The annual event, which was pared down to five days from the usual 11, will unspool 10 world, six North American and three U.S. preems.
“Festival in Cannes,” which stars Anouk Aimee, Maxmilian Schell, Greta Scacchi, Ron Silver, Zack Norman and newcomer Jenny Gabrielle, sets three love stories, spanning three generations, against the backdrop of the international movie biz.
In addition to the screening, Jaglom will be highlighted with a “Spotlight on Directing With Henry Jaglom” session, featuring a screening of “Someone to Love” (1987), followed by a Q&A.
The SBIFF screening of “Fields,” starring Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies, Olivia Williams and James Coburn, is not pic’s preem. Saga about the life of a struggling writer previously unspooled at the Toronto Film Festival and Sundance.
The SBIFF, which previously announced it will fete Sean Penn with the Modern Masters nod, also plans to salute Anjelica Huston with a screening of “Prizzi’s Honor,” followed by a Q&A.
- Arisman: Facing the Audience, USA, directed by Tony Silver. Celebrated illustrator, educator, and artist Marshall Arisman divines the Sacred in monkeys, angels, humans or hyenas. An image-maker who sees and reveals essences – and auras. Director Silver and Marshall Arisman will be present.
- Bug, USA, directed by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay. A delightfully quirky look at the six degrees of separation that divide us all–and particularly a group of Los Angelenos whose cause-and-effect actions lead them to a common destiny. Directors Manfredi & Hay will be present, along with cast members including Brian Cox (L.I.E.), Alexis Cruz and Michael Hitchcock.
- Crazy Jones, USA, directed by Joe Aaron. Finnegan Jones, a 40-year-old, semi-suicidal, leaf blower with Tourette’s Syndrome falls in love with Syd – a precocious, green-haired 12 year-old girl. Stars Aaron, Francesca Catalano, Elizabeth Ince and Tess Borden. Writer, Director and Star Joe Aaron will be present, with producer Keith Coene and cast member Francesca Catalano.
- Defining Maggie, USA, directed by Neil Abramson. A seemingly happy couple must confront ghosts of the past after the wife’s brother provokes a shocking revelation. Stars Molly Hagen, Todd Kimsey, Jeff Kober and Nina Siemaszko. Director Abramson and cast members Molly Hagan, Todd Kimsey and Jeff Kober will be present.
- The Gatekeeper, USA, directed by John Carlos Frey. A highly charged, emotional drama exploring the human and civil unrest at the Mexican American Border. Stars Frey, Michelle Agnew, Anne Betancourt and Joel Brooks. Writer, Director and Star John Carlos Frey will be present with cast members. Winner of the Phoenix Prize, for Best feature-length film, U.S. or foreign, that salutes the spirit of the “outsider,” a group or person who embodies the courage and tenacity of the human spirit and who traditionally has been denied a voice.
- Made-Up (A Vanity Production), USA, directed by Tony Shalhoub. A coming-of-middle-age comedy. A divorced mother, talked into a makeover by her 16-year-old daughter, finds love when least expecting it. Stars Shalhoub, Brooke Adams, Lynne Adams and Eva Amurri. Director Shalhoub, star Brooke Adams and writer/star Lynne Adams will be present.
- Mai’s America, USA, directed by Marlo Poras. Documentary about a spunky, mini-skirted daughter of Ho Chi Minh’s revolution who crash lands in rural Mississippi for her senior year of high school. Director/writer Poras and producer Michele Gisser will be present.
- The Perfect You, USA, directed by Matthew Miller. A romantic comedy about two people who don’t realize how perfect they are for each other. Stars Jenny McCarthy, Chris Eigeman, Paul Dooley and Josh Stamberg. Director Miller and cast members Chris Eigeman and Jenny McCarthy will be present.
- Shanghai Ghetto, USA, directed by Dana Janklowicz-Mann and Amir Mann. Fleeing for their lives in the late 1930’s, German Jews journeyed to Shanghai, arriving penniless and unprepared for life in the Far East. Narrated by Martin Landau. Landau may be in attendance.
- Tenfold, USA, directed by Zachary Zises. An intriguing moral allegory about a lawyer whose attempt to make good on past misdeeds has unexpected consequences. Stars Tim Decker, Holli Hornlien and Joe Forbrich. Director Zises and cast member Joe Forbrich will be present.
North American Premieres
- God’s Children, Japan, directed by Hiroshi Shinomiya. A documentary story of resilience and family love in an environment beyond the imagination of most of us.
- Helmut Newton’s SUMO, Germany, directed by Julian Benedikt. A documentary tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most influential, intriguing and controversial photographers.
- Julietta, Germany, directed by Christoph Stark. A dramatic teenage love story set against the backdrop of Europe’s biggest party, the Berlin Love Parade.
