The 2007 Santa Barbara Internation Film Festival
By Madelyn Ritrosky
The 2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival announces their slate of films for the 22nd installment.
The festival, which welcomes Chrysler and The New Yorker as Premiere Sponsors, takes place over 11 days beginning Thursday, January 25, 2007, through Sunday, February 4, and will feature 28 World Premieres, 17 US Premieres, and introduce films from 40 countries.
“This is the most ambitious and most diverse line up of events and films the Festival has ever had,” commented SBIFF Director Roger Durling. “There’s a film to satisfy any film-lover’s taste in here.”
Photo right: Sienna Miller, by Madelyn Ritrosky
It was also announced that the SBIFF will highlight the career achievements of filmmaker Bill Condon, director of this year’s “Dreamgirls,” who will be honored with the Montecito Award, sponsored by UGG Australia and The New Yorker.
“Seeing Bill Condon’s latest film simply solidified my admiration for him,” Durling said.
“His talent has shone with his writing and direction on ‘Gods and Monsters,’ ‘Kinsey’ and now on ‘Dreamgirls’ and I’m pleased that we here in Santa Barbara will have the opportunity to recognize his wonderful style and achievements.
“We’re particularly proud of our honorees this year,” continues Durling. “Together, our honorees are at the top of the heap of the best talent in the past year of film.”
The Outstanding Performance of the Year Award tribute to Helen Mirren in recognition of her performance in Stephen Frears’ “The Queen,” will take place on Friday, January 26, and is sponsored by The Butcher Family Foundation and Innovative Skincare. Will Smith, who gives a compelling performance in the inspirational film based on a true story, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will receive The Modern Master Award with a tribute moderated by Leonard Maltin on Saturday, January 27.
The evening is sponsored by Lucky Brand Jeans and Four Seasons Resort: The Biltmore. Bill Condon’s Montecito Award Tribute will take place on Monday, January 29. Moderated by Pete Hammond, the evening will also feature appearances by some of the “’Dreamgirls” cast and will be sponsored by UGG Australia and The New Yorker. The American Riviera Award will be presented to Forest Whitaker, whose outstanding performance in “The Last King of Scotland” has been receiving accolades and topping critics’ lists across the country. The evening will be moderated by film critic Pete Hammond on Saturday, February 3.
Photo right: William Macy, by Madelyn Ritrosky
Along the way, Wilberforce meets intense opposition from members of Parliament who feel the slave trade is tied to the stability of the British Empire. Several friends, including Wilberforce’s minister, John
The Closing Night film is “Gray Matters,” featuring the directorial debut of Sue Kramer and starring Heather Graham, Thomas Cavanagh, Bridget Moynahan, Molly Shannon, and Sissy Spacek. With plenty of references to 1940’s classical Hollywood, the film revamps the screwball comedy with a gay twist when Heather Graham’s character falls for the same woman as her brother does. Graham, Cavanagh, Moynahan, and director Kramer are among those expected to attend. Closing night festivities are sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent and El Paseo Restaurant.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run January 25 through February 4, 2007, is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. The SBIFF presents quality American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a premier tourist destination.
The SBIFF is also committed to education through its Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies, and educational seminars. With a projected audience of over 60,000 viewing more than 200 films over its eleven-day run, SBIFF attracts an affluent local and national consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in nearby Los Angeles.
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Photo above : The opening night party at Paseo Nuevo after the premiere of "Ask the Dust." 2006, by Madelyn Ritrosky.
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