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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               Press Contact: Christopher Davis, [email protected]; or    Candice Tang, [email protected] (805) 687-3322

Patricia Henley Foundation Program, in Conjunction with Santa Barbara Channels, Offers Once in a Lifetime Opportunity for Kids

January 24, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA
— The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival brings the talented likes of Christopher Nolan, Annette Bening, James Franco, Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Lesley Manville, Jacki Weaver, Hailee Steinfeld, John Hawkes and more to our beloved town.  Covering the event is an experience of a lifetime and this year, members of Santa Barbara Teen News Network (sbTNN) will also be vying for the attention of well known industry names along with international, national and local press. 

Santa Barbara Teen News Network is a program directed by Peter McCorkle, theatre arts teacher at Does Pueblos High School. Doug Caines is sbTNN’s technical director as well as the video production teacher at Santa Barbara High School.  Over 30 local teen participants representing almost all the public and private junior high and high schools, spend their Saturday mornings writing, creating and producing their own shows to create a fast-paced 30-minute weekly show, which airs on Santa Barbara Channels station 21. Each week, the show spotlights positive events happening in local schools and around town.

“This is a both a tremendous learning opportunity for these teens and also a responsibility,” said Doug Caines.  “sbTNN members are taking their roles in covering the Film Festival very seriously and are working hard to refine interview techniques, as well as on camera and editing roles.  They’ve even gone through additional media training.  They want to be professional and prepared and realize have a unique opportunity to report this event from their perspective and to their peers,” said Caines.

Selected teens from sbTNN have been granted credentials to shoot video on the red carpet as well as at the 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition at this year’s SBIFF, which takes place from Thursday, January 27th through Sunday, February 6th. 

The 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Student Screenwriting Competitions bring together student filmmakers and screenwriters with industry professionals in an effort to encourage and assist the next generation of filmmakers. The 10 films will be screened and judged on both filmmaking and screenwriting criteria. A winner in each of the competitions will be selected from both the high school and college levels and the winning films will be shown at the Closing Night festivities later that evening at the Arlington Theatre. 


 sbTNN is free and sponsored by the Patricia Henley Foundation, a foundation that believes in inspiring the voice of youth through creative arts. Programming can be viewed on Santa Barbara Channels, YouTube, and also their partner news website Topics of this upbeat TV show are as diversified as the schools and the teens themselves, ranging from performing arts, cooking segments, comedic spoofs, mock trials, sports, science, environment, community service, movie reviews, to interviews on what’s happening around town.  For more information, visit or call (805) 568-3600.

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