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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Program Number: 7647RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/2/2014 - 2/7/2014; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Film Festivals
Meals: 8; 5 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival offers a cinematic feast popular with Hollywood and situated amid both seaside splendor and Oscar’s golden allure. Unique, diverse and high caliber films will be analyzed and discussed in class with an expert professor from the University of California Santa Barbara. Join us as the lights go down and the soundtrack begins.




Highlights

• Enjoy seven different films and analyze and discuss them in this seminar-style course.
• Focus on the role of film in culture, filmmaking techniques and cinema as global art form.
• Hear the story of the "Flying A Studios," California's first movie studio, built in Santa Barbara in 1910.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day. Wide flight of 20 stairs; no elevator access to classroom. Electric shuttles operate on downtown section of State Street during daytime hours.



Program runs Sun-Fri morning. Festival begins previous Thursday, ends the following Sunday.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Barbara

The “American Riviera” — so-called for its mild, Mediterranean climate — lies along a south-facing stretch of scenic coast between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains and was home for millennia to the ancestral Chumash people. Today Santa Barbara is a leading center for education adorned with the trappings of the Spanish Mission period.



Accommodations
Hotel within easy walking distance of pedestrian-friendly downtown Santa Barbara with its many historic and cultural attractions.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Anna Brusutti

Anna Brusutti is a film and media studies lecturer at the University of California Santa Barbara. She has an extensive background in film studies, holds an M.A. in Psychology and Education and is widely recognized as an expert in Italian cinema and comedy. She conducts seminars in the films of celebrated Italian directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. Anna was previously an assistant to the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.
 
Gayle Golden

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Gayle Golden's first introduction to Santa Barbara was as a student during the late 60s. After 20 years of traveling and obtaining a degree in special education, life brought her back to Santa Barbara to raise her children and attend the Santa Barbara College of Law. Gayle serves as a docent at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum as well as at Lotusland Garden, and continues to enjoy learning about Santa Barbara's rich history.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
  Santa Barbara, California 5 nights
 Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Classic touches of California Spanish Revival add to the historic feel of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Santa Barbara. The hotel's historic property, also known as the Hotel Virginia and built in 1917, features Malibu and Catalina tile-work and exposed brick walls and wrought-iron railings. The hotel is conveniently located near many cultural destinations as well as the beach and Stearns Wharf which are only a few blocks away.
  Contact info: 17 Haley Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3428 USA
phone: 805-963-9757
web: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/santa-barbara/sbadt/hoteldetail
  Room amenities: Boasting classic California Spanish Revival decor, each hotel room offers a unique stay. Some rooms feature the original exposed brick, creating an historic ambiance, but all guest rooms feature modern perks like free Wi-Fi access, a 32-inch flat panel TV, and mini fridge. If a guest needs a microwave and one is not in their room, they can ask if one is available to be placed in their room, or they can use the microwave in the hotel lobby at the breakfast bar. Other amenities include a free morning newspaper delivered to the room; coffee-maker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board; premium cable channels and satellite TV; and phone with voice mail, direct dial, and free local phone calls. All rooms are non-smoking.
  Facility amenities: Guests enjoy free access to nearby Spectrum Gym, just 4 blocks away, and may request a free pass to a swimming pool located 1 mile away. Room service is available from 11am to 9pm. The hotel provides concierge services to its guests as well as daily housekeeping and same day laundry and dry cleaning service (items received before 9:00am are returned by 6:00pm). A safety deposit box is available at the Front Desk. An ice machine is also on the premises. A full-service, unstaffed Business Center provides guests with copying service, email and internet access, PC, and fax machine. WI-FI INTERNET SERVICE: Free high-speed wireless internet service is available in all guest rooms and throughout the hotel. PARKING: The hotel charges a reduced parking fee of $7 per night to Road Scholar participants.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is between 3:00-4:30PM in the hotel lobby. A class is scheduled before dinner. You will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara that night. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara that night.
  End of Program:
Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us for our final Film Analysis and Discussion class on Friday morning. Program concludes by 11:30AM. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Participant Information Form, please indicate to us the name of your roommate/traveling companion. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
The hotel provides complimentary free parking to Road Scholar participants.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Barbara, California
  Nearest city or town:  Ventura
  Nearest highway: Highway 101 passes through Santa Barbara
  Nearest airport:  Santa Barbara Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Barbara, California
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Los Angeles/LAX to Santa Barbara Holiday Inn Express

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Santa Barbara Airbus
phone: 800-423-1618

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$48 for one passenger, one-way (CALL FOR CURRENT RATE)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About 2 hours or more for one-way trip between LAX and Santa Barbara drop-off location 

 

Distance:

 

99 miles from LAX to SB hotel drop-off point

   

Advance reservations preferred but not required. Bus picks up at LAX terminals and departs LAX approx. every 2 hours from 9am to 10pm. Bus departs SB for LAX about every 2 hours from 4am to 6:20pm. Website: www.santabarbaraairbus.com (for schedule, exact fares & reservations) Bus drops off/picks up at Hotel MarMonte, 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd., SB 93103, about 2 miles from hotel. For taxi service to hotel, call Yellow Cab at 805-965-5111. Also consider the benefits of renting a car at LAX.

