Q&A Transcripts

Whiplash Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with writer/director Damien Chazelle Roger Durling: Please welcome writer/director Damien Chazelle. Damien Chazelle: Wow, thank you so much. Roger Durling: No worries, a lot of people have been clapping for a long time. Damien Chazelle: Oh thank you, it is a nice thing to walk into. Roger Durling: Excellent. Damien, I […]

Hector and the Search for Happiness Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with director Peter Chelsom Transcription coming soon…

Calvary Q&A

Calvary Q&A by Roger Durling with writer/director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson. Durling: Please welcome writer-director John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson. McDonagh: Thank you. Gleeson: Thank you. Durling: Well that’s a nice, warm welcome. Thank you for both being here. It’s wonderful. What was the genesis for this piece? How did you […]

Boyhood Q&A

Boyhood Q&A by Roger Durling with actress Patricia Arquette Roger Durling: Everybody please, let’s give a warm welcome to Mom, Patricia Arquette. Patricia Arquette: Thank you. Durling: Thank you for being here, Patricia. Arquette: Thanks for having us and our movie, Roger. Durling: This is such a unique experience, watching this film. We’ve never seen […]

The Signal Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with director William Eubank and actor Beau Knapp Roger Durling: Everybody, please welcome Will Eubank and actor Beau Knapp. Will Eubank: Thank you guys so much. Durling: Explain to us how this idea came about. Eubank: I grew up watching a lot of Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, and I […]

Words and Pictures Q&A

Words and Pictures Q&A with Writer/Producer Gerry Di Pego and SBIFF Programming Manager Mickey Duzdevich Duzdevich: Please welcome screenwriter and producer, Gerry Di Pego. Di Pego: Pleasure to be here. Thank you. Duzdevich: Okay Gerry, let’s start from the beginning. What inspired you to write this screenplay? Di Pego: Two things: I wanted to challenge […]

Belle Q&A

Q&A with director Amma Asante coming soon.

August: Osage County Q&A

Q&A with director John Wells coming soon.

The Wolf of Wall Street Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Jonah Hill Roger Durling: Everyone please welcome Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill. (Applause) And belated Happy Birthday! Jonah Hill: Thank you, thanks. And thank you all for staying. It’s so nice to see so many people here after the film, it’s great. Durling: Well, we’re here for you. Hill: Oh. […]

Philomena Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with producer Gaby Tana Roger Durling: Everybody please welcome producer Gaby Tana. (applause) Thank you for being here Gaby. Gaby Tana: Thank you for having us. Durling: Steve, who wrote the screenplay and actually stars in the film, is the one who first started this project, right, and then approached you […]

Saving Mr. Banks Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Director John Lee Hancock John Lee Hancock: Wow, thank you very much Roger Durling: Thank you for being here, John. What do you think Mrs. Travers would have thought of your film? Hancock: I think she would say, “Oh it’s a trifle, and the costumes weren’t bad.” But she would […]

American Hustle Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with writer/director David O. Russell DURLING: Please welcome writer and director David O. Russell! (Applause) RUSSELL: Thank you for that very warm welcome. DURLING: Thank you for coming back. I can’t believe it has been a year since you were here with Silver Linings Playbook. And now you’re back. You just […]

Inside Llewyn Davis Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Oscar Isaac and executive music producer T Bone Burnett Roger Durling: Everyone, please welcome T Bone Burnett and Oscar Isaac. Burnett: Thank you so much. Durling: Welcome, welcome. Thanks for being here. Burnett: Happy to be here. Durling: I told the whole audience before the movie started that you actually […]

Gloria Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Writer/Director Sebastián Lelio and Paulina Garcia Durling: So Lelio, what inspired you to write this movie? Lelio: Well, this movie started from the intuition that there was a potential film about a woman who belongs to my mother’s generation–even though Paulina is much younger. Garcia: Not as much . . […]

