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December 17, 2013 | By Susan King
The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Tuesday that Robert Redford will receive the American Riviera Award at a tribute Feb. 7 at the Arlington Theatre. The festival takes place Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. Redford, 77, has starred in such classic films as 1969's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," 1973's "The Sting" and "The Way We Were" and won a best director Oscar for his debut feature as a filmmaker, 1980's "Ordinary People. " Redford also changed the landscape of independent cinema, establishing Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.
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February 4, 2014 | By Chris Lee
SANTA BARBARA - Hollywood's unique awards calculus wouldn't seem to take a film festival at this posh coastal enclave into account. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, after all, is not a prestige movie launching pad such as the Toronto International Film Festival or an indie acquisitions bazaar like Utah's Sundance. But over the last decade, the Central Coast festival has carved an important niche in the movie ecosystem. Arriving exactly two weeks after Academy Awards nominations were announced, the Santa Barbara festival is distinguished as a tactical pit stop on the way to the Oscars.
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January 22, 2009 | Susan King
There will be glitz and glamour, as well as world and North American premieres, at the 24th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which opens this evening with Rod Lurie's political drama "Nothing but the Truth." The festival has also become known for featuring Spanish and Latin American cinema, movies from Eastern Europe, Asian, extreme sports and nature films. This year is no exception.
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January 30, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Come late January, drive up the Pacific Coast Highway about 90 miles north of Hollywood and there it is: the last stop on the awards season trail before the Oscars. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival , which kicks off Thursday night wi th the premiere of director Fisher Stevens' deep-sea documentary “ Mission Blue ,” provides a showcase for nearly 200 movies (including 24 world premieres) and star-studded tributes expected to draw about 70,000 attendees over the festival's 11-day run. On Friday, “American Hustle” director David O. Russell is to receive the festival's outstanding director award, his latest accolade after collecting a Golden Globe for best motion picture musical or comedy and receiving an Oscar nod for best director.
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January 31, 2010
LA Live hotels at the ready The 878-room JW Marriott and 123-room Ritz-Carlton hotels, to open Feb. 15 and March 15, respectively, at downtown's LA Live complex, have begun accepting reservations. The hotels share space in a 54-story tower at Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street adjacent to Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, 244 condos priced at $1.3 million to $6 million, will occupy the top floors. The JW Marriott's L.A. Market restaurant, Glance lobby bar and lounge, the Mixing Room cocktail bar, Illy coffee bar and Ion rooftop bar and lounge will be in operation by the opening.
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February 4, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival lands at an interesting time on the industry calendar: It begins Thursday, less than a week after the conclusion of a Sundance Film Festival that had only two multimillion-dollar sales and just two days after the unveiling of the latest round of Oscar nominations. But the timing is appropriate for an event that bills itself as an intersection of independent spirit and Hollywood glitz. Although the festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will open for the first time with an independent project that has yet to secure distribution, Derek Magyar's directorial debut, "Flying Lessons," about 24 Academy Award nominees will attend the festival in various capacities.
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February 13, 1986
Sprinkled with premieres, panel discussions, gala dinners, an investigation of contemporary New Zealand cinema and a tribute to Robert Mitchum, the first Santa Barbara Film Festival will begin Feb. 27 at four local cinemas and the Santa Barbara Art Museum.
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January 25, 2007 | Alex Chun, Special to The Times
SINCE he was tapped to lead the Santa Barbara International Film Festival four years ago, Roger Durling has had a knack for picking award winners. In his first year on the job as executive director, he scored the biggest coup in the festival's history when he brought in Peter Jackson and Charlize Theron, and last year, he equaled that feat when he landed George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman. All four took home the Oscar a few weeks after appearing at the festival.
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March 20, 1991 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It may have been an omen that a hard rain fell on the sold-out closing film screening of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In a city obsessed with water, or lack of it, and for a festival obsessed with budget, or lack of it, the twin downpour bade well for the sixth festival--reportedly its most successful.
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March 14, 1991 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The first weekend's tally came in and there was a glow of satisfaction in the office of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival: 23 of the 27 screenings sold out, with a strong interest shown in the remaining festival fare. Friday's opening film was "The Josephine Baker Story," an HBO film hitting the small screen this Saturday.
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December 17, 2013 | By Susan King
The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Tuesday that Robert Redford will receive the American Riviera Award at a tribute Feb. 7 at the Arlington Theatre. The festival takes place Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. Redford, 77, has starred in such classic films as 1969's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," 1973's "The Sting" and "The Way We Were" and won a best director Oscar for his debut feature as a filmmaker, 1980's "Ordinary People. " Redford also changed the landscape of independent cinema, establishing Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.
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October 25, 2013 | By Susan King
Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") is the recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Whitaker, who is also a producer and director, will receive the honor at a black-tie gala Dec. 15 at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. "Forest Whitaker is an exceptional man and actor," Kirk Douglas said in a statement. "His commitment to human causes, his passion for what is right, and his dedication to his craft are inspirational and at my age, inspiration is rare.
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February 7, 2013 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Here are some things you need to know about Quentin Tarantino. He pens his screenplays longhand, not on a word processor. "I can't write poetry on a computer, man," he says. If you're an actor, don't expect to improvise. Ever. "You hire an actor to learn the lines and say them," Tarantino says. Unless you're Samuel L. Jackson, who can wing it. OSCAR WATCH: 'Django Unchained' And if you're with the filmmaker and he stumbles upon one of his movies on cable TV, don't expect to go anywhere.
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January 2, 2011
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February 4, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival lands at an interesting time on the industry calendar: It begins Thursday, less than a week after the conclusion of a Sundance Film Festival that had only two multimillion-dollar sales and just two days after the unveiling of the latest round of Oscar nominations. But the timing is appropriate for an event that bills itself as an intersection of independent spirit and Hollywood glitz. Although the festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will open for the first time with an independent project that has yet to secure distribution, Derek Magyar's directorial debut, "Flying Lessons," about 24 Academy Award nominees will attend the festival in various capacities.
TRAVEL
January 31, 2010
LA Live hotels at the ready The 878-room JW Marriott and 123-room Ritz-Carlton hotels, to open Feb. 15 and March 15, respectively, at downtown's LA Live complex, have begun accepting reservations. The hotels share space in a 54-story tower at Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street adjacent to Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, 244 condos priced at $1.3 million to $6 million, will occupy the top floors. The JW Marriott's L.A. Market restaurant, Glance lobby bar and lounge, the Mixing Room cocktail bar, Illy coffee bar and Ion rooftop bar and lounge will be in operation by the opening.
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March 5, 1993 | LEONARD REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Subtly and unwittingly, Japanese film director Masato Harada has pushed the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in the direction of change. His art film "Painted Desert" opens the 10-day festival tonight in a world premiere--a marked departure of the past two years, when less challenging, if perhaps more crowd-pleasing, HBO films kicked things off.
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March 7, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Compared to the programs of the long-established festivals in Cannes, New York and Toronto, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is strictly junior varsity. But when it comes to setting, movie-going convenience and organizational good will, you need go no further. This 5-year-old festival, almost contained on beautiful State Street just blocks from the Pacific Ocean, is becoming a regional paradise for film fans.
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