barbara Summer Solstice.

Heroes photo, courtesy Santa Barbara Summer Solstice.

The 2018 Summer Solstice Parade & Festival theme is HEROES, which is certainly an apt choice for our community right now.

The organizers state, “we are so grateful and beyond moved by our local heroes and all of the beauty that has been shown by hundreds of emergency professionals and firefighters who have come to Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties to fight the Thomas Fire that has wreaked havoc on our area. Now with the recent mudslides in Montecito we are again finding heroes everywhere: in our neighbors, our community businesses and growing within ourselves.”

The theme was selected from more than 100 suggestions.

Organizers are now accepting artwork submissions for the 2018 Poster & T-shirt Contest. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 15, at 5 p.m.

The artist selected will win a $500 prize.

Submit up to three images (jpeg format, 72 dpi) by email, with titles, to soladmin@solsticeparade.com.

Don’t forget to include your name, address and phone number, as well as the email headline “2018 Poster & T-shirt Contest.”

Works are encouraged to support the Solstice 2018 theme: “Heroes,” though all artwork submitted will be considered.

The Summer Solstice Festival is June 22-24 and the parade is June 23. For more information, visit solsticeparade.com.

Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on February 2, 2018.


SBIFF Unveils World Premiere Film Lineup

The 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) offers 200+ films representing 58 countries, 45 World premieres, and 53 U.S. premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.

Below is the list of world premiere features at the 2018 SBIFF.


A Sniper’s War, USA, Ukraine, Russia

Directed by Olya Schechter

A Sniper's War, courtesy photo.

A Sniper’s War, courtesy photo.

Acid Horizon, USA

Directed by Ivan Hurzeler


Broke: The Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline Spill of 2015, USA

Directed by Gail Osherenko

Chasing the Thunder, USA

Directed by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin


The Doctor From India, USA

Directed by Jeremy Frindel


The End of Meat (Eine welt ohne fleisch), Germany

Directed by Marc Pierschel


The Independents, USA

Directed by Greg Naughton


Living in the Futures Past, USA

Directed by Susan Kucera


Making Babies, USA

Directed by Josh Huber

Making Babies, courtesy photo.

Metamorphosis, Canada

Directed by Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper


My Indiana Muse, USA

Directed by Ric and Jen Serena


My Indiana Muse (official trailer) from Serena Creative on Vimeo.

¡Oh Mamy Blue!, Spain

Directed by Antonio Hens


Off the Menu, USA

Directed by Jay Silverman


One Last Night, USA

Directed by Anthony Sabet


the public, USA

Directed by Emilio Estevez


The Push, USA

Directed by Grant Korgan


Scotch: A Golden Dream, USA

Directed by Andrew Peat


Silicon Beach, USA

Directed by Max Gold


Threesome (Le trip à trois), Canada

Directed by Nicolas Monette


Waiting for the Drop: Rise of the Superstar DJs, USA

Directed by Alexei Barrionuevo


The War in Between, USA

Directed by Riccardo Ferraris


We Are Galapagos, USA

Directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani


The White Orchid, USA

Directed by Steve Anderson


U.S. PREMIERE FEATURE FILMS (listed alphabetically)


3 Things (3 ting), Denmark

Directed by Jens Dahl


A Land Without Borders, Israel

Directed by Michael Alalu and Nir Baram


Adventures in Public School, Canada

Directed by Kyle Rideout


Before I Forget (Antes que eu me esqueça), Brazil

Directed by Tiago Arakilian


Beyond – An African Surf Documentary, Austria

Directed by Mario Hainzl


Beyond Dreams (Dröm vidare), Sweden

Directed by Rojda Serkersöz


Big Wata, Netherlands

Directed by Jan Paul Van der Velden


Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Bingo: O rei das manhãs), Brazil

