Photo Gallery: SBIFF Day One With Filmmakers & Academy Award Nominees

Posted on Feb 1 by SEASONS Magazine

Yalitza Aparicios attends a screening of 'Roma' during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Yalitza Aparicios attends a screening of ‘Roma’ during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Santa Barbara International Film Festival‘s (SBIFF) daytime programming on Jan. 31 offered festival-goers a number of events and screenings featuring some of this year’s most celebrated filmmakers and performers.

The morning included a screening of The Biggest Little Farm, by Emmy Award–winning documentary director and writer John Chester, which follows his and his wife Molly’s journey as they trade city life to start their own farm on a stretch of depleted soil outside Los Angeles. The documentary chronicles their efforts for more than eight years in this sweeping epic of twists and turns related to the creation of Apricot Lane Farms.

In a Q&A Chester shared with the audience where it was that he drew inspiration from. “It came down to a quote by Wendell Berry,” he said. “‘It all turns on affection, and it just means that it can all change when we love something.”

When questioned about the filmmaking process, particularly about the eight years of filming and having gathered more than 90 terabytes of footage, John answered, “As a filmmaker, I believe it’s about content. You just have to get what you can get in the moment and a lot of it was on the fly. Nature is a juxtaposition of good and bad, and I think the film represents that.”

Sandra Keats and John Chester attend a screening of 'The Biggest Little Farm' during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Metro Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Sandra Keats and John Chester attend a screening of ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Metro Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF).

The festival also hosted a special screening of Roma which was followed by a Q&A with Director Alfonso Cuarón and actress Yalitza Aparicio. Aparicio earned an Academy Award nomination for her work in the film, making her the first indigenous Mexican actress nominee.

Cuarón explained his unusual approach to making the film to the crowd, admitting that having less control gave him more creative freedom. “I needed to push my boundaries and do something I didn’t know how to do,” he said. “I had to give up control… and that was exciting.”

At the end of the Q&A, Aparicio was presented with the festival’s Virtuosos award for her groundbreaking performance. She thanked SBIFF, telling the crowd “Cinema has the power to break barriers and inspire love, courage and hope. I’m honored to be here.”

Alfonso Cuaron and Yalitza Aparicios pose onstage at a screening of 'Roma' during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Alfonso Cuaron and Yalitza Aparicios pose onstage at a screening of ‘Roma’ during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Yalitza Aparicios speaks onstage at a screening of 'Roma' during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Yalitza Aparicios speaks onstage at a screening of ‘Roma’ during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

SBIFF Director Roger Durling, Alfonso Cuaron and Yalitza Aparicios speak onstage at a screening of 'Roma' during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

SBIFF Director Roger Durling, Alfonso Cuaron and Yalitza Aparicios speak onstage at a screening of ‘Roma’ during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Danielle Ryan speaks at a screening of 'The Map to Paradise' during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Metro Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Danielle Ryan speaks at a screening of ‘The Map to Paradise‘ during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Metro Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Mimi deGruy speaks at the Discussing Diving Deep Seminar during the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Mimi deGruy speaks at the Discussing Diving Deep Seminar during the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Programming Director Michael Albright speaks at the Discussing Diving Deep Seminar during the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Programming Director Michael Albright speaks at the Discussing Diving Deep Seminar during the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Brent Sumner, Shannon Dybvig,  Mimi deGruy and Programming Director Michael Albright speak at the Discussing Diving Deep Seminar during the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF).

Brent Sumner, Shannon Dybvig, Mimi deGruy and Programming Director Michael Albright speak at the Discussing Diving Deep Seminar during the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Lobero Theater on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF).

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