The Arlington Theatre was a packed from street to the stage for the appearance of the dynamic cinema duo, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, who were to receive the SBIFF 2014 Cinema Vanguard Award. Also on the red carpet and later on stage was Jonah Hill, who presented the award.

Scorsese and DiCaprio were being honored for their history of working together to tell some great American stories. See the photos and read the review on thearlingtontheatre.com.

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Shooting conditions were excellent on Saturday night as legendary actor, Bruce Dern strolled down the red carpet, preceded by the lovely Diane Lane, who presented him with the coveted, Modern Master Award after the interview.

See the photos and read the review on thearlingtontheatre.com

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This year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicked off with the world premiere of film, Mission Blue. Named after renown oceanographer and botanist, Dr. Sylvia Earle's non-profit organization to save the oceans, this documentary film really hit home for the sold out crowd at the Arlington Theatre. The night began with a red carpet walk.

Dr. Earle and filmmaker, Fisher Stevens, joined directors, producers and musical score contributors to the film. The film starts with a bio of Dr. Earle's and ties it to her plight as clean ocean activist. The movie is both intriguing with it's amazing underwater cinematography and heartbreaking with it's honest portrayal of disappearing reefs and fish populations.

See the photos and read the review by Chris Johnson on thearlingtontheatre.com

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On Friday night, I had the supreme privilege of attending a red carpet event and interview of the immensely talented, writer/director, David O. Russell.

David was being honored with the Outstanding Director award for his recent trifecta of films, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and most recently, American Hustle.

Of all the interviews I've seen over the years for the Santa Barbara Intentional Film Festival, I must say that this one was the most interesting.

Read the story by Sabrina McCarly on thearlingtontheatre.com

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