Directed by Daniel Rezende


Black Kite, Canada, Afghanistan

Directed by Tarique Qayumi


The Butterfly Tree, Australia

Directed by Priscilla Cameron


Cardinals, Canada

Directed by Grayson Moore & Aidan Shipley


Catch the Wind (Prendre le large), France

Directed by Gaël Morel


Darling, Denmark

Directed by Birgitte Stærmose


Daybreak (Dita zë fill), Albania

Directed by Gentian Koçi


The Double Lover (L’amant double), France

Directed by François Ozon


Edie, UK

Directed by Simon Hunter


The Eternal Road (Ikitie), Finland

Directed by Antti-Jussi Annila


Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja), Finland

Directed by Teemu Nikki


The Faithful Son (La part sauvage), Belgium

Directed by Guérin van de Vorst


Fence Your Best, Israel

Directed by Liat Mer


Fifty Springtimes (Aurore), France

Directed by Blandine Lenoir


Filthy (Spina), Czech Republic, Slovakia

Directed by Tereza Nvotová


Get the Weed (Misión no oficial), Uruguay

Directed by Denny Brechner, Alfonso Guerrero and Marcos Hecht


Giant (Handia), Spain

Directed by Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi


Grace and Splendor (Donaire y esplendor), Panama

Directed by Arturo Montenegro


Grand Cru, Canada

Directed by David Eng


Guerrero, Mexico

Directed by Ludovic Bonleux


Imposed Piece (Opgelegd Werk), Belgium

Directed by Brecht Vanhoenacker

Imposed Piece, courtesy photo.

Imposed Piece, courtesy photo.

