Lights, Camera… Santa Barbara

What's New — By kwanberg on January 10, 2011 at 4:59 am

Every winter the theaters along State Street roll out the red carpet for world premieres and sold-out celebrity tributes in celebration of film. The 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival starts January 27th with the United States premiere of the French film Sarah’s Key at the historic Arlington Theater, and the festival concludes on February 6th with George Bizet’s opera Carmen in 3D. The 11-day event brings high-profile filmmakers to our town, hearkening back to the winsome days before Hollywood was Hollywood, when Santa Barbara’s Flying “A” Studios was a center for movie making. This year, household names like James Franco, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, and Annette Bening—to name a few—will descend upon our coastal enclave to accept honors including the Cinema Vanguard, Modern Master, and Outstanding Performance awards, and industry professionals (think writers, producers, and directors) will sit down to discuss their craft for audiences. If it’s only flicks you’re after, indie film buffs will be glad to know that the festival is jam packed with both off the radar productions and touted premieres. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Tags: Annette Bening, Geoffrey Rush, James Franco, Nicole Kidman, Roger Durling, Santa Barbara International Film Festival