So far the Santa Barbara Film Festival is off to a great start. Opening night was a lot of fun and today’s writer’s panel was stellar.
We’ve heard good buzz about several films, including Starbuck, which is not about coffee but about a man whose life is upended when a lawyer informs him that he’s fathered no fewer than 533 children via his one and only talent: donating sperm; Pina 3D, which is acclaimed director Wim Wenders’ film about the brilliantly inventive dance world of Pina Bausch and her company; and Lucky, about a ten-year-old Zulu orphan whose mother recently died from AIDS and a suspicious elderly Indian woman.
As for the films themselves, we also just discovered a fun new feature for this year called “festival genius” which lists all of the films by title or by schedule and also lets you see how users are rating things, which is great because many of the films have multiple screenings and they add more as the festival progresses.
It’s definitely worth checking out, especially as additional screenings are added.