In Love and In Hate (Los que aman, odian), Argentina

Directed by Alejandro Maci


The Island, Israel

Directed by Adam Weingrod


The Last Suit (El último traje), Argentina

Directed by Pablo Solarz


Maracaibo, Argentina

Directed by Miguel Angel Rocca


Mary Goes Round, Canada

Directed by Molly McGlynn


Meditation Park, Canada

Directed by Mina Shum


Modified, Canada

Directed by Aube Giroux


The Order of Things (L’ordine delle cose), Italy

Directed by Andrea Segre


Sad Hill Unearthed, Spain

Directed by Guillermo de Oliveira


Secret Ingredient (Iscelitel), Greece

Directed by Gjorce Stavreski


Soviet Hippies, Estonia, Germany, Finland

Directed by Terje Toomistu


Sunshine That Can Move Mountains, China

Directed by Qiang Wang


Star Boys (Kaiken se kestää), Sweden

Directed by Visa Koiso-Kanttila


The Swan (Svanurinn), Iceland, Estonia, Germany

Directed by Ása Hjörleifsdóttir


The Unseen (Los últimos), Argentina

Directed by Nicolás Puenzo

Unwanted (T’padashtun), Kosovo, Netherlands

Directed by Edon Rizvanolli


Wall, Canada

Directed by Cam Christiansen


While We Live (Mens vi lever), Denmark

Directed by Mehdi Avaz




All You Can Eat Buddha, Canada, Cuba

Directed by Ian Lagarde


Angels Wear White (Jia nian hua), China, France

Directed by Vivian Qu


Arrhythmia (Aritmiya), Russia, Finland, Germany

Directed by Boris Khlebnikov


Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie), France

Directed by Cédric Klapisch


Beartrek, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Peru

Directed by Chris Morgan & Joe Pontecorvo


Blue, Australia

Directed by Karina Holden


Borg vs. McEnroe, Sweden, Denmark, Finland

Directed by Janus Metz


Breath (Nafas), Iran

Directed by Narges Abyar


Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, USA, Canada, China

Directed by Dave O’Leske

Elish’s Notebooks, Israel

Directed by Golan Rise


The Essential Link – The Story of Wilfred Israel, Israel

Directed by Yonatan Nir


Faces Places (Visages, villages), France

Directed by JR and Agnès Varda


The Future Ahead (El futuro que viene), Argentina

Directed by Constanza Novick


The Gospel According to André, USA

Directed by Kate Novack


Gutland, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium

Directed by Govinda Van Maele


Holy Camp! (La Llamada), Spain

Directed by Javier Ambrossi & Javier Calvo


Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan), India

Directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani


Icarus, USA

Directed by Bryan Fogel


In Syria (Insyriated), Belgium, France, Lebanon

Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw


The Insult (L’insulte), Lebanon

Directed by Ziad Doueiri


Just Like Our Parents, Brazil

Directed by Laís Bodanzky


Killer Bees, USA

Directed by Ben & Orson Cummings


Kim Swims, USA

Directed by Kate Webber

Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy, USA

Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer


The Line (Čiara), Slovakia, Ukraine

Directed by Peter Bebjak


Love Means Zero, USA

Directed by Jason Kohn


Miracle on 42nd Street, USA

Directed by Alice Elliott


Montana, Israel

Directed by Limor Shmila


Nelson Algren Live, USA

Directed by Oscar Bucher


Oh Lucy!, USA, Japan

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi


The Party, USA

Directed by Sally Potter


Point of No Return, USA

Directed by Quinn Kanaly & Noel Dockstader


The Quartette (Kvarteto), Czech Republic

Directed by Miroslav Krobot


Racer and the Jailbird (Le fidèle), Belgium

Directed by Michaël R. Roskam


Scaffolding (Pigumim), Israel, Poland

Directed by Matan Yair


Scary Mother, Georgia, Estonia

Directed by Ana Urushadze


Skid Row Marathon, USA

Directed by Mark Hayes


Sky and Ground, USA, Serbia/Montenegro, Macedonia, Hungary, Greece, Germany, Austria

Directed by Joshua Bennett & Talya Tibbon


Something New (Qualcosa di nuovo), Italy

Directed by Cristina Comencini

Something New, courtesy photo.

Something New, courtesy photo.

Soufra, Singapore, USA, Lebanon

Directed by Thomas A. Morgan


The Starry Sky Above Me, (Le ciel étoilé au-dessus de ma tête), France

Directed by Ilan Klipper


Streetlight Harmonies, USA

Directed by Brent Wilson


The Third Murder, (Sandome no Satsujin), Japan

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda


Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle (Tulipani: Liefde, Eer en een Fiets), Netherlands

Directed by Mike van Diem


Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace, USA

Directed by Rich Gentile


Under the Tree (Undir Trénu), Iceland, Denmark, Poland & Germany

Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson


Wife and Husband (Moglie e marito), Italy

Directed by Simone Godano


You Disappear (Du forsvinder), Denmark, Sweden

Directed by Peter Schønau Fog



72%, Spain – US Premiere

Directed by Lluis Quilez


Abroad, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Zayn Alexandar


Aeris, USA

Directed by Paul Castro Jr.


Afterwork, Spain, Peru, Ecuador – World Premiere

Directed by Luis Uson


The Artist & The Great Bear, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Jeff Mcloughlin


As Long As It Takes (Le temps qu’il faut), Canada

Directed by Abeille Tard


Audition, USA

Directed by Richard Van


Bargain, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Clifford Miu


Basha Man, China

Directed by Daniel Chein


Bigfoot’s Love Slave, USA

Directed by Heather Tom


The Cannonball Woman, (La femme canon), France, Switzerland, Canada – US Premiere

Directed by David Toutevoix and Albertine Zullo


Cascarón, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Casey McGarry


Catacomb, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Alex Z. Avila


Couch for Sale, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Takashi Doscher


Cowboy of Mount Laurier (Le cowboy du mont Laurier), Canada – US Premiere

Directed by Gabriel Vilandré


Crossing the Channel, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Ryan Slattery


Cuba: Music Revolution, USA

Directed by Juan Ponce de León


Dancing with Dragons, USA, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Mexico, Belize

Directed by Mark Romanov


Don’t Mind Alice, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Maude Apatow & Olivia Rosenbloom


The Driver Is Red, USA

Directed by Randall Christopher


Field Song (Canción de Campo), USA

Directed by Brad Bischoff


Fern, UK – US Premiere

Directed by Johnny Kelly


Ferryman at the Wall, USA

Directed by David Freid


Fingerprints, USA

Directed by Don Hardy


From Golf Course to Wetland, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Michael Love


Hide and Seek (Bújócska), Hungary

Directed by Gábor Benő Baranyi


Home Shopper, USA

Directed by Dev Patel

Dev Patel directs Home Shopper, courtesy photo.

Dev Patel directs Home Shopper, courtesy photo.

