COAST World Premiere at Santa Barbara Film Festival Feature Film Written About and Filmed Around Orcutt & Santa Maria

   COAST, a feature film that takes place on the Central Coast, will make its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In COAST, a 16-year old named Abby is desperate to escape the trappings of her small coastal farming town when she falls for the lead singer of a touring rock band and must decide whether to leave her family and friends behind. With live music performances and an exciting ensemble cast, COAST is about female friendships, finding your truth and letting the music take you home.

   The film stars Fatima Ptacek, Mia Frampton, Mia Xitlali, Kaylee Kamiya, Kane Ritchotte, Ciara Bravo, Eduardo Roman, with Cristela Alonzo & Academy Award-Winner Melissa Leo. Producers include Dani Faith Leonard, Alex Cirillo, Wendy Guerrero, and Sonya Lunsford. NY-based directors Jessica Hester and Derek Schweickart will join local screenwriter Cindy Kitagawa at the Santa Barbara premiere.

   The 36th Santa Barbara Film Festival will run from March 31st-April 10th with a hybrid format that includes online screenings and in-person screenings at beachside drive-in venues. Tickets are available for the virtual screenings and the drive-in events will be free to the public. Tickets can be purchased and drive-in spots can be reserved here:

   “It’s exciting to share the film in Santa Barbara, not only because of the amount of support we received from the community, but because it’s a special place that we fought very hard to capture. Not only the landscape, but the energy of the people and the community.  We wanted that to be on the screen, so to be able to give it back to the community is fun and very rewarding.” - Jessica Hester & Derek Schweickart, directors of COAST

   COAST was filmed in and around the cities of Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, and Avila Beach, California, with additional scenes shot in upstate NY. In addition to the film’s writer, Cindy Kitagawa, and producer, Wendy Guerrero, the cast is peppered with local faces performing alongside well known actors, like Academy Award-Winner Melissa Leo. The filmmakers worked with local companies including Picture Stable Productions, The Resistance, The Santa Maria and Guadalupe Chambers of Commerce, along with local investors to bring this film to fruition.

   COAST began as a conversation between childhood friends and Santa Maria natives, writer Cindy Kitagawa and producer Wendy Guerrero. The two, reflecting on their non traditional paths in life, decided to explore how the unique experience of growing up in their small town had played a role in informing their lives and the women who they have become.

   “It was important to me to tell a story about girls from communities that I didn’t get to see on screen when I was growing up.” - Cindy Kitagawa, writer of COAST

   The music in the film was composed by Christian Zucconi & Hannah Hooper (Grouplove), Alex Walker (Family of the Year, Aloke), with additional music by The Ceremonies and Black Match. The Ceremonies also serve as the fictional band in the film, Piñata Jones, with performances by local Central Coast bands Dog Party, Haley & The Crushers, and Pancho & The Wizards.

   More than just a coming-of-age film with a killer soundtrack, COAST also explores the meaning of home and the importance of family. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is home for now.