Podcast First for 2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Proving that they are comfortable leading the pack, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today they will be the first domestic film festival to offer video podcasts of their annual event. A donation of goods and services from D-PRGRM.COM will allow the proceedings of a number of the Festival’s highly attended and entertaining events to be available as both audio and video podcasts to the general public.

Proving that they are comfortable leading the pack, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today they will be the first domestic film festival to offer video podcasts of their annual event. A donation of goods and services from D-PRGRM.COM will allow the proceedings of a number of the Festival’s highly attended and entertaining events to be available as both audio and video podcasts to the general public.

“Each year we strive to raise the bar for our Festival. We show incredible films and host someof the most talented people in the entertainment industry. Now, through these podcasts, I’m proud that we can reach an even wider audience,” Festival Director Roger Durling said.

As just announced, the SBIFF is proud to present a stellar lineup of thought-provoking panels, including directors, producers, screenwriters, composers, women in the business and a nature panel. Each of the panels will include many of the year’s most talked about talent, including directors Bennett Miller (Capote) and Paul Haggis (Crash); screenwriters Grant Heslov (Good Night, And Good Luck), and Larry McMurtry (Brokeback Mountain); producers Cathy Konrad (Walk the Line) and Sarah Greene (The New World), as well as many others. In addition, the Festival’s much talked about “Conversation With” series will be podcast. Participants in the series include actors Maria Bello and Felicity Huffman and director Robert Towne.

“We are committed to establishing the SBIFF as the premier technology friendly film festival and to providing an archive of the festival to be accessed by iPod and home computer users around the globe.” said a D-PRGRM director, Joseph Matheny.

SBIFF podcasts are available for download at pod.sbfilmfestival.org, pod.sbiff.org or http://www.odeo.com. Also making the SBIFF podcasts available will be iTunes, at http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts.

Dedicated to the art of filmmaking, the SBIFF offers a broad array of international and independent films, with a commitment to diversity. It attracts more than 43,000 visitors each year. The SBIFF endeavors to enrich the community both culturally and economically by presenting eleven days of films, seminars, symposiums and parties! Films from American Independents to major studio releases, to award-winning foreign films and international documentaries, cinephiles have the opportunity to discover mainstream and alternative films, as well as meet the filmmakers and talk with them after screenings. SBIFF is in its 21st year.

SBIFF BOX OFFICE INFO

Pre-sale tickets for events are on sale NOW at the official SBIFF Boxoffice, located at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Call toll-free 888.456.2376 or 805.963.0761 or visit http://www.sbfilmfestival.org. Boxoffice hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m., and two hours prior to all shows. Tickets for film screenings are sold as 4- and12-pack passes, only.. Individual tickets are available for all special events while they last.

SBIFF is proud to announce this year’s addition of the “3rd Weekend,” which will include screenings of each of the winning films as well as Festival highlights. Tickets for the “3rd Weekend,” taking place Feb. 17-19, will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis the day of the screening(s) at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, 815 E. Cota Street, on the campus of SB Junior High. Please visit http://www.sbfilmfestival.org for more information.

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Carol Marshall, Alanna Kordell

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Santa Barbara Press Contact:                                                                     Maureen McFadden                        

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