SBIFF 3rd ANNUAL SILVER SCREEN BASH 2011
Festival Kick-Off Benefits Free Children’s Education & Community Outreach Programs
Story & Photos by Bonnie Carroll
The VIP red carpet welcomed guests of the 3rd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival “Silver Screen Bash” and everyone showed up dressed for fun. A mob of paparazzi were busy snapping pictures of arriving guests giving new meaning to ‘here’s looking at you kid’. The evening included great entertainment, outstanding beverages and food provided by some of the best restaurants, caterers and food markets in Santa Barbara.
Major sponsors were Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Montecito Bank & Trust and Lynda.com. Additional sponsors included Robobank, Cox, La Cumbre Plaza/Paseo Nuevo, and table sponsors Jeff Baldwin & Michael Wiesbrock, Steven & Susan DenBaars, Douglas & Fiona Stoned, Dr. Daniel Launspach, Judy & Rob Egenolf, and Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP.
Jaqua Spa provided hand massages, Seoul Semiconductor provided flash lights, and the VIP Lounge on the upper balcony at Fess Parker was packed with supporters of SBIFF, who enjoyed cucumber and pomegranate RND Vodka martini’s with delicious samples from Le Crepe Shoppe and sweets from Chocolate Maya. Ce’ Cheese, Blush, Arcadian Winery, Marmalade, Seagrape, Sunstone, Tres Agaves, and Violette filled the upper patio with wonderful food & beverage stations.
The main floor became a wild dance scene as the evening progressed, and David Edelman once again thanked all the sponsors and participants for their generous donations to the evening fundraiser. Roger Durling and Carol Marshall, along with their staff of hard working event producers and public relations professionals were all smiles as guests began arriving to take the walk down the red carpet.
Partiers on the main level enjoyed food and beverage samples from Arnoldi’s Café, The Berry Man, New West, M Chef’s, Outback Restaurant, The Secret Ingredient, SP Candie, Wahoo’s, Whole Foods Market, World Cuisine Express, Killer B, Fresco Café, Green Star Express, Rodney's, Red Blossom, Santa Barbara Chocolate and the Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market.
Local media including Richard Mineards and Linda Milner of the Montecito Journal shared press secrets at the VIP bar, and the social reporter for the SBNP chatted with Judy and Rob Egenolf. Mayor Helene Schneider looked smashing without her glasses, and said “it is rare for me to take my glasses off”. Publisher Jeramy Gordon was greeting friends, and entertainment writer Steven Lebowitz was busy covering the VIP scene, while sampling Secret Ingredient bites.
The auction was filled with overflowing with gifts from generous local business owners, and guests perused the tables sipping martini’s and visiting with friends. My favorite auction items were a dinner for six prepared by local fire fighters at the fire station, visits at chic hotels and dinners at wonderful local restaurants.
Congratulations to everyone on this successful and uniquely California event at Fess Parker Double Tree Resort, and for a fantastic beginning to what we know will be yet another outstanding year for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival!
Ryan Gosling on Getting Punk'd by George Clooney
Actor Ryan Gosling sat down with "Extra" to talk about his new comedy, "Crazy, Stupid Love," but ended up describing how he was pranked by practical jokes master George Clooney on the set of their upcoming drama, "Ides of March."
Gosling laughed, "He will come up to you and tell you something very serious, and then you walk away and you realize your pants are wet. He's had like an Evian spray bottle. He's been spraying your crotch the whole time."
The handsome actor also joked how his "Crazy, Stupid Love" co-star Steve Carell had to have Gosling naked in every scene they were in together. "Steve insisted on that, which I though was really weird. It's in his contract. 1. Red jelly beans in his trailer. 2. Ryan has to have his pants off in every scene I'm in. What?"
Gosling said he was happy to do a comedy after all the intense work he put into the dark relationship drama "Blue Valentine." "I was pretty stressed out. My doctor wrote me a prescription and said do a comedy, so I did, and I do feel better."
On his dirty dancing scene with "Crazy" star Emma Stone, Gosling said Stone wouldn't trust him to lift her up. "Emma was convinced I was going to drop her. She turned into a bag of rats, going all over the place. I lifted the double every time. Every time. And she was like 'Uh huh, uh huh... no, not doin' it!'"
How does Gosling handle all the attention from paparazzi? "I tried everything; it doesn't work. I just decided that if I'm gonna get pictures taken of me, I'm going to involve the people around me. If you're a stranger on the street and I'm getting papped, you're getting in on it. We're getting papped together."
"Crazy, Stupid Love" opened in theaters July 29