 

From Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) to SB Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 805-965-5111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Estimated $35 per ride, one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About 15 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

About 9 miles from Santa Barbara Airport to the hotel

   

Travel options from Santa Barbara Airport to the hotel in Santa Barbara consist of car rentals, taxi service or the MTD #11 public bus. Alternate taxi service: SB Airport Taxi (not affiliated with airport) 805-895-2422, or SB Checker Cab toll-free at 888-511-1110 or local 805-964-6666. MTD Bus information: 805-963-3366 or www.sbmtd.gov Also consider taking a short commuter air flight from LAX to SB Airport via United Express or American Eagle.

 

Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Holiday Inn Express

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 805-965-5111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $8-10 one-way per ride from Amtrak station to hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About 5-8 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

About 0.2 miles from Amtrak Station to the hotel

   

Closest Amtrak station is at 209 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (via the Coast Starlight or Pacific Surfliner routes). Taxi service to the hotel is available at the Amtrak Station. However, it's an easy 3 block walk from the train station to the hotel. As you leave the station, walk left on State St. Walk 2 blocks to Haley St. and turn left. Walk half a block. Hotel will be on your left. For Amtrak information and reservations, call 800-872-7245. Amtrak website: www.amtrakcalifornia.com

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 101 Northbound to Santa Barbara Holiday Inn Express Driving northbound on CA Highway 101 to Santa Barbara, exit at Bath St. (exit 97). Go 2 blocks to W. Haley St. (one-way street going east) and turn right. Hotel will be 2 blocks ahead on the right.
  From Highway 101 Sorthbound to Santa Barbara Holiday Inn Express Driving southbound on CA Highway 101 to Santa Barbara, exit at Castillo St. (exit 97) and bear left on Castillo. Take immediate right onto W. Haley St. (one-way street going east). Hotel will be 2 blocks ahead on the right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals
(Sunday, February 2)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the Holiday Inn Express after 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, go over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet, which we'll review during our orientation session.

Since the Film Festival schedule is not available when the program materials are mailed to participants, the detailed schedule will be in your registration packet on Day 1. The Road Scholar program includes 7 film screenings recommended by our instructor. If you wish to view additional films during the week, you may purchase extra tickets. Film showing locations will be noted on the schedule in your packet.

ORIENTATION: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

CLASS: Film Analysis and Discussion

 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. There are two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. The restaurants are not able to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel
 Morning: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

SCHEDULE: Once the films for the Road Scholar program have been selected, classroom discussions and critiques will be scheduled. The Road Scholar daily schedule is determined by the Film Festival schedule. It includes a combination of film screenings and classroom sessions. Seven required films are part of program tuition. Time is also scheduled to view films on your own.

 Lunch: Lunch on your own

While participants generally have all meals together, we feel this flexibility gives you the opportunity to view films of your choice and not be restricted by a scheduled meal. Dining on your own also allows you to sample a variety of restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara.

 Afternoon: CLASS: Film Analysis and Discussion with the instructor.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel
 Morning: SCHEDULE: Once the films for the Road Scholar program have been selected, classroom discussions and critiques will be scheduled. The Road Scholar daily schedule is determined by the Film Festival schedule. It includes a combination of film screenings and classroom sessions. Seven required films are part of program tuition. Time is also scheduled to view films on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own to offer flexibility in selecting and viewing personal film screenings.
 Afternoon: CLASS: Film Analysis and Discussion with the instructor.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel
 Morning: SCHEDULE: Once the films for the Road Scholar program have been selected, classroom discussions and critiques will be scheduled. The Road Scholar daily schedule is determined by the Film Festival schedule. It includes a combination of film screenings and classroom sessions. Seven required films are part of program tuition. Time is also scheduled to view films on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own to offer flexibility in selecting and viewing personal film screenings.
 Afternoon: CLASS: A veteran Santa Barbara journalist takes you behind the scenes of the SBIFF and regales the group with gossip, rumors and a possible interview with a guest.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own

While participants generally have all meals together, we feel this flexibility gives you the opportunity to view films of your choice and not be restricted by a scheduled meal. Dining on your own also allows you to sample a variety of restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara.