- Photos To Send, people to go back to, USA, directed by Deidre Lynch. Documentary director Dierdre Lynch retraces world-renowned photographer Dorothea Lange’s 1954 travels to Ireland while on assignment for LIFE magazine. Director/producer Lynch and co-producer Pam Rorke Levy will be present.
- A Single Drop of Water in a Mighty River, Japan, directed by Seijiro Koyama. A haunting film about life, love, and loss that follows the love affair between a Russian musician and a Japanese woman.
- Virginia’s Run, USA, directed by Peter Markle. A teenager grieving over her mother’s death learns the power of pursuing a dream when she enters her horse in a local competition. Stars Gabriel Byrne, Joanne Whalley, Lindze Letherman and Kevin Zegers. Director Markle, producers Robert Schwartz & Leif Bristow and cast will be present.
U.S. Premieres are as follows:
- Malunde, S. Africa/Germany, directed by Stefanie Sycholt. A bittersweet tale about the unlikely friendship that blossoms between a former apartheid soldier and a streetwise black kid.
- Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds, USA/France/Japan, directed by Mark Kidel. A definitive account of the sitar maestro’s unique musical career. Producer Jane Weiner will be present.
- Zus & Zo, Netherlands, directed by Paula van der Oest. A comedy about love, family, and other discomforts. Director van der Oest and cast will be present.
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- A Perfect Balance, Connections, Hidden City, Island Home, One Earth, Why Are We Here, all directed by Larry Kopald
Short Films One
- Angel (Anim), Korea, directed by Aaron Lim. A short film about hope!
- Major Damage (Anim), USA, directed by Chris Bailey. It’s Major Damage, a genetically engineered man of tomorrow.
- Black Soul (Anim), Canada, directed by Martine Chartrand. A whirlwind voyage through the defining moments of Black history.
- Rocks and Chocolate, Bulgaria, directed by Teddy Sharkova. The warm relationship between a little girl and her father thrives despite difficult times.
- (de)compression, USA, directed by Shawn Yashar. A seemingly innocuous leak threatens to flood an urban apartment.
- The Butcher, USA, directed by Shawn Ku. A detective on the hunt for a serial killer finds the trail leads to the butcher. WORLD PREMIERE
- Eight, USA, directed by Sarah Bassine. Chance and coincidence weave eight stories in the naked city into one.
Short Films Two
- Vessel Wrestling (Anim), USA, directed by Lisa Yu. A woman serves dinner. She waits. Stuff happens. Won Best Experimental Short in Slamdance.
- A Conversation with Haris (Anim), USA, directed by Sheila M. Sofian. An interview with Haris, an 11-year-old Bosnian immigrant.
- Strange Invaders (Anim), Canada, directed by Cordell Barker. Roger and Doris receive a strange visitor. Is it a child … a gift from Heaven or much further out?
- Dear John, USA, directed by Patrick O’Connor. The memory of a lover lures John into a journey of obsession.
- Phase, USA, directed by Shawn Yashar. A man finds himself unable to keep pace with his surroundings.
Short Films Three
- Horses on Mars (Anim), USA, directed by Eric Anderson. A microbe’s 4-billion-year journey to find home.
- Inside, USA, directed by Trevor Sands. Who do you listen to when there’s more than just you?
- Woman X, UK, directed by Evan Richards. A repressed bank manager has a twisted encounter with a homeless woman. WORLD PREMIERE
- Taking the Wheel, USA, directed by David Ackerman. An obstinate 90-year-old woman refuses to give up driving!
- Morning Breath, USA, directed by Brin Hill. A man must choose between true love and the rugged glitz of the streets. Honorable Mention, Shorts, Sundance, 2002.
Short Films Four
- The Terms, Ireland, directed by Johnny O’Reilly. A tale of desperation, love and hate between a father and son.
- Ultra Violet, USA, directed by Paul Budnitz. A fast-paced tale of who’s watching whom.
- Border, USA, directed by Annette Solakoglu. The difference between men and geese.
- Another Life, USA, directed by Tracey D’Arcy. Life isn’t always what it seems…or is it?
- Backslide, USA, directed by Rick Ross. Two God-fearing teenagers in the 8 minutes after losing their virginity.
- Gregor’s Greatest Invention, Germany, directed by Johannes Kiefer. Ingenuity, love and a wing and a prayer get Grandma mobile again.
Santa Barbara Student Shorts
- The Picnic, USA, directed by Viken Nokhoudian. A 1920s silent film production goes awry when the villain lives up to his role.
- Capoeira: Freedom of the Soul, USA, directed by Mariana Fortes. A Brazilian musical art form developed by the slaves. WORLD PREMIERE
- Eikasia, USA, directed by Jeremy Eric Platt. A contemporary adaptation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
- Unscrewed, USA, directed by Jenna Baum. A dark, romantic comedy about a couple’s first date together.
- Elias and Margarita, USA, directed by Alison Nigh. A man realizes what he could have had if he had opened his eyes. WORLD PREMIERE