KCSB-FM is again partnering this year with the Fund for Santa Barbara, which presents the fifteenth edition of its Social Justice Award for Documentary Film 2014, part of the the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). The festival runs from Thursday, January 30th through Sunday, February 9th.
As part of the SBIFF, the Fund for Santa Barbara recognizes a slate of documentary films dealing with critical social, economic, political and environmental issues. Of the eight feature films in the Social Justice Award for Documentary Film competition, four are receiving their World Premieres, two are US Premieres, and two are West Coast Premieres.
The nominated films are:
- Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr Pepper, about the struggle to protect an independent bottling plant in Texas (and its original soda-pop recipe) from corporate interference;
- The Passage, which explores the social challenges related to the expansion and development of the Panama Canal;
- Hue: A Matter of Colour, about forms of discrimination specifically related to skin tone;
- Roaming Wild, which focuses on the complicated issues surrounding wild horses in the American West;
- Invitation to Dance, about an avant-garde of disabled artists and radical thinkers seeking a place on the dance floor (and throughout the world of performing arts);
- Shadow In Baghdad, a personalized examination of the disappearance of Jews in Iraqi society;
- The Last One, about the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the activists around it; and, finally:
- Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, which explores how African American communities have used photography to construct themselves and their world.
This year’s Festival will also feature a Social Justice Shorts Program.
On Friday, January 31st, at 5pm, the Fund for Santa Barbara will host a reception with the nominated filmmakers at Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery/Arts & Letters Café (7 East Anapamu Street). Attendees will meet nominated filmmakers and learn about their work. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $25. Platinum Pass-holders are admitted free. As space is limited, reservations are requested.
The winning film will be announced at the Festival’s Closing Night Award Ceremony on February 9th.