West of the West
West of the West: Tales from California's Channel Islands is a documentary consisting of fourteen Channel Islands stories from multiple islands filmed over the course of three years. Produced, written, directed and filmed by Sam Tyler, Peter Seaman and Brent Sumner, the film was released March 5, 2016 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara at a sold-out show.
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January WEST OF THE WEST: T ALES FROM CALIFORNIA’S CHANNEL ISLANDS Documentary Premieres at Arlington Theatre March 5 & 6, 2016 Three Part Mini Series Slated for PBS in 2016 Santa Barbara, California: WEST OF THE WEST: TALES FROM CALIFORNIA’S CHANNEL ISLANDS is a three part documentary mini - series on the human history of the eight California Channel I slands currently in fi nal production, presented by the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum . Many of the 14 tales in the films will premiere at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara Saturday March 5, 2016 at 7:30pm and Sunday March 6, at 7:00pm. This highly anticipated documentary series has been in production for nearly three years with over 70 days of shooting on the islands and mainland with experts and descendants of island dwellers. The final product will be three one - hour films to be aired on every primary P BS channel in California in April of 2016. Work has also begun on scheduling screenings on major PBS stations in other parts of the USA beginning next fall . The films will be distributed free to schools through California and the nation v ia a new website , complete with custom curriculum materials. The films are engaging and enlightening “tales” told from the point of view of the people who have experienced the Channel Islands – lived on, wrecked on, dived under, filmed, raised children, bootlegged, fished, surfed, sailed, explored and restored in a remarkable saga that begins 13,000 years ago. Filmmakers include Writer Peter Seaman who has had a distinguished career in the feature film business. His co-writing credits include WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, THE LAST HOLIDAY, THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS, and SHREK THE THIRD. Producer Sam Tyler, along with Seaman, is donating his time for this project. Tyler is a long-time independent producer who has funded, planned and produced nine specials for PBS stations. Project Originator/Cinematographer and Editor Brent Sumner has operated a video production business in Santa Barbara for the past 18 years. All three were producers of the 2009 powerful documentary film CITIZEN McCAW. In addition to the two public premiere screenings, there will be a matinee screening on Sunday March 6 the at the Arlington called Education Sunday, with an invited audience of students and teachers from schools from the Santa Barbara Unified School District and Santa Barbara County Schools. Of particular interest to elementary schools is the material on The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, upon which the best-selling book Island of the Blue Dolphins was based. The book is required reading in 4th grade in California. Due to the great success of a recent Kickstarter Campaign, the March 5th screening is nearly sold out, but a limited number of tickets are still available. Due to popular demand a second screening will be on March 6 the at 7:00pm. All tickets are available at the Arlington Theatre Box Office, 805-963-4408. For full details on the film including filmmaker bios, photos, and story angles visit www.thecifilm.com.”
February 17, 2016 [Imperial Valley News]: “New Documentary Explores over 13,000 Years of Human History. Ventura, California - Channel Islands National Park invites the public to explore over 13,000 years of human history on the Channel Islands at the March 6 premiere of the new documentary, West of the West: Tales from California's Channel Islands, in downtown Ventura. Produced by Sam Tyler and written and directed by Peter Seaman and Brent Sumner, the documentary provides an in-depth look into fourteen intriguing stories of island inhabitants, ranging from the first contact between Spanish explorers and the Island Chumash to the National Park Service's efforts to restore the islands' ecosystems. Sumner, the film's cinematographer, came up with the idea for the film in 2010, after reading several books on the Channel Islands during his recovery from a serious dive accident that occurred off of Santa Cruz Island. He uncovered many compelling stories and coaxed Tyler, a former PBS producer, and Seaman, a Hollywood screenwriter, into donating their time and talent to create the documentary. The filmmaking process was intensive, with nearly 80 days of filming over three years, extensive research, and dozens of interviews with scientists, historians, island dwellers, park rangers, representatives from Native American cultures, and others. The full documentary, which will be available in three, one-hour parts, will be available to view on public television in April 2016. It has been condensed into a 110-minute version for the premiere in Ventura. The Ventura premiere will take place on March 6, at the Century 10 Theater in downtown Ventura, and admission to the four screenings –12:00, 2:30, 5:00, and 7:45 pm –is free. There will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers following the 5:00 pm screening. Free tickets for the Ventura premiere are available any day through March 4, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, at the Channel Islands National Park visitor center in the Ventura Harbor. Any remaining tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the park's check-in table at the event. Tickets will not be distributed at the Century 10 Theater box office. The full, three-hour documentary is premiering at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara on March 5 and 6, with tickets still available for the Sunday showing at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale at the Arlington Theatre Box Office or by calling 805-963-4408. The Ventura film premiere is sponsored by Channel Islands Park Foundation and Channel Islands National Park. This event is one of many celebrations for the National Park Service Centennial, which honors 100 years of sharing America's treasures. West of the West: Tales from California's Channel Islands is presented by the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. To learn more about the film, filmmakers, and story angles, visit www.thecifilm.com. The venue for the documentary premiere of West of the West: Tales from California's Channel Islands has been generously provided by the City of Ventura, in partnership with Cinemark Century Theaters. This event is part of several celebrations for the 150th anniversary for the City of Ventura. To learn more, visit celebrateventura.org.”