Out of the Furnace Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Writer/Director Scott Cooper and actor Casey Affleck Cooper: Well, I can’t tell you how much it means for me to be in Santa Barbara, because not many people know that I wrote Crazy Heart while I lived here. Albright: It’s great to have you guys here, and welcome back. So […]

The Book Thief Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush and director Brian Percival. Durling: Welcome Sophie Nélisse and director Brian Percival! Brian, what an amazing film. How did you get involved with this? Percival: I was sent a script by my agents because it’s my first time in Hollywood. I had just gotten a new […]

Nebraska Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with June Squibb, Will Forte and producers Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa Durling: Everybody, please welcome producers, Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, and the two stars of the film, June Squibb and Will Forte. (Applause) They came on a road trip all the way from Nebraska to be here with you. […]

Captain Phillips Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Director Paul Greengrass Durling: I hope you all got a chance to catch your breath. Please welcome Academy Award-nominated director Paul Greengrass. Greengrass: Thank you so much for coming out on a Sunday. Durling: Please and thank you so much. It’s an honor to have you here. Greengrass: It is […]

The Past Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Writer/Director Asghar Farhadi Asghar Farhadi: I was expecting to attend quite a small screening and I had not in any way anticipated so many spectators to turn up on a weekend morning. This was a surprise to me. Here I am. Any questions you may have, I am at your […]

Short Term 12 Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling and Michael Albright with Actress Brie Larson and Writer/Director Destin Cretton Michael Albright: Please welcome writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton and Actress Brie Larson. Brie Larson: Wow. Thank you. Albright: Thank you. Welcome back Brie. We had Brie’s short film “The Arm,” at our festival in 2011, and welcome Destin. I understand […]

Fruitvale Station Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Writer/Director Ryan Coogler Roger Durling: Please welcome writer/director Ryan Coogler. Ryan Coogler. Thank you. Thank you so much for coming out and watching. Durling: Well, thank you for coming. We’re deeply honored to have you here. Ryan, you grew up in the Bay Area. You’re the same age as Oscar. […]

Unfinished Song Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Terrence Stamp Roger Durling: Everyone please welcome the great Terence Stamp. Terrence Stamp: Thank you. Durling: I have to say before I started talking to you that—I’m jumping out of my skin. I have been such a huge fan of your work for so many years with The Limey, Billy […]

Django Unchained Q&A

“Django Unchained” SBIFF Programming Director Michael Albright with Quentin Tarantino Michael Albright: Quentin, you are like the patron saint of film history, not only in the way you worked with restoration and the New Beverly Cinema and your work with classic films, but also the way you pay homage to classic directors, genres and ways […]

Flight Q&A

“Flight” Roger Durling with director/producer Robert Zemeckis and writer John Gatins Durling: Robert, when did you get involved? We’ll hear from John directly as he worked on this project for 10 years, even before 9/11 and the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’. When did you get involved with the film? Zemeckis: I read the screenplay in […]

Zero Dark Thirty Q&A

“Zero Dark Thirty” Roger Durling with director Kathryn Bigelow and writer/producer Mark Boal Durling: Welcome. Mark, I want to start with you. Your approach, your screenplay is one of the boldest things I’ve seen and I’m not exaggerating. It reminded me when I read In Cold Blood, the novel. It’s a mixture between literature and […]

Argo Q&A

“Argo” Roger Durling with Ben Affleck Durling: Quite a week you have had. Golden Globe nominations, SAG nominations, L.A Film Critics’ awards…how’s your week been? Affleck: It’s nice. It’s now the award season. When did it become an award season? I mean summer, winter, spring, and award season. I try not to get caught up […]

On The Road Q&A

“On The Road” Roger Durling with Actors Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart Roger Durling: Garret, you’ve been involved with this project from the get-go, how many years has it been? Garrett Hedlund: Since 2007. Durling: And I read that you gave up other opportunities with other films to be in this project. What was it […]

