The 25th Santa Barbara Film Fest will feature 200 films including 18 world premieres and 28 U.S. bows.
The 10-day fest, which runs Feb. 4-14, will open with Derek Magyar’s “Flying Lessons” and close with George Gallo’s “Middle Men,” starring Giovanni Ribisi, Luke Wilson, James Caan, Kelsey Grammar and Kevin Pollack.
“The Sun Came Out,” directed by Simon Mark-Brown, was recently added to the line-up, featuring musical artists Neil Finn, Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Phil Selway, and Ed O’Brian as they gathered in New Zealand to record an album for charity.
Other world premieres include Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev’s doc “The Desert of Forbidden Art,” starring Sally Field, Ben Kingsley, and Edward Asner, and James Kleinert’s “Disappointment Valley…A Modern Day Wesern” with Viggo Mortensen, Sheryl Crow, and Daryl Hannah.
This year’s jury includes “Avatar’s” Joel David Moore, USA Today film critic Claudia Puig, actors Haaz Sleiman, Clifton Collins Jr., Anthony Zerbe, and Dennis Franz, and “Under Our Skin” director Andy Abrahams Wilson.
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