Welcome to SBIFF Film Talk, a new online series of screenings and discussions between SBIFF’s programmers and local filmmakers.

Explore the meaning of a “zero waste” lifestyle with Director Joanne Yue and her film “Our Last Trash.”

Our Last Trash highlights the current global recycling crisis and the adverse effects of disposable plastics on the environment. The film explores the meaning of a “zero waste” lifestyle, and how some individuals are combating this plastic issue one reusable item at a time. Colorful animations and riveting interviews reveal how we can create a more sustainable planet.

Watch the film below and register for the Q&A taking place on Thursday, October 1 at 6pm.

Past SBIFF Film Talks

Featuring Director Michael Blake and Director of Photographer Peter Trow discussing their film “Ghost of the Towers”. HOKA ONE ONE sent a team of experts on an expedition in 2019 to Torres Del Paine in South America to document the majestic and elusive puma also known as the ghost of the towers. Along the way, the team experiences a connection with the region’s incredible geography and wildlife, a stronger bond with each other, and a broader understanding of humanity’s place in the world.
Featuring Directors Justin Minor & Alberto Lopez discussing their film “Saving Sasquatch”. Science estimates that roughly 200 species go extinct each day. So, what about the species that science hasn’t found yet? These researchers are working to bring exposure to the environmental threats facing one of North America’s most enduring legends: Bigfoot.
Featuring director Ryan Slattery discussing his film “Crossing the Channel”. No wetsuit, no breaks, no physical support. 31-year old Rachel Horn swims 12.4 miles across the Santa Barbara Channel to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.
Featuring Charles Vinick discussing his film “WHALES WITHOUT WALLS” which documents the work of The Whale Sanctuary Project, an organization creating North America’s first sanctuary for captive whales and dolphins being retired from marine entertainment parks.
Featuring Karen Kasaba and Bob Craig discussing their film “THE GARDEN IS SINGING: GANNA WALSKA LOTUSLAND”. THE GARDEN IS SINGING captures the soul of the garden in the context of the greater global purpose public botanic gardens serve – heightening awareness of plant conservation and preservation; demonstrating the success of a functioning eco-system in a 37-acre corner of California; bringing the visual, emotional and spiritual experience of Lotusland to the screen.
Featuring Chris Jenkins and Jeff Shelton discussing their film “Vera Cruz”. This short film follows artist-architect Jeff Shelton as he ropes the creative community into decorating the outside of a colorful house at 521 Santa Barbara Street..
Featuring Leah Bleich discussing his her film “The Beelievers”. A short documentary on the bees of Santa Barbara, and on the people that love them. By delving into the eccentric world of backyard beekeeping, this documentary provides an angle on the small but powerful ways that everyday people can help the planet.
Featuring Michael Love and Bruce Goldish discussing their film “State Street Serenade”. Playing in an echoing city parking lot for over a decade, a guitarist casts a musical spell over downtown Santa Barbara.
Featuring Dani Rodriguez and Christine Meseer discussing their film “Trail Heads” which shows us how after the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides, two opposing mountain biking and hiking communities came together to rebuild common ground.
Featuring Casey McGarry and his short documentary “Grasshopper for Grandpa,” which tells the story of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens, Santa Barbara’s storied restaurant and bar, and, through it, the history of Santa Barbara’s Chinatown.

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