Les Misérables Q&A

“Les Misérables” Roger Durling with Actor Eddie Redmayne and Director Tom Hooper Roger Durling: Please welcome Academy Award winning director, Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne. You know what’s amazing Tom, is that I had never seen a reaction like I have seen now – long applause and standing ovation, until you walked in for The […]

The Impossible Q&A

“The Impossible” Roger Durling with Actor Ewan McGregor, Writer Sergio Sanchez, Director Juan Antonio Bayona, and Producer Belen Atienza Durling: Sergio Sanchez and Juan Antonio Bayona, you guys did this incredible, visceral, horror story with your first movie (The Orphanage), how did you decide to do a follow up with the Impossible? Bayona: It was […]

Quartet Q&A

“Quartet” Roger Durling with Director Dustin Hoffman Durling: You’re one of the greatest actors out there. Why did it take so long to take on a directing role? Hoffman: There are personal reasons that prevented me from directing, I mean we all have those demons. I originally started studying acting by accident. I was such […]

Silver Linings Playbook Q&A

“Silver Linings Playbook” Roger Durling with Writer/Director David O. Russell Durling: David I don’t say this lightly, you are one of the best directors working in cinema today. It’s an understatement. Nobody makes a movie about people suffering like this with such an optimistic take on life. Russell: Thank you Roger for having me, this […]

Life of Pi Q&A

“Life of Pi” Roger Durling with Director Ang Lee and Screenwriter David Magee Durling: This project has been in the works for many years. Can you tell us a little bit about your involvement and what was it about this novel that wanted you to take on this project? Lee: Well it is a wonderful […]

Ginger & Rosa Q&A

“Ginger & Rosa” Roger Durling with Actress Elle Fanning Roger Durling: The amazingly gifted Elle Fanning. Thanks for coming Elle. Elle Fanning: Ah, thanks you guys. Durling: I’m still very emotional. This is my second time seeing the film, and it’s still so emotional to watch your performance. You were twelve years old when you […]

The Sessions Q&A

“The Sessions” Roger Durling with Writer/Director Ben Lewin, Producer Judi Levine and Actor John Hawkes Roger Durling: Can you tell us about the evolution of this project? When did you first find out about Mark O’Brien and decide to make a movie about his story? Ben Lewin: Mark O’Brien wrote an article which was really […]

Trouble with the Curve Q&A

“Trouble with the Curve” SBIFF Programming Manager Michael Albright with Producer Michele Wiesler and Writer Randy Brown Albright: This seems like a very personal project and also something that took a long time to come to fruition. This is Robert Lorenz’s directorial debut, a longtime collaborator with Clint Eastwood who worked with Clint for about […]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Q&A

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Roger Durling with Novelist/Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky Roger Durling: I told the audience that it is so rare to have a writer of the book have the opportunity to write the screenplay and on top of that direct the film. Can you tell us about the journey you had? Stephen […]

Robot & Frank Q&A

“Robot & Frank” Roger Durling with Director Jake Schreier Roger Durling: Jake, this is your very first film. What attracted you to this material? Jake Schreier: Ummm yeah my first movie. So I went to Chris Ford who wrote the screenplay, we went to college together. And this was a feature of his thesis at […]

Ruby Sparks Q&A

“Ruby Sparks” Roger Durling with Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris Roger Durling: There is a warm welcome, and see it was so adorable. When they walked in they were like, “Oh my God, there’s lots people in here and it’s seven in the morning!” Valerie Faris: We like that, yeah. This is the earliest […]

Beasts of the Southern Wild Q&A

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Roger Durling with Director Benh Zeitlin, Writer Lucy Alibar, Actor Dwight Henry and Actress Quvenzhané Wallis Roger Durling: So how did this amazing film come about? Benh Zeitlin: Well it started as these two ideas that combined themselves. Kind of my world and Lucy’s world initially. I was inspired to […]

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Q&A

Q&A with director John Madden and actress Tena Desae
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