SBIFF Opening Night 2019

By Leah Ullman and Amelia Mendro

     Last night, the 34th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival opened with a jam-packed red carpet, an impactful film, and spotlights shining towards the stars. 

The 11-night festival will showcase over 200 films, including their directors, producers, writers, and a variety of other international artisans. The festival also showcases an assortment of Golden Globe and Academy Award nominees.

     Opening night of the festival premiered the documentary Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike DeGruy by his wife, Mimi DeGruy to honor and preserve his legacy. The film focused on his environmental advocacy and reinvention of the world of underwater film. When talking to Mimi, she spoke of excitement in sharing his story with the world. In the film she aims to highlight what her husband couldn’t finish when his life was drastically cut short. When asked about the takeaway of the film, she emphasized getting younger generations to get engaged with current environmental issues. DeGruy called for the next generation of advocates to learn all they can about the ocean and who is acting for it now, and to take legislative action with passion. She was also quite adamant about teenagers continuing their studies while having fun. DeGruy was clear in her mission to preserve her husband’s legacy while inspiring young people.

     Other films showcased on the Red Carpet opening night were gripping documentaries and period pieces such as Loopers, Graveyard Park, Map to Paradise, Ordinary Gods, The Laps Tasmania, Better Together, and The Bird Catcher. The Condor Press will be covering the red carpet throughout the festival. See full schedule at: https://condorpress.org/2019/01/22/film-festival-schedule/

SANTA BARBARA, CA – JANUARY 30: Mimi deGruy and SBIFF Director Roger Durling attend the Opening Night Film ‘Diving Deep:The Life And Times Of Mike deGruy’ during 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

SANTA BARBARA, CA – JANUARY 30: Mimi deGruy attends the Opening Night Film ‘Diving Deep:The Life And Times Of Mike deGruy’ during 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on January 31, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

 

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