Tonight was the Big Bash, on par with the opening night gala of the film festival. It was held in the lovely courtyard of the former 1129 restaurant, later Restaurant Nu. Remember that place?
Lots of local restaurants provided the nibbles, some I’d never tried before! Lots of new sponsor faces at this party, including Seagrass, Jungle George Grill, and Holdren’s.
Angels and Airwaves Presents ‘Love’ was an emo sci-fi flick that was immensely popular with the young crowd. I liked it because it was made by a Santa Ynez filmmaker and filmed primarily in Santa Ynez! But I also like sci-fi. And music. And immersive light/sound art house films. So this fit.
Pierre Lafond Bistro hosted a reception for the film’s debut, attended by many of those involved in its production, including the writer/director William Eubank.
Everything’s posted on City2, including nibbles and film hotties. Click here. Or here. Or here. It all goes to the same place.
The Blue Agave graciously hosted the Platinum Lounge, a daily happy hour during the Film Festival for filmmakers and platinum passholders to unwind and casually mingle at the end of the day. Lots of good nibbles provided, and lots of nice people were there.
Photos of the yumminess are posted on City2, my second home. Thanks, Blue Agave!
Tonight was rumored to be the best party of the SBIFF, somehow related to it being an event for Quebecers and maybe they know how to party?
It definitely was a party in honor of Quebec filmmakers. But the food was not Quebecan, it was locally catered by Chef Brenda Simon who also runs the Museum Cafe at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Tonight was the James Franco tribute, and the after party was at the Harbor Restaurant down on Stearn’s Wharf. Lots of local filmmakers and other contributors to the festival were spotted here. And the food? Good down and dirty party nosh.
I’m pleased to announce that for the first time ever, I have a press pass to the Santa Barbara Film Festival! A local news aggregator and blogging site, City2, offered the space to me. My intent is to cover the local angle, such as businesses who sponsor the events (especially restaurants!) or films from local filmmakers or film topics related to the region. And maybe a few of my own selfish indulgences.
It’s pretty exciting for me. I’d accepted my fate in life of being a mere pleb, forever stuck in the queue of lowly 4-pack pass holders, never able to actually see a film once the filmmakers and platinum pass holders and media filed past. I’m still juggling my day job, of course, so I don’t really know if I’ll have time to see films, but this year my main focus is on the events and food.
To start off, I attended the opening night gala at the Paseo Nuevo.