28th SANTA BARBARA
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL . . .Week Two in Review
The SBIFF Film Writer/Producer Breakfast
at The Harbor House Restaurant on Stearn's Wharf was a buzz of activity as attendees' mingled and gave interviews to the press over a delicious bevy of breakfast favorites. Among those attending were co-producers Waren Needles
and Rob Stewart of "Revolution",David Kennard & Martine Saunier "A Year in Burgundy,” director/producer Michael Oved Dayan, "High Plains Doctor" and Corey Ogilvie "Occupy".
The Virtuoso Award brought a line-up of amazing talent down the red carpet, including Omar Sy Ezra Miller, Ann Dowd, Elle Fanning, Eddie Redmayne and child actor Quevenzhane Wallis. According to Roger Durling,
Executive Director of the SBIFF "these awards are given each year for exceptional and noticeable performances." The evening was moderated by Fandango's Dave Karger, each award recipient reflected on their performances and shared their stories of creating such unique and genuine characters. Their vibrant personalities brought energy and excitement to the audience. The Virtuoso Awards were presented to the six honorees by Academy Award-nominated director/writer/composer Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").
Leo DiCaprio, who was unable to accept his American Riviera Award due to film scheduling conflicts, had his back covered by “Django” director Quentin Tarantino, who was stepped in for Leo to accept the American Riviera Award. Tarantino also won a Golden Globe for this film starring DiCaprio. The award was presented by SBIFF Executive
Director Roger Durling, and John Horn, LA Times, moderated the evening.
Amy Adams, who charmed the world as an aspiring writer determined to cooked her way through the life of Julia Child in "Julie and Julia" and gave a stunning performance in "The Master" accepted the Cinema Vanguard Award with grace and ease. According to Roger Durling "Amy Adams work in "The Master" made it time to recognize and honor her talent and versatility."
Adams described herself as so lucky to have worked with great actors like Meryl Streep and Lenardo DiCaprio, and a bevy of directors who have helped her make her characters come to life. She never anticipated she would be working with such outstanding talents at this point in her acting career. "I never had a plan to get awards or be a star, I just
wanted to do my best work." During her interview she shared how touched she is by women she meets who praise her work in “Junebug”, and she then began to weep. "Now that I have a child, I just can't imagine what women who have
lost a child must endure." The sponsor for this award was Bridlewood Wines.
"The Master" director, writer, and producer Paul Thomas Anderson presented the award to Adams, following a fun run down of her amazing credits and personal successes. Her co-star in the film, Joaquin Pheonix, was in the audience. At the podium Adams said she had no idea how important this award was, and thanked all the people
who have and do play a part in her success from the bottom of her heart.
Jennifer Lawrence, who exclaimed "I beat Meryl Streep" when she was presented her recent Golden Globe Award, walked away with a SAG-AFTRA award two weeks later, and who may win an Oscar this month was equally
disarming and entertaining when she accepted the Outstanding Performer of The Year Award from director David O. Russell, who said Lawrence was "touched by God" when it comes to talent. During an interview with SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, Lawrence talked about her lack of formal training and limited experience before landing her first roles, and her decision to break from independent films and to star in the studio franchise "The Hunger Games." The event was sponsored by UGG of Australia.
The Social Justice Award was announced and presented at the awards breakfast in the Fess Parker Hotel, where Geoff Green, Exective Director of The Fund for Santa Barbara, presented Rob Stewart "Revolution" director with the
award. The Audience Choice Award went to "Spinning Plates" by Joseph Levy. Best Animated Film went to Michael Cusack's "Sleight of Hand", Bruce Corwin best live short went to "Barriers", NuevaVision Award went to "7 Boxes", Panavision Award went to "Baby Girl", Best Int'l Film went to "Coming of Age". The festival closed with “Disconnect” at the Arlington Theatre, sponsored by Lynda.com.
For additional information on the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 3rd Weekend films visit: www.sbiff.org.