Hybrids, France

Directed by Florian Brauch, Kim Tailhades, Matthieu Pujol, Romain Thirion and Yohan Thireau


Keep Calm and Tampon, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Claudia Lonow


Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs, USA

Directed by Camilla H. Fox


The Last Man You Meet, USA

Directed by Chris Bone


Long Term Delivery, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Jake Honig


Los Comandos, USA

Directed by Joshua Bennett


Lunch Ladies, USA

Directed by J.M. Logan


Mariela, UK

Directed by Victoria Romero


Martien, Switzerland

Directed by Maxime Pillonel


Me, My Phone and I, USA

Directed by Luke Mullen


Mott Haven, USA

Directed by Kyle Morrison


Negative Space, France

Directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata


Online Shopping, Iran

Directed by Ghasideh Golmakani


Out of the Ashes, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Hallie Brown


Poles Apart, USA

Directed by Paloma Baeza


Phototaxis, USA

Directed by Melissa Ferrari


The Red Flag, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Mike Winger


RFLKTR, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Matt K. Turner


Santa Claus, USA

Directed by Jeff Man


Sequin, Taiwan – US Premiere

Directed by Yachi Yang


Siren Song: Women Singers of Pakistan, USA, Pakistan, and India

Directed by Fawzia Afzal-Khan


Shadow Boxer (Skyggebokser), Denmark – World Premiere

Directed by Andreas Bøggild Monies


Shark Bight, USA – US Premiere

Directed by Stephanie Foster


The Shift, USA

Directed by Elivia Shaw


Simularity, USA

Directed by Ryan O’Nan


Soul of the City, USA – World Premiere

Directed by John Klein


Souls of Totality, USA

Directed by Richard Raymond


Space Butthole, USA

Directed by David Chai


The Take Off, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Ryan Kalil


The Tesla World Light, (Tesla: Lumière Mondiale), Canada

Directed by Matthew Rankin


Tigerstyle, United Kingdom, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Elliott Powell, Jordyn Romero, Paloma Young, Rachel Lattin, and Riani Singgih


The Tipping Point, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Danielle Cohen


Toward the North (Hacia el norte), USA

Directed by Elivia Shaw, Jessica Chermayeff, and Joshua Bennett


Towards the Sun (Hacia el sol), United Kingdom

Directed by Monica Santis


Two Balloons, USA – US Premiere

Directed by Mark C. Smith


Under Her Wing, USA

Directed by Keenan McGuckin


Undiscovered, USA

Directed by Sara Litzenberger


Virtually Yours, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Andrea Lithner


Wildlife and the Wall, USA

Directed by Ben Masters


You Are Here, United Kingdom

Directed by Nicholas Jones


Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber, USA

Directed by Svetlana Cvetko


“Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber” Trailer from David Scott Smith on Vimeo.

For the complete list of films, synopses, and other special events please visit sbiff.org and download the SBIFF app for the latest updates and schedule changes.

Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on January 25, 2018.



Westmont Museum Raises Big $ With Small Artworks

 Large crowds flocked to the 5×5 exhibition in 2014, photo courtesy Westmont College.Large crowds flocked to the 5×5 exhibition in 2014, photo courtesy Westmont College.

An update from Westmont College : Small works of art from several hundred artists from around the country will be auctioned during “5X5: Celebrating Westmont College’s 80th Anniversary” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The online auction will begin Thursday, Jan. 11, at westmontmuseum.org and last until Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. However, due to the destruction in the local community from mudslides, an opening reception will be delayed until Thursday, Jan. 18, from 4-6 p.m. The opening reception, which includes coffee and cake, is free and open to the public. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the museum.

Several hundred small works of art from artists from around the country will be auctioned during “5X5: Celebrating Westmont College’s 80th Anniversary” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art from Jan. 11-26.

The online auction kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 4-6 p.m., and bidding will continue until  Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. The opening reception, which includes refreshments, is free and open to the public.  (Event delayed due to flooding) All proceeds from the event will go towards the museum.Artists were invited to create a unique work of art on a five-inch square piece of paper which they received and returned to the museum by mail.

The exhibition features renowned artists Christo, Charles Arnoldi and Chris Raschka along with local luminaries Tony Askew, Mary Heebner, Penelope Gottlieb, Dane Goodman, Richard Aber and author T.C. Boyle.

In the past, the auction has raised upwards of $20,000 for the museum.

“We have been looking forward to bringing the 5×5 exhibition back and Westmont’s 80th Anniversary is the perfect way to celebrate,” says Judy Larson, R. Anthony Askew professor of art history and museum director. “It’s a great opportunity to support the museum’s programs, meet new artists and connect with old friends.”

For more information, visit westmontmuseum.org or contact the museum at 805/565-6162. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is located at 955 La Paz Rd. It is free and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and college holidays.

Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on January 11, 2018.