The Santa Barbara Film Fest kicks off as we speak. They have a lot of tributes and panels and such — it is their 25th anniversary. Jeff Wells at Hollywood-Elsewhere, Kris Tapley at In Contention, Scott Feinberg at And the Winner Is and I think Anne Thompson of Indiewire, and David Poland of Movie City News.are all set to cover the event – there are probably a lot more of them headed up there as there are, to date, more Oscar bloggers and writers than ever before. Good thing? Bad thing? Merrily we roll along.
It isn’t really about the films so much as it is about the tributes. In that way, it is similar to the Palms Springs International Film Festival. All of the contenders, or very near all of them, are showing up at these events.
The tributes will be as follows: