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Stories - Team 50

Interviews and stories from the 50th group of Teen Press Reporters – Winter, 2024.

Reporters from Team 50 will be covering the 39th SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, running from February 7th - 17th, 2024, with interviews from the red carpet at awards events (see the dropdown menu under "HOME" for each event), film reviews, filmmaker interviews, and a few "Behind The Scenes" stories.

In addition, reporters will be meeting interesting people from around Santa Barbara, including some new faculty members at Santa Barbara Middle School.

Apply to join TEAM 51, covering Mountainfilm Telluride! (Due Wed, Feb 28 at 1 PM.)


"Chosen Family"

The closing night of the 39th Santa Barbara International Film Festival featured the world premiere of "Chosen Family", actor HEATHER GRAHAM's writing & directorial debut. Teen Press reporters ESME & LAUREN were on the red carpet to talk with the filmmakers and cast, as well as other movie makers.

Heather Graham

ESME & LAUREN get to interact with the main mover of the project, writer/director/actor HEATHER GRAHAM.

Ella Grace Helton

ESME & LAUREN have a lively interaction with young star ELLA GRACE HELTON, a multifaceted actor, filmmaker, dancer and entrepreneur (among other pursuits!).

Iris Achilles

LAUREN & ESME speak with one of the two younger stars, IRIS ACHILLES, about her experience with the film.

Mariame N’diaye,
Niki Demiller

LAUREN & ESME get to talk with French filmmakers, director MARIAME N’DIAYE and composer NIKI DEMILLER about their film, "Sira".

Mark Leonard Winter

ESME & LAUREN talk here with filmmaker
MARK LEONARD WINTER about his movie,
"The Rooster".

Rehan Jalali & Friend

Here the gals speak with an energetic
REHAN JALALI about the films in which he is interested...namely a documentary featuring HIM, from 2019 entitled "SUPPS" (for supplements) and "Ballad of a Hustler". And a few words with his (unnamed) friend, too!