BELLA VITA movie poster (Image Courtesy Fresh and Clean Media)

BELLA VITA movie poster (Image Courtesy Fresh and Clean Media)

Early in the ten-day run of this year’s 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), KCSB DJ and External Music Director Bennett Piscitelli met with renowned surfing documentary filmmaker Jason Baffa (director of Single Fin Yellow [2005] and One California Day [2007]), to discuss his latest surf documentary Bella Vita.

The new film, which had it US premiere at this year’s SBIFF, takes viewers to Italy and dives into the country’s often unheard-of surfing communities and cultures.

Amidst wine, cuisine, and waves, the film follows Italian-American pro surfer Chris Del Moro (and friends) as Del Moro traces his heritage back to Italy.

The interview aired on Monday afternoon, February 3rd, the day of Bella Vita‘s gala premiere at the Arlington Theatre, on “Kyle Bob Trogdor Plays the Hits” (which airs on Mondays during KCSB’s winter quarter of programs from 12noon-130pm).

An edited podcast of that segment is now available online here (for streaming audio and download).