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Aspiring film makers learn from foreign film panel during SBIFF

Foreign Film Panel at SBIFF
Scott Sheahen / KEYT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Nine Santa Barbara International Film Festival film makers hosted a panel to help aspiring film makers hone their craft.

The international aspect of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival reigned Tuesday morning. Nine foreign film-makers, Boris Frumin, producer of "The Pencil", Konstantin Esadze, Producer of "Shindisi, Fatos Berisha, director of "The Flying Circus", Ksenia Retushnaya, director of "Outlaw", Louis Josek, director of "Outdeh - The Youth of Jamaica", Mila Kudryashova, writer of "Fatei and the Sea" and brothers Peter and Orso Miyakawa who co-wrote and co-directed "Easy Living" talked about their film making process and the challenges and advantages of working internationally.

For Italian film-maker of "Easy Living" and UCSB alum Peter Miyakawa it was a bit of a home-coming. He said, “The memories are super fresh of being a student with them and then coming here and with our film is really, it creates a dream like sweet confusion in my head.”

Cinema fans and especially local students from Santa Barbara City College learned about the challenges and benefits of telling stories outside of the United States.

Lily Papke is in her first year at SBCC. She attended the free panel and said, “Seeing how other people live and what’s normal for them. And it’s all very interesting. You can do that when you’re traveling, but you can also do that with film.”

 “Easy Living” premiered Monday. Student Jacob Mohler, who is also a first year student at SBCC, saw the premiere and that led him to this panel.

“I just really liked the way it was written and how it looked," said Mohler. "And so when I heard that we would be able to interview them and sit down and chat with them that’s what made me want to come to this one today.”

A common theme throughout the film festival was apparent with this panel, education and growing future artists.

"Inspiring other people and being inspired by other people is probably the main goal of this art," said Miyakawa. "So for sure being here and bring your movie here. And the idea to show it to the students that were just like me now. It’s super thrilling.”

Nearly 70 people came Tuesday morning ahead of Thursday's free movie, Korean-made "Parasite". "Parasite" recently won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a cast in a Motion Picture, making it the first foreign movie to do so. After the free screening director Bong-Joon Ho is expected to be available for a Q&A session.

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