3rd weekend is a community event where we show some of the highlights from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for free at the Riviera Theatre (2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA). The schedule for this year is as follows:
Friday February 10
7:00 pm Up There w/ The Missing Key
9:30 pm Vinyl
Saturday February 11
11:00 am Dirty Energy
1:00 pm Barrymore
4:00 pm Pretty Old
7:00 pm Starbuck w/ Picture Paris
9:30 pm The Rumble of the Stones
Sunday February 12
11:00 am Otter 501
1:00 pm Heat Wave w/ L Train
4:00 pm Nothing Like Chocolate
7:00 pm Free Men
- All screenings are free to the public and in fairness to the entire community,seating is on a first come first served basis
- As the policy for all free Festival programming, there will be no Q’s handed out
- Saving seats will not be allowed inside the theatre
Awarded Jury Prize for Artistic Distinction
It’s often said that Christopher Plummer is the greatest actor Canada has ever produced and one of the finest classical actors of his generation. Having mastered the stage, as well as the big and small screens, he took on a role in 1996 that would come to define him: John Barrymore, another actor of towering stature. Barrymore opened at the Stratford Festival in 1996 before moving to Broadway, where Plummer won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. The production has since been revived to even more widespread acclaim, with Plummer maturing into the role and imbuing it with ever-deeper pathos and wit. The play has now been transformed into a film directed by Erik Canuel. With its elegant close-ups contrasted against a deliberately theatrical setting, BARRYMORE is a ribald and affecting exploration of the pleasures and perils of show business, as well as a tribute to the tremendous artistry of its star.
Winner of The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award Sponsored by The Fund for Santa Barbara
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded off the Gulf of Mexico taking the lives of eleven workers as millions of barrels of oil poured into the ocean, creating one of the worst environmental disasters in history. DIRTY ENERGY tells the personal stories of those directly affected by the spill who are now struggling to rebuild their lives amidst the economic devastation and long-term health risks. The failure of BP and the federal government to confront this environmental calamity with honesty and integrity has had powerful consequences, but sadly the human cost has been greatly underestimated and hidden from the public. Today, the people of the Gulf are fighting for their livelihoods and for the preservation of a way of life that is now endangered. This is their story.
Winner of The Best International Film Award
Paris, 1942. Younes (Tahar Rahim), a young Algerian immigrant, survives by hawking goods on the black market. When German occupation forces crack down on recent immigrants, Younes is picked up and agrees to become an informant. As he delves deeper into the hidden dealings of the Great Mosque of Paris, meeting its charismatic rector (Michael Lonsdale) and befriending an Algerian singer (Mahmoud Shalaby), Younes discovers a world of devout men and women committed to resistance. Director and co-writer Ismael Ferroukhi finds inspiration in the little-known histories of the Muslim men and women who joined the French Resistance. He constructs their world with precision and subtlety, playing with light and small interior spaces. FREE MEN tells the story of a barely literate immigrant worker’s transformation into a passionate freedom fighter and is a powerful reminder of the unifying potential of a long and arduous struggle to be free.
Winner of The Cinema Nouveau Award
One sweltering afternoon in the south of France, four lives intersect: those of Stéphane and Luigi, two cousins barely out of adolescence; Georges, a retired worker; Amélie, Luigi’s girlfriend; and Anne, Amélie’s mother. Four mundane lives full of hurts, humiliations, fears and fatigue converge on a tragedy. Based on a true story, HEAT WAVE offers up a story from intersecting points of view where different destinies cross paths and are reunited by a tragic event. Staying close to the action, Jean-Jacques Jauffret places each story in a kind of uncomfortable daily reality thanks to his very refined and minimalistic mise en scène, a real director who delivers an intense and captivating film.
Winner of the Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes
Executive produced by Alexander Payne, L TRAIN is the story of Sunny, a teenaged African American girl commuting through an inner city winter – an existence that injects a negativity into her long days.
The Missing Key
Winner of the Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film
In a richly re-imagined Venice of the early 1920s, young composer Hero Wasabi must compete against the unscrupulous Count Telefino in the prestigious Abacus Scroll musical competition.
Nothing Like Chocolate
Finding hope in an industry entrenched in enslaved child labor, irresponsible corporate greed, and tasteless, synthetic products, NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE reveals the compelling story of Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company. Relocating from Oregon to Grenada in 1998, Mott Green set out to make chocolate using recycled antique equipment. The neophyte entrepreneur leased 100 acres of land from a neighboring estate and established an organic chocolate-making cooperative. NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE looks at this revolutionary experiment, focusing on how solar power, appropriate technology and activism merge to create a business whose values are fairness, community, sustainability and high quality. “We’re doing this for idealistic reasons: we are activists and our goal is to create a true worker-owned cooperative.” From currency to candy, chocolate reflects a rich history saturated with sacred ritual, endorphin highs, hip anti-oxidants, exotic sensuality and high quality luxury. NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE adds new depth to the stories of chocolate.
