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    Santa Barbara Extends 30th Fest and Introduces New Summer Film Festival

    To celebrate entering a third decade of film festivals, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has extended their 30th edition to include a 12th day. The dates are now January 27th to February 7th, 2015.

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    Review: Sun Valley Film Fest Opener 'Mission Blue' Plumbs Depths of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle (VIDEO)

    You won't be ordering fish off the menu soon after viewing Fisher Stevens' new documentary "Mission Blue," which world premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and just opened Idaho's Sun Valley Film Festival on Thursday night.

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    Revealing Robert Redford

    Who knew Robert Redford was funny? That was just one of the happy discoveries I made—along with a sold-out audience—at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Friday evening.

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    Santa Barbara Film Fest Finds a Star in Alex Beh, Writer/Director and Leading Man of 'Warren'

    Alex Beh's indie rom-com "Warren" is the kind of indie festival darling that you can tell, almost immediately, has legs. Set in and around the improv comedy scene in Chicago, the film follows its ambling title character (played by writer/director Beh), a late-20something comedian who moonlights as a...

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    More Key Pre-Oscar Wins, Grilling Redford, Oscar Writers and Dern in Santa Barbara

    This pre-awards weekend veered toward the 70s as Robert Redford and Bruce Dern were tributed at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Martin Scorsese was honored by the Art Directors Guild and screenwriter Robert Towne was feted by the USC Scripter Awards.

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    Santa Barbara International Film Festival Wraps Up, Award-Winners

    The 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival winds up Sunday, after eleven days of tributes and screenings. Thje fest Sunday concludes with back-to-back screenings of the Before trilogy: "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset," with "Before Midnight" as the Closing night film, followed by my ...

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    Eight Great Quotes from Cate Blanchett at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (CLIPS)

    "Blue Jasmine" hit theaters back in July 2013 which, by this awards-packed winter 2014, feels like ages ago. Writer-director Woody Allen ostensibly penned the title role of Jasmine French with Cate Blanchett in mind. "Well that's something I'd like to believe is true," the ever-bashful Blanchett tol...

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    Exclusive: The Hunt Begins In Clip From 'Violet' Playing The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

    We live in age of images, from Instagram to SnapChat, from the visuals of big screen spectacles to the intimacy of small screen dramas, to even the photos we carry around in our pockets on our phone. But what if one image took hold and you couldn't let go?

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    Nine Things I Learned at the Hilarious Santa Barbara Film Fest Tribute to David O. Russell (VIDEO)

    At the upbeat Santa Barbara International Film Festival best director tribute to David O. Russell, the Oscar-nominated man behind "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook" (who infamously called Lily Tomlin the c-word to her face in 2004) had us all in stitches. While Russell can get testy or ...

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