A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong … in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
-Jonathan Swift

Category Archives: Movies

Val Kilmer Presents Cinema Twain LIVE

by lesliedinaberg on June 29, 2017

Val Kilmer will be at the Lobero Theatre this Friday night (Jun. 30) at 8 p.m. to present a screening of his play about Mark Twain. The one-man show, Citizen Twain, played to sold-out houses at several performing arts venues in Los Angeles. Kilmer transforms himself into Twain in a comedic and moving performance based […]

SBIFF Variety Artisans Awards

by lesliedinaberg on February 6, 2017

  The Santa Barbara International Film Festival‘s Variety Artisans Awards celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. The Tribute evening takes place on Monday, February 6, at the Lobero Theatre and will be moderated by Variety’s Senior Vice President Awards […]

SBIFF is on the Way With Another Excellent Lineup

by lesliedinaberg on January 23, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) to begin on February 1. At last week’s press conference, Executive Director Roger Durling revealed the poster (once again designed by local graphic artist Barbara Boros) as well as an impressive slate of programming, including films representing 50+ countries, 51 world […]

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour

by lesliedinaberg on October 17, 2016

Film and nature collide when UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. Telluride Mountainfilm was launched more than 30 years ago by a group of climbers and friends dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments […]

Warren Beatty to Receive SBIFF’s Kirk Douglas Award

by lesliedinaberg on September 21, 2016

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will honor Academy Award winner Warren Beatty with the 11th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Bacara Resort & Spa on December 1, with all funds raised supporting SBIFF’s free year-round educational programs. Known for his iconic roles in films such as Bonnie and Clyde, […]

Photo Gallery: Sylvester Stallone at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

by lesliedinaberg on February 16, 2016

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine on February 12, 2016.

Photo Gallery: SBIFF Maltin Modern Master Johnny Depp

by lesliedinaberg on February 11, 2016

Excited fans packed the streets outside of the Arlington Theater anxiously awaiting the arrival of the recipient of this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Maltin Modern Masters award, Johnny Depp. Depp greeted his screaming fans on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival red carpet. Once backstage, the montage rolled with some highlights from his illustrious career—from […]

Cocktail Corner: SB Premiere of Somm Into the Bottle

by lesliedinaberg on January 4, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Wine and movies pair together exceptionally well—especially at the beautiful private screening room at the Bacara Resort & Spa, featuring blu-ray technology and a surround-sound audio system—so it’s fitting that this is the spot for the Santa Barbara movie premiere of SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE, […]

Editor’s Pick: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

by lesliedinaberg on December 16, 2015

One of the highlights of my year is always Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which offers a whirlwind 10 days of more than 200 films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in between. We can’t wait so see what the organizers have in store for this 31st […]

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams to Receive American Riviera Award at SBIFF

by lesliedinaberg on November 18, 2015

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams will be honored with the 2016 American Riviera Award at the 31st edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs from February 3 to February 13.  This is the first time the award will be given to three honorees, who are receiving critical acclaim for their collaboration […]