   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5:
(Thursday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel
 Morning: SCHEDULE: Once the films for the Road Scholar program have been selected, classroom discussions and critiques will be scheduled. The Road Scholar daily schedule is determined by the Film Festival schedule. It includes a combination of film screenings and classroom sessions. Seven required films are part of program tuition. Time is also scheduled to view films on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own to offer flexibility in selecting and viewing personal film screenings.
 Afternoon: CLASS: Film Analysis and Discussion with the instructor.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to offer flexibility in selecting and viewing personal film screenings.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Independent Departures
(Friday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Bar at hotel
 Morning: SCHEDULE: The program will conclude after a final film critique session with the instructor.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Santa Barbara, California Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau
1 Garden St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

805-965-3021 or 1-800-676-1266

Because Santa Barbara offers a wide range of activities, we suggest that you contact the Visitors Bureau for more complete tourism information. For additional information, visit www.santabarbaraca.com

  El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
123 Canon Perdido St.

805-966-9719

Founded in 1782, Presidio was the last Spanish military outpost built in North America. Call the Presidio or check the website for current hours, admission fees and tour information. For additional information, visit www.sbthp.org/presidio.htm

  Old Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna St.

805-682-4713

The "Queen of the Missions" was founded by Spanish Franciscan friars in 1786. The 10th of California's 21 missions, this is the only one to be continuously occupied and used since founding. Explore eight restored rooms, cloister gardens, chapel, historic cemetary and beautiful Moorish fountains and courtyard. Call the Mission or check the website for current hours and admission fees. For additional information, visit www.sbmission.org

  Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State St.

805-963-4364

The SB Art Museum is known for its American and Asian collections, and is also home to important works of photography, modern art, prints and drawings. Major touring exhibits are featured throughout the year. Call the Museum or check the website for current hours, admission fees, and exhibit information. For additional information, visit www.sbma.net

  Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol Rd.

805-682-4711

The museum features exhibits on regions, geology, minerals, native wildlife and marine life. Call the Museum or check the web site for current hours, admissions fees and exhibit information. For additional information, visit www.sbnature.org

  Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Rd.

805-682-4726

A "living museum" spanning 65 acres, the Botanic Garden consists of more than 5 miles of trails that wind through the garden's 1000 plus examples of native California plant life from habitats including the deserts, the Sierra Nevadas and the Channel Islands. Call the Garden or check the website current hours and admission fees. For additional information, visit www.sbbg.org

  Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
113 Harbor Way in the Waterfront Center

805-962-8404

The Maritime Museum offers interactive exhibits dedicated to the area's rich maritime heritage with displays focused on marine history, the environment, fishing, naviagation, piloting and a children's area. Call the Museum or check the website for current hours, admission fees and exhibit information. For additional information, visit www.sbmm.org

  Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
500 Ninos Dr.

805-962-5339

The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. Call the zoo or check the website for current hours and admission fees. For additional information, visit www.santabarbarazoo.org

  Santa Barbara Film Festival
1528 Chapala St., Suite 203

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-963-0023

For Film Festival information, contact the Santa Barbara International Film Festival office or check their web site.

Many restaurants create special menus and have unique promotions throughout the film festival. For more information about restaurants participating in "FILM FEAST", please visit www.santabarbaraca.com/filmfeast For additional information, visit www.sbfilmfestival.org

Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Making Movies


Author: Sidney Lumet


Description: It's well known that a vast number of people work on any given movie in roles as varied as writing scripts, choosing locations, dressing sets, costuming the players, lighting scenes, manipulating the camera, directing actors, editing film, working on sound, advertising the finished product, and screening it to an audience. In this excellent, personable account, Lumet tells what he's learned about making movies in the course of the last 40 years. He shows why fine directors need to have strong imaginations, extraordinary adaptability, and skill in many different fields. His enthusiasm for his life's work, particularly his love of actors, is evident on every page of this book.



Moviemakers' Master Class: Private Lessons from the World's Foremost Directors


Author: Laurent Tirard


Description: From Woody Allen to David Cronenberg, the Coen brothers to Lars Von Trier, all film directors run up against the same essential concerns: how to direct actors, for example, or whether to preplan camera angles. In interviewing these and 16 other notable filmmakers, journalist and screenwriter Tirard finds notable affinities between seemingly dissimilar directors. Tim Burton and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) both recommend starting out in animation, for example, while Wong Kar-Wai and David Lynch both select their music far in advance and even play it during filming. All in all, Tirard's healthy balance of nuts-and-bolts information and conceptual musings should be of interest to lay readers as well as would-be auteurs.





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