Hosts UCSB Filmmakers
“The Power of the Sun,” the saga of solar energy
produced by Nobel Laureate Walter Kohn, with advice from fellow
physicist and Nobelist Alan Heeger and others, has its first festival
showing on Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa
Barbara Junior High School. A second screening is set for Feb. 7
at 3:30 p.m. in Victoria Hall.
Sociologist Kum-Kum Bhavnani produced and directed
“The Shape of Water,” a sweeping but intimate exploration of how
visionary women in four developing nations are confronting destructive
development with innovative change. It will be screened on Feb.
6 at 6:30 p.m. in Victoria Hall, and then again on Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.
in the Paseo Nuevo’s Center Stage Theater.
“Video Portraits of Survival,” a UCSB film studies
class project that focuses on Holocaust survivors from the Santa
Barbara area, was coproduced by Kwame Braun and Janet Walker—he’s
a lecturer and she chairs the Film Studies Department. The six short
videos will run only once, on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Luke Theatre.
For details on these offerings go to the SBIFF
Web site <www.sbfilmfestival.org
Check it for changes in times and venues.
One “sidebar” of the international film festival
is the score of films to be shown under the umbrella of the Latino
CineMedia Festival, which for the third year has been organized
by Cristina Venegas, assistant professor of film studies. Films
from Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Spain, and other nations will
begin to screen on Feb. 3.
Venegas has made a point of highlighting American
Indian or indigenous filmmakers. Only the Youth CineMedia films
on Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m. in Victoria Hall are free of charge. Go
for updates and ticket prices.
One of CineMedia’s highlights is the screening
of “Soy Cuba” (“I Am Cuba”) on Feb. 5, a 1964 Cuban-Soviet documentary
Venegas calls “the legendary Cold War-era masterpiece that transcends
time and politics.” It opens at 2 p.m. at the Lobero Theatre and
is shown back-to-back with Brazilian director Vicente Ferraz’s 2004
documentary about why “Soy Cuba” met widespread rejection in Cuba
and the Soviet Union.
||From left, Kwame Braun, film
studies lecturer, helps student filmmaker Ameet Shukla with
the festival entry “Video Portraits of Survival.”