At the end of January, Santa Barbara bustles with excitement as the film festival takes over. When Santa Barbarans and Montecitians look up at the night sky from January 26th until February 4th, they will see the Arlington theater's light beams darting around, old Hollywood style. State Street lights up with red carpets that beckon the year's Oscar nominees. The whole week has a very special tinge in the air. 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

While Hollywood usually sits in the film culture spotlight, the attention turns about 100 miles northward for just 11 days out of the year. This year's festival promises lots of fun and excitement, as always. We wish everyone involved a fantastic time and the festival continuing success!