SBIFFSanta Barbara International Film Festival
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We're redoing everything," says Sean Pratt, SBIFF director of operations, who cited a new acoustic system and slope to the auditorium as two of the improvements.
The SBIFF screenings include 51 world premieres and 64 U.
Putting together those patches means SBIFF films focus on areas as diverse as food and wine, or the environment and social justice.
This egalitarian approach to a film festival isn't completely unique, but Durling has been honing it so long it makes SBIFF stand out among the crowd.
Berney says Santa Barbara is especially suited to buttressing acting talents; in recent years, SBIFF tributees Charlize Theron, George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman all went on to Oscar victory.