A short documentary produced and directed by Lianne Klapper McNally, Artists and Orphans: A True Drama recounts the humanitarian efforts of a New York theater troupe that improved living conditions at an orphanage in the Republic of Georgia. During its screening run, Artists and Orphans: A True Drama received multiple awards and recognitions, including an Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the 2001 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). The SBIFF offers a number of year-round community education activities, such as the Rosebud Program.
The Rosebud Program targets local college students in the film discipline and provides them with an exclusive learning experience designed to inspire creativity and critical thinking in regards to cinema and film. Students will encounter opportunities for mentorships and the chance to connect with film-industry professionals that stimulate civic dialogue about key topics. Over the course of the program, students will also attend four film analysis classes, and various screenings and Q&A sessions hosted by the SBIFF Cinema Society. Furthermore, students can engage in discussions on films screened through a program-specific online forum.
A highly competitive program, the Rosebud Program accepts only 30 students during each year. Applicants must submit an application, statement of intent, and unofficial college transcripts to apply. For more information, visit http://www.sbiff.org/education/rosebud-program.