I was really excited to see the movie Before Midnight, when it was screened at The Arlington Theater for the 2014 SBIFF's closing night. In attendance were the two stars of the Before trilogy, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
Also present was director Richard Linklater, who also co-wrote the entire trilogy with the two main stars. I remember seeing the first movie, Before Sunrise, a dozen years ago, and I was anxious to see the inevitable follow-up, which was released as Before Sunset. The trilogy spans nearly twenty years in the life of the two protagonists, and it's an R-rated account of a relationship/love story, which is mostly clever dialog and banter.
See photos of the three principals on thearlingtontheatre.com.
This was my second opportunity to shoot the fluffy legend of comedy, Gabriel Iglesias. Mr. Igesias always performs with a hand-picked group of other Comedy Central comedians. This year, Gabriel has lost some serious weight, but he's lost nothing comically.
I like shooting "Fluffy" because he always makes the show personal, like he's sharing a personal part of himself to his audience, half-joking about some rather serious issues that have been confronting him lately.
Along with Iglesias, we saw performances from Martin Moreno, Alfred Robles and Santa Barbaran native, Lance Patrick. See the photos and review on thearlingtontheatre.com.
What an absolute privilege it was to shoot one of the most legendary comedians of all time! A few nights ago, Bill Cosby came to town and performed to a near-capacity crowd.
Mr. Cosby was wearing a somewhat odd sweater, which from a purely visual arts point of view, was not optimal. He did, however, utilize a few simple props, which added a little bit of dynamics. Most of the show he was seated, but he did stand for a bit and even once lay flat on the stage to emphasize a particular story.
See the photos and read the review on thearlingtontheatre.com.
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
I love these guys. Multi-talented, multi-cultural, eclectic jazz musicians, Pink Martini, came back to the Arlington this year to play another holiday show for us. UCSB Arts & Lectures procured Pink Martini for us for the second time in three years.
No matter what your music taste, if you like a quality show, you'll find something marvelous in seeing Pink Martini live.
Check out the photos and review at thearlingtontheatre.com
Wow! This guy freakin' rocks!
As I'm formerly a guitar player, I know just enough to really appreciate a guitar virtuoso like Joe Bonamassa. The show was loud and powerful, and the music never stopped. Joe opened for himself, first playing an acoustic set, followed by an electric set, wielding dozens of different types of guitars throughout the night. One of my favorite moments is when he brought out a twin neck Gibson and wailed away.
Read the article by Jim Youngson on thearlingtontheatre.com
Local and internationally know music sensation, Jack Johnson, played a special tribute show at the Arlington Theatre this month. It's a-typical for Jack to play such a small venue (2,000), so it was a treat to photograph him here.
I did see Mr. Johnson play at the Arlington years ago when he wasn't such an international sensation. I must admit that I was originally planning on take a few shots, watching a few more songs, then leaving early. I've seen Jack play six or seven times previously; he's great, but historically not terribly exciting. This concert changed that notion for me. I ended up staying until the last song was over, fully entertained the entire time.
I must say, Jack, you have definitely grown and upped your game. I'm looking forward to seeing you this year at the SB Bowl.
See the photos, and read the excellent review by Jim Youngson on thearlingtontheatre.com
Amy Adams touched my heart last night!
I was able to shoot some red carpet photos before entering the Arlington Theatre. After a touching interview, Amy was presented with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award, an honor reserved for actors who take chances with their roles. While discussing a scene in Junebug, Amy teared up and shared her emotional response to have immersed herself in the painful position of her character.
Please read the review and checkout my photos on http://thearlingtontheatre.com
What an honor to shoot Quentin Tarantino the other night. I was a little bummed that he decided not to do a red carpet walk, but I got some great photos of him inside the Arlington Theatre, where he was interviewed before being presented the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's American Riviera Award.
Chris Johnson wrote a stellar review of the event, so you can read it and watch a slideshow of my best shots at http://thearlingtontheatre.com
During the red carpet events for this year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Montecito Award, I setup an apparatus for shooting a big street panorama. This year the award went to Daniel Day-Lewis, who can be seen signing an autograph near the front, center of the photograph.
I setup a tripod on a ladder and acquired images over a two-hour period. More than 24 separate exposures were used to make up this shot, which holds up with extreme detail when printed 36 inches wide.
You'll probably be able to see a framed version at the Arlignton Theatre's box office, and also at D'Vine Cafe in Santa Barbara.