A short documentary, Artists and Orphans: A True Drama focuses on American artists who intend to participate in an arts festival in the Republic of Georgia but, while there, also work together to help an orphanage. Artists and Orphans: A True Drama earned numerous honors at film festivals across the nation, including the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).
A non-profit organization promoting arts and education, SBIFF hosts its main film festival every February with 11 days of independent quality films from around the world. Alongside this event, the organization offers a variety of outreach programs. One of these is its Programs for Seniors, which SBIFF conducts in partnership with Easy Lift Transportation. Designed to provide access to the arts for seniors unable to afford such entertainment, Programs for Seniors serves approximately 1,200 individuals every year.
Funded by donations, SBIFF’s Programs for Seniors brings seniors to the Riviera Theatre monthly for a screening of a film. In addition to being exposed to a variety of quality films, participants in these programs also benefit from the community aspect of joining their peers to view and discuss the films.