34th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival Opens This Wednesday

By Mimi Cocquyt 

The 34thAnnual Santa Barbara Film Festival opens this Wednesday, January 30thwith the screening on Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy. 

Diving Deep is a feature film documentary about Mike deGruy, an irrepressible biologist turned award-winning filmmaker who swam, dived and filmed in oceans around the world and in the process became the first to film many rarely seen creatures in their own oceans. He was also a passionate advocate of the ocean’s creatures and became increasingly outspoken as an environmental activist. In 2012, deGruy died tragically in a helicopter crash in Australia while filming for director James Cameron. Told through the eyes of Mimi deGruy, his wife and filmmaking partner, Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy celebrates deGruy’s remarkable life, career and what he passionately believed:  we are destroying the ocean before we even know what’s there.

The screening will take place at The Arlington Theatre at 8pm. 

Other headliner events:


  • 8:00 pmThe Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter
    • Honorees: Roma‘s Alfonso CuaronThe Favourite‘s Yorgos LanthimosBlacKkKlansman‘s Spike LeeVice‘s Adam McKay and Cold War‘s Pawel Pawlikowski


  • 8:00 pmThe Outstanding Performer of the Year Award

oHonoree: Rami Malek Bohemian Rhapsody

    • LOCATION: The Arlington Theatre


  • 10:00 amProducers Panel moderated by Glenn Whipp. Panelists to be announced
  • 1:00 pm Writers Panel moderated by Anne Thompson. Panelists to be announced
  • 3:00 pmAmerican Riviera Award

oHonoree: Viggo Mortensen Green Book 

    • LOCATION: The Arlington Theatre
  • 8:00 pmMaltin Modern Master Award, moderated by longtime friend, film historian, and award namesake Leonard Maltin

oHonoree: Glenn Close The Wife

    • LOCATION: The Arlington Theatre


  • 11:00 amWomen’s Panel moderated by Madelyn Hammond Panelists to be announced
  • 8:00 pm Montecito Award, sponsored by Bella Vista Designs

oHonoree: Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me? 

    • LOCATION: The Arlington Theatre


  • 8:00 pm The Variety Artisans Awards, sponsored by Variety moderated by Tim Gray. Honorees to be announced.Honorees to be announced
    • LOCATION: The Arlington Theatre


  • 8:00 pmThe Virtuosos Award, presented by UGG®, moderated by Dave Karger.

Honorees: Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Claire Foy (First Man), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), John David Washington(BlacKkKlansman), and Steven Yeun (Burning)

    • LOCATION: The Arlington Theatre


  • 8:00 pm Cinema Vanguard Award presented by Belvedere Vodka 

oHonoree: Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed II)

    • LOCATION: The Arlington Theatre


  • 8:00 pmClosing Night Film Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story
    • SPOONS: A SANTA BARBARA STORY is an exploration of how one of the most significant corners of the world produced, and continues to produce, some of the most talented surfers and innovators. Deeper than all is a story of craftsmanship, work ethic, renegades and tradition. This is a film that goes beyond the time spent in the ocean to define how one spends a lifetime.
    • LOCATION: The Arlington Theatre

If you can’t attend, Citizen’s Journal will be there for the entirety of the festival, so log on to be a part of a very exciting week! 

 Tickets Link: https://givebox.com/1035

Festival Homepage: https://sbiff.org


Mimi Cocquyt is an award winning dancer, model, equestrian as well a writer and filmmaker.  Her latest project is the hit series Young Gods.   On Facebook: Young Gods

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