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The Westsiders Announces Participation in Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA [January 7, 2011] – The Westsiders family is pleased to announce the film has been selected as a selection for the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival taking place January 27 through February 6th.
The screening will take place at The Historic Arlington Theater in downtown Santa Barbara on Friday, February 4th at 7:30 PM. Tickets for the film festival can be purchased at www.sbiff.org, or by visiting the Arlington Theater between 10 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. The theater is located at 1317 State Street.
With a degree in Film Studies from The University of California at Santa Barbara, The Westsiders director Joshua Pomer is reeling with pride over the announcement. "To be screening The Westsiders in Santa Barbara where I grew my passion for film and directing at UCSB, is an incredible honor and proud moment for me," he said after the festival's press conference on Thursday announcing this year's films.
From surfing innovations to gritty localism, follow the rise and fall of The Westsiders surf tribe through the eyes of three best friends from the original ‘Surf City’: Santa Cruz, California. Best friends Daryl "Flea" Virostko, Shawn "Barney" Barron, and Jason "Ratboy" Collins bonded by common tragedy and their love of surfing. They live through shattered homes, drug addiction, other psychological issues and hard-core localism to achieve their dream of becoming professional surfers before the age of 24. To surf the notorious Steamer Lane, they had to join ‘The Westsiders’ Surf Tribe and go face to face with Vince Collier, aka "The Godfather of The Westside". Vince, a massive brute force, ran Steamer Lane with his own version of street justice. This film explores The Westsiders as the latest chapter in the fascinating history of Santa Cruz, California. Narrated by Rosanna Arquette directed by Joshua Pomer.
The Westsiders Awards Received To-Date:
2010 Newport Beach International Film Festival – Official Selection, Awarded Outstanding Achievement in Action Sports Filmmaking
2010 Santa Cruz Film Festival – Nominated for Best Documentary, Jury Selection – Awarded Special Recognition
2010 Los Ageles Movie Awards – Honorable Mention in Documentary Filmmaking
2010 Honolulu International Film Festival – Aloha Accolade Award
2010 Portland Maine International Film Festival – Awarded “Golden Lobster” For Best Film
2010 Canadian Surf Film Festival – Awarded "Best Attendance"
2010 California Surf Film Festival – Awarded "Best Story"
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