28th SANTA BARBARA
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HONORS BEST OF THE BEST
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival opened with the US
premier of Henry-Alex Rubin's "Disconnect".
The Arlington Theatre opening gala, sponsored by Lynda.com, was
sold-out. Cast members Alexander Skarsgard, Paula Patton, Frank Grillo, Colin
Ford, Haley Ramm, Aviad Bernstein and screenwriter Andres Stern walked the red
carpet before the performance. Opening night at the Arlington was a buzz of activity.
outlets ready to get interviews and record his walk down the red carpet to
receive the SBIFF Modern Master Award. Affleck looked relaxed and happy to be
at the Arlington Theatre and spent quality time giving interviews and smiling
at photographers. Leonard Maltin was the interviewer, who took a step by step
look at Affleck's career. Matt Damon joined Affleck on stage, and
presented the award. Damon gave enormous praise to his old friend, and Affleck
seemed genuinely pleased to accept the award. "I thank my friend Matt
Damon for giving me this award and I hope when he wins it I can come here and
say some things about him, however, I think it would be more like a roast"
Daniel Day-Lewis looked a bit overwhelmed by the people waiting to
greet him in front of the Arlington Theatre prior to his SBIFF award
presentation. His on stage interview, prior to the presentation the prestigious
"Lincoln," included a beautiful film history of the talented British actor's body of work.
During his interview he shared some personal stories on his youth and adult
life, including challenging experiences in the world of acting, which were
executed with his brilliant wit and amazing story telling abilities. Sally
Field, who played Mrs. Lincoln in the film was stunning as she came down
the red carpet with director Michael Mann.
The SBIFF Film Writer/Producer breakfast at The Harbor House Restaurant on
Stearn's Wharf was a buzz of activity as attendees' mingled and gave interviews
to the press over a delicious breakfast favorites. Among those attending were
co-producer Waren Needles and producer/director Rob Stewart of "Revolution", David
Kennard & Martine Saunier "A Year in Burgundy", and director/producer Michael Oved Dayan,"High Plains Doctor". “Revolution” and “High Plains Doctor” were both contenders for the Social Justice Award, which will be announced later next week.
Our next SBIFF report will cover presentations to include The Virtuoso
Award, American Riviera Award, the Cinema Vanguard Award being presented to Amy Adams for her work in “The Master” and the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award being presented to Jennifer Lawrence. For ticket information visit: www.sbiff.org.