From Bill Murray to Sacha Baron Cohen: Highlights of the 2021 Santa Barbara Film Festival | Festivals and awards

Trump was not re-elected. Mission accomplished? “We felt we had to do something to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror on November 4th.e and say, ‘We did something,’ ”Cohen said. “We were not spectators.”

The politically charged “Chicago 7 Trial” was a long-standing project. Cohen had auditioned to represent Abbie Hoffman 13 years ago, when Steven Spielberg was attached to directing. When he was about to move forward with Sorkin as director, Cohen asked his agent to re-introduce him for the role. “Surprisingly,” he said, “the casting director and Aaron came back and said, ‘Yeah, Ash is Abbie. There is no one else we would consider. ”

Both films were released about two weeks before the presidential election. “Even in these two really different films there is a common truth and that is the danger of lies and tyranny,” Cohen said. “When I was pushed (as Borat) out of Mike Pence’s speech or questioned by the Secret Service, I was inspired by Abbie Hoffman and her life lesson that, in the face of lies and tyranny, we cannot remain silent.

Alaskan Nets ”, a world-first documentary, won the SBIFF Audience Award. Directed by Jeff Harasimowicz and produced by Chris Pratt, “Alaskan Nets” may be a formula, but it is a totally winning formula. It is located in Metlakatla, Alaska’s last native reserve. Here on Annette Island, life is nothing but nets: fishing, which has been the livelihood of the inhabitants for generations, and basketball nets, which are the blood of the reserve, its own “Friday Night Lights” as one inhabitant remarks.

Harasimowicz chronicles the 2017-18 season on “The Met” as high school basketball team the Chiefs, led by cousins ​​Danny Marsden and DJ King, pursue their first state title since 1984. C ‘is the land of the “Hoosiers,” and this true story of an economically devastated community, its culture and a search for hope is a natural for any eventual Hollywood treatment.

Michael webber “Conservation game”, which also received its world premiere at the festival, is something for the “Tiger King” crowd, but it eschews sensationalism to deliver something much more biting as it exposes famous conservationists and “seedy bellies of” backyard ranchers and the roadside zoo. “

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