A storm grows, a sea otter pup is separated from her mother, and a young woman bound for adventure blows in to town. On a wild and windswept beach these lives collide and an entire species’ survival gets personal. Through Katie’s eyes you will see our playful pup, otter number 501, get an amazing second chance at life in the wild. Framed against the strikingly beautiful Monterey Bay coastline, Katie discovers just how serious this threat remains. Their adventure, unexpected as it was, illustrates what we can do to contribute to the growing movement to protect the southern sea otter and ourselves.
PICTURE PARIS is about an ordinary woman (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) with an extraordinary obsession with Paris and a surprising past.
Winner of the Best Documentary Film Award
When 30 women aged 67–84 from across America and around the world descend on Fall River, Massachusetts to compete in the 30th anniversary of the Ms. Senior Sweetheart Pageant, hilarity and heartbreak ensue. Under the doting attention of pageant founder and personality, Lenny “Low Price” Kaplan, these women share intimate experiences, discover new-found passions and stir lifelong insecurities that challenge common misconceptions of aging. Following four diverse competitors as they prepare for, travel to and compete in the pageant, PRETTY OLD is a profound and intimate look into what it truly means to age beautifully.
The Rumble of the Stones
Honorable Mention for The Nueva Vision Award
Delia, a young woman living in a slum in Caracas, Venezuela, struggles to rebuild a life for herself, her mother and her two teenage sons. They are survivors of a flood that killed tens of thousands of people, including Delia’s daughter, in the Vargas state of Venezuela in 1999. The sound of rumbling stones that preceded the tragedy is one of their most vivid and terrifying memories. Delia faces a new crisis as her sons get involved in gangs and crime. A heartfelt and compelling portrait of the enduring power of a mother’s love against the backdrop of the social problems of modern-day Venezuela, THE RUMBLE OF THE STONES features powerful performances by Rossana Fernandez as Delia, and Cristian Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Nunez as her two sons. It has won numerous awards, including Best Picture at the 2011 Festival del Cine Venezolano. THE RUMBLE OF THE STONES is Venezuela’s official submission for the 2011 Academy Awards®.
Winner of The Audience Choice Award
David Wozniak (Patrick Huard) is a train wreck of a middle-aged man. When he’s not disappointing his brothers at his family-owned butcher shop or flaking out on his too-good-for-him girlfriend Valerie (Julie Le Breton), he’s getting his head dunked into a bathtub full of water by thugs to whom he owes an obscene amount of money. However, David’s life is soon upended when a lawyer informs him that he’s fathered no fewer than 533 children via his one and only talent: donating sperm. What initially serves as a slapstick set-up makes a surprising transition into dramatic territory when David begins to interact with his extremely diverse children. The film benefits greatly from Ken Scott’s keen eye for detail and loving treatment of Montreal is represented through a vibrant color palette that accurately depicts the city’s distinct beauty and culture. With a plot as outlandish as this, STARBUCK could easily be remade as a broader Hollywood comedy, but duplicating its rich and unique appeal won’t come easy.
Winner of The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema
If you thought life was bad, get a load of death. Martin (deceased) is stuck in a dead-end job, welcoming the newly departed into the afterlife. All he dreams of is going “up there,” and he attempts to cope with his death by keeping his nose clean and minding his own business. But all this is thrown into disarray when, in order to track down an errant lost soul, he is forced to team up with a relentlessly chirpy ball of energy, Rash. Setting off out of the city and into the bleak hinterlands, Martin meets the mysterious Liz who is similarly struggling to come to terms with her demise. It is through their tentative romance and his love-hate relationship with Rash that Martin finally begins to face up to the realities of his (non)existence and to work out what is of value to him.
Based on true events, Sara Sugarman’s VINYL tells the remarkable story of an ’80s punk band teetering on the edge of obscurity when it reunites to write a hit song and make an unforgettable comeback. In 2004, aging UK rocker Johnny Jones of the famed Welsh ’80s band The Weapons of Happiness (WOH) hoodwinked top record labels, radio DJs, and the entire rock music world by releasing his punk-pop single under a fictitious band name. After being rejected by his former record label for being too old, Johnny passes off the single to a radio DJ claiming it’s a young, unknown Welsh rock band he is managing. Much to everyone’s surprise, it receives immediate airplay. Johnny and his old band mates assemble a rowdy bunch of teenagers to pretend to be the face of the song and teach them how to have true punk rock spirit.