"The Bet" Trailer
What is CFSSB?
A Declaration of Independence

Community Film Studio Santa Barbara

It's Showtime!

Don't know why this didn't get posted sooner. But, in case you haven't heard, WE made a MOVIE!! It's called The Bet (it even has it's own website...click the link). And, most importantly, YOU and everyone you know can come see it. It is screening at the Arlington Theatre April 19 and 20. Come see what community filmmaking can accomplish.

For screening details, visit the Tickets link.

Fade In...

Welcome to your Community Film Studio Santa Barbara. We are the world's first not-for-profit, community-operated, feature motion picture production studio. Imagine the traditional community theater...neighbors getting together, volunteering their time to put on a show to entertain the community. Now, take that same idea and instead of putting on plays we're shooting an original feature motion picture. Community Film Studio. And there IS a role for you to play no matter your background or level of past experience. Even if you've never been near a movie set before, we will help you learn to become a vital part of this Community Film Studio. If you think this will be fun and want to be a part of movie-making history, then join us (Tommy Lee Jones would support that choice).

Going Back...to the Future?

In searching for other potential organizations that might also be functioning as community film studios, I came across an editorial written on the website Microfilmmaker.com (a great resource site, by the way). The writer laments how the rise of the machine generically called "Hollywood" destroyed the communal nature of the early pioneers of movie making created. 

Give this 'history of Hollywood' editorial a read and see if you agree that what we're creating is what the writer calls "...the lynchpins of the new network of alternative studio communities which could finally offer the alternative we’ve been looking for!"

The Filmmaking Commune as Studio