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SBIFF Announces Virtuosos Award Winners

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2017

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award will once again honor many of the most notable performances in Hollywood this year. The award, presented by UGG, takes place on February 3 at the Arlington Theatre. “2017 has seen a variety of breakout performances,” states Roger Durling, Executive Director of SBIFF. “We are thrilled to celebrate this […]

SBIFF’s Maltin Modern Master Award to Honor Gary Oldman

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2017

Gary Oldman, who is getting critical acclaim and Oscar buzz for his role as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, is set to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  Oldman will be honored for his longstanding contributions to the film industry and Leonard Maltin, […]


by lesliedinaberg on February 2, 2015

On Closing Night, Saturday February 7 at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents Disney’s McFarland, USA, directed by Niki Caro and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Based on the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they […]

Editor’s Pick: Desert Dancer

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2015

Desert Dancer Opening night of the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival brings the U.S. premiere of the powerful and true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in the suppressed society of Iran during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election. Forming an underground dance company, the dancers learn, through banned […]

Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival September 2-7 Features Jay Mohr, Brad Williams, Kirk Fox and More

by lesliedinaberg on August 29, 2014

We’re getting excited about next week’s Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival. Organizers recently announced the addition of three new headline comedians; actor, comedian and radio host Jay Mohr (8 p.m. on 9/5), actor and comedian Brad Williams (10 p.m. on 9/5) and television host and comedian Kirk Fox (6 p.m. on 9/6). All three of these performances will be filmed at the […]

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias at the Arlington

by lesliedinaberg on February 19, 2014

Gabriel Iglesias‘s  new world tour, Unity Through Laughter, comes to Santa Barbara this weekend. Iglesias had a banner year last year,  with Forbes Magazine including him in its “Ones to Watch” list, and The Hollywood Reporter naming him to its “Top Five Grossing Standup Comedians.” In addition, Iglesias’ Comedy Central special Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy premiered this past spring and generated the network’s […]

Oprah and UGG Australia: A Match Made in Film Fest Heaven

by lesliedinaberg on February 5, 2014

As loyal viewers know, UGG’s iconic sheepskin boots are one of Oprah Winfrey‘s “favorite things.” The classic boots have been featured on Oprah’s “favorite things” show a record five times, so it’s not surprising that UGG Australia president, Connie Rishwain is thrilled to be up on stage at the Arlington Theatre on Wednesday night introducing […]

World Premiere of “Mission Blue” Opens SBIFF Tonight

by lesliedinaberg on January 30, 2014

The 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the world premiere of Mission Blue, a story of the ever-changing ocean, at Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 30 at 8 p.m. The documentary film highlights oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer Sylvia Earle’s life’s work and follows the increasingly urgent international effort, coordinated by the National Geographic Society, to build awareness about the […]

Bruce Dern to Receive SBIFF’s Modern Master Award

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2014

We received word today that  Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will honor Academy Award-nominated actor Bruce Dern (who was so fabulous in Nebraska) with the Modern Master Award  on Saturday, February 8, at the  Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.. The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. It was created in 1995 […]

Widespread Panic comes to the Arlington April 3

by lesliedinaberg on January 25, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for alternative rock band Widespread Panic. The oft-touring American band will play at the Arlington Theatre  (1317 State St.) on April 3 at 8 p.m. Since their inception in Athens, Georgia, in 1986, Widespread Panic has risen to elite status among American jam bands. The current lineup includes guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave […]