SBIFF 2015: 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival World Premiere Line-up

30th SBIFF Announces 24 World Premieres! 

This year's edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will feature exciting, culturally enlightening, and entertaining programming and sidebars in the 197 film selections from around the world.

Consider below list of 24 films that are having its World Premiere at the famous SoCal film festival in the world.

A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, Morgan Walsh, Horatio Sanz, Andrew Daly, Rob Huebel, and Matt Walsh
A self-published hypnotherapist with a bad toupee is on the verge of losing his family and career when he realizes he must fix his own life before helping others.

Banana, Italy
Directed by Andrea Jublin
Featuring: Ascanio Balbo, Anna Bonaiuto, and Giorgio Colangeli
An Italian comedy about a naïve, but charming young boy who goes to great lengths to win a girl’s love.

Breach, USA
Directed by Jonny Zwick
This chilling documentary explores the illegal and unethical practices by Iceland’s whaling industry, including the hunting of the endangered finback whale.

Caffeinated, USA
Directed by Hanh Nguyen and Vishal Solanki
Featuring: Doug Welsh, Geoff Watts, Peter Giuliano, and Sunalini Menon
While exploring the people and the passion that drive the coffee industry, this energizing documentary tells the story of coffee from the moment the coffee cherry is picked to the moment the alluring aroma permeates the air.

Day Release (Tercer Grado), Spain
Directed by Geoffrey Cowper
Cast: Jesús Lloveras, Sara Casasnovas, Frank Feys, Miko Jarry, Javier Beltran, and Ferran Lahoz
Setting out to make peace with his estranged brother, a man on his first day of parole witnesses the armed robbery of a security van.

Energizing Our World, Costa Rica/Netherlands/Spain/USA
Directed by Susan Sember
This dynamic documentary engages audiences on a global platform highlighting environmental, architectural, water, energy and agricultural issues and exploring solutions.

Eila, Rampe and Baby Girl (Eila, Rampe Ja Likka), Finland
Directed by Taru Mäkelä
Cast: Heidi Herala, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Emmi Parviainen, and Riku Niemine
In this zany comedy, a poet becomes overwhelmed by the antics of her eccentric parents and tiresome boyfriend as she becomes attracted to the translator of her poems.

Fair Chase, USA
Directed by Alex Cullen and Emma Tammi
Top distance runners from around the world team up to test the evolutionary theory that running was the first human weapon, key to our species survival.

Far From Home, USA/Argentina/Canada/Italy/Uganda
Directed by Galen Knowles
Featuring: Brolin Mawejje, Rob Kingwill, and Travis Rice
Brolin Mawejje, a native Ugandan who moved to the United States at age 11, wants to make history in the 2018 Winter Olympics as the first snowboarder to represent an African country.

Generosity of Eye, USA
Directed by Brad Hall
Featuring: Geoffrey Canada, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and William Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus discovers how her father connected his love of art and his passion for justice in a single act of generosity.

Heartworn Highways Revisited, USA
Directed by Wayne Price
Directly inspired by HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS (1976), this documentary captures a new community of folk singer-songwriters whose work is heavily influenced by the artists represented in the original film.

It’s a Wild Life, USA
Directed by Kennan Ward
Featuring: Feynner Arias
This picturesque snapshot of the Northern California coast captures the beauty of Big Sur through its magnificent wildlife and the stories of a long-term caretaker of the land.

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D, USA
Directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau
Featuring: Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis
With nearly 70 years of ocean exploration experience, Jean-Michel Cousteau reveals the secret world of the sea in this sensational 3D documentary.

Kansas: Miracles Out of Nowhere, USA
Directed by Charles Randazzo
This celebration of the 40th anniversary of the American rock group Kansas tells their story through commentary from original members, concert footage, and interviews with notable fans.

The Land of Many Palaces, China
Directed by Adam James Smith and Song Ting
An intimate look at the Chinese government’s attempt to populate the country’s brand new metropolis by relocating rural farmers to the inner city.

Like Air, USA
Directed by Jake Viramontez
Featuring: Kathryn McCormick, Alyssa Gaines, Kayla Sameski, and Montserrat Roberts
On their journey to a national championship, three high school competitive dancers discover their personal identities through dance and the life it breathes into their souls.

La Noche Del Ratón (The Night of the Rat), Spain
Directed by David R. Losada
Cast: Miriam Cabeza, Unai García, Mikel Martínez, and Alfonso Torregrosa
In this dark and suspenseful Spanish thriller, a seemingly normal gas station becomes intensely dangerous for a young couple on a twilight drive through the countryside.

Now en Español, USA
Directed by Andrea Meller
Pulling back the curtain on one of Hollywood’s lesser-known communities, this documentary follows the lives and careers of the Latina voice-over actresses who dub Desperate Housewives into Spanish.

The Penguin Counters, USA/Antarctica/Argentina
Directed by Harriet Gordon and Peter Getzels
Featuring: Ron Naveen
This documentary follows field biologists in Antarctica who count penguins to track the impact of climate change on their population and to learn how to conserve the region.

Sins of a Father, USA/France/UK
Directed by Andrew Piddington
Cast: Alan Bates, Lambert Wilson, and David Oakes
This three-generational drama explores the moral ambiguity of war and the complex nature of heroism, betrayal, and father-son relationships after a dark family secret is revealed.

Tiger Tiger, USA
Directed by George Butler
Tiger Tiger follows Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, renowned big cat conservationist, as he travels deep into the primordial landscape of the Sundarbans – a tidal mangrove forest spanning the India-Bangladesh border. Known as one of the most dangerous places on Earth, the Sundarbans is the domain of what may be the largest, wildest remaining tiger population.

The Truth About Lies, USA
Directed by Phil Allocco
Cast: Fran Kranz, Odette Annable
Thirty-something Gilby is unemployed, living with his mother, and recently dumped. In this sharp comedy, Gilby weaves a ridiculous web of lies to get his life back on track.

Uncanny, USA
Directed by Matthew Leutwyler
Cast: Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, David Clayton Rogers, and Rainn Wilson
As a tech reporter and a roboticist begin a relationship, the roboticist’s latest creation, the world’s first “perfect” artificial intelligence, begins to exhibit startling and unnerving behavior.

The Year We Thought About Love, USA
Directed by Ellen Brodsky
This heartening documentary follows the nation’s longest-running LGBTQ youth theater troupe for a year as it creates an original production on the theme of love.

See you at the festival!

Raymond Lo

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