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LAist at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

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After enduring the brutal weather, constant partying, general sleeplessness and large, unruly crowds of Sundance, it was a welcome change of pace to head up the 101-N and attend the considerably more peaceful Santa Barbara Film Festival. Rather than having to wait out in the cold for a shuttle bus to take me from Main Street to the Eccles Theater, I could just park my car on lovely State Street and walk to the venues (all of which are only a few blocks from each other). Why by the time I arrived, even the rain had stopped.

My first stop was the Santa Barbara Hotel to pick up my Press Pass. Unlike Sundance which confines its press screenings to the Yarrow Hotel and Holiday Village Cinemas, Santa Barbara allows press to attend any screening as long as you sign up in advance. Such an arrangement makes scheduling one's day so much easier. I was in a mood to spend the day watching documentaries so I quickly found three that piqued my interest: Yes Madam, Sir; War Against the Weak; and Everest: A Climb for Peace.